nichols gallery

Second Saturday Gallery Reception: November 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.

November 1-19, 2018

Virginia Ray
"A Curious Life"

Virginia Ray
Virginia Ray
"Secrets of the Stars"

“What is that SPARKLE of life that unexpectedly catches our attention and heart? Wonder, curiosity and awe live right under our nose. Often we’re too busy to notice. In our shiny, technological world ‘new’ is not always better. To me, nothing compares to the charm and mystery of weathered and worn castoffs. Fascinating untold stories are held in these treasures of humanity. 

“I love studying ordinary and mysterious objects found in our everyday life. The art of placement, making sense out of seemingly unrelated items is like a game or puzzle. A traveler at heart, vintage trunks and travel suitcases keep finding their way to me.

“Vintage graters inspired my Grateful Series. Gratitude is a timely virtue. A simple, yet powerfully transforming attitude for walking in life.

“Enjoy the treasure hunt quality of my art. May you recognize the grace and beauty ever present in ordinary life.”

— V. Ray

Virginia Ray
"Grateful with Green Ladle"
Virginia Ray
"Grateful with Lid"


Virginia Ray

Local artist, Virginia Ray’s whimsical and imaginative studies are like walking through a natural history museum, curiosity shop, and meditation temple. She has been cultivating her style of found object art for 30 years. She has taught creative workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, in schools, hospitals, conference settings, and studios. With an interest in world cultures, philosophy, meditation, and formal art training, she is known for her transformative art work in galleries and healing institutions around the Bay Area and beyond.

A lover of nature, she spent previous years as a resident artist at Wilbur Hot Springs Nature Preserve in Northern California, along with years along the California coast including Marin County, Santa Cruz, and the foothills of Nevada City. Last year she moved to Mendocino County. She is a new member of the Northcoast Artists Gallery in Fort Bragg.

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