nichols gallery

February 1–26, 2017

2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: February 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
Open Art Studios: 4 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. Join us during the gallery reception as we open up the art studios. Meet the 2016/17 Artists in Residence, watch them work and view new works created in the Mendocino Art Center studios. Refreshments will be available.

Howard Wheatley Allen
Selections from the "Bronze Bird Collection"
with paintings by Rosemary Allen

Howard Wheatley Allen Collection, Pelican
Pelican, 16" long
Howard Wheatley Allen, Robin with a Worm
Robin with a Worm, 8" long


Twenty of internationally renowned sculptor Howard Wheatley Allen’s bronze birds, featured in his book, “Howard Wheatley Allen: Sculptor to Emperors, Presidents and Kings,”  will be exhibited in the Nichols Gallery. The sculptural works will be accompanied by Rosemary Allen’s paintings. Wheatley has achieved international acclaim for his bronze bird sculptures. His work, chosen for its strength, grace and symbolic content, has found its way into public, private, and corporate collections around the world. Allen’s sculptures have been chosen by world leaders to commemorate important events. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are among those who have presented Allen's sculptures as gifts to heads of state. Ray and Donna Worster donated the collection to the Mendocino Art Center.


Ray and Donna Worster painting by Olaf Palm

The collection was donated to the Mendocino Art Center by Ray and Donna Worster.

“The Worster’s gift to the Mendocino Art Center is an honor to me and a great opportunity for the Art Center. In my 40 years living here, I have made many friends who’ve supported my art and I am very excited that a permanent collection of my work will reside in Mendocino.”

— Howard Wheatley Allen

Painting of Ray and Donna Worster
by Olaf Palm


Dignitaries who have received Allen's work are President Karl Carstens of Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union, King Hussein of Jordan, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, Premier Zhao Ziyang of China, and Crown Prince Shaikh Saad of Kuwait, among others.

A California native, Allen was born in San Francisco. His love of birds comes from his early exposure to their natural habitats in the marshes and estuaries of Marin County. He began carving as a young boy and sold his first bird at the age of nine. After graduation from Dartmouth College and serving in the Navy, Allen returned to his art full time. For many years he worked only in wood, but as his international success grew, he began casting his birds in bronze.

Read about Howard Wheatley Allen in Mendocino Arts magazine


Howard Wheatley Allen, Presidential Heron
Presidential Heron, 12" tall
Howard Wheatley Allen, Presidential Eagle
Presidential Eagle, 15" tall


Howard Wheatley Allen, Owl in a Fence Post
Owl in a Fence Post, 7" tall
Howard Wheatley Allen, Falcon
Falcon, 10" tall


Rosemary Allen

ROSEMARY ALLEN has been working as a professional artist for 48 years along with her artist husband, Howard Wheatley Allen. She attended San Francisco Art Institute in the 1960s and California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) where she earned a BFA with high distinction in 1989. Rosemary has had several one-woman shows in the Bay Area and northern California and participated in numerous group shows. She was one of the selected artists for the Bay Area Currents Show at the Pro Arts Gallery in downtown Oakland. A review of her work by Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle can be seen on her website .

Although she is best known for her abstract painting and use of color, she also paints the figure, keeping her brush strokes and lines loose in a gestured manner much like the California figurative painters of the 1960s.

Visit Rosemary's website