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Fine Art Department

Mira M. White

Mira M. White

Mira M. White

Mira M. White

Mira M. White

Mira M. White

Instructor: Mira M. White
May 23–25, 2020 (Saturday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
Some painting experience

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Mendocino Art Center classes, open studios, and exhibits will be postponed, and the gallery store will be closed, through May 31. More information


This vibrant workshop explores abstraction with multiple layers and multiple media techniques. Oil, cold wax, pigment sticks and collage converse on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels, watercolor, oil paint, pigment sticks, charcoal, graphite and collage. Acrylic media can serve as a base underpainting. All imagery applicable. Appropriate for continuing painters.


Colorist and visionary American artist MIRA M. WHITE is an award-winning painter with an exhibition record both domestic and international. When viewing her multi-media artworks, one bears witness to a personal mythology of deeply felt images that stem from a lifelong preoccupation with and devotion to life as an ongoing journey of change and transformation.

Her professional responsibilities include a full teaching schedule of classes and workshops in multiple media. Widely respected in Northern California Bay Area art communities, she has in recent years broadened her teaching venues to include workshops in New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska and Washington.

The Pastel Journal just featured her work in its December 2018 issue, with the apt title “Visual Narratives of Ethereal Beauty.” Woven Tale Press featured her graphic work in its June issue. She is included in a new hard cover book Art Journey: Abstract Painting, Encaustic Arts Magazine featured her work in its June 2015 issue. Other publications have honored her work as well: Gathering Clouds in 2014, Inquiring Mind in 2012 and 2014, The Pastel Journal featured her pastel, mixed media work in its January/February 2011 issue. Her work is included in the 2010 anthology Best In American Water Media, and she is also featured in a recent anthology, Journeys Into Abstraction.

Mira holds a BFA with High Distinction, MFA with Distinction from California College of Arts & Crafts. A member of CWA, NWA, IEA (International Encaustic Artists), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Arts Benicia and OPUS, an art collective affiliated with the Jen Tough Gallery.

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Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $30 (Instructor will bring additional materials for the students' use: graphite, some pigments, additional pastels and pigment sticks, powders and cold wax medium).

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