2015 Award Winners

3rd Annual
Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 7-12, 2015

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Best in Show
Dennis Simpson

Dennis Simpson, Spring Ranch - Best in Show
"Spring Ranch," watercolor

Sponsor: Plein Air Magazine
Prize: Half page ad in Plein Air Magazine

Sponsor: John Cornacchia & Janis Porter
Prize: $500 in cash

 

Plein Air Collector – Featured Artwork Award
Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall, Kelly 202
"Kelly 202," oil

Sponsor: Plein Air Magazine
Prize: Featured artist advertisement on PleinAirCollector.com

 

Founder's Award for Overall Consistency
Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall, Mrs. Todd's Wild Ride
"Mrs. Todd's Wild Ride," oil

Sponsor: Mendocino Open Paint Out Co-founders
John Hewitt and Dale Moyer

Prize: $250 in cash

 

Quick Draw Competition:
People's Choice Award
Susan Elwart Hall

Susan Elwart Hall, The Blue Jean House
"The Blue Jean House"

Sponsor: Linda Shearin
Prize: $250 in cash

 

First Place: Oil
Michelle Murphy-Ferguson

Michelle Murphy Ferguson, Sketchy
"Sketchy," oil

Sponsor: Highlight Gallery
Prize: $250 in cash

 

Second Place: Oil
Roberta Robbins

Roberta Robbins, Coast
"Coast," oil

Sponsor: Prentice Gallery
Prize: $100 in cash

 

Third Place: Oil
William DeRaymond

William DeRaymond, Along the Coast
"Along the Coast," oil

Sponsor: Racine’s Stationery, Art & Office Supplies
Prize: $50 in cash

 

Honorable Mention: Oil
Wendy Brayton

Wendy Brayton, Oh Happy Day
"Oh Happy Day," oil

Sponsor: Plein Air Magazine
Prize: Plein Air Magazine Subscription

 

First Place: Watermedia
Judy Tedford

Judy Tedford, Cypress Canopy
"Cypress Canopy," watermedia

Sponsor: $250 in cash
Prize: Cynthia Crocker Scott

 

2nd Place: Watermedia
Joel Yasskin

Joel Yasskkin, Big River I
"Big River I," watermedia

Sponsor: Racine’s Stationery, Art & Office Supplies
Prize: $100 in cash

 

3rd Place: Watermedia
Elena Lee

Elena Lee, Ebb & Flow
"Ebb & Flow," watermedia

Sponsor: Sunshine Taylor's Garden Gallery
Prize: $50 in cash

 

1st Place: Pastel
Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long, Dick's Place
"Dick's Place," pastel

Sponsor: Racine’s Stationery, Art & Office Supplies
Prize: $250 in cash

 

2nd Place: Pastel
Jacquelyn Cisper

Jacquelyn Cisper, Ft. Bragg Alley Scene
"Ft. Bragg Alley Scene," pastel

Sponsor: Dale and Susan Louise Moyer
Prize: $100 in cash

 

3rd Place: Pastel
Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson, Wind Break Bluff
"Wind Break Bluff," pastel

Sponsor: Water Tower Gallery of Suzi Long
Prize: $50 in cash

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Mark Monsarrat

Mark Monsarrat
Mark Monsarrat with his winning painting

Sponsor: John Hewitt
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Susan Shore

Susan Shore, Caspar Cypress
"Caspar Cypress"

Sponsor: Marsha Connell
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Chella Gonsalves

Chella Gonsalves, Interchanging Hues
"Interchanging Hues"

Sponsor: Erin Dertner
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Carol Smith Myer

Carol Myer, Agate Cove
"Agate Cove"

Sponsor: Aimee Erickson
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Leona Walden

Leona Walden, Albion Headlands
"Albion Headlands"

Sponsor: Carolyn Lord
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Chella Gonsalves

Chella Gonsalves, Portuguese Beach House
"Portuguese Beach House"

Sponsor: Ann McMillan
Prize: Ribbon

 

Celebrity Judge's Choice
Iris Sabre

Iris Sabre, Neptune's Gate
"Neptune's Gate"

Sponsor: Juan Pena
Prize: Ribbon

 

 

 

 

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The Mendocino Art Center is a very special place, located in a stunning, rural location, overlooking a rugged expanse of the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles north of San Francisco. It has been a haven for artists since 1959, when founders Bill and Jennie Zacha first realized the potential of this unique community as an artists' colony.

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Today the Mendocino Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution known for retreat-style classes led by superlative artist-instructors. Approximately 150 two- to five-day classes are offered each year in ceramics, fiber arts, fine art, jewelry/metalsmithing and sculpture/ blacksmithing.

The art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists and the Mendocino Art Center continues to be at the heart of what makes the Mendocino Coast an enchanting and vibrant place to visit. Retreat, create, rejuvenate at the Mendocino Art Center.