Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Thousands of visitors are attracted to the region each year to attend the Art Center's annual events, including the Mendocino Coast Garden Tour in May, the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair in July, the Mendocino Open Paint Out in September, and the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair in November. Artists receptions are held the second Saturday of each month.

 

 

march 2015

MENDOCINO COAST WHALE FESTIVAL WINE TASTING
Saturday, March 7, 1 pm – 4 pm

Jill Wallin
Jill Wallin

The Mendocino Art Center will participate in a wine tasting in conjunction with the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Mendocino Coast Whale Festival. Taste delightful wines at the Mendocino Art Center, other Mendocino art galleries and elegant shops just steps from the dramatic Pacific Ocean.

More information

March's gallery exhibits include the "Marine Wildlife Exhibit," held in conjunction with the Mendocino Coast Whale Festival, a showing of Rachel Lahn's "Rhythms of Nature," and a Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, March 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Natasha Foucault
Natasha Foucault

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. March's gallery exhibits include the "Marine Wildlife Exhibit," held in conjunction with the Mendocino Coast Whale Festival, a showing of Rachel Lahn's "Rhythms of Nature," and a Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

april 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, April 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

 

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. April's gallery exhibits include the annual Artists in Residence Exhibit and artwork by Miriam Davis, and a Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

may 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, May 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Susan Louise Moyer, Birds of Paradise
Susan Louise Moyer, Garden Tour Poster Artist
"Birds of Paradise"

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. May's gallery exhibits include the annual garden-themed Members' Juried Exhibit, a showing by Mira M. White and Betty Cottle, and an exhibit of Jerry Ross Barrish's work.

 

 

A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, WINE AND ALE
Saturday, May 23, 1 pm – 4 pm

23rd Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

The Mendocino Art Center presents A Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale, an enjoyable afternoon of exceptional food, wine and ale samples from selection of the finest wineries, breweries and food purveyors from Mendocino County and beyond. This is a tasty way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend in Mendocino while listening to live music and perusing the Silent Auction where you can bid on Mendocino County food and wine products to take home.

 

 

june 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, June 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

John Fisher
John Fisher
Sandy Oppenheimer
Sandy Oppenheimer

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. June's gallery exhibits include a John Fisher and Sandy Oppenheimer's joint showing, "Scissors, Paper, Stone," Evan Hobart's ceramics, and artwork by Eduardo Smissen.

 

 

23rd ANNUAL MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 5 pm ***NEW DATE!***

23rd Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a diverse selection of some of the Mendocino Coast's most beautiful private gardens on this self-guided tour. Please check back for more details.

The 2015 Garden Tour is a fundraising benefit for the Mendocino Art Center.

 

 

july 2015

MORE JAZZ ON THE LAWN
Saturday, July 4, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free Admission

More Jazz on the Lawn
Artwork by Robert Ross

The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center are bringing back Jazz on the Lawn, a raucous, well-attended and crowd pleasing event, with The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band, led by Bob Ayres.

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend while enjoying the music and dancing! There will also be a barbecue, soft drinks, beer and wine.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, July 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. July's exhibits include a showing of Robert Ross' artwork, Larry Wagner's photography, and artwork by Jennifer Taylor.

 

 

56th ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

56th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

For the 56th consecutive year locals and tourists alike will browse a wide variety of quality artwork at the 50 artisan booths situated outdoors in the Art Center's gardens, as well as listen to live local music and enjoy festive food and drink while supporting the local artist community.

The allure of this art fair is the abundance of one-of-a-kind artwork. Wearable art lovers are always in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well clothing, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find ceramics, wood accessories, baskets, gourds, knives and more. Two-dimensional artwork is always highlighted by stunning photography and paintings, and additional three-dimensional works often include sculptural pieces and musical instruments.

Download an artist application (PDF)

 

 

august 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. July's exhibits include a juried Natural Dye Showcase, an exhibit by Bob Burridge, and artwork by Winesong! artists.

 

 

september 2015

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
September 7–12

56th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the third Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales each day in the Art Center's galleries, daily demonstrations and presentations, and the opportunity to watch celebrity artists paint outdoors. The festival will culminate on Saturday, September 12, with a Quick Draw competition and sale, followed by a celebratory reception and awards presentation. All events are free and open to the public, including watching the artists paint.

more Mendocino Open Paint Out information

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION &
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT AWARDS CEREMONY

Saturday, September 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Macario Pascual, Fog and Sunset, Best of Show (oil)
Marcario Pascual, Mendocino Open Paint Out 2014 Best in Show

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. September's reception will celebrate the Mendocino Open Paint Out. Winners will be announced and presented with awards at the conclusion of the plein air festival.

More Mendocino Open Paint Out information

 

 

october 2015

AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK
October 2-11

American Craft Week - photo by Mimi Carroll

The Mendocino Art Center celebrates American Craft Week. Please check back for more details.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. October's exhibits include showings by Kim Thoman, Leslie Rich and a Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

ANNUAL ZACHA LEGACY SOCIETY DINNER
Saturday, October 24

Zacha Legacy Society Dinner

Enjoy sumptuous dining, celebratory beverages and entertainment at the annual Zacha Legacy Society Dinner. Please check back for more details.

 

 

november 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. November will include exhibits by JoAnn Humphrey and Suzi Marquess Long.

 

 

56th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
November 27-28, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

56th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair

In what has become a north coast tradition, thirty-five juried artists and craftspeople from throughout Northern California exhibit original handmade artwork. The Mendocino Art Center’s galleries and class studios are transformed into a two-day holiday marketplace, providing residents and visitors a pleasant alternative to hectic, stressful mall shopping while supporting local and regional artists. Featured will be a wide array of unique, high quality artwork and gift items, including handcrafted jewelry, original paintings, functional and decorative ceramics, fiber art and clothing, handcrafted herbal body care products, and more.

 

 

december 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. The December reception also serves as a holiday celebration. Enjoy holiday cheer, a raffle, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and browse the exhibits, featuring artwork by John Hewitt and Laura Pope, and the Gallery Shop with unique gift items.