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 and concerts are held the first Sunday of each month.

 

 

april 2014

ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

Artists Open Studio Tour
Images (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Myers,
Jacquelyn Hewitt, Julie Higgins, Ilja Tinfo

A selection of some of the finest Mendocino Coast artists, creating art in a wide variety of media, open their private art studios for a free public viewing as part of the Mendocino Art Center's Artists Open Studio Tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the talented artists, watch demonstrations and see and buy original artwork direct from the artists.

There is an accompanying exhibit, March 28 through April 30, at the Mendocino Art Center, featuring the artwork of the north coast artists who will be participating in the Artists Open Studio Tour:

Marion Bush, collage & watercolor
Christopher Cisper, ceramics
Maeve Croghan, oil paintings on canvas
Claire Fortier, oil, graphite, watercolor
Eleanor Harvey, oil pastel
Jacquelyn Hewitt, oil pastel & upcycled clothing
John Hewitt, paintings
Julie Higgins, soft pastel paintings
Cynthia Myers, glass
Janis Porter, watercolor
Virginia Sharkey, oil & acrylic on canvas
Rhoda Teplow, jewelry: Tibetan/Nepalese, brass & stone
Ilja Tinfo, oil, acrylic wood, found objects

Visit the Artists Open Studio Tour page

Download an Open Studio Tour brochure and map (PDF)

 

 

DINE OUT AT THE MACCALLUM HOUSE RESTAURANT
Wednesday, April 23 • Gray Whale Bar opens at 5 pm. Dinner at 5:30 pm
A Fundraiser for the Mendocino Art Center

Dine Out at the Little River Inn

Enjoy dinner out at the MacCallum House Inn Restaurant and support the Mendocino Art Center at the same time. The MacCallum House will host a Dine Out dinner benefit with a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center. Executive Chef Alan Kantor showcases regional North Coast wines, seafood, meats and produce with an emphasis on organics and quality purveyors.

Everything about the MacCallum House Restaurant and Grey Whale Bar & Café is warm and inviting, from the sunny wrap-around porch to the convivial bar and romantic fire lit dining rooms. Combining the town's charm, history, local life and flavors into one tasty package, the "Mac" is a great starting point for getting to know Mendocino. An exceptional staff makes you feel as if you've been invited over to dinner by friends.

In the restaurant dinners are served in the former library, graced by two riverstone fireplaces, candles and garden flowers on the tables or, informally, in the sunporch café. 

The MacCallum House Inn is located at 45020 Albion Street, Mendocino. Reservations can be made at 707-937-0289.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, April 30, 4:30 pm

Mendocino Art Center Board Meeting

Monthly board meetings are open to the public and feature a brief public comment session. Come find out the latest news and happenings at the Mendocino Art Center.

 

 

may 2014

ON THE EDGE
MAC's Ceramics Artists in Residence Showing at
SMAart Gallery & Studio, San Francisco

May 1-30

On the Edge, SMAart Gallery & Studio, San Francisco

Mendocino Art Center's Ceramics Artists in Residence: Lizzie Helbig, Evan Hobart, Suzanne Lussier and Anthony Magnetti, are joined by Nick Schwartz, Hannah Meredith, Mark Jaeger and Jessica Thompson.

On the Edge surveys the work of eight ceramic artists created during the last eight months while working at the Mendocino Art Center and Flynn Creek Potteries. They came from all over the country in September 2013, and a synergy soon formed with a melding of ideas, new techniques and innovative spirit that has helped these artists take their work to the edge of creative expression. Each artist brought their own unique perspective and a focal range from content and narrative to form and firing techniques.  

On the Edge is an up close observation of their best works created while at the Mendocino Art Center in conjunction with Flynn Creek Potteries. This show seeks to explore the interweaving of the artists ideas, techniques and art works as they share a common experience and become part of a California’s rich ceramic legacy.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6 pm – 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

SMAart Gallery & Studio
1045 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Visit the SMAart Gallery & Studio website

 

 

JAMES MARCHAND, Piano
Sunday, May 4, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

James Marchand Piano Concert

JAMES MARCHAND will be playing a concert of original pieces, including Sonatina in D (written in memory of his stepmother), pieces from Euphemia, the Fantastic Poem, plus some shorter minor works. James has appeared in concert as a soloist, as a chamber musician, and as an instrumental and vocal accompanist. In reviews, he is described as playing with a big, rich tone, and with beautiful expression.

Your music and your playing got our undivided attention. It is very much the kind of music we admire, music that has meaning and substance, music that relates to the human soul, be it in dance in song or as a tender communication. We loved the whole program and more people should hear it.”

— Robert Spaethling

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

Visit James Marchand's website

 

 

22nd Annual MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, May 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Tour Tickets: $40 • Lunch: $20

Purchase your tickets online or call 707-937-5818 x10

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour
© Dorr Bothwell. Used with the permission of
Marlys Mayfield, Dorr Bothwell Estate.

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. Also look for the return of the popular garden shop and plant sale and a luncheon at the Stanford Inn's Ravens Restaurant benefiting MAC. There will also be a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception at Le Mirabeau the evening before the tour.

The Garden Tour is the Art Center's largest annual fundraiser.

The Garden Tour will be accompanied by a Members' Garden-Themed Exhibit, May 2 through June 2, juried by Suzi Marquess Long.

Dorr Bothwell is the 2014 Mendocino Coast Garden Tour poster artist. Dorr's artwork will be featured in the Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Ten, May 2 to June 2.

Complete descriptions and photographs of the gardens

 

 

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

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. This month's reception is held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour. Meet and mingle with the featured gallery artists. Enjoy snacks, wine and, of course, fabulous art. May's showings include the Members' Garden-Themed Exhibit, juried by Suzi Marquess Long, and an exhibit of Dorr Bothwell's artwork.

 

 

DINE OUT AT THE MENDOCINO HOTEL RESTAURANT
Thursday, May 15, 6 pm – 9 pm
A Fundraiser for the Mendocino Art Center

Dine Out at the Little River Inn

Enjoy dinner out at the Mendocino Hotel Restaurant and support the Mendocino Art Center at the same time. The Mendocino Hotel will host a Dine Out dinner benefit with a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center.

The Mendocino Hotel's Victorian Dining Room is handsomely appointed with antiques for an intimate and elegant dinner and offers true Mendocino Coast fine dining.

The Mendocino Hotel is located at 45080 Main Street, Mendocino. Reservations can be made by calling 707-937-0511.

 

 

A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, WINE AND ALE
Saturday, May 24, 1 pm – 4 pm
Advance tickets: $30 • Day of Event: $40

Purchase tickets online or call 707-937-5818 x10

A Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale

The Mendocino Art Center presents an enjoyable afternoon of exceptional food, wine and ale samples from some of Mendocino County’s finest wineries, breweries and food purveyors. A tasty way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend in Magical Mendocino. Listen to live music by the Mendonesian Jazz Quartet and wander the Silent Auction where you can bid on Mendocino County food and wine products to take home.

All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center.

A Taste of Chocolate, Wine & Ale is sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate.

 

 

june 2014

EXPERIMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS: THE MUSIC OF JAY SYDEMAN
Sunday, June 1, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Jay Sydeman

“Imagination and fantasy, allied with a contemporary musical vocabulary and a solid sense of structure, make Mr. Sydeman’s works unusually fascinating.”

— The New York Times

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

Visit Jay Sydeman's website

 

 

COLOR THE TOWN WITH
MENDOCINO CRAYON BOX

An Art Installation by Streetcolor and the Mendocino Art Center
Installation: June 8-13
Showing: June 13–August 13

Color the Town with Mendocino Crayon Box

Mendocino Crayon Box is a town wide art installation by the Mendocino Art Center and artist Streetcolor. The pillars of businesses all over town will be wrapped in solid sheets of brilliant, colored, handmade felt. Trees will be wrapped in knitting and crocheting. This art installation is designed to transform the whole town of Mendocino into one interactive sculpture.

The Mendocino Art Center presents this installation as an off site exhibit of the gallery. The exhibit will also include textile pieces by local artists. There will be knitting circles and open felting studios at the Mendocino Art Center so that anyone in the Mendocino community can participate in the fabrication. The installation will be up June 13 to August 13.

This show is designed by yarnbomber and installation artist Streetcolor. She is known for her knitted graffiti all over California and for her yarnbombing commissions at the Oakland Museum of California, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. She will be an artist in residence at the de Young Museum in December 2014.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Open Studio Felting Drop In
Tuesdays, April 15 & May 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm • $12

Week-long Open Studio
June 2–6: Fiber Arts Studio Drop In!
Knit and Crochet at the Mendocino Yarn Shop

Three Day Pre-Installation Felting Class
Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
more information

Installation Art Walk
Friday, June 13, 4 pm – 7 pm

Help fund Mendocino Crayon Box

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, June 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. June gallery showings include a Silk and Glass exhibit and Emmy Lou Packard's artwork.

 

 

july 2014

STEVEN BATES IN CONCERT
Sunday, July 6, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Steven Bates

“I cannot explain the mystery of songwriting or for that matter the mystery of any art form but mystery is the thing that I look for and when I find it I feel relief that the Muse showed herself thankfully one more time.

I will be playing selected songs from my last two albums I recorded here in Mendocino County, a few from the work I did in Hollywood, and scattered songs that have yet to find themselves cast in the amber of the recording studio.”

— Steven Bates

STEVEN BATES was born and raised in Fort Bragg.  His father was a tree faller in the area and, being born in 1940, had grown up with the best rock and roll that had been offered in America at that time. As a lover of music, he brought home Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater and Beatles records, among many others. Steven listened to these records from a very early age, and they left an indelible mark on his popular music sensibility, which guides him to this day.

Mr. Bates started playing guitar at the age of 12, and played locally at the junior high school, high school and at parties until he graduated. He began writing songs while attending UC Santa Barbara, and played with a band in that area until they decided to move the band to Los Angeles, where their first recordings took place. 

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

Visit Steven Bates' website

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, July 12, 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.

 

 

55th Annual SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

For the 55th 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 for the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair.

 

 

august 2014

SYNESTHESIA BY TOBY LURIE
Sunday, August 3, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Toby Lurie

The Lost Coast Word Music Ensemble demonstrates through performance how all major art disciplines are connected. Toby is a poet, musician and painter whose work is actually something really new. It is oral and aural poetry for voice and ear. When read silently it is also eye poetry – it does the things that concrete poetry does and very successfully. It is semantic poetry, by analysis and juxtaposition and repetition it brings out all the old meanings and all sorts of new meanings from commonplace words that have become worn and frayed and taken for granted.

 Visit Toby Lurie's website

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

 

 

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.

 

 

"OUT OF OUR CLOSETS" ART & YARD SALE
Saturday, August 30, 9 am – 3 pm

Out of Our Closets Art and Yard Sale

Browse a selection of quality items at the Mendocino Art Center's "Out of Our Closets" Art and Yard Sale. Treasures collected as donations from the community and items from the Art Center's archives are sure to include art, decorative and useful household items, furniture, books, and more. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center.

We are accepting donations! Rummage through your closets and poke around your garage for your no longer used or appreciated items. Donations of quality items are greatly appreciated for our annual "Out of Our Closets" Art & Yard Sale. No clothing, please. Drop off time,s the week of the sale, will be announced.

 

 

september 2014

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
September 8–13

Mendocino Open Paint Out

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the second Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO). The plein air festival includes five days of plein air painting, with wet paint sales each day in the Art Center's galleries, daily demonstrations, presentations and lunches. The festival will culminate on Saturday, September 13, with a Quick Draw competition and sale, followed by a celebratory reception and awards presentation. The public is welcome at all events, including watching the artists paint.

The 2013 event attracted nearly 80 participating watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel artists from throughout California, as well as Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and the United Kingdom.

Download an artist application (PDF)

more information

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, September 13, 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 2014

AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK
October 3–12

American Craft Week at the Mendocino Art Center

The Mendocino Art Center joins other participating Mendocino County galleries, studios and businesses in celebrating American Craft Week and will have several special activities planned.

Mark your calendar and check back for more details.

 

 

SUNDAY CONCERT – PERFORMER TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sunday, October 5, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Mark your calendar and check back for more details. 

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 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.

 

 

ZACHA LEGACY SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER
October, date to be announced

Bill Zacha, painting by Olaf Palm
Bill Zacha, painting by Olaf Palm

Please join us for an evening of sumptuous dining and celebratory beverages.

Please check back for a specific date and more information.

 

 

november 2014

OREGON GUITAR QUARTET CONCERT
Sunday, November 2, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Oregon Guitar Quartet

The Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists working in the Pacific Northwest. The four members – David Franzen, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson – have come together to create a new chapter in the history of the classical guitar quartet. Their collective musical interests span centuries of repertoire and dozens of music styles. Each is an experienced performer with diverse backgrounds in rock, jazz, blues, folk, flamenco, and world music. Critics and audiences alike have praised their first three recordings, Something Wondrous Fair, Realizations and Covers. All three CDs have received national FM radio airplay.

 Visit the Oregon Guitar Quartet website

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 8, 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.

 

 

43rd Annual MENDOCINO ART AUCTION
November, dates to be announced

Bid on art and non-art items for yourself and for those on your holiday list. Check back for exact dates of the auction.

 

 

55th Annual THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29, 10 am – 5 pm

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair

In what has become a north coast tradition, thirty-five juried artists and craftspeople from throughout Northern California will 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 2014

SUNDAY CONCERT – PERFORMER TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sunday, December 7, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Mark your calendar and check back for more details. 

Tickets: $15. Current Mendocino Art Center members with a valid membership card: $10.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY HOLIDAY RECEPTION
Saturday, December 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

In appreciation of the community’s continued support, the Mendocino Art Center hosts it annual free Holiday Celebration for this 2nd Saturday Gallery Reception. Join us for holiday cheer, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and browse the exhibits and Gallery Shop for unique gift items.