Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Thousands of visitors are attracted to the Mendocino Coast each year to attend the Mendocino Art Center's annual events, including the Mendocino Coast Garden Tour in June, 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.

 

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June 2017

OPENING NIGHT GALA!
25TH ANNIVERSARY MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR

Friday, June 23, 5 pm – 7 pm
Tickets: $50 (see below)

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour Opening Night Gala


Join us for the Mendocino Coast Garden Tour Opening Night Gala at a stunning modern home overlooking Van Damme Bay in Little River. Enjoy wine from Yorkville Cellars, Goldeneye Winery, Roderick Vineyards, and a selection of other Anderson Valley wines; hors d'oeuvres from the Mendocino Art Center and Little River's own Wild Fish Restaurant; and live music performed by Ira Rosenberg and Sally Wells.


 

25TH ANNIVERSARY MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Garden Tour: $40 • Lunch: $20 • Opening Night Gala: $50

25th Anniversary Mendocino Coast Garden Tour


TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

Friday, June 23 until 5pm
Call 707.937.5818 x10 or toll free 800.653.3328 x10

or visit the Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Saturday, June 24 beginning at 9am
Visit the Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of a diverse selection of seven of the Mendocino Coast's most magnificent private gardens – situated between Fort Bragg and Mendocino – on this self-guided tour. On Friday, June 23, also enjoy a special Opening Night Gala, at a stunning modern home overlooking Van Damme Bay and, on Garden Tour day, a benefit lunch at Ravens Restaurant, and a Garden Shop & Plant Sale at the Mendocino Art Center. In addition, the monthlong "Flora and Fauna Exhibition" will be showing in three of the Art Center's galleries.


58th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair


The 2017 Garden Tour is a fundraising benefit for the Mendocino Art Center.


Sponsored by

Stanford Inn by the Sea

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, June 28, 4:30 pm

Mendocino Art Center


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.

 

 

July 2017

THE SWINGINÂ’ BOONVILLE BIG BAND
Jazz on the Lawn at the Mendocino Art Center

Saturday, July 1, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free admission

The Swingin' Boonville Big Band


The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center present Jazz on the Lawn, with The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band, featuring vocalists Sharon Garner and Jan Jakob. Celebrate the 4th of July weekend while enjoying music and dancing to this 19-piece jazz big band, including some of the county’s finest musicians, led by Bob Ayers.

The music will include “Green Eyes,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Stella by Starlight,” “Stardust,” “Lady Bird,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” "Dancing in the Dark,” "Bye Bye Blackbird,” and “The Flight of the Foo Birds,” among other dance inspiring popular tunes.

The band has entertained audiences all over Mendocino County, and as far south as Santa Cruz and as far east as Reno. Formed in 1976 at the College of the Redwoods, first as The COR Big Band and then the Bob Ayres Big Band, the group functioned under the aegis of the College of the Redwoods for about 25 years before being sponsored by the Parks and Recreation department for several years. The band moved to Boonville in 2000 and became The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band.

Tsunami Nacho Truck, Fort Bragg's first gourmet food truck, will be serving up their award-winning Asian tuna nachos, among other fresh menu items. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available.

 

 

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, July 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Michael Green, Early Bird
Michael Greene, "Early Bird"


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. July's exhibits include Michael Greene, Bob Spies and Max DuBois.

 

 

58TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

58th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair


Browse a wide variety of quality, one-of-a-kind artwork at 50 artist booths situated outdoors among the Mendocino Art Center gardens. Wearable art lovers are in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well clothing, scarves, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, photography, wood accessories, glass works, baskets, gourds, furniture items, and more. We'll also open our art studios for free artist demonstrations and hands-on activities. Also live local music and festive food and drinks.


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august 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. August's exhibits include the Rude Family Exhibition, Cynthia Schildhauer and Wendell Rickon.

 

 

september 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, September 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


Jim McVicker, Mendocino Open Paint Out
Jim McVicker, Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artist


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. September's exhibits include the Rude Family Exhibition, the Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artists, and Wendell Rickon.

 

 

5TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
September 18-24

Mendocino Open Paint Out


The Mendocino Art Center hosts the fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales of new artwork each day in the Art Center's galleries by more than 60 artists, twice daily demonstrations by featured artists, the opportunity to watch featured artists paint outdoors, nightly community dinners, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, a celebratory awards ceremony, and more. All activities are free and open to the public. Donations are requested at the demonstrations.

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october 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. October's exhibits include Virginia Sharkey, Jan Ramsey and the Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

november 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


Gail Factor, Dune
Gail Factor, "Dune"


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. November's exhibits include Gail Factor, Lisa Thorpe and Wearable & Mushroom Dye Art.

 

 

58TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 24–25, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

58th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair


In what has become a north coast tradition, 35 juried artists and craftspeople from throughout northern California and beyond 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 handmade jewelry, original paintings, photography, functional and decorative ceramics, fiber art and clothing, furniture, wood accessories, baskets, glass and mosaic works, handcrafted herbal body care products, and so much more.

Warm yourself with a delicious assortment of festive food items and drinks.

The Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Shop is also open during the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair and offers great gift ideas.

 

 

december 2017

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, December 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Holiday Celebration


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. December's reception also serves as our Holiday Celebration and a thank you to the community for their continued support. Please join us for holiday cheer, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and live music. Browse for great gift ideas in our Gallery Shop and December's exhibitions, including Rebecca Johnson, the Holiday Shop and Mendocino Heritage Artists.