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 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.
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
All events are open to the public and admission is free.
Photograph by Steve Greenwood
The Mendocino Art Center hosts the fourth 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, and nightly community dinners.
Saturday, September 24, there will be a Quick Draw Competition from 11am 1pm, with the location to be announced just prior to the start time. The public is invited to watch the competition and then vote for their favorite piece at the Quick Draw Sale, held from 2pm to 5pm, at MAC. The day’s festivities will continue with a special MOPO Reception and Celebration, including an awards presentation, from 5pm to 8pm.
Sunday, September 25, the Mendocino Art Center hosts a Wine Tasting Event, 1pm-4pm. Enjoy live music, a selection of wines from Mendocino County wineries – including Lulu Cellars, Handley Cellars, Bliss Family Vineyard, Roderick Vineyards and Signal Ridge Vineyard – and cast your vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Free admission. $10 for tasting, includes Mendocino Art Center wine glass.
The eight featured artists – MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Debbie Abshear, Marcia Burtt, Ellen Howard, Paul Kratter, Suzi Marquess Long, Camille Przewodek and Robin Purcell – will paint on location each day during MOPO, conduct daily demonstrations (2pm and 7pm, donations requested), and also judge the artwork of the more than 50 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competing for over $8,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming artists from throughout California, as well as Florida, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, September 28, 4:30 pm
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.
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
Larry R Wagner
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. October's showings include a Members' Juried Photography Exhibit, Larry R Wagner's photography, and a Silent Art Auction, benefitting the Mendocino Art Center Education Program. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.
WINTER IS COMING...
MEDIEVAL COSTUME DINNER & DANCE PARTY
A Game of Thrones Inspired Benefit for the
Mendocino Art Center Jewelry Department Scholarship Fund
Saturday, October 29, 5:30 pm dinner, 8:00 pm dance
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Blagojce Stojanovski, "Alexander the Great and Bucephalus"
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. November's exhibits include Blagojce Stojanovski, Betsy Lombard, and Mendocino Art Center Then and Now Fiber Arts Exhibit. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists. In celebration of the Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival sample delicious mushroom appetizers.
57TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 25–26, 10 am – 5 pm
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, holiday ornaments, fresh holiday wreaths and more.
Also savor a delicious assortment of festive food items.
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. December's reception also serves as the Art Center's annual Holiday Celebration. Please join us for holiday cheer, live music, prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Browse the Gallery Shop for great gift ideas and enjoy December’s gallery exhibits which include a Mixed Media/Collage Exhibit and Moss Rock.
25TH ANNIVERSARY MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, May 6, 10 am – 5 pm
Save the Date! Tickets will go on sale in January 2017