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.

 

 

july 2016

THE SWINGIN' BOONVILLE BIG BAND
JAZZ IN THE COURTYARD

Sunday, July 3, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free admission

Jazz in the Courtyard


The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center present Jazz in the Courtyard, with The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band, featuring vocalist Sharon Garner.

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 “Lady is a Tramp,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Misty,” “I’ll Close My Eyes,” “Lazy River,” “Moonglow,” “Mambo 5,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Night Train,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and “Tenor Madness,” among other dance inspiring popular tunes. There will also be food and refreshments available for purchase.

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. Sharon Garner has been singing blues and rock in various bands since the 1970s, and today performs with a variety of jazz and pop musicians on the Mendocino Coast.

 

 

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

Jan Stussy, Morning Figure
Jan Stussy, Morning Figure
Maxine Kim Stussy, Untitled
Maxine Kim Stussy, Untitled


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. July's exhibits include "Master Class," with works by Jan Stussy and Maxine Kim Stussy and eight of their students, an Encaustic Group Show and Susan Elwart Hall. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

Also taking place on Second Saturday will be a free drawing and coloring event for the coloring book, "Coloring Mendocino," featuring drawings of historic buildings and people of Mendocino by Mendocino Art Center Artist in Residence Streetcolor. Be a part of this two-month town wide interactive art installation.

 

 

57TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 16–17, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

Summer Arts & Crafts Fair


For the 57th 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 enjoy festive food and beverages 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.

   

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, July 27, 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.

 

 

august 2016

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Bonnie Lammar
Bonnie Lammar


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. August's exhibits include a Winesong Preview Exhibit and Bonnie Lammar. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

september 2016

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, September 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

John Hewitt, Mendocino Open Paint Out
John Hewitt


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. September's exhibits include an Unframed Exhibition and a Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artist Preview. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
September 19-25

Mendocino Open Paint Out
Photograph by Steve Greenwood


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a weeklong plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast.

Enjoy daily plein air painting, wet paint sales in the Art Center's galleries, and demonstrations and presentations by featured plein air artists. There will also be a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory reception and awards presentation, among other activities throughout the week.

In 2015, in addition to eight featured artists, more than 50 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competed for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center welcomed artists from throughout California, as well as Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

   

 

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Southwest Art - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor

 

 

october 2016

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

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. October's exhibits include a Members' Juried Photography Exhibit, Larry Wagner and an Instructors Showcase. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

november 2016

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

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. November's exhibits include Blagojce Stojanovski, Fab 4, and Mendocino Art Center Then and Now Fiber Arts Exhibit. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

57TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 25–26, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

Mendocino Art Center's 57th 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, holiday ornaments, fresh holiday wreaths and more.

Also savor a delicious assortment of festive food items.

 

 

december 2016

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

57th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair


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/Assemblage Invitational, a Jewelry/Metal Arts Invitational, and Moss Rock.