Events calendar

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.


october 2014

October 11 – November 23

A program of Mendocino Art Center and Mendocino Film Festival
Made possible by a grant from California Arts Council
Presenting Sponsor: Prentice Gallery

Mendocino: Our Town in Art and Film

Art Exhibits • Historic Displays • Live Performances • East of Eden Screenings

Mendocino Our Town in Art and Film is a six-week, town-wide immersion in the legacy of the arts in Mendocino. Exhibits of historic images and art will be featured at several locations. The program culminates with free and benefit screenings of East of Eden, starring James Dean and directed by Elia Kazan, one of many revered movies filmed in and around Mendocino—and a cinematic portrait of the town in the 1950s.


See a detailed schedule


Sponsored by the
California Arts Council

Sponsors of Mendocino Our Town in Art & Film
The Attic of Mendocino
Brewery Gulch Inn
Harvest Market
Little River Inn
North Coast Brewing Company
Out of This World
James and Karen Turken

Participating Organizations
Community Center of Mendocino
Gallery Bookshop
Kelley House Museum
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino Film Festival



Saturday, October 25, 6 pm – 10 pm


The Mendocino Art Center ceramics studio hosts an Oktoberfest fundraiser. There will be great food by the fabulous chef Kelly Hatcher (German style Brats & Potato Palad, handmade Pretzels), free flowing beer and other drinks! Admission is $12 and buys you dinner, then choose your own handmade beer stein made by our artists in residence (prices variable) and receive free refills!

All proceeds help support our artists in residence attend the annual professional development conference for ceramic artists and students, NCECA.



Full concert in a private ocean front home

Thursday, October 30, 3 pm

Mike Strickland
Pianist Mike Strickland

Mike Strickland is a gifted composer, arranger, and recording artist, bringing pop, jazz, blues, boogie, and gorgeous original music to the stage with distinctive style and flair. He is known for his exceptional musicianship and a strong connection with his audience.

This benefit concert for the Mendocino Art Center will be held in a private ocean front home, and will include hors d'oeuvres and wine. Enjoy the full concert for $75, or combine it with the annual Zacha Legacy Society Dinner, Sunday, November 2, for only $125.



november 2014

Sunday, November 2, 5:30 pm

Zacha Legacy Society Dinner
Painting by Charles Stevenson

Be a part of Mendocino History through Mendocino Our Town in Art and Film: made possible by a grant from the California Art Council.

Enjoy sumptuous dining by Kelly Hatcher, special celebratory beverages, and the piano stylings of Mike Strickland. Paired wines also available for purchase.

$75 per person, your ticket price can be used toward your ZLS membership.

Pianist Mike Strickland
Pianist Mike Strickland

An additional treat...
Mike Strickland will be giving a full performance in a private ocean front home Thursday, October 30, 3 pm. Enjoy the two wonderful fundraisers for only $125.
Tickets for just the Mike Strickland performance are $75.

Gifted entertainer, composer and recording artist Mike Strickland plays pop, jazz, blues, boogie and gorgeous original music with distinctive style and flair.

Call 707-937-5818, x. 12 or email Executive Director Lindsay Shields

Building Our Future
Through the Zacha Legacy Society

Building Our Future is the Art Center’s focus for Mendocino. What would our town look like without arts, culture and creativity? Your participation through the Zacha Legacy Society will enable us to complete the facilities that are essential to our success.

Two pressing priorities:
1) Completing the Stussy Studio building, and re-building apartments 1, 2 & 3. The new building will also include a community room, a catering kitchen, a restroom for the East End of campus, storage and a laundry room.
2) An Endowment Fund to perpetuate the Art Center’s role as an economic generator for the town and for our local artists.

Since last year’s ZLS dinner we have started our endowment fund with $50,000!

We hope to inspire you to be part of this endeavor.



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.



Wednesday, November 12, 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.



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.

Download an artists application for the Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair (PDF)



december 2014

Sunday, December 7, 5 pm
First Sunday Concert Series

Jay Sydeman

Mark your calendar and check back for more details. 

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



Saturday, December 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

In appreciation of the community’s continued support, the Mendocino Art Center hosts its 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.



february 2015


Saturday, February 7, 6 pm

Bill Zacha's 95th Birthday Black and White Ball

Be Art, View Art, Taste Art, Make Art, Buy Art...

And celebrate the Mendocino Art Center with the great music of the Kathleen Grace Band.

At this fabulous wintertime bash you will

• engage with art

• enjoy dancing to fabulous music

• dine on a culinary extravaganza of seasonal local food, wines and beer

• experience a lively digital silent auction