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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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september 2017

September 18-24

Mendocino Open Paint Out

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting for a plein air festival. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world.

The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming more than 60 oil, pastel and water media artists from throughout California, as well as Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Canada and the British Virgin Islands, who will be competing for more than $8,000 in cash and prizes.

Featured artists are MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Jody Bryan, Maeve Croghan, Susan Elwart Hall, Chuck Kovacic and Jim McVicker.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town of Mendocino, the artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration.

The public is welcome at all activities (see a full schedule):

• Daily plein air painting. Watch artists paint outdoors.

• Wet paint sales featuring new artwork exhibited each day in the Art Center’s professional galleries, beginning September 19, and with expanded gallery hours. Last year, more than 300 paintings were created during the festival!

• Twice daily demonstrations by featured artists

• Festive and social evening gatherings, with food and drinks available.

• People’s Choice Party, September 22. See all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting.

• Quick Draw Competition with a fun new twist this year, September 23. Watch the competition and vote for your favorite Quick Draw painting.

• Evening reception, awards presentation and celebration, September 23

• Live jazz, mimosas and brunch bites, September 24. Last chance to buy your favorite painting.

Mendocino Open Paint Out Mendocino Open Paint Out



Wednesday, September 27, 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.



october 2017

Friday, October 6, 5 pm
Free admission

Heather Hillard
Heather Hillard
Linda Ryan
Linda Ryan
Layne Roytman
Layne Roytman

Mendocino Art Center’s talented group of 2017-18 Artists in Residence (AIR) will talk about their art and show recent work. A reception will follow with wine and snacks.

The 2017-18 Artists in Residence who will be presenting are Elisabeth Arzt, jewelry; Linda Cloonan, fine art; Dorae Hankin, ceramics; Heather Hillard, ceramics; Lawrence Juniper, sculpture; Jacob Miller, ceramics; Alissa Mittl, ceramics; Layne Roytman, jewelry; and Linda Ryan, fine art.

The AIR program brings both emerging and established artists from across the country to this unique Northern California region, providing creative space for artists to expand and explore their craft, collaborate and create new bodies of work.



Saturday, October 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Virginia Sharkey, Cleft
Virginia Sharkey, Winter

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

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.



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.

Mendocino Open Paint Out



december 2017

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.