Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
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 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.

 

Highlights from the
2015 A Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale

Thank you to Nat Montoya of Into-Imagery for the video!

 

 

august 2015

NATURAL DYE SHOWCASE EXHIBITION
August 3–28, daily 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

Suzy Farren
Suzy Farren

The Natural Dye Showcase is a national, juried exhibition highlighting excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes. The distinguished juror Yoshiko I. Wada chose 47 works by 35 fiber artists for their merit as works of art and for the artists’ skillful knowledge of the chemistry of natural dyes.

The Main Gallery will be devoted to this exhibition, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, August 8, 5 pm to 8 pm, preceded by a gallery talk by Yoshiko I. Wada at 4 pm.

more information and images

 

 

VISUAL PRESENTATION & BARBECUE
Tuesday, August 4, 5:30 pm (visual presentation), 6:30 pm (barbecue)
Free Admission


Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan

Mendocino Art Center’s summer art classes are in full swing, and with them come the opportunity for the community to join students and instructors for enjoyable and social potluck barbecues and entertaining and informative presentations by visiting instructors on Tuesday nights in July and August.

At 5:30 p.m., the week’s art instructors show slide presentations in the Art Center’s Nichols Gallery. Then, at 6:30 p.m., meet and mingle with students, as well as both local and national instructors, at the barbecue. On August 4, Jacqueline Sullivan will give a presentation.

Bring an item for the grill, a beverage and a side dish to share.

In the coming weeks...

August 11: Bob Burridge

August 18: Bob Burridge

August 25: Birgit O'Connor and Betty Helen Longhi

Schedule subject to change.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Ursula Partch
Ursula Partch
Leila Kazimi Natalie Stopka

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. August's exhibits include a juried Natural Dye Showcase, an exhibit by Robert Burridge, and artwork by Winesong! artists.

The reception will be preceed by a talk by Natural Dye Showcase juror Yoshiko I. Wada at 4 pm.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Monday, August 24, 12 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.

 

 

september 2015

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
September 7–12

56th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the third Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales each day in the Art Center's galleries, daily demonstrations and presentations, and the opportunity to watch celebrity artists paint outdoors. The festival will culminate on Saturday, September 12, with a Quick Draw competition and sale, followed by a celebratory reception and awards presentation. All events are free and open to the public, including watching the artists paint.

download an application (pdf)

more Mendocino Open Paint Out information

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION &
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT AWARDS CEREMONY

Saturday, September 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Macario Pascual, Fog and Sunset, Best of Show (oil)
Marcario Pascual, Mendocino Open Paint Out 2014 Best in Show

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. September's reception will celebrate the Mendocino Open Paint Out. Winners will be announced and presented with awards at the conclusion of the plein air festival.

More Mendocino Open Paint Out information

 

 

october 2015

AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK
October 2-11

American Craft Week - photo by Mimi Carroll

The Mendocino Art Center celebrates American Craft Week. Please check back for more details.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 10, 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. October's exhibits include showings by Kim Thoman, Leslie Rich and an Autumn-Themed Silent Auction.

 

 

ANNUAL ZACHA LEGACY SOCIETY DINNER
Saturday, October 24

Zacha Legacy Society Dinner

Enjoy sumptuous dining, celebratory beverages and entertainment at the annual Zacha Legacy Society Dinner. Please check back for more details.

 

 

november 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 14, 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. November will include exhibits by JoAnn Humphrey, Suzi Marquess Long, and Julie Hanna and Maurice Laflamme III.

 

 

56th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
November 27-28, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

56th 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, and more.

download an artist application (pdf)

 

 

december 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free 2nd Saturday Artists Reception each month. The December reception also serves as a holiday celebration. Enjoy holiday cheer, a raffle, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and browse the exhibits, featuring artwork by John Hewitt, Laura Pope, and a Jewelry/Metal Arts Invitational, and the Gallery Shop with unique gift items.

 

 

february 2016

BLACK & WHITE BALL
Saturday, February 6

Black and White Ball

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; and experience a lively digital silent auction.