Events calendar

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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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june 2018

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, June 27, 4:30 pm
The June board meeting has been cancelled. The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 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.

 

 

MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR OPENING NIGHT GALA
Friday, June 29, 5 pm – 7 pm
SOLD OUT!

26th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour


This year, our Garden Tour Gala will be held in a spectacular private home on the cliffs of Little River. Enjoy the comforts of this fabulous home and views of the Pacific Ocean and the cliff all while sipping Yorkville Cellars sparkling wine and a selection of Anderson Valley Still wines. There will be a sumptuous array of hors d’ oeuvres prepared by our culinary expert friends at the Mendocino Art Center and Wild Fish Restaurant. Along with waves, wine and fine food, vocalist Sally Wells and her accompanist Ira Rosenberg will entertain and enchant you with their intriguing blend of blues and jazz.  

This is an extremely rare opportunity to visit one of the most tremendous private homes on the Mendocino Coast. Don’t miss this unparalleled chance to relish a wonderful evening while supporting one of the regions treasures, the Mendocino Art Center.

We limit the attendees to 50, to keep the Gala an intimate and small affair, so please purchase your tickets early. 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Inn at Newport Ranch


 

26TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 30, 10 am – 5 pm

Purchase your tickets online now

Or call 707.937.5818 x10 or toll free 800.653.3328 x10

Erin Dertner, Blue Water and Blossoms
2018 Poster Artist: Erin Dertner, "Blue Water and Blossoms"


Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of a diverse selection of the Mendocino Coast's most magnificent private gardens on this self-guided tour.

On Friday, June 29, also attend a special Opening Night Gala at a spectacular private home on the cliffs of Little River and, on Garden Tour day, savor a gourmet benefit lunch at Ravens Restaurant, and browse a Garden Shop & Plant Sale at the Mendocino Art Center. In addition, the "Members' Juried Garden-Themed Exhibit" will be showing the entire month of June. 


     


Thank you to our sponsors!

Stanford Inn by the Sea     Inn at Newport Ranch

 

 

july 2018

THE SWINGIN’ BOONVILLE BIG BAND
Jazz on the Lawn at the Mendocino Art Center

Thursday, July 5, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free admission

The Swingin' Boonville Big Band


The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center present the annual Jazz on the Lawn, with The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band, and featuring vocalist Sharon Garne. Celebrate the 4th of July week while enjoying music by this 20-piece jazz big band, including some of the county’s finest musicians, led by Bob Ayres.

The music will include “Avalon,” “Shiny Stockings,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Poor Butterfly,” “Manhattan” “Lady Bird,” “Papa Loves Mambo,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Angel Eyes,” and other inspiring classic tunes of the swing and modern jazz era. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

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.

 

 

59TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 14-15, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

59th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair
Images, clockwise from top left:
Elliot Little, Melody Lai, Hudson River Inlay, Jima & Carlie Abbott, Alissa Mittl.


Browse a wide variety of quality, one-of-a-kind artwork at more than 40 artist booths situated outdoors among the Mendocino Art Center gardens. Wearable art lovers are in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well as clothing, scarves, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, photography, wood accessories, glass works, baskets, furniture items, and more.

There will also be festive food and drinks, and the Mendocino Art Center will open the art studios for artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities.


     59th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair


 

 

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, July 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


Asako Watanabe


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. On exhibit will be the sixth biennial Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit, Pat Mayer and Jacquelyn Cisper.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, July 25, 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.

 

 

august 2018

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Corinne Ren Riley
Corinne Ren Riley
Erika Kohr Island
Erika Kohr Island

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. On exhibit will be artwork by Corinne Ren Riley and Erika Kohr Island, Wendy Brayton and Lisa Orselli.

 

 

september 2018

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
September 17-23

Mendocino Open Paint Out, Photo by Michael McDonald


The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the sixth 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.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, 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 a professional gallery, daily demonstrations by featured plein air artists, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, a People's Choice Party, and a celebratory awards presentation, among other activities.


Mendocino Open Paint Out

 

 

november 2018

59TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 23-24, 10 am–- 5 pm

59th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair


In what has become a north coast tradition, more than 30 juried artists and craftspeople 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 works, 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.