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.
Thank you to Nat Montoya of Into-Imagery for the video!
NATURAL DYE SHOWCASE EXHIBITION
August 3 – September 5, daily 10 am – 5 pm
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.
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
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.
2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION &
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT AWARDS CEREMONY
Saturday, September 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
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.
THE SEAGULL RESTAURANT PAINTINGS – SILENT AUCTION RECEPTION
Saturday, September 26, 4 pm to 7 pm
The Panels by James Maxwell will be on exhibit September 14-26
"Jack and the Bean Stalk"
Ten of James Maxwell's original twelve oil paintings from the historic Sea Gull Restaurant will be up for silent bid. Completed between 1976 and 1986, the works represent the fairy tales we were told as children and include portraits of 150 Mendocino locals, portrayed as actors in the tales.
The pieces are the size of a standard door 30" x 80", with the exception of Ali Baba which measures 36" x 96".
Bids are currently being accepted
To find out the current bid on each panel, please call the Mendocino Art Center Gallery at 707-937-5818 x14.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Monday, September 28, 12 pm
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.
AUTUMN-THEMED SILENT AUCTION
October 1-31 | Bidding ends: October 31, 5 pm
Mira M. White
An invitational showing featuring approximately 30 works by talented Mendocino Art Center instructors and Mendocino Coast artists. The original 12” x 12”, autumn-themed works of art will be part of a Silent Auction at the Mendocino Art Center. Bidding concludes Saturday, October 31, 2015.
The Mendocino Art Center wishes to thank the generous participating artists for sharing their creativity in support of the MAC.
All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center Education Program.
The Autumn-Themed Silent Auction is held in conjunction with American Craft Week. See a Mendocino County schedule of events at Mendocino County Celebrates American Craft Week.
2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Kim Thoman, "Coastal Crash"
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.
The 2nd Saturday Gallery Reception is held in conjunction with American Craft Week. See a Mendocino County schedule of events at Mendocino County Celebrates American Craft Week.
MOON SHINER IN CONCERT
Sunday, October 11, 5 pm
Tickets: $15 in advance (by Friday, October 9, 5 pm) • At the door: $20
MOON SHINER, featuring two members of Yale's Tangled Up In Blue, is coming to the Mendocino Arts Center!
After meeting on the salty shores of southern Connecticut, Jenner Fox and Raph Shapiro have reconvened to once more bring their harmony and heartache to the great American west. Half New York Harbor, half San Francisco Bay, Moon Shiner plays a bicoastal blend of folk, bluegrass, and rock and roll, providing acoustic sets of original tunes as well as favorites by artists like John Prine, Gillian Welch, Darrell Scott and Bob Dylan. Cool, intoxicating, and soul-warming to the last drop, Moon Shiner music won't let you down.
Proceeds benefit the Mendocino Art Center education programs, including youth arts, scholarships and program development.
The Moon Shiner concert is held in conjunction with American Craft Week. See a Mendocino County schedule of events at Mendocino County Celebrates American Craft Week.
ANNUAL ZACHA LEGACY SOCIETY DINNER
Saturday, October 24
Enjoy sumptuous dining, celebratory beverages and entertainment at the annual Zacha Legacy Society Dinner. Please check back for more details.
2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
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
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.
2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
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.
BLACK & WHITE BALL
Saturday, February 6
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 silent auction.