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 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.

 

 

april 2015

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, April 15, 3:00 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.

 

 

may 2015

MAYPOLE MERRIMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Friday, May 1, 5 pm

Maypole Merriment for the Whole Family, Pavlos Mayakis
Pavlos Mayakis

Sustainable Napkin Project May Day Celebration. Celebrate, eat, dance and learn about the Sustainable Napkin Project as it makes its debut in Mendocino before becoming a model for the rest of the country.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, May 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

Susan Louise Moyer, Birds of Paradise
Susan Louise Moyer, Garden Tour Poster Artist
"Birds of Paradise"

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. Also in May, view Mendocino Film Festival trailers, including "Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish."

May's gallery exhibits include the annual garden-themed Members' Juried Exhibit, a showing by Mira M. White, and an exhibit of Jerry Ross Barrish's sculptural work.

 

 

A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, WINE AND ALE
Saturday, May 23, 1 pm – 4 pm
at the Mendocino Art Center
Advance Tickets: $30. Day of event: $40


or call 707-937-5818 x10

23rd Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

The Mendocino Art Center presents A Taste of Chocolate, Wine and Ale, an enjoyable afternoon of exceptional food, wine and ale samples from a selection of the finest wineries, breweries and food purveyors from Mendocino County and beyond. This is a tasty way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend in Mendocino while listening to live music and perusing the Silent Auction where you can bid on Mendocino County food and wine products to take home.

A Taste of Chocolate, Wine & Ale is sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate.

 

 

CALL FOR ENTRY APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 29, 2015

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

Yoshiko Wada

Mendocino Art Center's Natural Dye Showcase invites artists to submit contemporary fiber works featuring elements that have been created with natural dyes. Techniques may include wall-hangings, art quilts, baskets, embroidery, rugs, knitting, crochet, hand-made paper and other forms of fiber art. The exhibition seeks to highlight excellence in contemporary use of natural dyes, considered in the light of their rich and skillful use through the centuries and across the planet. The Main Gallery will be devoted to this exhibition, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, August 8, 2015, and a gallery talk by the distinguished juror Yoshiko I. Wada.

more information and a call for entry

 

 

THE TEMPLE OF KWAN TAI
PROJECTION ONTO THE FACADE OF MENDOCINO SAVINGS BANK

Friday & Saturday, May 29-30, Sundown – 10 pm
10500 Lansing Street, Mendocino
 

Ben Wood Project
Ben Wood projection on San Francisco's Coit Tower

San Francisco-based visual artist Ben Wood, known for his transformative site-specific projections onto buildings and spaces, comes to Mendocino to retrieve histories hidden in the fabric of our own buildings. His upcoming video projection explores early history of the town through archival images, text, video and film. 

Developed in collaboration with the Mendocino Art Center, and working with the Kelly House Museum, the Temple of Kwan Tai and local historians, the projection will illuminate the building with animated imagery and text.  The project strives to create a bond of community through sharing histories specific to the town and those who have inhabited it through generations.  

Moving pictures will be projected about the Kwan Tai Temple, one of Mendocino's oldest structures and one of California's oldest Chinese houses of worship in continuous use. This will be an experimental one-of-a kind event that animates the history of the symbolic Taoist temple with projected images of its early pioneer Chinese community founded and built by Joe Lee and preserved up to the present day by his great-grandchildren.

The project is generously sponsored by:
Ann Mormon & Dean Arnold
Keith Faulder
Dan Haehl
Clay Brennen
Mark & Barbara Kalina
Justin & Shannon Petersen

 

 

MEET PLASTIC MAN: JERRY ROSS BARRISH
Saturday, May 30, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Jerry Ross Barrish
Jerry Ross Barrish, "Self Portrait"

Meet Jerry Ross Barrish, found object sculptor, filmmmaker and the subject of Mendocino Film Festival's presentation of the film, "Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish." The reception coincides with the Mendocino Art Center's Nichols Gallery exhibition of Jerry's work throughout the month of May.

The reception, held at the Mendocino Art Center, will immediately follow the 3:00 p.m. screening of the film at the Matheson Performing Arts Center.

 

 

june 2015

RFK ASSASSINATION TRIAL EXHIBITION
Courtroom Illustrations by Leone McNeil Zimmer

June 7–14, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm daily
Free Admission

Leone McNeil Zimmer, RFK Assassination Trial

Moving illustrations by our own Leone McNeil Zimmer. Leone's uncle was a judge and helped her acquire access to the Sirhan Sirhan trial for the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles as he campaigned during the primary election for president.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, June 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free Admission

John Fisher
John Fisher
Sandy Oppenheimer
Sandy Oppenheimer

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. June's gallery exhibits include a John Fisher and Sandy Oppenheimer's joint showing, "Scissors, Paper, Stone," Evan Hobart's ceramics, and "RFK Assassination Trail Exhibition," featuring courtroom illustrations by Leone McNeil Zimmer.

 

 

23rd ANNUAL MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 5 pm ***NEW DATE!***

23rd Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

Set aside Saturday, June 20, 2015, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a diverse selection of some of the Mendocino Coast's most beautiful private gardens on this self-guided tour, a benefit lunch at the Stanford Inn's Ravens Restaurant, and a Garden Shop & Plant Sale. Please check back with more details.

The 2015 Garden Tour is a fundraising benefit for the Mendocino Art Center.

 

 

july 2015

MORE JAZZ ON THE LAWN
Sunday, July 5, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free Admission

More Jazz on the Lawn
Artwork by Robert Ross

The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center are bringing back Jazz on the Lawn, a raucous, well-attended and crowd pleasing event, with The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band, led by Bob Ayres.

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend while enjoying the music and dancing! There will also be a barbecue, soft drinks, beer and wine.

 

 

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, July 11, 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. July's exhibits include a showing of Robert Ross' artwork, Larry Wagner's photography, and artwork by Jennifer Taylor.

 

 

56th ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

56th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

For the 56th consecutive year locals and tourists alike will browse a wide variety of quality artwork at the 50 artisan booths situated outdoors in the Art Center's gardens, as well as listen to live local music and enjoy festive food and drink while supporting the local artist community.

The allure of this art fair is the abundance of one-of-a-kind artwork. Wearable art lovers are always in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well clothing, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find ceramics, wood accessories, baskets, gourds, knives and more. Two-dimensional artwork is always highlighted by stunning photography and paintings, and additional three-dimensional works often include sculptural pieces and musical instruments.

 

 

august 2015

2ND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, August 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. August's exhibits include a juried Natural Dye Showcase, an exhibit by Bob Burridge, and artwork by Winesong! artists.

 

 

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 a Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

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 and Suzi Marquess Long.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 and Laura Pope, and the Gallery Shop with unique gift items.