Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 11 am – 5 pm

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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april 2018

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ZACHA'S BAY WINDOW GALLERY FINALE
Continuing through May 31, open daily
45110 Main Street, Mendocino

Bill and Jennie Zacha, Painted by Charles Stevenson
Jennie and William Zacha painting by Charles Marchant Stevenson.


See the work of the Mendocino Heritage Artists at ZACHA'S BAY WINDOW GALLERY FINALE, in Bill Zacha's historic Bay Window Gallery building, 45110 Main Street in Mendocino.

The Finale will feature spectacular art from the estates of the six Mendocino Heritage Artists – Mendocino Art Center founder William Zacha, Dorr Bothwell, Fran Moyer, Hilda Pertha, Toshi Yoshida, Charles Marchant Stevenson – including some surprises.

The building has been sold; the Finale show marks the end of an era.

The gallery will be open 7 days a week through May 31, 2018.

Open for Second Saturday Gallery Receptions: April 14 and May 12, 5 pm – 8 pm.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, April 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.

 

 

may 2018

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, May 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Eduardo Smissen
Eduardo Smisssen


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 Eduardo Smissen, Beth Changstrom and Mira M. White.

 

 

june 2018

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, June 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Laura Fogg, Sweet Old Fashioned Girls
2017 Best in Show: Laura Fogg "Sweet Old Fashioned Girls," textile


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 annual Members' Juried Garden-Themed Exhibit, Jonathan Palmer and Nicholas Collins, and Judith Hale.

 

 

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

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. 


     


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july 2018

THE SWINGIN’ BOONVILLE BIG BAND
Jazz in the Courtyard 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 Jazz in the Courtyard, featuring The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band. Celebrate the 4th of July week while enjoying music and dancing to this 19-piece jazz big band, including some of the county’s finest musicians, led by Bob Ayers.

Must in past years has included “Lady is a Tramp,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Misty,” “I’ll Close My Eyes,” “Lazy River,” “Moonglow,” “Mambo 5,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Night Train,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and “Tenor Madness,” among other dance inspiring popular tunes. Tasty food treats, beer and wine will available for purchase.

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


Browse a wide variety of quality, one-of-a-kind artwork at 50 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.


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59th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

 

 

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

Ryusei Okamoto
Ryusei Okamoto


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 biennial Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit, Pat Mayer and Lisa Thorpe.

 

 

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.