Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 10 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 2017

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, April 26, 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. The April meeting serves as the Art Center's Annual Meeting.

 

 

May 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, May 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Richard Weiss, The Empire
Richard Weiss, "The Empire," acrylic on wood, 50" x 50"


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. May's exhibits include Richard Weiss, Evan Hobart, and Nikolas Kozak.

 

 

THE BOOK – THEY CAME FROM INNER SPACE
Saturday, May 20, 4 pm
Mendocino Art Center
Free screening

Saturday, May 27, at 7 pm
Tim Carmody Art Gallery, 324 N. Franklin Street, Fort Bragg
Free screening

Richard Weiss, The Book


Richard Weiss’ full-length movie, The Book: They Came from Inner Space, is a kitsch science fiction feature film (Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Flash Gordon) that pays homage to the sci-fi classics of the ‘70s and ‘80s. As an official selection of festivals in America, Australia, and Asia, The Book won an impressive 13 awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best of Show at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

The Mendocino Art Center presents the artwork of Richard Weiss, April 27 through May 28, in the Main Gallery.

Trailer of The Book
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The Book
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June 2017

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, June 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission


Miriam Davis
Miriam Davis, juror


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. June's exhibits include the Members' Juried Exhibit, "Flora & Fauna," juried by Miriam Davis.

 

 

25TH ANNIVERSARY MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Tickets will go on sale soon!

25th Anniversary Mendocino Coast Garden Tour

 

 

July 2017

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

Saturday, July 1, 1 pm – 4 pm
Free admission

The Swingin' Boonville Big Band


The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society and the Mendocino Art Center present Jazz on the Lawn, featuring The Swingin’ Boonville Big Band. Celebrate the 4th of July weekend while enjoying music and dancing to this 19-piece jazz big band, including some of the county’s finest musicians, led by Bob Ayers.

Music 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.

 

 

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

Michael Green, Early Bird
Michael Greene, "Early Bird"


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. July's exhibits include Michael Greene, Bob Spies and Max Dubois.

 

 

58TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 15-16, 10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

58th 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 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, gourds, furniture items, and more. We'll also open our art studios for free artist demonstrations and hands-on activities. Also live local music and festive food and drinks.


Call for artists!
58th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

 

 

august 2017

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


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. August's exhibits include the Rude Family Exhibition, Cynthia Schildhauer and Wendell Rickon.

 

 

september 2017

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


Jim McVicker, Mendocino Open Paint Out
Jim McVicker, Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artist


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. September's exhibits include the Rude Family Exhibition, the Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artists, and Wendell Rickon.

 

 

5TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
September 18-24

Mendocino Open Paint Out


The Mendocino Art Center hosts the fifth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales of new artwork each day in the Art Center's galleries by more than 60 artists, twice daily demonstrations by featured artists, the opportunity to watch featured artists paint outdoors, nightly community dinners, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, a celebratory awards ceremony, and more. All activities are free and open to the public. Donations are requested at the demonstrations.

Mendocino Open Paint Out Mendocino Open Paint Out

 

 

october 2017

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


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. October's exhibits include Virginia Sharkey, Jan Ramsey and the Mendocino Art Center Instructor Showcase.

 

 

november 2017

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


Gail Factor, Dune
Gail Factor, "Dune"


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. November's exhibits include Gail Factor, Lisa Thorpe and Wearable & Mushroom Dye Art.

 

 

58TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 24–25, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

58th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair


In what has become a north coast tradition, 35 juried artists and craftspeople from throughout northern California and beyond 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 and mosaic works, handcrafted herbal body care products, 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.

 

 

december 2017

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, December 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Holiday Celebration


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. December's reception also serves as our Holiday Celebration and a thank you to the community for their continued support. Please join us for holiday cheer, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and live music. Browse for great gift ideas in our Gallery Shop and December's exhibitions, including Rebecca Johnson, the Holiday Shop and Mendocino Heritage Artists.