Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 11 am – 4 pm (Winter hours)

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.

 

 

february 2016

MENDOCINO ART CENTER CHILI PARTY
Saturday, February 6, 4 pm – 9 pm

Ceramics Chil Party


Join the Mendocino Art Center's Ceramic Artists in Residence for chili, beer steins and ceramic ware. Buy a cup, we'll fill it up!

The Chili Party, featuring three different chili varieties, is a fundraiser for the Mendocino Art Center Ceramics Program, including helping to send the ceramics Artists in Residence to the leading annual ceramics conference, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), held this year in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16-19.

 

 

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

Jennifer Linley Taylor
Jennifer Linley Taylor, "FREEDOM," paper collage, spray and acrylic on canvas


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. February's exhibits include Jennifer Linley Taylor, Howard Wheatley Allen and Jill Wallin. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

march 2016

MENDOCINO COAST WHALE FESTIVAL WINE TASTING
Saturday, March 5, 1 pm – 4 pm

Paul Maeding
Paul Maeding, "Dolphins"


The Mendocino Art Center will participate in a wine tasting in conjunction with the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Mendocino Coast Whale Festival. Come check out the Mendocino Art Center’s annual Marine Wildlife Exhibit and taste delicious local wines at the Mendocino Art Center and various other locations throughout Mendocino village.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Mendocino Coast Whale Festival website:

 

 

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

Steve Allen
Steve Allen, Neo Cali Clay Exhibition


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. March's exhibits include Neo Cali Clay, Cynthia Myers and the Marine Wildlife Exhibit. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

april 2016

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

Bruce Kitts
Bruce Kitts


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. April's exhibits include the annual Artists in Residence Exhibit, Mary-Ellen Campbell and the Instructors Showcase. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

may 2016

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

Valerie Rose
Best in Show from the 2015 Members' Juried Garden-Themed Exhibit:
Valerie Rose, "Moon Garden," acrylic


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. May's exhibits include the Members' Juried Garden-Themed Exhibit and Jack da Silva. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

june 2016

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

Miasa Exhibit
Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. June's exhibits include the Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit, Betty Helen Longhi and David Weitzman. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

24TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR
Saturday, June 25, 10 am – 5 pm

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour
Photograph by Leona Walden


Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of a diverse selection of some of the Mendocino Coast's most magnificent private gardens on this self-guided tour. On Friday, June 24, also enjoy a special evening reception with fine wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music, at one of the Garden Tour homes. And, on Garden Tour day, there will be a Garden Shop & Plant Sale at the Mendocino Art Center, and a benefit lunch.

The 2016 Garden Tour is a fundraising benefit for the Mendocino Art Center.

Please check back for more details and a ticket on sale date.

 

 

july 2016

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

Jan Stussy
Jan Stussy


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. July's exhibits include the Stussy Retrospective Exhibit, an Encaustic Group Show and Susan Elwart Hall. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

57TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, July 16–17, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

57th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair


For the 57th 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 2016

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

Bonnie Lammar
Bonnie Lammar


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. August's exhibits include a Winesong Preview Exhibit and Bonnie Lammar. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

september 2016

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

John Hewitt, Mendocino Open Paint Out
John Hewitt


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. September's exhibits include an Unframed Exhibition and a Mendocino Open Paint Out Featured Artist Preview. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
September 19-25

Mendocino Open Paint Out
Photograph by Steve Greenwood


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a weeklong plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the 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 of the town, 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 the Art Center's galleries, and demonstrations and presentations by featured plein air artists. There will also be a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory reception and awards presentation, among other activities throughout the week.

In 2015, in addition to eight featured artists, more than 50 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competed for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center welcomed artists from throughout California, as well as Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

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october 2016

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

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. October's exhibits include a Members' Juried Photography Exhibit, Larry Wagner and an Instructors Showcase. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

november 2016

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

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. November's exhibits include Blagojce Stojanovski, Fab 4, and Mendocino Art Center Then and Now Fiber Arts Exhibit. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.

 

 

57TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 25–26, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

Mendocino Art Center's 57th 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, holiday ornaments, fresh holiday wreaths and more.

Also savor a delicious assortment of festive food items.

 

 

december 2016

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

57th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair


The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. December's reception also serves as the Art Center's annual Holiday Celebration. Please join us for holiday cheer, live music, prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Browse the Gallery Shop for great gift ideas and enjoy December’s gallery exhibits which include a Mixed Media/Assemblage Invitational, a Jewelry/Metal Arts Invitational, and Moss Rock.