open studios

The Mendocino Art Center offers Open Studios in several media and in various formats. All open studios provide access to specialized equipment and supplies, some oversight (but not instruction) by studio monitors, and the nurturing presence of other artists in various stages of creative development. All Open Studios provide a stress free, non-judgmental atmosphere and opportunities for creative interaction with and encouragement from other artists.

For more information please call: (707) 937-5818, ext. 10 or (800) 653-3328, ext. 10 



Ongoing Open Studios

Jewelry Open Studio
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$15 per session

Join us and utilize ALL that the Mendocino Art Center Jewelry Department has to offer! Benches, mills, hydraulic press, torches, casting station and much, much more. Come meet our new Artist in Residence Erin Fagen and make some jewelry!

Jewelry Studio Rental $150/month (ongoing)
Jewelry Bench Rental $250/month  (ongoing)

Contact: Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator, 707-972-4178

Jewelry Open Studios

In 2012 we expanded the jewelry facility into the adjacent room – the Jennie Studio – creating a fully equipped studio that comfortably seats 12 students. This room has a complete soldering station with ventilation hood, two rolling mills, buffing machine and packed tool cabinet. We also created a “fume room” which has two ventilation hoods, one over our new spin castor and burn out kiln; the other is over a soldering station used exclusively by our artists in residence and bench renters. We have four kilns in this space as well, two for precious metal clays and two enameling. At present our studio is equipped to perform a multitude of metal working processes – casting, fabrication, metal raising/forming, hydraulic press, enameling, repousse and more.

Interested in a new technique but don't have the funds or space to try it in your own studio? Come explore and experiment. The expanded Jewelry Studio is open to all jewelry craftspeople and small-scale metalsmiths who have enough previous experience to be able to work independently (under supervision) in the studio.



Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 per session / $50 for 4 sessions
with Gert Rasmussen, Keith Middlesworth & Blue Owens

and now also...

Sundays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$15 per session / $50 for 4 sessions
with Taylor Durvee

Wear loose cotton clothing, leather shoes and bring eye protection and leather gloves.

Contact: Keith Middlesworth, Sculpture Coordinator, 707-937-1708

Participants in this Open Studio, conducted at MAC’s foundry, engage in intensive hands-on projects with hot metal, under the guidance of Keith Middlesworth, Gert Rasmussen, and Blue Owens. Anyone interested in joining this exhilarating activity is welcome to come by – no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Most individuals complete a blacksmithing project over a few sessions – candlesticks, abstract metal art, knives, swords – if it’s made of hot steel, this studio is where it is produced.



Figure Drawing
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$12 per session/$40 for 4 sessions
Contact: Bob Ross

The Figure Drawing Open Studio is a well-established Wednesday afternoon tradition at MAC, in collaboration with the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective, coordinated by Robert Ross. This studio offers the novice or experienced artist the opportunity to work directly from live nude models in a serious and supportive environment. (Bring your own materials; no solvents please.) Over the years, work coming out of this Open Studio has been exhibited at MAC and at other galleries.



Textile Tuesdays in the Fiber Arts Studio
Fiber arts techniques and mixed media applications, demonstrations

No open studio sessions during the summer

Contact: Mickie McCormic, 541-331-8817

Fiber Arts Open Studios

Fiber arts techniques, mixed media applications and demonstrations by Mickie McCormic are planned. Mickie plans to concentrate on one process at a time for two-month periods (including printing and transferring images on fabric, silk screening on fabric, and dying fabrics with resists.) She’ll be working on her own projects within that medium, which will serve as a demo. However, the studio will be open to everyone with a fiber project of any kind, with table space for people to work on their own. Mickie will be available to help or answer questions. She also plans free demonstrations in the Fiber Arts studio on the Saturday preceding Open Studio, so artists can come by and see what will be going on the following Tuesday.



No open studio sessions in the summer

Contact: Bob Rhoades

Printmaking Open Studios

Well known local artist, teacher and printmaker Bob Rhoades leads this new and improved Open Studio, which offers access to MAC’s press. Artists can pursue a variety of printing processes, including intaglio, relief, planographic and monotype. Experience in printmaking is required for the studio as no instruction is provided. However, anyone without experience wishing to observe what is happening in the studio, from intaglio to woodprint and including a variety of aesthetic styles, is encouraged to drop in.


Drop-in Watercolor

No open studio sessions in the summer

Contact: Nancy Marchant, 707-937-0220

Drop in Watercolor Open Studios

The watercolor Open Studio provides the space and the time for those who want to paint in this medium, and artists can drop in for an hour or an afternoon, and have the freedom to come and go. Nancy Marchant provides support, feedback and direction as needed.


Ceramics Open Studios
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ceramics Open Studios


Ceramics Shelf Rentals
Fees do not include clay purchases and kiln firings

Open when not otherwise in use

$80 per month for a full shelf
$50 per month for a half shelf

Contact: Dr. Marja Kay, Registrar at 937-5818 x10