Join us for the 3rd Annual
Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 7–12, 2015


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Join us on the picturesque northern California Coast
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list of "Places to Go in 2014"

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Mendocino Open Paint OutThe Mendocino Art Center hosts the third Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival, September 7-12, 2015. 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.


Perks included in your registration fee:

• Open plein air competition

• More than $5,000 in cash and prizes, including a half-page ad in Plein Air Magazine for the Best of Show winner

• National advertising campaign targeting collectors

• Plein air painting each day

• Daily wet paint sales in the MAC galleries

• Celebrity artist demonstrations each day

• Meet and greet reception (September 7)

• Daily continental breakfast

• Complimentary dinner at the MAC (September 8)

• Quick Draw Competition & Sale (September 12)

• Celebratory awards presentation and reception (September 12)

Mendocino Art Center members receive
a 10% discount on the entry fee.

In 2014, in addition to eight celebrity artists, more than 70 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 Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

2015 Celebrity Artists
John Hewitt, co-founder
Marsha Connell
Erin Dertner
Aimee Erickson
Dale Laitinen
Carolyn Lord
Ann McMillan
Juan Pena


Special plein air class prior to MOPO!

Instructor: Dale Laitinen

September 5–6, 2015

more info, materials list
and online registration


Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor


Mendocino Open Paint Out, Steve Greenwood Photograph
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Congratulations to our
2014 Mendocino Open Paint Out
Award Winners!


Macario Pascual, Fog and Sunset, Best of Show (oil) 2014 Best of Show: Macario Pascual,
"Fog and Sunset," oil on pastel


Best of Show
Macario Pascual, “Fog and Sunset,” oil on panel (Lahaina, HI)


1st Place: Susan Elwart Hall, “Berry Pie Served Here" (Atherton, CA)
2nd Place: Erin Dertner, “Faybell in the Sun” (Fort Bragg, CA)
3rd Place: Jake Gaedtke, “Rocks & Rolls” (Folsom, CA)
Honorable Mention: Linda Barretta, “Sea Whisper" (Healdsburg, CA)

Susan Elwart Hall, Berry Pie Served Here, oil
First Place, oil: Susan Elwart Hall, "Berry Pie Served Here"


1st Place: Fran Hurd, “Shimmering Light" (Santa Rosa, CA)
2nd Place: Suzi Marquess Long, “10 Mile Beach" (Mendocino, CA)
3rd Place: Carol Robbins, “Caspar Day" (Alturas, CA)
Honorable Mention: Carolyn Hartling, “Vibrant Vino" (Coarsegold, CA)

First Place, pastel, Fran Hurd, Shimmering Light
First Place, pastel: Fran Hurd, "Shimmering Light"


1st Place: Rolando Barrero, “Noyo Harbor Light" (Vallejo, CA)
2nd Place: Sally Cataldo, “Morning Light" (Santa Rosa, CA)
3rd Place: Dennis Simpson, “Angling for Caspar Cove" (Napa, CA)
Honorable Mention: Leslie Rich, “Coastal Stroll" (Willits, CA)

First Place, watercolor, Rolando Barrero, Noyo Harbor Light
First Place, watercolor: Rolando Barrero,
"Noyo Harbor Light"


Quick Draw Competition - People's Choice Award
Erin Dertner, oil - entry #19 (Fort Bragg, CA)

Erin Dertner, oil, Quick Draw Competition Winner



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The Mendocino Art Center is a very special place, located in a stunning, rural location, overlooking a rugged expanse of the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles north of San Francisco. It has been a haven for artists since 1959, when founders Bill and Jennie Zacha first realized the potential of this unique community as an artists' colony.

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Today the Mendocino Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution known for retreat-style classes led by superlative artist-instructors. More than 150 two- to five-day classes are offered each year in ceramics, fiber arts, fine art, jewelry/metalsmithing and sculpture/ blacksmithing.

The art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists and the Mendocino Art Center continues to be at the heart of what makes the Mendocino Coast an enchanting and vibrant place to visit. Retreat, create, rejuvenate at the Mendocino Art Center.