5th Annual Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 18–24, 2017

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A Recap of the 2016 festivities

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the fourth 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, and nightly community dinners.

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Saturday, September 24, there will be a Quick Draw Competition from 11am-1pm, with the location to be announced just prior to the start time. The public is invited to watch the competition and then vote for their favorite piece at the Quick Draw Sale, held from 2pm to 5pm, at MAC. The day’s festivities will continue with a special MOPO Reception and Celebration, including an awards presentation, from 5pm to 8pm.

Sunday, September 25, the Mendocino Art Center hosts a Wine Tasting Event, 1pm-4pm. Enjoy live music, a selection of wines from Mendocino County wineries - including Lulu Cellars, Handley Cellars, Bliss Family Vineyards, Roderick Vineyards and Signal Ridge Vineyard - and cast your vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Admission is free. $10 for tasting, includes Mendocino Art Center wine glass.

The eight featured artists – MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Debbie Abshear, Marcia Burtt, Ellen Howard, Paul Kratter, Suzi Marquess Long, Camille Przewodek and Robin Purcell – will paint on location each day during MOPO, conduct daily demonstrations (2pm and 7pm, donations requested), and also judge the artwork of the more than 50 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competing for over $8,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming artists from throughout California, as well as Florida, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

John Hewitt
Debbie Abshear
Marcia Burtt
Ellen Howard
Paul Kratter
Suzi Marquess Long
Camille Przewodek
Robin Purcell

A Mendocino Open Paint Out Preview Exhibition will open on September 1, with works painted en plein air by this year’s featured artists.

All events are free and open to the public.

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 of the town of Mendocino, the artists find abundant creative inspiration. In 2015 nearly 300 paintings were created throughout the week.

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Southwest Art - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor

The North Coast of California was #3 on
The New York Times list of "Places to Go in 2014."

John Hewitt, Mendocino Open Paint Out
John Hewitt

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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.