Join us for the 6th Annual
Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 17–23, 2018

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The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the sixth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival. 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.

The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming more than 60 oil, pastel and water media artists from throughout California, as well as visiting artists from Idaho, Illinois, Nevada and Oregon, who will be competing for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes.

Featured artists are MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Wendy Brayton, Ellen Howard, Suzi Marquess Long, Will Maller and Dennis Simpson.

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 are sure to find abundant creative inspiration.

The public is welcome at all activities (see a full schedule):

• Daily plein air painting. Watch artists paint outdoors.

• Wet paint sales featuring new artwork exhibited each day in the Art Center’s professional galleries, beginning September 18, and with expanded gallery hours. Last year, more than 400 paintings were created during the festival!

• Twice daily demonstrations by featured artists

• Festive and social evening gatherings, with food and drinks available.

• People’s Choice Party, September 21. See all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting.

• Quick Draw Competition, September 22. Watch the competition and vote for your favorite Quick Draw painting.

• Evening reception, awards presentation and celebration, September 22.

• Gallery open all day Sunday, September 23. Your last chance to buy your favorite painting.

John Hewitt
Wendy Brayton
Ellen Howard
Suzi Marquess Long
Will Maller
Dennis Simpson

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Southwest Art - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor

Little River Inn - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Noyo Harbor Inn - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Racine's Office and Art Supplies - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Roundman's Smoke House - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor

Flow Restaurant
The Highlight Gallery
Lunar Trattoria
Mendocino Hotel
Mendocino Jams & Preserves
Mendocino Mustard
SHN Engineers & Geologists
Silver's at the Wharf

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Our featured artists, 2013 through 2017:

John Hewitt (co-founder)
Debbie Abshear | 2016
Jody Bryan | 2017
Marcia Burtt | 2016
Marsha Connell | 2015
Maeve Croghan | 2017
Erin Dertner | 2015
Aimee Erickson | 2015
Michael Gibbons | 2013
Susan Elwart Hall | 2017
Ellen Howard | 2016
Gary Huber | 2014
Chuck Kovacic | 2017

Paul Kratter | 2016
Dale Laitinen | 2013-2015
Suzi Marquess Long | 2016
Carolyn Lord | 2014 & 2015
Ann McMillan | 2014 & 2015
Jim McVicker | 2017
Clark Mitchell | 2013 & 2014
Juan Pena | 2013-2015
Camille Przewodek
   2013 & 2016
Robin Purcell | 2016
Dan Schultz | 2014
Margot Schulzke | 2013
Dennis Ziemienski | 2013

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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.

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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.