Join us for the 7th Annual
Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 16–22, 2019

Mendocino Open Paint Out

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Our 2019 Featured Artists
John Hewitt (co-founder)Karl DempwolfErin Dertner
Patricia Rose FordChuck KovacicDennis Ziemienski

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the seventh 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.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

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Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out.

• Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.

• Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space

Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)

• Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party

• Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center. Food and beverages available for purchase.

• Watch demonstrations hosted by featured artists

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale

• Attend the People's Choice Party and the celebratory reception and awards presentation

• Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast

• And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Southwest Art Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor


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Our featured artists, 2013 through 2018:

John Hewitt (co-founder)
Debbie Abshear | 2016
Wendy Brayton | 2018
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 & 2018
Gary Huber | 2014
Chuck Kovacic | 2017
Paul Kratter | 2016

Dale Laitinen | 2013-2015
Will Maller | 2018
Suzi Marquess Long
   2016 & 2018
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 Simpson | 2018
Dennis Ziemienski | 2013

Mendocino Open Paint Out Award Winners






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Mendocino Open Paint Out

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.