Join us for the 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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The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the fifth 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 Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Canada and the British Virgin Islands, who will be competing for more than $8,000 in cash and prizes.

Featured artists are MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Jody Bryan, Maeve Croghan, Susan Elwart Hall, Chuck Kovacic and Jim McVicker.

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 19, and with expanded gallery hours. Last year, more than 300 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 22. See all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting.

• Quick Draw Competition with a fun new twist this year, September 23. Watch the competition and vote for your favorite Quick Draw painting.

• Evening reception, awards presentation and celebration, September 23

• Live jazz, mimosas and brunch bites, September 24. Last chance to buy your favorite painting.

John Hewitt
Jody Bryan
Maeve Croghan
Susan Elwart Hall
Chuck Kovacic
Jim McVicker

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!
Plein Air Magazine - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
Southwest Art - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor
John Hewitt - Mendocino Open Paint Out Sponsor






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Elizabeth Petersen

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.

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.