Join us for the 2nd Annual
Mendocino Open Paint Out
A Plein Air Festival
on Northern California's
Beautiful Mendocino Coast

September 8-13, 2014


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Mendocino Open Paint Out Application

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the second Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival, September 8-13, 2014. The festival includes five days of plein air painting, with wet paint sales each day in the Art Center's galleries, daily demonstrations, presentations and lunches. The festival will culminate on Saturday, September 13, with a Quick Draw competition and sale, followed by a celebratory reception and awards presentation. The public is welcome at all events, including watching the artists paint.


The 2013 event attracted nearly 80 participating watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel artists from throughout California, as well as Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and the United Kingdom.


2014 Mendocino Open Paint Out Celebrity Artists

John Hewitt
Gary Huber
Dale Laitinen
Carolyn Lord
Ann McMillan
Clark Mitchell
Juan Pena
Dan Schultz


Thank you to our 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 2013 Mendocino Open Paint Out
Award Winners!

Best in Show
Macario Pascual, In the Mood

1st Prize: Susan Elwart Hall, Sunny Solitude
2nd Prize: Linda Barretta, Whale Tail
3rd Prize: Patty Shanahan, Yellow Hills
Honorable Mention: Lonnie Lopez, Peaceful Morning

1st Prize: Sally Cataldo, Cypress Cove Friday
2nd Prize: Dennis Simpson, Headlands
3rd Prize Watercolor: Bob Shaw, Honers Spring Pond
Honorable Mention Watercolor: Rolando Barrero, At Kasten Street

1st Prize: Francine Hurd, On the River
2nd Prize: Suzi Marquess Long, A Very Old Soul
3rd Prize: Donna Jenna Burke, Bridge Shadow, Russian Gulch
Honorable Mention: Leslie Marks Kruth, Little River

1st Prize: Lorraine Filippone, Cypress Cove Friday
2nd Prize: Liz Reardon, Rocks

Quick Draw Winner
Rolando Barrero


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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.

     Mendocino Art Center Figure Drawing Workshop

Today the Mendocino Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution known for retreat-style classes led by superlative artist-instructors. Approximately 200 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.