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September 17-23, 2018

Mendocino Open Paint Out – A Plein Air Festival
6 Featured Artists | More than 60 Participating Artists
Watch Artists Paint | Daily Wet Paint Sales | Demonstrations & More

Mendocino Open Paint Out


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



John Hewitt
John Hewitt
Wendy Brayton
Wendy Brayton

The Mendocino Art Center hosts the sixth annual Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. The festival includes plein air painting, with wet paint sales of new artwork by more than 60 artists each day in the Art Center's galleries, twice daily demonstrations by featured artists, the opportunity to watch artists paint outdoors, festive and social nightly gatherings, and more.


Ellen Howard
Ellen Howard
Suzi Marquess Long
Suzi Marquess Long

 

Friday, September 21, enjoy refreshments and be the first to see all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting at the People's Choice Party, 7pm-9pm. More than 400 works of art were painted in the weeklong festival in 2017.


Saturday, September 22, there will be a Quick Draw Competition from 11am-1pm, with the location to be announced just prior to the start time in order for it to remain a surprise for the participants. The public is invited to watch the competition and then vote for their favorite piece at the Quick Draw Sale, held from 2pm-4pm, at MAC. The day’s festivities will continue with a special MOPO Reception and Celebration, including an awards presentation, from 4pm-6pm.


Will Maller
Will Maller
Dennis Simpson
Dennis Simpson

 

Sunday, September 23, 10am-5pm, stop by the Mendocino Art Center's galleries for your final opportunity to purchase paintings created during the 2018 Mendocino Open Paint Out.


The six featured artists – MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Wendy Brayton, Ellen Howard, Suzi Marquess Long, Will Maller and Dennis Simpson – will paint on location each day during MOPO, conduct daily demonstrations (2pm and 7pm, donations requested), and also judge the artwork of more than 60 participating oil, pastel and water media artists competing for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes. The Mendocino Art Center is welcoming artists from throughout California, as well as Idaho, Illinois, Nevada and Oregon.


Admission to all events is free and open to the public, including watching the artists paint.