main & nichols galleries

2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: July 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.

July 5-29, 2019

Mendocino Art Center's 60th Anniversary Exhibition
"Celebrating Our Heritage"

Bill and Jennie Zacha, painting by Charles Marchant Stevenson
Bill and Jennie Zacha,
painting by Charles Marchant Stevenson

As part of the commemoration of its 60th anniversary, the Mendocino Art Center presents a retrospective exhibition, “Celebrating Our Heritage,” featuring artwork from a roster of talented artists who were instrumental in the founding and early years of the Art Center.

The exhibit will include artwork by Mendocino Heritage Artists Bill Zacha, Dorr Bothwell, Fran Moyer, Hilda Pertha, Charles Marchant Stevenson and Toshi Yoshida, as well as Legacy Artists Dorsey Alexander, Howard Wheatley Allen, Jim Bertram, Doug Desmond, Dean MacKenzie, Sasha Makovkin, J.D. Mayhew, Leone McNeil Zimmer, Al Need, Emmy Lou Packard, Olaf Palm, Helen Reynolds, Miriam Rice, Ray Rice, E. John Robinson, Herb Steiniger, and more.


Celebrating 60 Years
by Bob Ross

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Mendocino Art Center is proud to exhibit works more than 20 of its Heritage and Legacy Artists. These artists, along with many others through the years, have significantly participated in creating the institution that MAC is today.

When Bill and Jennie Zacha broke ground on the Mendocino Art Center in 1959, they had a powerful vision of the stature and influence that MAC could attain over the decades by attracting fine artists to live and work in this area. Following that vision they enthusiastically poured their sweat and money into what has become a formidable generator of art education and culture.

In the earliest days, there was a just a small, somewhat isolated colony of artists connected to the Art Center. During the 60s and 70s there was an influx of people to this area, part of a massive national social movement: a migration back to the land by artists, craftsmen, architects, scientists, authors and countless other folks yearning for natural beauty and a fresh life. How fortunate that the Art Center was already established, a focus and actual working location where people could socialize and cross-pollinate.

By 1980 the Art Center had already attracted scores of thousands of local, out-of-town and international visitors. Most of the artists represented in this exhibit moved here during these years, and their work exemplifies the energy and variety of activity nourished by the Art Center. 

Despite the unending struggle to raise money for maintenance and improvements, MAC has steadily upgraded the premises and expanded its menu of high-power classes. The Art Center has also mounted exhibitions spotlighting locally and nationally and internationally known artists, and has organized regular annual festivals and special events – offering a veritable smorgasbord of celebratory community culture.

Over its six decades, the Mendocino Art Center has refined its administrative structure, attracted outstanding instructors and artists-in-residence, and contributed astonishing resources to the north coast. It has been conservatively estimated that between lodging, food, classes, salaries and other transactions the Art Center brings roughly one million dollars per year into the community.

But the heart of the operation has always been the artists who studied, taught, gathered, traded ideas, ganged up on community projects, and fostered soulfulness and beauty in the surrounding culture. MAC honors the exhibiting Heritage and Legacy Artists as accomplished creators in their own right, and who also stand in on this occasion for the countless other fine artists who have nourished and been nourished by the Mendocino Art Center.