nichols gallery

Second Saturday Gallery Reception: April 14, 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.

April 4–29, 2018

Russ Christoff
From Maine to Mendocino

Accompanied by Wendell Rickon's furniture
in the Rustic, Recycled and Upcycled Tradition

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Mendocino resident and award winning photographer and videographer Russ Christoff has captured images on nearly every continent and his credits include his Public Television Series, Traveling California State Parks®.

"There’s a reason or story behind each of the photographs I exhibit. I see what my camera captures as a point of departure, modified only enough to convey my experience and what motivated me to select that image to begin with. The art of photography is more than merely capturing a moment in time.” 

Russ’ latest photographic interpretations of the North Coast are meant to evoke dreamlike images and, perhaps, take the viewer to another place. The Mendocino Coast has a magical appeal and ‘the artist’ seeks to convey that ‘magic’ through his eye. It’s not what we look at that’s important; it’s what we see.

The east coast, especially Maine, also has a special meaning to Russ. Andrew Wyeth images speak volumes and have influenced his work as a photographer.

Wendell Rickon


Since my childhood, salvaged wood and other wonderful materials found their way into objects of use like scooters, forts, bicycle contraptions, and such. Trash day in my Southern California home of Southgate was always an adventure because other people's trash became my treasures that could be repaired or used to build something.

While serving as a state park ranger on Angel Island, furniture for my wife and I's quarters were made from flotsam and jetsam found while beachcombing, things like our hatch cover table and benches. After being transferred to the Mendocino coast a wonderful new world of materials welcomed my creative juices, discards from the state parks' service yard as well as cross arms from PG&E power poles destined for the dump, went into the addition to our house.

After my son took a greenwood chair making class through the Krenov woodworking school in Fort Bragg, stick furniture became a new way of thinking and making furniture for me. Also the rustic furniture books by Daniel Mack were a big inspiration for me. The Mendocino stores of Sticks, Sallie Mac, Anderson's Alternitives, Gallery Mendocino, Flockworks and the Mendocino Art Center have been an encouragement to me and carry or have carried my creations. For the last seven years showing my crafts and furniture at the Marin County Fair has consistently won ribbons with cash prizes. In my retirement years, furniture made out of rustic, recycled and rescued materials has been my passion and pleasure even though my wife Sammie some times feels like a shop widow.

Read more about Russ and Wendell
in Mendocino Arts magazine

Russ Christoff, Luminous Mnemonics Wendell Rickon, Mendocino Arts Magazine