Open daily, 11 am – 4 pm
Thousands of visitors are attracted to the Mendocino Coast each year to attend the Mendocino Art Center's annual events, including the Mendocino Coast Garden Tour in June, the Summer Arts & Crafts Fair in July, the Mendocino Open Paint Out in September, and the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair in November. Artists receptions are held the second Saturday of each month.
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
A Plein Air Festival
All events are free and open to the public
The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the seventh 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 60 oil, pastel and water media artists from throughout California, as well as visiting from Alaska, Connecticut and Utah, who will be competing for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes.
From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration.
All events are free and open to the public:
• Plein air painting: watch artists paint outdoors all week.
• Daily wet paint sales: new paintings each day in the MAC galleries. More than 400 paintings were created in 2018.
• Featured artists painting exhibition (opens September 3): MOPO co-founder John Hewitt, Karl Dempwolf, Erin Dertner, Patricia Rose Ford, Chuck Kovacic and Dennis Ziemienski.
• Presentation: September 16, 7pm. North Coast Brewing Company’s “Support for Marine Mammal Research and Rescue,” with Joe Seta.
• Featured artist demonstrations: September 17-19, 2pm and 7pm. Donations requested.
• Festive and social evening gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center: Food and drink available for purchase, September 17-19, 5pm to 7pm.
• People's Choice Party: Friday, September 20, 7pm to 9pm. See all paintings created during the week and vote for your favorite painting. Refreshments available.
• Quick Draw Competition and Sale: Saturday, September 21. Watch the competition, 11am to 1pm (location to be announced) and then vote for YOUR favorite piece at the Quick Draw Sale, 2pm to 4pm.
• Celebratory Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, September 21, 4pm to 6pm. Enjoy wine and appetizers and be there for the presentation of 30 awards.
• Your last chance to buy your favorite painting! The gallery will be open 10am-5pm.
Monday, September 16: 10am-5pm
Tuesday, September 17: 8am-7pm
Wednesday, September 18: 8am-7pm
Thursday, September 19: 8am-7pm
Friday, September 20: 8am-4pm & 7pm-9pm
Saturday, September 21: 10am-7pm
Sunday, September 22: 10am-5pm
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE VISUAL PRESENTATION
Friday, October 11, 5:30 pm
Mendocino Art Centers (MAC) talented new group of Artists in Residence (AIR) will talk about their art and show recent work. A reception will follow with wine and snacks.The 2019-20 Artists in Residence who will be presenting are:
Myung Anh, ceramics (Arcata, CA)
Suzanne da Rosa, fiber art (Sonoma, CA)
Qiana Ellis, jewelry (Oakland, CA)
Ian Hazard-Bill, ceramics (Santa Rosa, CA)
Karina Mago, ceramics (Boca Raton, CA)
Carey Nathanson, ceramics (Wilmington, NC)
Hannah Plowright, jewelry (Oakland, CA)
Lauren Stanford, ceramics (Anchorage, CA)
Austyn Taylor, ceramics (Wichita Falls, TX)
John Ward, fine art (Sonoma, CA)
The AIR program brings artists from across the country to this unique Northern California region, providing creative space for artists to expand and explore their craft, collaborate and create new bodies of work. Each of the AIRs presenting will be living on the Mendocino Art Center campus and working in the MAC studios.
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. On exhibit will be artwork by the Mendocino Coast's Partners Gallery, Derek A. DiOrio and Ryan Grossman. Enjoy snacks and wine, the live classical guitar sounds of Sergei Bassehes, and meet the exhibiting artists.
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. On exhibit will be the Rhino Project: How is Rhinoceros Inspiring You?, and photography by River Wilder, Gabriella Cobb, and Jonathan Pazer. Enjoy snacks and wine and meet the exhibiting artists.
The Rhinoceros Project: THE WATERMARK
The Rhinoceros Project Watermark needs you! Lend your support in making a life-size watermark in handmade paper of Albrecht Durer's "Rhinoceros."
60TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 29-30, 10 am – 5 pm
Images, clockwise from top left: Ian Hazard-Bill, Emilie Alsager, Hudson River Inlay, Tess McGuire, Karen Mastrian, Larry R Wagner.
In what has become a north coast tradition, more than 30 juried artists and craftspeople exhibit original handmade artwork. The Mendocino Art Center is transformed into a two-day holiday marketplace, providing residents and visitors a pleasant alternative to hectic, stressful mall shopping while supporting local and regional artists. Featured will be a wide array of unique, high quality artwork and gift items, including handmade jewelry, original paintings, photography, functional and decorative ceramics, fiber art and clothing, furniture, wood accessories, leather goods, baskets, handcrafted herbal skin care products and so much more. And warm yourself with a delicious assortment of festive food and drink items.
The Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Shop is also open during the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair and offers great gift ideas created by MAC's member artists.
Apply to be an artist vendor at the Fair!
SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION & HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. December's reception also serves as our Holiday Celebration and a thank you to the community for their continued support. On exhibit will be artwork by the Mendocino Coast Furniture Makers paired with textile artists, Solange Roberdeau, and photography by River Wilder and Gabriella Cobb.
Please join us for holiday cheer, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and more! Mendocino Art Center's Artists in Residence will open up their studios – watch them work and view and buy new artwork created in the Mendocino Art Center studios. And, browse for great gift ideas in our Gallery Store.