Events calendar

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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.


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february 2018

Friday, February 23, 4 pm
Free admission • Donations appreciated

Dasic Fernandez

Chuck Close

Mendocino Coast artist and educator Bob Rhoades shares his experiences and images from his weeklong trip to Art Basel-Miami Beach this past December.

At the Miami Beach show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa showed significant work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality. And, ambitious large-scale artworks, films and performances became part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby parks.

In addition to Miami Beach, Art Basel takes place annually in Hong Kong and Basel, Switzerland.

BOB RHOADES has been a full-time art instructor for over 40 years in several schools in California. The majority of his career was spent as Art Department Coordinator for College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast. During this time Bob taught classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, color and design and sculpture, to name a few. Bob’s work has been exhibited in Japan, Europe and extensively throughout California.



Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 pm

Mendocino Art Center

Monthly board meetings are open to the public and feature a brief public comment session. Come find out the latest news and happenings at the Mendocino Art Center.



march 2018

Saturday, March 3, 1 pm – 4 pm

Bob Rhoades
Bob Rhoades

As part of the Mendocino Coast Whale Festival the Mendocino Art Center presents the annual Marine Wildlife Exhibit, celebrating the oceanic wildlife that is such an integral part of the local environment. The invitational showing features all-media artwork by local artists, including paintings, photography, sculptural works, fiber arts, and more.

Shops and galleries from throughout Mendocino will host wineries and advance tickets are available at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.



Saturday, March 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Open Art Studios: 5 pm – 9 pm
Free admission

Alissa Mittl
Alissa Mittl

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. On exhibit will be the Marine Wildlife Exhibit, Noyo 4: The Printmakers' Show, and artwork by Patrick "Rick" Keller.

Also, meet Mendocino Art Center's 2017/18 Artists in Residence... enjoy refreshments, see their studios, and purchase work directly from the artists.



june 2018

Saturday, June 30, 10 am – 5 pm
Tickets go on sale in April!

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour, Photo by Michael McDonald

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of a diverse selection of the Mendocino Coast's most magnificent private gardens on this self-guided tour. On Friday, June 29, also enjoy a special Opening Night Gala at a beautiful Mendocino Coast home and, on Garden Tour day, a benefit lunch at Ravens Restaurant, and a Garden Shop & Plant Sale at the Mendocino Art Center. In addition, the month long "Member’s Juried Garden-Themed Exhibit" will be showing during the month of June.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Stanford Inn by the Sea     Inn at Newport Ranch



july 2018

Saturday & Sunday, July 14-15, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

59th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

Browse a wide variety of quality, one-of-a-kind artwork at 50 artist booths situated outdoors among the Mendocino Art Center gardens. Wearable art lovers are in for a treat, with an array of handmade jewelry, as well as clothing, scarves, bags and hats. Those looking for something for the home will find sculptural and functional ceramics, paintings, photography, wood accessories, glass works, baskets, furniture items, and more.

There will also be live local music, festive food and drinks, and the Mendocino Art Center will open the art studios for artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities.



september 2018

September 17-23

Mendocino Open Paint Out, Photo by Michael McDonald

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the sixth 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.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast.

Enjoy daily plein air painting, wet paint sales in a professional gallery, daily demonstrations by featured plein air artists, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, a People's Choice Party, and a celebratory awards presentation, among other activities.

Mendocino Open Paint Out



november 2018

Friday & Saturday, November 23-45, 10 am–- 5 pm

59th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair

In what has become a north coast tradition, more than 30 juried artists and craftspeople exhibit original handmade artwork. The Mendocino Art Center’s galleries and class studios are 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, baskets, glass works, and so much more.

Warm yourself with a delicious assortment of festive food items and drinks.

The Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Shop is also open during the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair and offers great gift ideas.