Eight artists from the Miasa-Omachi area in Nagano Prefecture are exhibiting their artwork online as part of the seventh bi-ennial Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit. Works include woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass works, textiles and more.
Mendocino Art Center founder Bill Zacha and artist Toshi Yoshida formalized the sister city relationship in 1980. In 1992 Miasa and Mendocino started annual youth visit exchanges that have continued throughout the years. The Art Exchange Exhibit was inaugurated in 2008 at the Mendocino Art Center, followed by showings in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Since 2009, Mendocino Coast artists have exhibited artwork every other year in Omachi, Japan.
The Bay Area Basket Makers (BABM) guild was founded in 1984 by Maxine Kirmeyer and Jude’ Silva to support and further interest in basketry as a craft and art form. The guild serves as a source of information and as a means of communication among basketmakers, providing inspiration and friendship. We welcome basketmakers of all levels and expertise, from amateurs to professionals.
At present, our guild has 78 members–most reside in the greater San Francisco Bay Area but a few live as far away as Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Utah. Our members have ranged in age from 16 to one member who just turned 102. Some of our members specialize in traditional basket making, some embrace structural / non-functional baskets and some are drawn to baskets that would be considered avant-garde.
To create their baskets, members of the Bay Area Basket Makers use a wide variety of materials, from the traditional reed, splint, pine needles, plants, kelp, paper, and gourds to more exotics like hog gut, fish skin and fish bones, horsehair, fleece, wire and wire mesh, to reusable finds of plastic bags and yarns – employed in techniques of coiling, plaiting, twining, knotting, looping, felting, randing, and more.
Lynn Thompson is an exuberant painter. Her painting is a matter of survival for her during these difficult times. “I don’t know what I’d do without painting,” she says. A transplant from Florida to Willits she has brought the tropical colors with her. While her interiors evoke a world of comfort and stability, her abstract work goes deeper to the complex and emotional world within. “Painting is my passion and I consider it a gift waiting to be opened,” she declares.
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
A Plein Air Festival
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mendocino Art Center has reluctantly decided not to host the Mendocino Open Paint Out in 2020.
While we are all disappointed, we believe this is the right decision for the safety of our art center, our staff, our volunteers, instructors, Mendocino Open Paint Out artists, and our Mendocino Coast community.
If you have already signed up to participate this year, you will be contacted soon regarding your registration.
We continue to be open online with classes, gallery exhibitions and our online store!