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.
STORYTELLING WITH LARRY FUENTE
Saturday, August 24, 3 pm – 5 pm
Larry Fuente's "Quarter Horse."
Join Larry Fuente during his exhibition "New World Hoarder" as he tells stories about his years in Mendocino.
CALIFORNIA ARTCAR BIZARRE
September 8, 12 pm – 5 pm
Heider Field, corner of Little Lake Street and Ford Street, Mendocino
In conjunction with Larry Fuente’s art exhibition, "New World Hoarder," at the Mendocino Art Center, August 1 through September 12, California ArtCar Bizarre, a group of artists who drive ArtCars, will showcase cars they have permanently altered in an artistic fashion. There will be pop up crafting, one-of-a-kind objects d’art for purchase and maybe even an ArtCar fashion show!
California ArtCar Bizarre brings art into the world every day as they drive their vehicles to work, to the store, and out on the highways – making their medium a mix of art and performance.
An off shoot of ArtCar Fest, which was founded in 1997 by Harrod Blank and Philo Northrup, the ArtCar Fiesta is managed by a team of ArtCar artists and longtime friends, and every year they parade, participate in various Bay Area events and festivals, plus host their own semi-annual caravan, coming together to spend three to four days parading and enjoying others experiencing their creations in a more organized fashion.
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
A Plein Air Festival
Mendocino Art Center hosts the seventh annual Mendocino Open Paint Out, a plein air festival. Watch more than 60 artists paint en plein air, and attend daily wet paint sales and demonstrations, the Peoples Choice Party, a Quick Draw competition and sale, a celebratory awards reception, and more.
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 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.