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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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november 2019

Friday & Saturday, November 29-30, 10 am – 5 pm
Free admission

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair
Images, clockwise from top left: Carol Frechette, Hudson River Inlay, Rebecca Wamsley, Patricia Reilly, Lauren Stanford, Qiana Ellis.

In what has become a north coast tradition, the Mendocino Art Center provides residents and visitors a pleasant alternative to hectic, stressful mall shopping while supporting local and regional artists. This year's Fair showcases a wide array of unique, high quality artwork and gift items created by more than 30 juried artists, including handmade jewelry, glass works, functional and decorative ceramics, furniture, wood accessories, leather goods, handcrafted organic skin care products, and more.

The Mendocino Art Center's Gallery Store is also open during the Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair and offers great gift ideas created by member artists, and the galleries feature exhibitions by The Rhinoceros Project, Gabriella Cobb, Jonathan Pazer and River Wilder.

On Saturday, November 30, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., The Rhinoceros Project – in conjunction with their exhibit, “How is Your Rhinoceros Inspiring You?” – will hold a sewing circle. And, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., artist and photographer Jonathan Pazer will host an artist reception, with a talk and poetry reading, coinciding with his showing, “Seven Dimensions of the Unseen, and New Work.”

A delicious assortment of festive food items will also be available.

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair



december 2019

with Shani Christenson, Shani's Sweet Creations
Thursday, December 5, 11am –3pm

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

Learn to make beautiful decorated sugar cookies just in time for your holiday celebrations. 

What you will learn:
• How to bake the perfect sugar cookie for decorating
• How to make royal icing
• How to color royal icing and get the perfect consistency for decorating
• What piping tips to use and how to use them
• Several decorating techniques including outlining, flooding, marbling, over piping, intricate details and lettering and metallic painting

You will also get my delicious sugar cookie and royal icing recipes.



with Dana Driver & Nancy Gardner
Saturday, December 7 and/or Sunday, December 8, 9:30am – 4:30 pm

Holiday Ornament Making

Just for fun… Holiday Ornament making! Come and hand make some festive ornaments using wire, sheet metal, copper mesh, and trinkets of all sorts. We will weave, bend, fold, texture, emboss and add color with enamels and color pencils. Participants will learn how to use pliers, snips, burnishers, hydraulic press and basics of enameling. Enjoy hot-spiced cider and treats while creating and playing with friendly studio elves assisting. Most of all this is about having fun and making lovely ornaments for gifts or to decorate your own home!



Saturday, December 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Holiday Celebration

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 FurnitureMakers 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.