Events calendar

GALLERY HOURS:
Open daily, 11 am – 5 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.

 

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september 2018

MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
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

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Wednesday, September 26, 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.

 

 

october 2018


ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PRESENTATION
Friday, October 5, 5 pm
Free admission


Lauren Stanford
Lauren Stanford
Debra Dolsberry
Debra Dolsberry
Mariangela Le Thanh
Mariangela Le Thanh

Mendocino Art Center’s talented group of 2018-19 Artists in Residence (AIR) will talk about their art and show recent work. A reception will follow with wine and snacks.

The 2018-19 Artists in Residence who will be presenting are Steven Colby, pottery; Debra Dolsberry, painting on silk and garment design and construction; Dorae Hankin, ceramics; Ian Hazard-Bill, ceramics; Marieke von Rotz Johnson, ceramics; Mariangela Le Thanh, painting and printmaking; Karina Mago, ceramics and printmaking; Maxwell Mustardo, ceramics; and Lauren Stanford, ceramic sculpture.

The AIR program brings both emerging and established 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.

 

 

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, October 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Emmy Lou Packard
Emmy Lou Packard


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 artwork by Art Explorers, Emmy Lou Packard and Dan Scannell.

 

 

november 2018

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, November 10, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Helen Troxel
2016 Members' Juried Photography Exhibit Best in Show:
Helen Troxel, "Liberated"
Helen Troxel



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 Members' Juried Photography Exhibit, and artwork by Mary Vaughan and Virginia Ray.

 

 

59TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Friday & Saturday, November 23-24, 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.


Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair

 

 

 

december 2018

SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY RECEPTION
Saturday, December 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
Free admission

Holiday Celebration

The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Gallery Reception each month. On exhibit will be the Members' Juried Photography Exhibit, and artwork by Mary Vaughan and Virginia Ray.

In appreciation of the community’s continued support of the Mendocino Art Center, the December Second Saturday Gallery Reception also serves as a Holiday Celebration. Join us for holiday cheer, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists. And, browse the Gallery Shop for great gift ideas.

 

 

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour