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Mendocino Art Center’s
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
on Northern California's Beautiful Mendocino Coast September 24–26, 2021 Registration is Now Open!

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival established in 2013. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting to paint en plein air. 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 in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration, and will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after visiting.

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out:
• Compete for prizes

• Sell your artwork in wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space | Select paintings will also be curated at the end of the event for a special Mendocino Open Paint Out Exhibition continuing through October 17

• Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly! Call 707.937.5818 ext. 10)

• Bring a painting for an event opening Artists Showcase Exhibition

• Meet and mingle with fellow participants and featured artists at a no host happy hour, followed by a complimentary pizza party on Friday night

• Watch evening demonstrations hosted by featured artists Ellen Howard and Dale Laitinen

• Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday

• Unwind with a festive social gathering and enjoy a no host happy hour and dinner on Saturday evening

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale on Sunday

• Enjoy a light, no host lunch on Sunday afternoon

• Attend the celebratory awards presentation Sunday afternoon

• And, of course, paint en plein air all day at locations of your choosing!

Check-in will start Friday, September 24, 9am, and the event will conclude Sunday, September 26, 3pm.

Prize summary: 
6 awards to be presented
Prizes Details: 

To be determined

Deadline: 
09/10/2021

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$110 or $95 for Mendocino Art Center members
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"Together Apart" | Members' Online Juried Exhibit

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In response to our community sheltering in place, the Mendocino Art Center will host our first virtual Members' Juried Exhibit, titled "Together Apart," juried by award-winning international artist Birgit O'Connor, June 2-29, 2020.

We understand that many of our member artists have turned to their artwork to cope with the changes and express their experience of this new reality. Please join our artist community in sharing your work.

If you are a current Mendocino Art Center member, you may submit up to five pieces of original work in any medium.

If you are not a current member, there is still time to become a member, enter your artwork in the Members' Online Juried Exhibit and enjoy the benefits of membership.

Prize summary: 
Cash prizes
Prizes Details: 

Prizes will be awarded for first ($100), second ($75) and third ($50) place.

Deadline: 
05/20/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$45 for the submission of up to 5 pieces of artwork
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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival

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Mendocino Art Center’s
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A Plein Air Festival
September 14-20, 2020

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the eighth 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 to paint en plein air. 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 in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

Our 2020 Featured Plein Air Artists:
John Hewitt (co-founder) • Natasha Isenhour • Ryan Jensen • Jim McVicker • Camille Przewodek • Michael Situ

* Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.
 
* Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space
 
* Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)
 
Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party
* Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center
 
* Watch daytime and evening demonstrations hosted by featured artists

* Compete in the Quick Draw Competition
 
* Attend the celebratory reception and awards presentation
 
* Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast
 
* And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

Early registration is encouraged. Registration is first come, first served. Space may fill before the deadline.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

Plein Air Magazine & Southwest Art Magazine

Prizes Details: 

More than $9,000 in cash and prizes.

Deadline: 
08/07/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$195 or $175 for Mendocino Art Center members
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2020/21 Artists in Residence & Professional Artists in Residence Program

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2020/21 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (AIR)  & PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (PAIR)
APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Fine Art • Jewelry/Metal Arts • Ceramics • Fiber Arts

PROGRAM DATES AIRs = October 1, 2020 - May 15, 2021 (7 1/2 months) PAIRs = December 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021 (1-3 months)

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Program descriptions, benefits, and scholarship eligibility and requirements: http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/level2/artist.lasso

The Mendocino Art Center’s Artists in Residence (AIR) Program and the Professional Artists in Retreat (PAIR) Program bring emerging and established artists from all over the country to a unique art center on the rural Northern California coast. This secluded location provides tranquility in an historic artist community rich with inspiration and local talent.

In addition to providing dedicated studio space and furnished studio apartments, the program provides the freedom to develop at one’s own pace in the chosen area of focus, as well as the opportunity for interaction with other disciplines. Our studios in Fine Art, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Ceramics and Fiber Arts are actively used for instruction, production, individual study and casual drop-in open studios.

Writers are welcome to apply for the PAIR program, with use of their apartments as space for solitary creative writing.

One full-term residency scholarship to be awarded!

Deadline: 
05/15/2020
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60th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair

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Apply now to be an artist at the

Mendocino Art Center’s
60TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
November 29-30, 2019

Application deadline: October 4, 2019

The Mendocino Art Center is now accepting applications from artists and craftspeople for the 60th Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair is scheduled over Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, at the Mendocino Art Center. The Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair draws a large number of holiday visitors from the Bay Area, the Sacramento Valley and southern California, among other regions.

Handmade original artwork in all media is acceptable. Due to the fair being limited to 35 high quality art booths, the jury process is highly competitive. Applicants must submit high resolution images and a photograph or drawing of a proposed booth display. There is a $75 booth fee plus a 15 percent commission on gross sales, with the proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center.

Deadline: 
10/04/2019

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Fee Detail: 
$75 booth fee plus 15% commision on gross sales
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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival

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Mendocino Art Center’s
MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT – A Plein Air Festival
September 16-22, 2019

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the seventh 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 in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out.

• Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.

• Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space

• Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)

• Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party

• Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center. Food and beverages available for purchase.

• Watch demonstrations hosted by featured artists

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale

• Attend the People's Choice Party and the celebratory reception and awards presentation

• Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast

• And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

This year's open competition is juried by our featured artists:
John Hewitt, co-founder
Karl Dempwolf
Erin Dertner
Patricia Rose Ford
Chuck Kovacic
Dennis Ziemienski

The Mendocino Open Paint Out is sponsored by:
Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art and John Hewitt

Deadline: 
08/09/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$195 or $175 for Mendocino Art Center members
Contact & Links: 

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