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      Mendocino Art Center's May Gallery Exhibitions in Mendocino

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      May 2, 2019

      Thursday  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (daily until May 27, 2019)

      45200 LIttle Lk
      Mendocino, California 95460

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      Mendocino Art Center's May Gallery Exhibitions

      The Mendocino Art Center presents the 11th biennial figure drawing exhibit by members of the Mendocino Figure Drawing Collective (MFDC), paintings by Agnes Woolsey and Judith Hale, and a showing by Mendocino High School students, May 2-27.

      For millennia, the human body has been revered in Western Art for its exquisite architecture and complex sensuality. The nude is a powerfully expressive vehicle for such diverse functions as myth, religion, fantasy, political allegory, titillation, and science. Drawings of the human form are now recognized both as preparatory studies for more elaborate work, and as objects having enduring value in and of themselves. MFDC artists who will be exhibiting their work are Dorothy Ayres, Susan Barnes, Dan Barrett, Ene Bender, Becky Bowen, Kathy Carl, Hugh Dignon, Bruce Fletcher, Steve Garner, Gemma, Patrick Keller, Dale Moyer, Don Paglia, Robert Ross, Fred Struthers, Janice Sullivan, Larry Thomas, Miriam Wadiaeff and Jeanne Williams.

      The MFDC is a loose-knit group of local and visiting artists and models, meeting weekly for the past 27 years. The group has served hundreds of artists, inspired thousands of drawings, and has presented a dozen or so group exhibitions. Current sessions meet each Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Mendocino Art Center.

      Living in Mendocino County, Agnes Woolsey is inspired by the majestic redwoods preserved in the many state parks dotting the shores of the wild and scenic rivers of the county. “The act of reducing a wide open view to a confining canvas with dark and light values of oil paint imbued me with a sense of wonder and awe,” Agnes says. “Capturing the view by a conscious presence calls one to summon up all of one’s training in color intensity, light and dark values and feelings. The experience is a revelation in meditation. The reduced scene on canvas transformed in color values and point of focus gives one a sense of calm and union with nature. I found painting to be a soul healing experience.”

      A selection of Judith Hale’s vivid oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper will be part of a retrospective exhibit. Hale (1945-2010) used color and line in ways that were both alive and reflective of the natural world. She was born in Mexico City and spent most of her life in California, including over 30 years along the Mendocino Coast. She was a graduate of the California College of the Arts, and also studied at the Santa Fe Art Institute with Helen Frankenthaler. Her work has been shown widely throughout California and the United States and is in many private collections. For many years, she taught Abstract Expressionist painting at MAC.

      The Mendocino Art Center will present artwork by Mendocino High School students, including Amelia Aum’s photography and Sophie Barrett’s paintings, accompanied by ceramics works created by students in the MAC studios.

      Don't miss the free Second Saturday Gallery Reception on May 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Mendocino Art Center. Meet the exhibiting artists and enjoy snacks and wine.

      Admission to the gallery exhibits is free. For more information, call 707-937-5818 or visit The Mendocino Art Center is located at 45200 Little Lake Street (at Kasten Street) in Mendocino. The gallery is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      Categories: Art Galleries & Exhibits

      This event repeats daily until May 27, 2019: May 26, May 27

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.