Mendocino Art Center Rises Like the Phoenix
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The Mendocino Art Center suffered a devastating fire back in November, but the center is reopening on December 17. Here is their press release. A highlight is the 3rd Saturday event on December 19, which includes a book signing by Bruce Levene of his history of the Art Center in its 50th year.


Mendocino, CA – The Mendocino Art Center galleries will re-open December
17 with fun activities for the community scheduled over the weekend. The
galleries have been closed since a November 23 fire in the business

The Granite Avatars of Patagonia Presentation
Thursday, December 17, at 6:00 p.m., photographer Tom Reed will give an
insightful and fascinating behind-the-scenes slide presentation and answer
audience questions, revealing how he captured the images featured in his
Mendocino Art Center exhibit, “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia.”
Admission is free.

Free Holiday Celebration
Celebrate the holidays, the re-opening of the Mendocino Art Center and the
premiere of three new art exhibits at a free 3rd Saturday Artists
Reception, December 19, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be the final 50th
Anniversary Gala with raffle prizes, holiday carolers, hot cider and other
refreshments; the release of the Mendocino Art Center’s 50th Anniversary
commemorative book with a book signing with editor Bruce Levene; a Chili
Feed & Art Sale; and celebration of the Rebirth of MAC “Rising from the

New Gallery Exhibits
The Mendocino Art Center has three new gallery exhibits opening December
17 and running through January 17. In the Main Gallery, all 20 images from
Larry R. Wagner’s latest artistic project, Mendocino Art Center’s 50th
Anniversary Exotic Calendar, will be showcased. The calendar pictorially
reveals an exciting selection of the top coastal artists and community
members as they have never been seen before, in a stunningly photographed
and designed 20-month calendar, featuring full color and classic black and
white images. Wagner’s exhibit will also include “The Shots Seen ‘Round
the World,” Larry’s photographs of the blue whale that recently washed
ashore on the Mendocino Coast that were picked up by the Associated Press.

In the Abramson Gallery, the Mendocino Coast Furniture Makers have given a
gift to all by dedicating their talents to make fun and intriguing wooden
toys that will entertain children and adults alike. Cherished by children
since they began playing with sticks, wooden toys have always been favored
by parents to inspire, amuse and provide quiet entertainment for their
young. Look for hoops, tops, rocking horses, rattles, mobiles, whirligigs
and more.

Photographer Tom Reed presents “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia” in the
Nichols Gallery. The featured images, captured during his visits to the
same mountains of Southern Argentina’s Patagonia over the last three
years, are also represented in his beautiful new book, “The Granite
Avatars of Patagonia.” His work is centered on the experience of awe at
the sight of a landscape, and his hope that it leads to the consideration
that nature itself is divine and sacred.

Admission to all events is free. For more information, please call
707-937-5818 or visit The Mendocino Art Center
is located at 45200 Little Lake Street (at Kasten Street) in Mendocino.
The galleries are open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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