The Mendocino Art Center hosts the 52nd Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Fair, Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Thirty-nine juried artists and craftspeople from throughout Northern California will exhibit original handmade artwork in all media. The Fair is a fund-raising benefit for the Mendocino Art Center.
In what has become a North Coast tradition, the Mendocino Art Center’s galleries and workshop 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. This year’s fair showcases a wide array of unique, high quality artwork and gift items, including stained, fused and engraved glass; enameled, gold and mixed metal jewelry; original paintings and photographs; functional and decorative ceramics; sculptural work, wearable fiber art, and local art books.
Live music will be performed both days. On Friday, Bejazzled plays swing, standards and Latin dance music. On Saturday, with more of a focus on Latin music, Bejazzled transforms into Samba Jamba, playing an eclectic mix of arrangements including well-known Latin jazz and Brazilian classics, fronted by Cherie Sheraque’s dynamic vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. More information at www.sambajamba.com.
Gourmet Street Food designed by local chefs, wood-fired pizza, apple-press fresh juice, mulled wine, Jennie Zacha’s traditional blackberry sundaes, baked goods, homemade soup for sale in handmade bowls and more.
Fair exhibitors have been selected in a competitive juried process with participants representing the Bay Area, Sacramento, Chico, Sonoma County, inland Mendocino County, and the Mendocino Coast, as well as Oregon and New York.
The Fair is held indoors and is free and open to the public. The Mendocino Art Center is located at 45200 Little Lake Street at Kasten Street in Mendocino. For more information, please call 707-937-5818, ext. 10 (toll-free 1-800-653-3328) or visit www.MendocinoArtCenter.org.