Mendocino Art Center Open Painting Festivities Continue – The Mendocino Beacon

MENDOCINO, CA – The Mendocino Art Center’s (MAC) Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), an outdoor festival, which opened Monday, continues through Sunday, September 25. The event features daily wet paint gallery shows, with new paintings hung each day, featured artist painting demonstrations, a contest and quick raffle sale, an awards ceremony and an after party. with live music from Mama Grows Funk of Mendocino, plus the chance to watch over 60 artists paint outdoors. All events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday at 7:00 p.m., featured artist and Mendocino Coast resident Maeve Croghan will demonstrate “Painting an Expressive, Character-Filled Tree” (donations requested).

On Saturday, there will be a Quick Draw Contest, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the location of which will be announced at 10:30 a.m. (at the Art Center, on the community announcements mailing list, on the website du MAC and on Facebook,, to remain a surprise for the participants. The public is invited to watch the contest and vote for their favorite Flash Draw coin during the Flash Draw Sale, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the MAC.

Saturday’s festivities will continue with a special MOPO Awards Ceremony, at 5:00 p.m., with 17 prizes awarded to artists for the best paintings of the week, juried by star artists Ryan Jensen, Carolyn Lord and Maeve Croghan. Over 400 works were painted during the last week-long MOPO event in 2019.

The evening will conclude with an After Party, with Mama Grows Funk performing their powerful mix of funk, soul, Latin and R&B influences, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The gallery will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the last opportunity to purchase paintings created during the 2022 Mendocino Open Paint Out.

The Mendocino Open Paint Out is sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art magazine, KZYX&Z, Sea Pal, The Stanford Inn by the Sea, and Visit Mendocino/Mendocino County Tourism.

Support was also provided by Frankie’s Pizza and Ice Cream, Frey Vineyards, Gallery Bookshop, John Hewitt, Husch Vineyards, Rick Keller, Debra Lennox, Dale E. Moyer, North Coast Brewing Company, Noyo Harbor Inn, Trish and Trevor Orchard, Janis Porter, Prentice Gallery, Rollin’ Dough Baking Company, Thanksgiving Coffee and Village Veterinary.

Masking is strongly recommended and greatly appreciated in MAC buildings. For a complete calendar of events and gallery hours, visit The Mendocino Art Center is located at 45200 Little Lake Street (at Kasten Street) in Mendocino.