First Fridays Art Walk Ukiah, CA - April 4th from 5-8pm

Enjoy one or all of the First Friday venues-- art, music and refreshments

ART WALK: emphasis on ART and WALK. City lots have been made available to Art Walkers from 5-8 pm. (All but the lot next to the Ukiah Brewing Company.)  Ukiah is a very walkable town.



Logos for the Seed Library of the Ukiah Library

The Ukiah Branch of the Mendocino County Library is delighted to announce a contest to find the perfect logo for our new Seed Library.  Art work needs to be submitted to the Corner Art Gallery 201 S. State St., in Ukiah by April 1, 2014.  The winning logo will be purchased by the Library.  The winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. 2014.  All submitted logos will be on display at the Corner Art Gallery until the end of April.  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply.

201 S. State Street, Ukiah, 707 462-1400



"Spring Showers" celebrates the places and things of Life that Shower us with Appreciation and bring us Joy,  Manzanita and Friends, 21 artists.

Oil Painting and Mirror Mosaics, Laurie Hrdina Black
Laurie has spent eight years as a hairstylist and currently volunteers at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter. She received her Bachelor’s in Studio Art at CSU Sacramento, and studied painting with Yale University’s Institute for Studio Studies in Pont Aven, France. Laurie explores the beauty of the human form in its imperfection. She creates fractured mirror mosaics that force the viewers to appreciate themselves as a distorted form. Through her paintings, she continues to celebrate the imperfect and vulnerable human by depicting messy hair, and the symbiotic relationship between an animal and their human. She says: “When a human rescues an animal from their distress, the animal then continues to rescue the human from theirs.” As you view her work, you will see.

201 S. State Street, Ukiah, 707 462-1400



A portrait of our times:
Mendocino County Art Association's 60th year invites reflection, celebration

The Grace Hudson Museum will host a special weekend of events on March 28 and 29 to celebrate the opening of their new exhibit, "Artists Look Back—Mendocino County Art Association Turns 60," a juried retrospective of over 80 works of MCAA members, along with historical displays and recorded interviews. An opening preview, with refreshments and free to all, will take place on Friday, March 28, from 5 to 8 pm. The following afternoon, from 2 to 4 pm, a panel of MCAA members will host "Looking Back at 60," in which they will relate stories from the organization's rich history. This event is free with Museum admission.

"The members of the MCAA started their organization in 1954, a good 20 years before the Grace Hudson Museum was built (1986)," states Museum curator Marvin Schenck, who, along with Mendocino County Arts Council Director Alyssum Wier and College of the Redwoods Professor Emeritus Robert Rhoades, juried this show. "MCAA had already developed a vital arts appreciative audience when support for the museum was needed." Indeed, the history and activities of the MCAA and the Grace Hudson are richly interwoven, with MCAA members serving as museum volunteers while using the Museum's activity room for their weekly Open Studios and other community events.

Most important, the MCAA has kept the making and viewing of art alive for our county, while sustaining it as a vital force in the lives of its members. "So many of our members have been involved and productive for a very long time," comments Svetlana Artemoff, coordinator for the exhibit. "Most of them have day jobs or are retired. Many took up art after they finished their first career. We have members who are active in their 90s."

To recognize and celebrate the talents and efforts of this unique group, every person in the MCAA's 75-plus membership base was invited to submit his or her artwork. The jury then chose the best piece of each member who entered. "The MCAA wanted to represent the spectrum of its membership," Schenck explains, noting the high quality and variety of the artwork. The majority of the works are watercolors and oils, with plein air paintings and portraits being the most popular. "Many of the artists are continuing the watercolor traditions of California watercolor painting," Schenck notes. The show also includes several sculptures, a stained-glass window, textiles, collages and a mask.

From the start, the MCAA has been carefully documenting its history, keeping scrapbooks and other documents that trace its lively and ongoing array of activities, from selling art supplies to fellow members to holding art fairs, fundraisers and demonstrations. From this legacy, a DVD has been produced with archival photos, interviews with some of the earliest members, and a complete catalog of the show. The DVD will be shown at the exhibit and will also be on sale at the Museum gift shop.

While  "Artists Look Back" is primarily a retrospective, its members are far too dynamic and creative to just rest on their well-earned laurels. The organization maintains a wide array of activities into the present day, hosting weekly open studios and monthly critique sessions, along with six mini-workshops and two full workshops a year, taught by notable artists and funded by membership fees. Members show their work at local coffee shops, banks and other public venues. Most of all, they provide a noncompetitive and supportive atmosphere where art can be celebrated in the present while it is extended into the future, into the hands of the next generation of long-lived artists to come.

"Artists Look Back" will be on display until May 25, 2014. In addition to the opening weekend, several events are planned in conjunction with the exhibit, including a public tour with Curator Marvin Schenck and MCAA Vice President Patricia Chadwick on April 8, another tour with Patricia Chadwick on May 3, and a Family Fun at the Museum charcoal drawing workshop on May 17 titled "The Next Generation" and taught by Marie Pera.

Funding of this exhibition was made possible by Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Barra of Mendocino, the Sun House Guild and the Mendocino County Art Association. The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah and is a part of the City of Ukiah's Community Services Department. General admission to the Museum is $4, $10 per family, $3 for students and seniors, and free to members or on the first Friday of the month.

Roberta Werdinger
Writer, Publicist, Editor

For more information please go to

431 South Main, Ukiah, 707 467-2836



Ukiah Photography Club is proud to announce a showing of photographic art throughout the month of April  Club members will host a reception during the First Friday Art Walk on April 4th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Please stop in to say hello and enjoy the exhibit.

Ukiah Photography Club members will display selected photographs throughout the month of April at Mama’s CafĂ©. Enjoy the exhibit when you stop in for breakfast or lunch.

116 South State, Ukiah, 707 468-1600


One of Manzanita Services's artistsMANZANITA SERVICES

Join Manzanita & Friends in April for a mixed media show at Corner Gallery entitled "Spring Showers".
"Spring Showers" celebrates the places and things of Life that Shower us with Appreciation and bring us Joy. 

Join us at 270 N. Pine Street on March 7th 5-8pm for a display of our new work.




What’s New?

203 S. State Street Ukiah,  5 pm – 8 pm



“Spring Sail” Jim Colling, painter
Jim is well known for his marine scenes and boat pictures. Jim is a founding member of the Ukiah Valley Artists Co-Op and exhibits there as well as the Inscape Gallery in Newport, Oregon, and has exhibited in galleries in Fort Bragg and Palm Desert, California. Jim's theme for this months special exhibit is Spring Sail, a collection of sailing ships from Jim's lumber schooner series including Rockport circa 1870 depicting the first suspension bridge built on the west coast on North America and Columbus ships the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

518 E. Perkins, (next to Rod’s Shoes), in the Pear Tree Center, 463-0610
Open Thursday-Saturday  11am to 5 pm 


Local lodging vendors around Ukiah want to help and have pitched in to offer discounts of 25% and more for visitors of the Art Walk. You can come to town and stay, make it an overnighter!


Fairfield Inn & SuitesMarriott Fairfield Inn 25% off for Art Walk



Travel Lodge UkiahTravel Lodge 25% off for Art Walk


Stanford House bed and breakfast 15% off for Art Walk