A selection of works by artists belonging to the Mendocino County Art Association (MCAA) will adorn the Corner Gallery windows for the month of November. The exhibition will feature mainly painters… in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel… in addition to a few textile, collage or pen and ink artists.
According to curator Jeannette Carson, the MCAA is the oldest arts association in Mendocino County. It was founded in 1954 and reached its 65th year of life in 2019, at one time numbering 120 members. Now, according to Kathleen Gordon-Burke, the organization’s vice president, membership numbers have declined and activities have been suspended due to COVID. “This show is the first the band has done in a full year,” she smiles, “and it feels like a resurrection.”
The Corner Gallery offers MCAA members an important opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting, continues Gordon-Burke. President Diana Steele agrees, adding: “I had only shown my paintings once before joining MCAA, but now I do more, thanks to the Corner Gallery available to us every year.”
Another aspect of the MCAA membership that was sorely lacking during the pandemic shutdown is the camaraderie and encouragement provided by the organization. According to Steele, there are typically at least eight events during the year where members can meet in person, learn through classes with professional artists, and have their own work reviewed. Board member Mary Monroe credits these courses with the inspiration and skills to become a serious watercolor artist after years of doing other things. Both Steele and Gordon-Burke share a feeling that the MCAA provides them with much of the support they need to continue their personal artistic journey.
Members look forward to many years of educational programming, open studios, inspiration, fellowship and support. Monroe laughs, “The MCAA is mostly made up of older people now, and we’d really like to encourage some younger artists to get involved and start taking their place.” The organization is always open to welcoming new artists from all media, skill levels and interests. Visit the website [email protected] for more information on the organization, or contact Diana Steele at [email protected]
MCAA will hold its first Annual Meeting and Show and Tell in two years on Saturday, November 13. Those interested are invited to come and meet MCAA artists and see their work, and find out what MCAA is. The event will take place at 2:30 pm at the Garden Club, 1203 W. Clay St. in Ukiah.
The MCAA exhibit’s first Friday opening at the Corner Gallery, 201 S. State St., will be Friday, November 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors are required to wear masks.