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Since the 1960's Mendocino has been a haven for artists, musicians and actors. During the day you can stroll the streets of Mendocino, meet dozens of resident artists in their studios and view their work. Artistic mediums include watercolor, oil, ceramics, leather, and photography. In the evening you are certain to find live music or local theater productions. For a town of only 1000 people Mendocino has an extraordinary cultural scene rich in history and talent. We have listed some of the highlights for you below:
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Mendocino Art Center

Mendocino Art Center
"It shall be the mission of the Mendocino Art Center to be a distinctive education, arts and cultural resource of the highest quality and vitality, seeking the active participation of the local, national and international community."

The Mendocino Art Center is a very special place overlooking the Pacific ocean from the top of the headlands. The Art Center has been a haven for professional artists and all levels of students since 1959. Today the Art Center continues to be a retreat away from the stress and clamor of the workaday world, where the soul can breathe, the imagination takes wing, creativity realizes itself-and new acquaintances turn into friendships. The Mendocino Art Center is an educational, exhibition, and resource center for the visual and performing arts located 150 miles north of San Francisco in the quiet coastal village of Mendocino. The Art Center has earned national and international reputations which attract an impressive selection of renowned faculty members, yet has remained small enough for productive dialogs between students and teachers, professional artists and beginners.

The facilities at the Mendocino Art Center include studios and classrooms for fine arts, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and computer arts. Four gallery spaces provide exhibition opportunities to emerging and established artists. Twelve apartments are available for instructors and artists-in-residence. The MAC gift shop features a wide variety of fine art by local artists and members. The Center's Schoeni Theatre is home for the Mendocino Theatre Company, a thriving community theater group. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, primarily with native plants, and the Zacha Commemorative Sculpture Garden features not only sculpture but a lovely tiled courtyard surrounded by the art studios.

Mendocino Theatre Company

Mendocino Theatre Company

Located in the picturesque village of Mendocino, on California's North Coast, the Mendocino Theatre Company has been producing high quality theatre for nearly 27 years. The company performs in the intimate 88 seat Helen Schoeni Theatre, producing a variety of plays ranging from great literary classics to modern comedies, and from much performed chestnuts to original dramas.
Gloriana Opera Company

Over the years, Gloriana has consistently offered shows and programs that reflect the wishes and needs of the Mendocino Coast. CenterStage musicals in the new theatre have been augmented by concerts and by specialty shows.  Always, they have offered something for the whole family.

Children are an important part of the picture — in choral groups, summer workshops, and in CenterStage productions.  Their delightfully professional  youngsters were praised for their excellent performances in Mendocino Music Festival's Carmen in 1996.

Opera Fresca

Opera Fresca is Mendocino County's premier, professional opera company dedicated to providing concerts, cabarets, and fully orchestrated operas to audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Opera Fresca seeks to use not only the best local singers, musicians, set designers, lighting professionals, directors but we also showcase new, professional talent from other areas.

Opera Fresca's Opera Access Educational Outreach Program brings the joy of opera to our youth via school assemblies and enrichment presentations throughout Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma Counties. For a schedule of our current season, please visit our web site.

Mendocino Music Festival

Summer after summer an enormous tent magically appears on the majestic Mendocino Headlands, equipped with heat, lighting, sound system, concert stage, opera stage, technicians, ushers, volunteers, musicians, and stage crews. Wonderful music pours forth from this tent: orchestral and chamber, opera, jazz, and Big Band. Each year one marvels that such great music can be enjoyed by audiences sitting perched on a cliff overlooking one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

Before the performances, friends, neighbors, friends of friends, families and visitors from out of town all gather outside the tent, talking, laughing, remembering, embracing. It is a community spending time together; a community celebrating itself. The marvel isn't only the music:  it is the unique blend of music with very special people. The Mendocino Music Festival is proud to have become a part of Mendocino's cultural, social, and intellectual heritage.

Headlands Coffee House

This is the place to be in Fort Bragg. Enjoy nightly live entertainment, art exhibits, cafe menu, beer & wine, delectable desserts, Belgian waffles, unique gifts-including masks from around the world, espresso drinks, games & conversation.

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