Monday, 5 October 2015

MAKING SPACE...Box Project

Come Celebrate Arts & Crafts Week with us! 

Spend Saturday afternoon, October 10 from 3-5pm, “MAKING SPACE”  in Mendocino with Ariela Marshall as she leads a creative afternoon with demonstrations, ideas and hands-on fun with the “Box Project”.  This mini-workshop will take place at Flockworks Studio, on Kasten Street in Mendocino, next door to the historic Odd Fellows.  This month, enjoy “Crafts in Mendocino” with beautiful work by 24 local artisan. 

The Making Space project invites participants to imagine and create their own small space, literally and symbolically, using a variety of mediums on hand. Participants are encouraged to bring some special elements, (photos, miniatures) to inspire and illustrate your ideas of creatively contained magic.  Meaningful, whimsical, reflective or surreal...come make your own space.  Participants can share their creations in the January Art@OddFellows Exhibit hosted by Flockworks.  

'Making space', says Marshall, “suggests a need for something missing in life. In our fast-paced society, opportunities to invest in our own internal and personal space are rare.  The simple act of 'creating a space' for ourselves is important.”  Marshall, an artist and teacher, makes this  same creative commitment with her students at Shelter Cove School in Ft. Bragg, with a Creative Markers Table prominent in her classroom.  

Making Space Box workshop offers a fun Hands-on hosted at Flockworks Studio 

Email to reserve a place or simply drop in for the fun.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Arts & Crafts Week in Mendocino


Visit the Odd Fellows Hall in the town of Mendocino during American Craft Week for American Craft in Mendocino. This show is a collaborative effort by two groups, Artists in Mendocino and Mendocino Coast Furniture Makers. Featured work includes contemporary quilt and fiber arts, fine woodworking, glass, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, encaustic, and wood block prints. The show will be open for through October.


Corner of Kasten & Ukiah St
 Hours: 10-6 Thursday– Sunday and Mondays 10-2
Many other events, exhibits and activities all around Mendocino County celebrate National Arts & Crafts Week. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sidewalk Print with Hands on Fun!

 Ink will be rolling! 

Friday October 2 Noyo Printworks hosts a Sidewalk Printmaking Event from noon to 7, 215 Laurel Street in Ft Bragg.  Activities include Letterpress printing on the Vandercook press, hand printing with a platen press, Sidewalk block printing with a Linoleum roller and mono printing on book pages by hand.  Visitors will have a chance to join in this work as well as design their own simple block print.  “Sidewalk Editions” of prints made by a number of guest artists will be completed and available for purchase.  People can tour the Studio and sign up for upcoming workshops and Studio Groups.  The Sidewalk Printmaking event is part of the Mendocino County-wide Celebration of National Arts & Crafts Week  Exhibits, demonstrations and special activities are happening all over the County from Oct 2-12.  

Noyo Printworks is a new Community Studio begun under the umbrella of Flockworks, a local nonprofit focused on building community through creativity and best known for the Art@ Odd Fellows exhibit series in Mendocino and creative outreach with schools and children.  Noyo Printworks, led by volunteer artists, is dedicated to learning, teaching and practice of letterpress, print making and book arts.  The Studio welcomes beginners to experienced artists, with workshops and classes, on-going Studio Groups and special exhibits, events and activities.

Community donations of Letterpress, Etching Press, and related equipment got the ball rolling. City of Ft Bragg is helping incubate the start-up in unused space that was the old boy’s locker room of the old Swim Center, now transformed by volunteers into the Print Studio.   A grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County funds a prominent outdoor sign and other outreach materials.  The key ingredient, however, are volunteer leaders bringing this all together:  Artist leaders includes Kathy Carl, Florence Ashford, Larry Thomas, Judy Detrick, James Maxwell, Sandy Oppenhiemer, Mary Anderson and Janet Self.  Says Self “We welcome other printmakers and artists who want to add expertise, experience and time to make this work. Contact us at to sign up for our enews or let us know you want to be involved." 

Sidewalk Print Event is free to the public, noon to 7pm and is part of the 1st Friday Ft Bragg Art Walk.  

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Clay Works @OddFellows

A true richness of works in clay by 23 artists offers the contemporary wonders of ATMOSPHERIC FIRINGS.  Ancient firing technics which include Anagama wood, salt, soda, sagger and Raku are beautifully displayed in this informative body of work.

The Exhibit, hosted by the artists, is open Daily September 1- 29:  Opening Reception in on Saturday September 12 from 5-8.  Art@ Odd Fellows is located at the corner of Kasten & Ukiah Streets in Mendocino.

Artists include:

Sonya Popow
Sarah Logan
Max Kaindl
Nick Schwartz
Alison Gardner 

Christopher Cisper 
Moss Rock Grinnell 
Havana Davidson 
Jessica Thompson 
JoAnn Humphrey 
Lizzie Helbig
Christine Schomer
 Marta Perry MacKenzie 
Dan Olson
Lynne Zickerman 
Hannah Meredith
 Scott Schmidt 
Mitch Iburg
 Hideo Mabuchi 
Jessi Kanaley 
ryan Schniebel 
Jonathan Cross 
Scott Parady 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Odd Fellows...Art Mix

Newest ART@OddFellows 

ART MIX IN MENDOCINO featuring the work of 10 local artists, offers a sophisticated experience of contemporary art making.  Painting, wood work and ceramic  by Harry Cohen, George Gruel,  Krystine Graziano, Lynne Zickerman, Odis Schmidt, and Jo Killan kicks things off and spill into a lively feast of assemblage works by Susan Spencer, Michael Wilson, Raven Mahon, and Spencer Brewer.

The exhibit is open daily 11-5 through August 29. Corner of Kasten & Ukiah Streets in Mendocino Village. 

Monday, 27 July 2015


Signs of progress...

Our new sign was just installed for Noyo Printworks, giving a real presence to studio activities now at 215 Laurel St, in the heart of Fort Bragg.  

This space was formerly the Boys Locker Room at the old Swim Center (circa 1917-2009). It has been transformed into a bright, airy working studio for letterpress, printmaking and book arts.  Our thanks to the City of Fort Bragg for this special opportunity to establish this new community creative project. 

Since opening the doors in April, over 400 people have visited the studio and nearly 200 people have signed up with special interest in learning and working in the Studio.  1st Friday Art Walks with hands on activities and exhibits, mini-workshops in lino-cuts printmaking and book arts and Studio Groups in Printmaking, Monoprinting and Letterpress are fostering a lively sense of the creative possibilities in this working studio space. And new classes, workshops and events are being planned for the fall.   

The sign itself speaks to more than just making Noyo Printworks visible to street traffic.  Funding for the sign was made possible from a grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County for our 2015-16 Marketing and Outreach project.  The aim is to strengthen our community identity and visibility by adding support for printed materials, signage, and technology. This is groundwork for our on-going strategic development.  

We build community through creativity.  Flockworks was founded as an organizational “frame” for community art & creative initiatives.  We mobilize space, talents, time, and other resources to foster opportunities for people of all ages and experience to share, explore and participate in arts & creativity.  We add visibility and vibrancy to local arts in our Arts@OddFellows Series.  We engage children and young people in vivid art experiences on the playground, in classrooms and many diverse settings.  With public display, this art gives ‘voice’ to the importance of our children.  We contribute our unique creative twist to gatherings and efforts that support other organizations and groups.  We believe these creative threads tie us together as a community, and shape who we are, rather than see art as an endeavor of an exclusive few. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Art of Wood ...@OddFellows

17th Annual Exhibit of Fine Wood Working 

Beautiful wood, amazing pieces wait to be discovered at this wonderful show of local talents.  Furniture, sculpture, paintings, assemblage, turned work, and more.  

Open Daily July 2 to Aug  2, hosted by the makers in the historic Odd Fellows... Hasten & Ukiah Streets, Mendocino.