Thursday, 30 November 2017

Time Flies...

For over a decade, Flockworks' Art@OddFellows has hosted monthly shows of Art by local Artists--more than 2,500 adults and thousands of local children have been part of these exhibits.  The art along with special events including music, films, fund raisers, auctions, dance performances, poetry and more made OddFellows a "must" for visitors and locals.  We also incubated  The Gallery Mendocino, now on Main street, which features work by over 40 local artists!  Overall, we helped strengthen the "arts identity" of the Mendocino Coast...  

But Change is in the wind... beautiful OddFellows is "on the market", up for sale, asking $1.5 million. Yet, despite the uncertainty, Art@ OddFellows continues and conversations have begun about how to keep this extraordinary space in community hands.  
Did you see us in the 4th of July Parade Float? Created by our
Kids Float Camp @ Flockworks Studio
in partnership with Noyo Center for Marine Science?

What began by asking to "borrow" a space for one show, blossomed. From that initial "Yes!" in 2006, Flockworks became a non-profit framework for creative community initiative.  Art@OddFellows was our most visible project and it enabled us to launch other efforts.  A focus on children has been woven throughout, with large-scale murals, banners, classroom projects, playground art, installation projects, children's art in exhibits, Gallery field trips and much, much more.  Our SAIL Youth Project led by artist  Ariela Marshall targets high risk students of the Fort Bragg Alternative Campus and is a deepening commitment in the future.  Recent support by the Cummings Foundation will help us add other creative Pop-Ups with children and youth. And other new initiatives are focusing on the power of arts to help bridge cultural divides, combine art & science to deepen understanding of our environment and address other community needs. 

Over the years, our collaborative efforts meant creative support for many other community priorities with hands-on arts as well as raising over $50,000 for others.  My favorite is remains "STONE SOUP", which we hope to do again in 2018.  Mendocino Coast Children's Fund, Community Center of Mendocino, Noyo Food Forest, Noyo Center for Marine Science, Ft Bragg-Otsuchi Cultural Exchange, Leadership Mendocino, Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference, MUSE, and Mendocino Film Festival are some of those we've worked.  And our own Noyo Printworks in Ft. Bragg is another lively addition for community arts.

From the beginning, I volunteered my time to lead Flockworks, put the focus on "doing" and accomplished much on a very, very small margin.  We found space & opportunity for creative ventures and people gave time to make things happen. You are likely among them;  "Thank you! as exhibit participant, visitor, collaborator, project volunteer, classroom teacher or contributor in other ways.  My 10 year role as a "Community Artist" combined my passions for creativity and community.  I  learned so much, met so many, and stretched in so many ways, but now change is definitely afoot. 

Flockworks' Board of Directors is looking at the next decade. We are sharpening our focus on creativity with children, youth and "others" out of the main stream of the arts. We are   deepening our commitment to Fort Bragg as a population & cultural center.  We are ready to be innovative in how we bring together talents, interests and resources to strengthen the creativity and resilience of our Mendocino Coast community.  We need your support--financially as well as ideas, talent and time to continue to move forward!  Several celebrations and gathering are in the works: we look forward to seeing you soon.

With Warm Regards, 

Janet Self 
Flockworks Executive Director

Monday, 8 May 2017

"Art of Letter, Word & Book" Exhibit opens

Delightfully Rich Exhibit Celebrating Language Awaits...Daily @OddFellows thru Memorial Day

Flockworks 5th Annual "Art of Letter Word & Book" exhibit opens with work of 40 artists plus children from Pt. Arena.   Calligraphy, letterpress, artists books, book binding, book humor, book chair, book moths, alphabet play, deconstructed books and much, much more... 

Learn about the Little Free Library movement, consider the "Secretary's Nightmare", knock over Book Dominos and talk on a WIND PHONE to those lost and loved. There is also a mini-Used Book Sale, and Otsuchi crafted Benefit items.  The exhibit is deep, and you may find yourself needing to come back.  Welcome... The show runs daily 11-5 through Memorial Day.

Here are some special opportunities for a special taste of the exhibit...  

This Saturday May 13th is Mendocino Second Saturday... Art Walk...  At Odd Fellows, we plan start early with a  Mini-Workshop from 1-3; Create a Travel Journal with Saradevi Dillon.  All supplies on hand for open participation; by donation.  The Party opens 5-8: come by at 5:30 for an Artist Talk by Susan Barrows Wood called "Finding My Voice" and a chance to consider her unique installation project.
Come meet the artists as well as friends, neighbors and creative strangers as part of your evening Art Walk Around Mendocino.

Another Opportunity to Jump in... 
May 25th from 4-8 an open Art-Make-It Event invites the Mendocino Coast Community to add to a national effort to send 100,000 pieces of original art to the White House on July 4th. 

Here are folks involved in this exhibit, many of who will be your hosts for the daily showing throughout the month!   Judy Detrick, Larry Thomas, Linda Turner,Adrienne Ardito, Harry Van Ornum, Jackie Wollenberg, Martha Hill, Jacob Hewko, Roger Jordan, Gin Kremen, Rick Paulus, Kate Dougherty, Ann S. Hedges, Mary-Ellen Campbell, Wendell Rickon, Joanna Wigginton, Susan Barrows Wood, Pete Gealey, Janet Self, Jary Stavely, Lisa Culjis, Marta Perry Mackenzie, Mary Rose Kaczorowski, Saradevi Dillon, Walter Liebscher, L.A. “Happy” Hyder, Cassandra Young, Carol Greenberg.  Special Thanks to Cathleen Micheals for sharing the work of her Point Arena Students. 

Iota Press & North Bay Letterpress Artists in Sebastopol include: Eric Johnson,  Lyn Dillin, Susan Amalia, Jami Taback, Rod Buchignani, Judi Goldberg, Chery Pfeil von der Heyde, Brooke Holve and Pauline Minser.  Special thanks to Fort Bragg-Otsuchi Cultural Exchange for the Wind Phone and related display.  Special thanks to Judy Detrick, Larry Thomas and the Calligraphy Studio Group.  Special Thanks for Susan McKinney for her unwavering enthusiasm and support.
Book Moths

Alphabet play


Calligraphic deight

Photography Books and encased script

Letterpress & Artists Books


Wind Phone

Waste Not
Glacier Country

Play with the ABCs

Secretary's Nightmare

Page by Page, Cover to Cover

Excavating Nostalgia
Telling Stories in a big way

Student Crafted Books from Pt. Arena

Travel Journals

Taking Flight...

Antique Book covers

Book Dominos

Some Faces of Flockworks...

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Journey through Contemporary Dance!

Mendocino Dance Project creates a contemporary Journey of Movement through space and art in the current Art@OddFellows Exhibit..."Masks & Mirrors: Art Exploring Identity".   

This Friday, and Saturday, provide the last chance to see this special performance.  Tickets are $25 and include culinary delights, great art and exquisite dance movement.  

Friday January 27th, featuring Panthea Wine and Julia Conway of Assagiare Mendocino                  
Saturday January 28th, featuring Frey Vineyards and James Sant of Living Light
Thanks also to Corners of the Mouth and Harvest Market for providing support for the food.  Special appreciation to Larry Wagner for photos capturing the beauty of the premier performance last Friday. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Dancing Identity! Dancing the Gallery!

 Mendocino Dance Project In the Gallery...

In three lively evening Performances, contemporary Dance will reshape your understanding of the space and the surrounding art installations at the historic Odd Fellows in Mendocino.     

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Mendocino Dance Project dance inside historic Odd Fellows Hall as they explore through movement the concept of Identity within visual context of a very special exhibit. 

Tickets are $25 and include wine, catered hors d'oeuvres, art and dance. The event is 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets are limited so buy them in advance! Proceeds benefit art in our community, specifically targeting at risk youth. Tickets at Harvest Fort Bragg, & Mendocino at Twist, Odd Fellows in 
Tickets online at

Choose your evening:
Friday, January 20 Handley Cellars & Karina of Karina's Catering
Friday, January 27 Panthea Wine & Julia Conway, Assaggiare Mendocino
Saturday, January 28 Frey Vineyards & James Sant, Living Light Culinary Institute  

This Flockworks exhibit is open 11-5 Thursday to Sunday thru January 29.
 It features vibrant art from students and local artists exploring identity.

Special appreciation for donation of food from Harvest Market and Corners of the Mouth.