Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women of Mendocino County
Local photographer Roger Franklin, whose portraits of Mendocino inhabitants were featured in our prior exhibition,
Gathering Light, recently shared with us these new and some not-so-new portraits of tattooed and tenacious Mendocino women.



Maud Stevens Wagner, one of the first known American women tattoo artists, circa early 1900s. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Maud Stevens Wagner, one of the first known American women tattoo artists, circa early 1900s. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Now on View:

Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History, a special exhibition from Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Explores the largely unknown story of women in the tattoo arts. Organized by Exhibit Envoy, and supplemented with material from the Grace Hudson Museum and other collections, Tattooed and Tenacious features historical photographs and tattoo-related objects, personal histories, flash, memorabilia, and contemporary California Native art with tattoo themes.  This exhibit contains some explicit content. Viewer discretion advised.

Click here to read the article in the June 6 issue of the Ukiah Daily Journal.

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A River’s Last Chance, film screening and conversation presented by the Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah.
Sunday, July 21, 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

This award-winning 2017 documentary focuses on the Eel River, a Mendocino County waterway, that has been subject to decades of over-fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods, droughts, and a dam that diverts water and blocks fish passage. The film covers the river’s inspiring comeback resulting in one of the best hopes for wild salmon recovery on the West Coast. The film’s running time is 67 minutes and will be be followed by Q&A. Free with Museum admission.

Madame Chinchilla  (Photo by Jan Hinson)

Madame Chinchilla (Photo by Jan Hinson)

Madame Chinchilla and Mr. G., a program about their lives in tattoo arts and culture. Saturday, July 27, 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

The inimitable Madame Chinchilla and Mr. G., of the famed Triangle Tattoo and Museum in Fort Bragg, visit the Grace Hudson Museum to talk about their lives in the tattoo arts, including Madame Chinchilla’s pioneering work tattooing women who have had mastectomies. Free with Museum admission.

Henna art by Hilary

Henna art by Hilary

August First Friday Art Walk, featuring Hilary’s Henna and Tattooed & Tenacious. Friday, August 2, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Not quite ready to make a commitment to a permanent tattoo? Why not try a henna tattoo courtesy of Hilary’s Henna. Hilary is a Certified Natural Henna Artist. She makes her henna paste completely from plant-based materials, resulting in wearable art that will last from one to three weeks. August First Friday also kicks off the final weekend of our exhibition, Tattooed & Tenacious. See it before it closes on Sunday, August 4. And we will have our final Wild Gardens foraging walks of the summer at 4:30 and 5:30, plus Little Bear’s table of Native American tools and toys. First Fridays at the Museum are always Free, including a Hilary Henna tattoo and the foraging walks.

Fault Line  by The Pixeladies

Fault Line by The Pixeladies

Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life and Land, the opening reception for our next special exhibition. Saturday, August 17, 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

Join us for the opening of our new exhibition, organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the Grace Hudson Museum, and Exhibit Envoy. This juried show will feature 47 fiber artworks from 47 different. More information to follow.

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Greenfield Ranch, Easter 1977

Promise of Paradise: Back to the Land Oral Histories of Mendocino County, now airing on KZYX Radio, every Thursday at 3:30 PM.

The Grace Hudson Museum is a proud supporter of this oral history and broadcast project. Catch up on all the episodes by clicking here for KZYX.

And to learn more about how it all got started click here to check out Jerry Karp’s November 2018 article in the Anderson Valley Advertiser.

The Spring 2019 issue of The Sunletter is now available.

Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

Grace Hudson in the Sun House, 1912.

We are proud that Grace Hudson is featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent blog about
ten women who have given significantly to the world of art. All are affiliated with a historic artist's home in the
Historic Artists Homes and Studios program, of which the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House is a founding member. Check it out!

Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rufous Hummingbird and Scarlett Fritillary
Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

And in June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation website featured the Museum in an article
on our spring exhibition, Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,
which ran from February 10 to June 17th. Read the article HERE!


Click on images or text for more information.

The galleries

Short-term exhibits in The Main Gallery highlight contemporary art, Native American cultures, Western American history, historic California art and local natural history. Permanent collections showcase Grace Hudson’s art; her family’s history; and Pomo culture and basketry.

the wild gardens

An outdoor Art and Education center is under development on the museum grounds. Located in a parklike setting, The Wild Gardens features native plant gardens with exhibits and art that teaches about our local environment and how Pomo Indian people managed this landscape.

the sun house

The Hudson’s charming 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, the Sun House sits adjacent to the Museum and is available for docent-led tours. More than a century old, The Sun House allows visitors a glimpse into the Hudsons’ Bohemian lifestyle.


The Grace Hudson Museum highlights regional art, culture and natural history in the tradition of an extraordinary family – that of Ukiah native and nationally admired artist Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865-1937), her ethnologist husband, Dr. John W. Hudson (1857-1936) and her pioneering forebears. We provide opportunities for cultural engagement, art appreciation, historical reflection and hands-on learning.

Hours & Admission

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Open until 8:00 on most First Fridays throughout the year. Check Museum Events page for information on First Fridays.                    Closed major holidays.

Individuals: $4
Students and Seniors: $3
Families: $10

Docent led tours for the historic Sun House are
Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 3 pm

Always free to members.
Free to all on the first Friday of each month.


We belong to the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM), with reciprocal membership privileges at more than 924 member institutions throughout North America.

We are a founding member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios program:

We are a proud member of the Mendocino County Heritage Network.