This is the last week to see Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of
Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor.

Sunday, May 26 is the final day.



Manzanita  by Amy Melious

Manzanita by Amy Melious

Now on View:

Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, May 26.

Four established photographers with ties to Mendocino County, offer a selection of images that reflect on their careers and explore new work. All cite Mendo County as a place of lasting inspiration.

Click here for a feature article from the Feb 28 issue of the Ukiah Daily Journal.

Light at Sea  by Jeff Trouette

Light at Sea by Jeff Trouette

Jeff Trouette, pop-up exhibition.
Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 26

Ukiah photographer Jeff Trouette specializes in imagery of nature and adventure, with subjects spanning Mendocino County to locations around the world. Trouette is driven to capture the perfect marriage of composition and light. His photography requires physical endurance and a great deal of patience. Free with Museum admission.

Charles Musslewhite  by Roger Franklin

Charles Musslewhite by Roger Franklin

Gathering Light with Aryan Chappell and Roger Franklin, an artists tour of the Gathering Light exhibition. Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 PM

On the final day of Gathering Light, two of the show’s featured artists, Aryan Chappell and Roger Franklin, discuss their interests, aesthetics, photographic process, and answer visitor questions. Free with Museum admission. However, reservations required at (707) 467-2836.

Terry Ehret

Terry Ehret

Writers Read, literary arts salon, this month featuring Terry Ehret.
Thursday, May 30, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Terry Ehret is this month’s featured reader. Ehret has published four collections of poetry, is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, including the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and has been nominated for many other awards, including five Pushcart Prizes. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and teaches. Ehret’s reading will be followed by an hour of open mic. The event is free, though donations are welcome. For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at

Maud Stevens Wagner, one of the first known American women tattoo artists (early 1900s)

Maud Stevens Wagner, one of the first known American women tattoo artists (early 1900s)

Tattooed and Tenacious preview and First Friday Art Walk, exhibition reception and Wild Gardens foraging walks. Friday, June 7, 4:30 to 8:00 PM

Spend part of your First Friday Arts Walk at the Grace Hudson Museum and get the first public look at our new exhibition, Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History. Organized by Exhibit Envoy, and supplemented with items from the Museum’s collections and local women tattooists, this traveling show explores the largely unknown history of California women in the tattoo arts. Also check out our popular foraging walks to learn about plants that are thriving in the Wild Gardens and how to employ them in cooking and other uses. Forty-five minute foraging walks at 4:30 and 5:30. Tattooed and Tenacious reception from 5:00 to 8:00.

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.