Jun
8
to Aug 4

Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze, visitors to our new traveling exhibit will discover the largely unknown history of California women in the tattoo arts.  In addition to photographs, historical objects, and personal histories, Tattooed and Tenacious is supplemented with tattoo-related historic artifacts and a variety of memorabilia and flash, plus contemporary California Native art with tattoo themes.  This exhibit contains some explicit content. Viewer discretion advised.

Tattooed and Tenacious is a traveling exhibition organized by Exhibit Envoy and supplemented with additional material from the Grace Hudson Museum, Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and the collections of various tattoo artists. The exhibition is made possible through the efforts and generosity of the Sun House Guild.

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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read, featuring Armand Brint

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. Events focus on poetry, spoken word, and stories, combining a reading by a featured author, then followed by an hour of open mic. The featured reader for June is Armand Brint, who will be launching his latest book of poems, Aliens of the Midway (Secret Goldfish Press, 2019). Brint is the author of three previous volumes of poetry, Schools of Light (Linwood Publishers, 1995),The League of Slow Cities (Tenacity Press, 2001), and In the Name of Wonder (Haley’s Press, 2014). He is also the author of a book about the art and craft of writing poetry, Bringing Poems to Life: 16 Keys to Make Your Poems Sing (2018). Brint served as the City of Ukiah’s first Poet-Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

The event is free but donations are welcome.

Writers Read is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers through grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Colored Horse Studios, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, The Grace Hudson Museum, and donations. For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.

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Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

California Indian Women and Tattooing, Past and Present

In conjunction with the Museum's special exhibition, Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History, three California Native artists will discuss the practice of tattooing in California Native cultures. Participants will be Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa), Meyo Marrufo (Pomo), and L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachem). The panel will be moderated by the Museum’s own Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Pomo/Coast Miwok). Free with Museum admission.

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Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

A River's Last Chance, film screening from Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah

The Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah presents this award-winning documentary from 2017. Filmmaker Shane Anderson explores his fascination with the Eel River and the ecological threats brought on by over-fishing, the systemic logging of ancient redwoods in its basin, and the diversion of its waters to irrigate wine grapes and marijuana farms. Anderson describes the hour-long documentary as a cautionary tale rooted in repeated cycles of booms and busts. The film also covers the Eel’s inspiring comeback story. According the Anderson, the river is now one of the best hopes for wild salmon recovery on the West Coast, with one of the last genetic salmon species free from hatchery influence.

A River’s Last Chance has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, has aired on five PBS stations, and has been shown in many school classrooms. Following the screening a Q&A will take place. Free with Museum admission.

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Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Madame Chinchilla & Mr. G

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

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Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Curator Tour of Tattooed and Tenacious

Amy Cohen, Executive Director of Exhibit Envoy, and the curator for Tattooed and Tenacious, leads visitors through a gallery tour of the show and talks about how it all came together. Museum staff will be on hand to discuss items that they organized to further support the exhibition. Free with Museum admission, though reservations are required at (707) 467-2836.

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Jun
7
4:30 PM16:30

Tattooed & Tenacious, Foraging Walks, and First Friday Art Walk

Spend part of your June First Friday Art 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. Brief remarks at 6:00. Also, listen and dance throughout the evening to the music of The Ukeholics, who were a big crowd-pleaser last year. That evening we’ll also be offering our popular foraging walks, where you can learn about plants that are thriving in the Wild Gardens and how to employ them in cooking and other uses.  And Little Bear will once again have a table demonstrating Native American toys and tools.

Forty-five minute foraging walks at 4:30 and 5:30.

Tattooed and Tenacious reception from 5:00 to 8:00.

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Paris to Pittsburgh, documentary film screening

The Grace Hudson Museum hosts a screening of the 2018 documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future, the film brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Following the screening, poet Kirk Lumpkin will perform his Steller’s Jay rap and Heather Guevarra will make a brief presentation about the importance of waste reduction. The screening and program are free.

This program is organized and presented by Climate Action Mendocino.

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May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read featuring Terry Ehret

Writers Read is a monthly literary salon focusing on poetry, spoken word, and short stories. It combines a reading by a featured author, followed by an hour of open mic. The featured reader in May is Terry Ehret. Ehret has published four collections of poetry: Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, Lucky Break, and Night Sky Journey. Her literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, nomination for the Northern California Book Reviewer’s Award, five Pushcart Prize nominations, and an NEA Translation Fellowship. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and teaches. In the summer, she leads travel programs for writers. Currently, she is working on a project to translate the collected poems of Mexican writer Ulalume Gonzalez de Leon.

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. This reading series is sponsored by Colored Horse Studios, an anonymous local writer, Michael Riedell, Dan Barth, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, the Grace Hudson Museum, and donations. For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.

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May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Gathering Light with Aryan Chappell and Roger Franklin

On the final day of Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor, two of the exhibition’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.

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Word for These Times with Roberta Werdinger

Current Ukiah poet laureate Roberta Werdinger leads a poetry workshop that explores and encourages responses to current events, both local and global. The workshop will start with the reading of poems from writers past and present who have responded to hard times, including the unprecedented threat of climate change. Participants will then use techniques such as meditation, collage, and freewriting to drop into the still, silent place from which poetry arises. The session concludes by returning to words to devise responses in poetry, artwork, or performance.

In addition to being Ukiah’s poet laureate, Roberta Werdinger is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award and a Zen Buddhist priest who trained for ten years at San Francisco Zen Center under her teacher, Tenshin Reb Anderson. A resident of Mendocino County since 2007, she currently is a freelance editor and publicity writer. She recently completed a memoir, The One Road.

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May
16
5:00 PM17:00

Chamber of Commerce Mixer

The Grace Hudson Museum will once again be the host venue for the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce’s May mixer. This year, we will stage the event in the Wild Gardens and will be joined by: Westside Renaissance Market (under new owner Shadi Mahfoud), which will provide savory bites; Costco, providing sweet bites; Tamar Distillers, sampling world class spririts; wine by the Chamber; the Clay Hawkins trio, offering up soulful, slide guitar based music; and a raffle courtesy of the Museum’s Gift Shop. And wildflowers promise to be in bloom.

This is a free event. You don’t have to be a Chamber member to participate. Come one, come all.

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May
3
to May 26

Jeff Trouette, pop-up exhibition

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 during normal hours, and free on First Friday.

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday at the Grace Hudson Museum

Two great events at the Museum for May First Friday. Cathy Monroe leads a family-friendly workshop in which visitors will learn the art of creating a photograph using the power of the sun. The photo theme continues as we also open a new pop-up exhibition featuring the work of Ukiah photographer Jeff Trouette. Visitors can also see our current special exhibition, Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor.

The Museum will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Please note, the solar photo workshop will conclude at 7:00. Museum admission is FREE on First Friday, as is the workshop and pop-up exhibition.

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read featuring Susanna Janssen

Featured presenter Susanna Janssen, came to Mendocino County from Sacramento in 1988 to head the Foreign Language Department at Mendocino College. Now retired from her college career, she continues to teach private classes in Spanish and Italian. For four years, she wrote a bimonthly column in the Ukiah Daily Journal. More recently, Janssen authored the book Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language, which received five national book awards in the categories of Humor and Education. She writes with heart and humor on everything related to words, language, cultures, and travel.

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. Events focus on poetry, spoken word, and stories, combining a reading by a featured author, then followed by an hour of open mic. Writers Read is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, and by grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Dan Barth, Michael Riedell, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, the Grace Hudson Museum, and donations.

For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.

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Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

"Noises Off!": A Fundraiser for the Grace Hudson Museum

In partnership with Ukiah Players Theatre, the Grace Hudson Museum invites you to a preview production of the hysterically funny play, Noises Off! Written by Michael Frayn and directed by Evan Gaustad, Noises Off! is a play within a play, taking a comedic look at the follies of a touring theatre company. Out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure filled with laughter.

The festivities begin with appetizers, wine, and soft drinks at 6:00 PM, showtime at 7:00. Coffee, wine, and dessert will be served at intermission. Tickets are $25 for those over 21 and $20 for those under 21. For information and tickets, call the Museum at (707) 467-2836.

All proceeds benefit the Grace Hudson Museum.


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Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

A Brief History of California Photography

An illustrated talk by Drew Johnson, longtime Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at the Oakland Museum of California, and author of the award-winning book, Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850-2000.  In his presentation, Johnson will survey photographic arts in the Golden State spanning daguerreotypes created during the Gold Rush to fine art prints from of 20th century.

Free with Museum admission.

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Apr
7
7:30 AM07:30

A Day at the de Young Museum

SOLD OUT! The Grace Hudson Museum’s periodic bus trip to San Francisco museums returns! This year Gauguin and Monet are on the menu when we spend the day at the de Young Museum. Participants will have a chance to see the special exhibitions, Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey and Monet: The Late Years, as well as explore the diverse exhibits in the de Young’s core galleries. The journey originates at Ukiah Civic Center, with the bus departing at 7:45 AM. We will arrive at the de Young for a 10:15 timed entrance. The bus will begin its return to Ukiah at 3:00 PM.

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT. For questions or information about possible future bus trips, contact the Museum at (707) 467-2836.

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Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday film screening: Tim's Vermeer

As part of Ukiah’s First Friday Art Walk, and in conjunction with our special exhibition, Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor, the Museum will screen the 2014 film Tim’s Vermeer. Produced by illusionists Penn & Teller, this intriguing documentary explores how optical devices may have helped Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer achieve his spectacular sense of visual realism. Inventor Tim Jenison theorizes about and then employs a technique using mirrors and an early camera obscura to duplicate some of Vermeer’s hallowed paintings. Art historians are split on whether Vermeer used optical technologically to create his masterpieces. Revelation or hoax? You decide.

The Museum will be open during the evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Visitors can check out Gathering Light and our other galleries, and stroll through the Wild Gardens, which should be blooming with poppies and other flowers. Tim's Vermeer screens at 6:00 PM and is roughly one hour and twenty minutes in length. Free and open to the general public.

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read featuring Daniel Barth

This month, Daniel Barth is the featured reader. Daniel is the author of The Day After Hank Williams’ Birthday, Fast Women Beautiful, Coyote Haiku, and Ukiah Haiku. And he is a past Ukiah poet laureate. He will be reading from his new book, At the Corner of Vigor and Wisdom. Dan goes on at 7:00 PM, followed by open mic at 8:00.

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. Events focus on poetry, spoken word, and stories, combining a reading by a featured author, then followed by an hour of open mic. Writers Read is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, and by grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Dan Barth, Michael Riedell, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, the Grace Hudson Museum, and donations.

For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.

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Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

Gathering Light with Amy Melious and Robert Taylor

Amy Melious and Robert Taylor, two of the featured artists in our new exhibition Gathering Light, take visitors through a tour of the show. They will discuss their own photography, how their aesthetic and process has evolved over the years, and answer questions. Free with Museum admission. Limited to 20 visitors. Reservations required. Call the Museum at (707) 467-2836 to reserve a spot.

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Mar
2
to May 26

Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor

Four established photographers with strong ties to Mendocino County offer a selection of images that reflect on their careers while also exploring new work. Our featured artists balance what the physical eye sees with what the inner eye comprehends, capture people with passion, push photographic boundaries with painterly manipulation, and explore light, natural forms, and nostalgic themes. All cite Mendocino County as a place of lasting inspiration.

Click here to read a feature article on the exhibition from the Feb 28 Ukiah Daily Journal.

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Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday and Gathering Light

As part of Ukiah’s First Friday Art Walk, the Museum will throw an opening reception for our new exhibition, Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor. Come meet the four artists featured in the exhibition, which looks at the arc of their photographic careers. All of the artists cite Mendocino County as a place of lasting inspiration. Free and open to the general public.

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read featuring K.C. Kirkley

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of most every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. Events focus on poetry, spoken word, and stories, combining a reading by a featured author, then followed by an hour of open mic. This month Ukiah writer K.C. Kirkley takes the lectern for this month’s program focusing on prose fiction. Kirkley’s publications include the novella Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (Paragon Press), while his short stories have been published in The Los Angeles Review, The Portland Review, Chicago Literati, Upstreet Anthology, Sixfold, Zoetic Press, and others. His story "A Heap of Broken Images" won the MCWC Short Fiction Award, and his story “How to Read a Love Letter” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Suggested $5 donation.

Writers Read is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, and by grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation. Additional support provided by an anonymous local writer, Dan Barth, Michael Riedell, Bill “Jabez” Churchill, the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah, the Grace Hudson Museum, and donations. For additional information about Writers Read, contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.


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Feb
27
4:30 PM16:30

Indelible Impressions at Mendo College Art Gallery

Calling all Grace Hudson Museum members. Have you seen the Indelible Impressions exhibition at Mendocino College Art Gallery yet? The Gallery has invited GHM members to a special viewing of the show this Wednesday, Feb 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Indelible Impressions features the artwork of 8 incredible artists who work in printmaking mediums. Can't make it to the special viewing? You can still see the show this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12:30 and 3:30. Must close on March 1. Support our friends at Mendo College!

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Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Winter in the Blood, film screening

The Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah presents Winter in the Blood, a 2014 feature by filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith. Adapted from the 1974 novel by award-winning author James Welch (Blackfeet/A’aninin), Winter in the Blood tells the story of an anguished young man, half American Indian and half Anglo, haunted by the memories and spirits of his father and brother, and in search of some sort of anchor to hold onto. The film explores issues of Native identity, economic hardship, alcohol abuse, racism, and the value of family. Shot on location in northern Montana.

Welch is considered one of the writers who launched a literary movement now known as the Native American Renaissance. In addition to Winter in the Blood, his books include the novel Fools Crow, the non-fiction Killing Custer: The Battle of Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians, and numerous works of poetry. Alex and Andrew Smith are filmmakers from Montana, and grew up knowing James Welch as a family friend. Other films by the Smiths include The Slaughter Rule, starring Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, and most recently Walking Out, with Matt Bomer and Bill Pullman. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and both were nominated for Indie Spirit awards.

The screening is FREE to the general public, and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Smith. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Mulan's Lunar New Year with author Natasha Yim

Perfect for ages 4 to 8. Join celebrated children’s author Natasha Yim as she reads from her new book, Mulan’s Lunar New Year, which follows Disney character Mulan as she prepares for her favorite festival. Participants also get to make a New Year’s lantern out of paper. Free both for parents/guardians and their kids.

Natasha Yim is a children's author, and freelance writer. She has published six picture books: Otto's Rainy Day (Charlebridge Publishing 2000); Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 2011); Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012); Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014); The Rock Maiden (Wisdom Tales Press, 2017); and Mulan's Lunar New Year (Disney Press, 2018). She has written for the children's magazines, Highlights for Children, Faces, Appleseeds, and Muse, and is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha is currently working on two picture books and two middle grade novels.


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Feb
2
to Feb 3

Ukiah High School Art Show

Discover the next Carpenter, Espey and Brown when the Museum hosts a pop-up exhibit featuring paintings by the current advanced art students at Ukiah High School. Led by Ukiah High art instructor Rose Easterbrook, the show will focus on landscapes. Pop-up exhibition free both days; donations welcome.

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Feb
1
to Feb 17

Ukiah High School Advanced Art: Landscapes

Discover the next Carpenter, Espey and Brown as the Museum hosts a pop-up exhibit featuring paintings by the current advanced art students at Ukiah High School. Overseen by Ukiah High art instructor Rose Easterbrook, the show focuses on landscapes. Twenty paintings by twenty students working in a diversity of mediums -- watercolor, acrylic, gouache, graphite, pastel pencil, oil, mixed media, and more. 

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Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Writers Read featuring Kirk Lumpkin

The Museum is delighted to host the monthly Writers Read program in January, February, and March. At the January 31 event, the featured poet is Kirk Lumpkin. In addition to poetry and spoken word, Lumpkin is a performance artist, lyricist, singer, and environmental activist. His poetry was most recently published in the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. He is a California state certified naturalist and, in his current writing, he explores the voices of other beings and natural entities. Lumpkin will read at 7:00 PM with an open mic to follow at 8:00. Suggested donation is $5. Refreshments provided. For additional information, please contact Michael Riedell at innisfree@pacific.net.

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Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

The Making of Artful Liaisons

Learn about the artists of Artful Liaisons and the development of the exhibit in this panel discussion featuring exhibit curators Karen Holmes and Mark Humpal, and moderated by David Burton, Grace Hudson Museum Director. Books by the curators available, with signings to follow the program. Free with Museum admission.

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Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Praises to Tonantzin

Come celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Winter Solstice as the Museum hosts this ninth annual evening of poetry and song. You are invited to bring offerings of poetry, stories, dreams, or music — your own work or the work of others — in English and/or Spanish. Participate as a reader, a listener, or both. The Virgin of Guadalupe is often known as Tonantzin, meaning the mother goddess, Mother Earth, and a form of address for the Virgin Mary. She blends the Old World, embodied in the Catholic Church, and the indigenous peoples of the New World. Her actual feast day is on December 12. This year, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, marking the shortest day of the calendar and the birth of the new solar year. Feel free to also bring an offering of food to share.

Organized by Bill Churchill and Theresa Whitehill, with support from the Grace Hudson Museum, Writers Read, and the Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah. For more information, contact Theresa Whitehill at poetry@coloredhorse.com. Para mas información, comuníquese a Jabez Churchill at jabezw@sonic.net.

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Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday at the Museum: "Caminata de Luces"

The Museum and its Gift Shop will be open this First Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, as we participate in the Caminata de Luces (Parade of Lights), a walk and bicycle event along the Rail Trail. Organized by Walk & Bike Mendocino, the family-friendly Caminata will stretch from the Art Council offices on W. Perkins Street along the Rail Trail to W. Gobbi Street, with the Grace Hudson Museum a convenient stop in between. Come enjoy the Museum's galleries, including our latest exhibition, Artful Liaisons. Plus the Veggie Bliss Garden food truck will be in front of the Museum, with scrumptious vegan Asian fare. As with all First Fridays, admission to the Museum is FREE.

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Dec
4
2:00 PM14:00

Making Peppernut Balls

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. SORRY WE COULD NOT ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.
Museum Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri, leads this workshop on the making of peppernut balls. Learn how to prepare and enjoy these Native treats, from harvesting the fruit of the bay laurel tree to the finished truffle-like product. The workshop lasts about 90 minutes. Class fees: $15 Museum members & volunteers; $20 non-Museum members. All materials included.

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