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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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
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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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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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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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
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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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Open House & Craft Fair, Day 2

The Museum's Annual Holiday Open House & Craft Fair continues. Vendors return to sell their crafts and the Sun House Guild will be selling artisanal holiday wreaths. The Sun House will be decorated for the Holidays and tours will be available. Enjoy Christmas music and refreshments. The Museum Gift Shop will be offering a 15% discount to all shoppers, so don't miss this special event at the Museum!

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Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Annual Open House & Craft Fair, Day 1

The Museum's Annual Holiday Open House & Craft Fair kicks off on Friday evening with vendors selling their crafts and sales of artisanal holiday wreaths. The Sun House will be decorated for the Holidays and tours will be available. The Museum Gift Shop will be offering a 15% discount to all shoppers, so don't miss this special event at the Museum! The Open House & Craft Fair continues on Saturday, December 1.

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Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Learn the Art of Flintknapping

An introduction to the techniques and materials California Indian peoples used to create sharp tools such as arrowheads and knives. In this hands-on workshop you will learn flintknapping basics with an emphasis on safety. Take home whatever you make. Bring a pair of leather work gloves, and the Museum will provide materials, tools, and safety glasses. Taught by Robin Bliss Wagner and Little Bear (Apache). Class fees: $15 Museum members & volunteers; $20 non-Museum members. Beginning flintknapping tool kits will also be available for purchase for $25. Call the Grace Hudson Museum (707) 467-2836 to make your reservation.

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Nov
18
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 third added 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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Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

Making Peppernut Balls

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. SORRY WE COULD NOT ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.
Did you ever wonder what local California Indian people did without coffee and chocolate?  They ate 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. Along the way you’ll learn why Peppernut Girl is so sad and what Woodrat taught the humans. Taught by Museum Curator Sherrie Smith-Ferri, the workshop lasts about 90 minutes. Class fees: $15 Museum members & volunteers; $20 non-Museum members. All materials included.

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Nov
7
to Nov 11

Pete Ethan Castro: An Untitled Showing

This pop-up exhibition, in the Museum’s Public Room, features 24 works of art by Ukiah artist Pete Ethan Castro. Inspired by his Wailiki heritage and his passions for social justice and honoring our natural environment, Castro creates paintings that range from beautiful abstracts to provocative political statements. 

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Nov
2
to Nov 4

Pete Ethan Castro: An Untitled Showing

The Museum is proud to present a pop-up exhibition featuring a selection of work by Ukiah artist Pete Ethan Castro. The show opens as part of November First Friday at 5:00 PM and runs through the weekend, closing at 4:00 PM on Sunday. On Friday evening, we will also have music by Clay Hawkins.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Curator Tours of Artful Liaisons

Join Karen Holmes, Grace Hudson Museum curator and Carpenter Family Historian, for one of two exclusive tours of Artful Liaisons. Each tour limited to 20 people. Make your reservations for either 11:00 am or 2:00 pm at (707) 467-2836 or at info@gracehudsonmuseum.org. Free with Museum admission.

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Oct
20
to Feb 17

Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey and Grafton Tyler Brown

Organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, this show explores the art and friendships linking three artists over 35 years. Grace Carpenter and Edward Espey, were students together at art school in San Francisco and romantically intertwined. Later, Espey moved to Portland, Oregon, and established himself as a landscape painter. In Portland, he developed a friendship with Grafton Taylor Brown, another landscape painter and the first significant African American artist on the West Coast. Brown had also spent time in San Francisco, as an artist and as a successful lithographer.. 

The exhibition has been curated by Karen Holmes, Curator of Exhibitions and Carpenter Family Historian at the Grace Hudson Museum, and Mark Humpal, owner of Mark Humpal Fine Art, Portland, Oregon and an Espey scholar, with assistance from Robert Chandler, a collector/historian/writer in the Bay Area who is an authority on Brown.  The art work in the show comes from the Grace Hudson Museum collections, as well as loans from Mark Humpal Fine Art in Portland, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and private collectors in California.

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Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Silent Musical, film screening

Part of October First Friday at the Museum. Anderson Valley artists Cob and Daniel McDonnell originally conceived The Silent Musical as a stage play and produced it at the Grange in Anderson Valley. Soon after they adapted their play into a film, replicating the look and feel of an old time silent movie. Features an original score performed in the film by a talented ensemble, with equally talented performances by an Anderson Valley cast. Come see the Ukiah Valley premier of The Silent Musical at the Grace Hudson Museum. The Museum will be open for First Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The screening will start at 6:00 and will be followed by a conversation with the creators. As always, admission to the Museum is FREE on First Fridays, as is the film screening. The Silent Musical is suitable for all ages

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Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Indigenous Photography, a conversation

C.N. Gorman Museum director Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and C.N. Gorman curator Veronica Passalacqua discuss the genesis of Our People, Our Land, Our Images, as well as exhibition themes focusing on representation, colonialism, cultural continuity, sovereignty, and the future of indigenous photography.  Free with Museum admission.

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