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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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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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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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
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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Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening in Grace's Secret Garden

Join us for the Sun House Guild's annual gala fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the Grace Hudson Museum.  This special evening takes place in and around the museum's latest major feature, the Wild Gardens. Included are dinner, music, live and silent auctions; for added fun a number of mystery boxes will be hidden around the gardens. Tickets are $85.  Call the Museum at 707-467-2836 to see if any tickets are still available.

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Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Queen of the Silent Westerns

Historian Linda M. Waggoner explores the life and career of Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) actress Lilian St. Cyr (1884-1974), who went by the stage name "Red Wing," and was the first Native American Hollywood film star.  Waggoner will discuss how St. Cyr's work was both constrained by, and transcended, representations of the American Indian Princess.  Free with Museum admission.

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Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrating the Pomo Fish Basket

A special First Friday celebrates the installation of a commissioned Pomo Fish Basket sculpture in the Museum’s Wild Gardens.  Dry Creek Pomo/Bodega Miwok artist Bruce Smith will be on hand to discuss the inspiration and process that went into making this six-foot long sculpture out of steel, intricately simulating traditional weaving techniques of Pomo basket makers.  Brief remarks occur at 6:00. And from 5:30 to 7:30, bites of a traditional Pomo salmon and seaweed dish will be available to try.  Evening includes weaving activities for youth and families and the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District will be on hand with information about watershed health and stream restoration.  Free and open to the public.

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Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Tomorrow, a documentary film and conversation

The Museum is partnering with Climate Action Mendocino to present Tomorrow, a feature length documentary by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. The film showcases alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, and education, and offers constructive solutions for mitigating climate change. Program running time includes 30 minutes for guided audience discussion. Suggested donation of $5 benefiting Climate Action Mendocino, but no one will be turned a away.

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Tales of a Printmaker

The Mendocino County Art Association wraps up its Meet the Artist series for this year with a talk by printmaker Elizabeth Ross. Her monotypes tell a story of living through violence, loss, and healing, and demonstrate the therapeutic properties of art making. Ross has exhibited at the de Young Museum and the  Grace Hudson Museum. This presentation contains graphic images that may not be suitable for all audiences. Free and open to the public.

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Jul
6
5:00 PM17:00

Basket Making, Bead Working, Story Telling

Redwood Valley Pomo basketmaker Corine Pearce, bead artist Stewart Wilburn (Wailaki/Tolowa/Pomo/ Wintu) and Dry Creek Pomo elder Elizabeth “Belle” Lozinto Cordova are featured in three new books from Beauty & Love Publishing. Pearce and Wilburn will be on hand to talk about their work and demonstrate their craft, while Sherrie Smith-Ferri will read from the stories of her great-aunt, Belle Cordova.  Free and open to the public.

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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Dean of Wildflowers, an illustrated talk

Historian Dot Brovarney helps us conclude our Beauty and the Beast exhibition and programs with a presentation on the life and career of one of Ukiah’s luminaries, botanist and horticulturalist Carl Purdy (1861-1945), known as “The Dean of Wildflowers.” Co-sponsored by the Sanhedrin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, with further support from Exhibit Envoy. Free with Museum admission.

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Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Artist: Photographer Claudia Holt

As part of its Meet the Artist series at the Grace Hudson Museum, the Mendocino County Art Association presents an illustrated talk by regional photographer Claudia Holt, who considers her work a practice in presence. Holt creates images that immerse the viewer in landscape and encourage a deeper connection with both place and time. For four years, she served as caretaker of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, where she also spent a year as Artist-in-Residence. In her talk, she will discuss the events in her life that helped shaped her artistic voice, and the approach she takes in choosing what to photograph.  This event is free and open to the public. 

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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Native Pollinators & Wildflowers

Entomologist and retired University of California, Berkeley professor Jan O. Washburn gives a lively presentation on how climate change is impacting relationships between native insects and the plants they pollinate. Co-sponsored by the Sanhedrin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, with further support from Exhibit Envoy. Free with Museum admission.

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Jun
1
3:00 PM15:00

Promise of Paradise - First Friday at the Museum

For our June First Friday, the Museum will help launch a major new initiative called "Promise of Paradise," focusing on the beginnings of the Back to Land movement in Mendocino County that occurred almost 50 years ago. Enjoy 60s and 70s music by the popular duo Midas Well, snacks of the time period, and we encourage people to dress in clothes of that era. Most importantly, we're seeking interviews with anyone who was part of the movement and has a story to tell. Forty-five minute interview slots are available between 3:00 and 7:00 PM, and can be scheduled by emailing Sara Reith at news@KZYX.org. Music, drink, and music begin at 5:00.

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Climate Change, Species Extinction & Citizen Science, an illustrated talk and book signing

Join Shelly E. Ryan, of The Climate Reality Project, and journalist and author Mary Ellen Hannibal, for a presentation on today’s multifaceted environmental crises, including the intertwined issues of climate change and species extinction. They will also address pro-active steps individuals can take to mitigate these startling global developments. Ms. Hannibal will sign copies of her award-winning book Citizen Science: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. Co-sponsored by the Sanhedrin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, with further support from Exhibit Envoy. Free with Museum admission.

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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Beauty and the Beast: California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change, an illustrated talk.

Celebrate Earth Day with this presentation by exhibit curators and professional photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter. They will discuss the inspiration for their work, their photographic methods, and how the state’s landscapes are changing. Co-sponsored by the Sanhedrin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Free with Museum admission.

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflower Walk in Spanish and English

Join walk leader Cathy Monroe as she interprets the diversity of wildflowers on the trails around Low Gap Park. This walk will be bi-lingual, conducted in both Spanish and English. Good hiking shoes are a must, and walking sticks might be helpful on steeper sections of the trail. Dress for the weather. Walks subject to cancelation if heavy rain occurs. Meet at the corner of the park by the tennis courts at 10:00 a.m. Organized and co-sponsored by Sanhedrin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Free.

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