Aug
17
to Jan 5

Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life and Land

Organized through a partnership of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the Grace Hudson Museum, and Exhibit Envoy, this juried exhibition features 42 works of finely crafted and innovative quilt art in two dimensions and three dimensions. The pieces were selected based on artistry and technique, and how well submitting artists addressed the exhibition’s goals of exploring the diversity, illusions, realities, and hopes that define the richness and complexities of the Golden State. Following its premier at the Grace Hudson Museum, Stitching California will be traveled by Exhibit Envoy to museums and cultural institutions throughout California and possibly beyond.

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read, Featuring Blake More

Coast poet Blake More will be the featured reader for the September Writers Read. A resident of the Mendocino Coast since the late 90s, Blake is a healing artist with many creative voices and expressions, including writing, video, performance, dance, costume, functional art (such as large murals and hand-painted, daily-use art cars), and teaching. She hosts a monthly radio show called B More Now on KZYX&Z FM, and also works with California Poets in the Schools and the California Arts Council to deliver creative arts instruction in K-12 classrooms around the Northern California region. Her freelance writings have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Yoga Journal, Utne Reader and Tokyo Time Out. Blake has written two non-fiction books, one fiction book, and three books of poetry. For an extensive list and exploration of Blake More’s creative healing world please visit her website: snakelyone.com.

Blake will go on at 7:00 PM. Open mic follows from 8:00 to 9:00. Writers Read is always free, though donations gladly accepted.

Writers Read happens on the last Thursday of almost every month and has been happening in Ukiah since 1999. This reading series 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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Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Art Walk at Grace Hudson Museum

If you’ve been looking for a reason to come see the Museum’s new exhibition, Stitching California, then why not plan to stop by during First Friday Art Walk. The artwork in the show is truly stunning and explores the Golden State from many different angles: natural beauty, protecting the environment, threat of wildfire and other natural disasters, water, traffic, atomic research, outdoor recreation, the cost of housing, the politics of food, the state’s rich ethnic diversity. Try out the Stitching California audio tour that you can access on your phone; you’ll get to hear all 42 artists in the show talk about their creation. Or purchase the fully illustrated exhibition catalog and follow the audio tour later in the comfort of your own home. In addition to Stitching California, all the Museum’s exhibit galleries will be open, as well as the Wild Gardens.

 

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Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

SAQA-Public Fiber Arts Sharing

To accompany the Museum's exhibition, Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) brings together its regional members and the public to celebrate a shared love of quilt art. Stitching California artists will speak about their exhibited pieces, while all other attendees are invited to bring a fiber artwork for an organized show and tell (one art piece per person). Plus, a presentation by textile artist and Stitching California juror Katie Pasquini Masopust. Free for SAQA members. All others, free with Museum admission.

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Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

For the Love of Art, the Museum's Annual Gala Fundraiser

This year's gala theme — For the Love of Art — celebrates creativity, community, and the cultural jewel of Ukiah, our very own Grace Hudson Museum. It also reflects a primary reason that people are drawn to and support the Museum, a shared love of the arts in all its many forms. The evening includes dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and is organized and presented by the board of the Sun House Guild.

Huge thanks to this years sponsors:

  • Savings Bank of Mendocino Count

  • Flow Kana

  • Adventist Health Ukiah Valley

  • The Eversole Family

  • Whispering Winds Nursery

  • Cupples & Sons Construction

Tickets are $85 per person. You can also purchase tables for 6 and 8. This event will sell out. For tickets, call the Museum at (707) 467-2836 or click the Gala Tickets button below.

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Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Art Walk at the Grace Hudson Museum

If you’ve been looking for a reason to come see the Museum’s new exhibition, Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land, then why not plan to stop by during the September 6 First Friday Art Walk. The Museum will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 that evening and admission is free. The artwork in the show is truly stunning and explores the Golden State from many different angles: natural beauty, protecting the environment, threat of wildfire and other natural disasters, water, traffic, atomic research, outdoor recreation, the cost of housing, the politics of food, the state’s rich ethnic diversity. Try the Stitching California audio tour that you can access on your phone; you’ll get to hear each artist talk about their creation. Or purchase the fully illustrated exhibition catalog and follow the audio tour later in the comfort of your own home. All the Museum’s exhibit galleries will be open, as well as the Wild Gardens.

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Writers Read featuring Lynne the Poetician

Lynne the Poetician will be the featured reader at this month’s Writers Read program. Lynne the started writing at an early age. Her educational background is in communications, film and video. This path led her to poetry. She developed into a performance poet, known for longer memorized pieces. From the heart, yes. She has performed her poetry in bookstores, churches, schools, museums, and other venues. She says, “When performing my poetry, memorizing adds to the quality of my delivery. As a writer my goal is to make others feel honored and validated regardless of our differences. Writing always helps me become a better human being.”

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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Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

The California Art Quilt: From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium

Nancy Bavor, the executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, presents an illustrated talk on the cultural forces that led to the emergence of art quilts, highlighting some pioneering California artists who blazed the trail for contemporary quilt makers.

Bavor co-authored the 2018 book, Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, and co-curated the accompanying exhibition, Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovative Art, that will have its West Coast premier at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles from mid-April to mid-July, 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in the History of Textiles/Quilt Studies emphasis.

Free with Museum admission.

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Aug
17
2:00 PM14:00

Opening Reception for Stitching California

Join us for the opening reception for our new exhibition, Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land. The show features 42 fiber artworks from 42 different artists, including a number by Mendocino County artists. The reception will provide an opportunity for the public to meet the artists in attendance. Light refreshments. Brief remarks at 3:00 PM.

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Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

Refugee Stories of Hope, Courage, and Humanity

The Museum is delighted to host this special event organized by The Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah. Refugee Stories of Hope, Courage and Humanity began as a book project, documenting the experiences of refugees around the world. One of its authors, Megan Carson, will be on hand to discuss the book’s genesis and her work on the project. Taking inspiration from the book, Bay Area sculptor, printmaker, and mixed media artist Luna Ruth Paesch created two related art installations that will both be on view in the Museum’s public room. Carson and Paesch will give two presentations, one at 11:00 AM and another at 3:00 PM. The art will be accessible for viewing between their talks. Free with Museum admission.

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Aug
2
4:30 PM16:30

First Friday Arts Walk, featuring Hilary's Henna

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.

We will also 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.

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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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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
5
4:30 PM16:30

First Friday Art Walk at the Grace Hudson Museum

Spend part of your 4th of the July weekend by stopping by the Museum this Friday evening. Enjoy one of our popular foraging walks around the Wild Gardens and Museum wetlands, at 4:30 and 5:30, stop by Little Bear’s table of Native American tools and toys, and have a look at our current special exhibition, Tattooed & Tenacious, as well as all of our core exhibit galleries. First Fridays at the Museum are always Free, including the foraging walks.

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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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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
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
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
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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