EXHIBITS

Now Showing

March 29 through May 25, 2014

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More than eighty works by seventy-seven artists are displayed in this juried retrospective
exhibit which also looks back on the rich contribution made by the Mendocino County Art Association to the visual arts in Mendocino County. Special historical displays and recorded interviews will highlight the artist demonstrations, lectures, and art exhibitions provided to the community throughout the Association's history
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Above left: Bev Rae, Evergreen Road Barn, Oil, 2012, 17.5” x 20.5”
Above right: Roberto Andrea “Andy” de Grassi, AnnMaria, Charcoal, 1964, 10” x 8”

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Above left: Ann Maglinte, Garden Adventure, Watercolor, 2013, 22” x 18”
Above right: Janice Swanson, Lantern Festival, Watercolor, 2013, 24.5” x 26.5”

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Above left: Leslie Rich, Florida Rose, Watercolor, 2013, 24” x 28”
Above right: Dorleen D. McBride, Tranquility, Pastel, 2012, 13” x 16”

 


Current Exhibit

 

March 29 through May 25, 2014

 

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More than eighty works by seventy-seven artists are displayed in this juried retrospective
exhibit which also looks back on the rich contribution made by the Mendocino County Art Association to the visual arts in Mendocino County. Special historical displays and recorded interviews will highlight the artist demonstrations, lectures, and art exhibitions provided to the community throughout the Association's history
.

 

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Above left: Bev Rae, Evergreen Road Barn, Oil, 2012, 17.5” x 20.5”
Above right: Roberto Andrea “Andy” de Grassi, AnnMaria, Charcoal, 1964, 10” x 8”

 

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Above left: Ann Maglinte, Garden Adventure, Watercolor, 2013, 22” x 18”
Above right: Janice Swanson, Lantern Festival, Watercolor, 2013, 24.5” x 26.5”

 

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Above left: Leslie Rich, Florida Rose, Watercolor, 2013, 24” x 28”
Above right: Dorleen D. McBride, Tranquility, Pastel, 2012, 13” x 16”

Exhibits

The Grace Hudson Museum has four exhibit galleries; three house permanent collections devoted to Grace Hudson's art; her family; and Pomo basketry. The fourth gallery is for the display of changing exhibits with a rotating emphasis on art, history, and anthropology. Changing exhibits generally are installed for three to four months. The Sun House, the Hudsons' historic Craftsman Home, is also available for tours.

Exhibition Schedule


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Nature's Beloved Son:
Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy

Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy presents digitally restored images of the actual plants that famed environmentalist John Muir (1838-1914) held in his hands and preserved as specimens. This traveling exhibit, produced by Exhibit Envoy, ties Muir's love of plants to his passion for nature.


 March 29 through May 25, 2014

Artists Look Back:
Mendocino County Art Association Turns 60

This anniversary exhibit commemorates the sixty years of effort by the Mendocino County Art Association (MCAA) to foster interest and support for the fine arts in the greater Ukiah community. The exhibition will feature the work of MCAA artists spanning the history of the Association with an emphasis on today's members. This exhibit is organized by the Mendocino County Art Association and the Grace Hudson Museum.


 June 7 through August 3, 2014

 Growth Rings:
A Retrospective of College of the Redwoods Graduate Woodworkers

The College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Fort Bragg started in 1981 when a group of Mendocino woodworkers persuaded well-known author and studio furniture maker, James Krenov, to teach his methods to students in a nine month-long program. The resulting program has been recognized by the woodworking community around the world for the excellence of its students' work, their craftsmanship, sensitivity, and quality of personal expression. This juried and invitational exhibition will feature work from Program graduates currently living and working within the Redwood Empire region.


 August 23 through December 14, 2014

 Days of Grace:
Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii

Grace Hudson spent the majority of 1901 recuperating in the Hawaiian Islands from a period of overwork that resulted in her mental and physical exhaustion. While there she completed 26 numbered oils featuring the native people she found around her in Honolulu and Hilo. This exhibit will gather together for the first time a large number of these rare canvases, along with paintings by Hudson's contemporaries in Hawaii. Numerous historic photographs, ethnographic artifacts, and manuscript materials will round out the exhibition. This traveling exhibit is organized by the Grace Hudson Museum and curated by Grace Hudson Museum Family Historian Karen Holmes and Director Sherrie Smith-Ferri.


 

 


 




Permanent Exhibits

Permanent exhibits on Grace Hudson's life, family, and professional work, and on Pomo basketry and culture, are available for viewing during regular Museum hours. The Sun House, the Hudsons' 1911 Craftsman home can be toured with Museum docents. See Sun House Tours for more information.

Hart Gallery

The Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Grace Carpenter Hudson. Accompanied by text and photo panels giving extensive information about each phase and aspect of Grace's professional development, the gallery features numerous oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, charcoal, conte crayon, and graphite drawings, and mixed media works. Hudson's personal life is documented further in the Norma & Evert Person Gallery.

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Person Gallery

img person galThe Norma and Evert Person Gallery features a permanent exhibit of informative text panels, photographs, textiles, and objects that interpret the history, and celebrate the legacy, of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family. Organized by generations, each section of the gallery introduces the viewer to members of Grace Carpenter Hudson's illustrious family through descriptions of their lives, and displays of their belongings. Grace's own section expands upon her personal life, while her professional career is highlighted in the Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery.


 

Stone Gallery

"stone gallery" "pomo baskets"The J. Ralph and Lois Stone Gallery features a long-term exhibition showcasing Pomo baskety masterpieces woven between 1860-2003. The baskets come from the collections of the Grace Hudson Museum, other private institutions with significant ethnographic holdings, and private collections. Informative text panels explain the steps taken in cultivating, harvesting, and processing materials for basketmaking. Panels also discuss the history of Pomo basketweaving, and the forms and functions of various basket types.

The Sun House

A sunny day at The Sun House, Grace Hudson's historic home in Ukiah, California.The Sun House, a 1911 redwood Craftsman bungalow home, is situated immediately in front of the Museum and is available for tours. Grace and John Hudson, its owners, together with architect George Wilcox, set out to build a functional, custom Craftsman-style home scaled to the Hudsons' needs. Fairly modest in size, it nonetheless accommodated Grace's prodigious artistic output and John's sizeable ethnographic collections. Keeping in mind the Arts and Crafts goal of uniting designer and craftsperson, the Hudsons actively collaborated with Wilcox on the design of the house, while adding their own creative touches. These include the pink tulips that Grace stenciled on the bedroom walls, the distinctive hat rack built by John Hudson in the entryway, and the unusual pendant lighting fixtures throughout the home. As was often the case in Craftsman dwellings, the architect became the furniture maker as well, when Wilcox designed and built the beautiful sideboard in the dining room that he presented to the Hudsons as a housewarming present. It is believed they moved into the Sun House around New Year's Day, 1912.

While these personal touches make the Sun House unique (in keeping with the Arts and Crafts spirit), it also features many typical Craftsman details. The sloping gabled roof with overhang, the sleeping porch, the use of natural redwood and stone, the front veranda, board-and-batten walls, built-in cabinetry and window seats, curio shelves above the doorways, "honest" materials (such as burlap and monks cloth wall coverings), exposed timbers, and the home's overall sense of simplicity, are all classic Craftsman elements.

Though George Wilcox designed several other Craftsman homes in Ukiah, and a scattering of other Craftsman bungalows exist in the town, the Sun House remains its most famous example. This is in good part due, of course, to its distinctive inhabitants. Taken together, the Hudsons and the Sun House are the embodiment of Arts and Crafts ideals, and leave a local legacy of an international movement.

Nature's Beloved Son

January 25 through March 16, 2014                                                                    

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Rediscovering John Muir's
Botanical Legacy

In the spirit in which John Muir embraced the botanical world, Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy traced the famed early environmentalist's travels through North America and presented digitally restored images of the actual plants that he held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved as specimens. This traveling exhibition was produced by Exhibit Envoy and was based on the Heyday Books publication of the same name.

Left: Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

Below: California Polypod fern (Polypodium californicum)

[Digitally restored scans of John Muir's original plant specimens]



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