EXHIBITS

Current Exhibit

June 7 through August 17, 2014

img web burns chestGROWTH RINGS:
A Retrospective of College of the Redwoods
Fine Woodworking Program Graduates

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 course. The resulting Fine Woodworking 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 invitational and juried exhibition features pieces from Program graduates currently living and working within the Redwood Empire region.

Michael Burns, Big Butter, 2014, Graduate Piece
Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Teak and Boxwood. Shellac and Wax Finish

Coming Soon

September 6 through December 28, 2014

DAYS OF GRACE
California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii
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On Saturday, September 6, a new show debuts at the Museum entitled Days of Grace: California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii. This landmark exhibit brings together, for the first time ever, many of the existing paintings and sketches that the Museum's namesake artist made in 1901 during a restorative stay in Hawaii. It will feature Hudson's seldom-seen portraits of Native Hawaiian and Asian women and children, plus charming landscapes and seascapes. These will be supplemented by Hawaiian artifacts Grace collected, her letters to and from family members during her sojourn, and photos she took of her surroundings.

Included will be rare works from other painters in Hawaii that Grace met while there, including Helen Whitney Kelley; Theodore Wores; Charles Furneaux; D. Howard Hitchcock; illustrator Charles Bradford Hudson (no relation to Grace or her husband, John); and Harold Meade Mott-Smith. An extensive catalog will be available in the Museum Gift Shop. This exhibit is co-curated by Karen Holmes, Grace Hudson Museum Registrar & Carpenter Family Historian, and Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Grace Hudson Museum Director.

Emma Square, Painting No. 187, Grace Hudson, 1901, 29" x 24", Oil on canvas, Collection of George Weatherston

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Punahele

Painting No. 197
Grace Hudson, 1901
8" x 5"

Oil on board
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum


 Chinese Child Sitting
in Doorway
Painting No. 189
Grace Hudson, 1901

6" x 5"

Oil on board
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum

 

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Left:
Grace Hudson's palette, painting diary, and painting supplies
Circa 1901
Collection of the Gr
ace Hudson Museum

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Above:
Grace Hudson in Hawaii
Photographer unknown
1901
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum

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Left:
The Artist and His Wife, Honolulu

Harold Meade Mott-Smith
Circa 1898
24" x 18"
Oil on canvas
Courtesy Douglas Frazer Fine Art, Medina, WA


Please drop by during the installation of the new show, during regular business hours, to see our permanent exhibits on Grace Hudson's art, Pomo Indian basketry, and Hudson's fascinating family. The Sun House will be open for tours. See you soon!

 


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

June 7 through August 17, 2014

img web burns chestGROWTH RINGS:
A Retrospective of College of the Redwoods
Fine Woodworking Program Graduates

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 course. The resulting Fine Woodworking 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 invitational and juried exhibition features pieces from Program graduates currently living and working within the Redwood Empire region.

Michael Burns, Big Butter, 2014, Graduate Piece
Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Teak and Boxwood. Shellac and Wax Finish


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September 6 through December 28, 2014

Days of Grace:
California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii

This exhibition explores California artist Grace Hudson's experiences, and the artwork she produced, during her 1901 sojourn in the Hawaiian Islands–a time she found to be both fascinating and restorative. For the first time ever, Hudson's Hawaiian paintings, drawn from numerous public and private collections, will be exhibited together, in conjunction with the photographs and letters that recorded her life in the Islands. Supplemented by Native Hawaiian artifacts which Grace collected, and paintings by fellow artists with whom Grace crossed paths in Honolulu and Hilo, this extensive exhibit will appeal to art, history, and anthropology enthusiasts alike. A catalog will be available. 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.

Artists Look Back

Mendocino County Art Association Turns 60

March 29 through May 25, 2014

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More than eighty works by seventy-seven artists were displayed in this juried retrospective
exhibit which also looksed 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 highlighted 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”

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