Arts + Entertainment – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo at the Caspar Community Center

Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest work, Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo, to the Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road, on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET. After a year of confinement and self-reflection, Savannah has created Flores de Verano, Flamenco en Vivo, a program that celebrates rebirth and new beginnings. Flores de Verano will present traditional musical forms of flamenco as well as contemporary themes. Savannah will be joined by singer / guitarist Diego Amador Jr. This event is part of an extensive tour of the West Coast. Ticket link here.

Mendocino Music Festival July 16-25

The Mendocino Music Festival recently announced that its 2021 festival will run from Friday July 16 through Sunday July 25. Ten concerts, one hour each, in the comfort of the Cotton Auditorium, Fort Bragg, with sanitary measures for your safety. Here’s a preview: July 16, The Pine Leaf Boys; July 17, Festival string orchestra; July 18, Kurt Weill Singing Choral Festival; July 19, Diego Figueiredo; July 20, Stephen Prutsman; July 21, Alexander String Quartet; July 22, Laurie Lewis and the right hands; July 23, String Orchestra Festival; July 24, Perla Battala; July 25, Big Band Festival with Kim Nalley. Tickets are now on sale. For more information on tickets and schedule, please visit

Symphony of the Redwoods. Save the dates!

Symphony of the Redwoods announces that four outdoor concerts will take place on July 25, August 1, August 8 and 15 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Mendocino Presbyterian Church. For more information and reservations, visit and

The Willits Center for the Arts presents three artists

Featuring artists Nancy New, Anita Elliott-Wagenet and Suzi Long, the exhibition will run until July 25. The gallery is located at 71 E. Commercial St. (next to the Noyo Theater). They are open from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist collective (Elk)

The artist collective at Elk will continue the works of Anne Kessler and Craig Hathaway until July. Come see their work and the other 30 artists work at the Elk Gallery.

Anne Kessler is known on the coast for her pastel landscapes of local rivers. She is an impressionist specializing in the play of light and color on bodies of water. She likes to imagine what Monet would have painted in Mendocino County where she has lived and painted for over 40 years. She recently took a break from the Studio Discovery Tour to paint commissions for hospitals in Sacramento, Chicago and El Paso to name a few. They find her pastels soothing, uplifting and colorful.

Anne is delighted to be present again with Craig Hathaway’s Magnifying Tables. Craig has been making custom furniture since 1984 and has had great success with this work over the years, sending his tables all over the world. He tries to let the shape created by mother nature capture the elegance of each piece, letting the living / natural side of each piece speak for itself. Check it out in the gallery and online at

The gallery is located at 6031 South Highway 1, between the Post Office and Queenie’s Restaurant in Greater Downtown Elk. They are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 707-877-1128.

Mendocino artists’ cooperative

Since its founding in 1988, the Artists’ Co-op Gallery in Mendocino has always represented local artists working in a variety of media. Currently there are 17 members and three guest artists with room to grow!

Well-established North Coast outdoor painter Lynne Whiting Roberston is featured in July at the Mendocino Artists’ Co-op, of which she has been a member for over a decade. “Oil and Water” aptly describes his choice of media, watercolor and oils. Many of her paintings are based on locations around the Mendocino Coast and California valleys, although she also travels to Sedona, Yosemite, and Zion for inspiration. Big River is an all-time favorite, seen in many seasons, like visiting a familiar friend. Collectors near and far find that his work evokes a sense of belonging, a quiet reminder of time spent in nature, a story told in color and light.

This collection highlights some of the same scenes performed in both watercolor and oil. The artist notes that any painting first requires attention to composition and values, often worked out in a miniature sketch before the light changes. A watercolor begins with white paper and should be carefully planned to keep areas light and is painted from light to dark. With oils, the darker colors form the structure of the paint and the lighter colors come last. Oils are rich in thicker paint and allow corrections while watercolors tend towards spontaneous color mixtures and surprises. Come see for yourself how these two mediums were masterfully used by the artist to represent his subjects.

Visit the artists’ cooperative until July to see “Oil and Water”. The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Kasten and Albion streets, Mendocino is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 707-937-2217. Visit their website at

Art in the gardens. Save the dates!

Art in the Gardens 2021 will be held August 6-8 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. For more information, visit

Grace Hudson Museum “Postcards from Mecca” exhibition

The fascinating exhibition of the Grace Hudson Museum “Postcards from Mecca” runs until Sunday 22 August. Welcome to the physical and in-person exhibitions at Grace Hudson. They are now open Wednesday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Closed on monday and tuesday. The museum is located at 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. For more information, call 707-467-2836 or visit

Kelley House Museum summer exhibition

The Kelley House’s summer exhibit, “Quilted Iconic Buildings of Mendocino” runs until August 31. The museum is open Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. assembled and sewn individually by members of Ocean Wave Quilters. In an extraordinary encounter between history and art, iconic buildings come to life including Kwan Tai Temple, Presbyterian Church, MacCallum House, Kelley House Water Tower and many more. Each handmade quilt square comes with a black and white photo and the building’s history.

In July 2019, one of the members of Ocean Wave Quilters, Cindi Jo Willey, challenged the guild members to make 18 “x 18” quilts of the iconic buildings of Mendocino, to be completed by July. 2020. Nine of our members have accepted to challenge him. The pandemic has delayed the original deadline, but they are delighted to reveal the results to the Kelley House Museum.

Ocean Wave Quilters is a guild of over 70 members that meets monthly and contributes to the community in multiple ways, including quilts for newborns, dresses for Hope for Women International, tactile quilts for patients and masks. during the pandemic. Special thanks to Ocean Wave Quilter Sharon Lau for coordinating this exhibit. For more information, visit

2nd annual Art Under Twenty exhibition: Virtual show

The Visual Arts Department at Willits High School is pleased to present the 22nd Annual Art Under Twenty Exhibition. Their virtual show features talented young performers from Willits and Laytonville and runs until August 31. For more information, visit

AOC participates in the North Coast Otters Public Initiative

The Willits Center for the Arts participates in the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative live and in person from June to September 2021. North Coast Otters is a community “scavenger hunt” or “festival tour” to find sculptures painted by local artists, with the aim of celebrating life, water and otters; support local businesses; and raise funds for student projects.

The WCA Otter is painted by Kathy Croomer and Lynne Whiting. Look for sightings and selfies with 108 otter sculptures on display at participating stores, restaurants, galleries and visitor centers that have reopened with COVID-safe guidelines.

In addition, the project encourages community members to participate in the ongoing study of “citizen” river otter records by systematically reporting when and where wild river otters are seen throughout the North Coast region. .

For more information on the treasure hunt, see: The gallery is located at 71 E. Commercial St. Gallery hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Friday to Sunday.

Mendocino Theater Company

The long intermission is drawing to a close and the Mendocino Theater Company is preparing to welcome you back to the theater in September. For more information, visit

Chant du vin 2021! Save the dates!

Winesong 2021 Live and Virtual will be held on Friday and Saturday September 10-11, 2021. It will be a series of safe events, both in-person and virtual. For more information and to RSVP to let them know you are planning to be a part of the celebration, visit

Linda Pack’s “For the Love of Reading”

A new edition of “For the Love of Reading” airs monthly on Mendocino County Public Radio, KZYX & Z (times and dates may vary.) If you missed hearing any or all of the most recent shows, or if you want to share the program with others, you can find the links to all podcasts and audio files of the program on For more information about the program, visit

MTC One Minute Radio Theater

Take a minute to enjoy the Mendocino Theater Company’s One-Minute Radio Theater, every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on the local public radio station KZYX. For more information, visit

Up close and classic

Up Close and Classical is a podcast series that takes a close look at the lives of classical composers and musicians. Each episode focuses on a composer, theme or collection of works that have recently been presented in concert by the Symphony of the Redwoods and the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra. Through musical snippets, historical context, and insightful conversations with musicians, Up Close and Classical invites you to lean in and listen intently to the music you love. From Bizet to Ravel, Dr Philip Lenberg’s podcast focuses on some of the most influential French composers of the late 19th century. For more information, visit

Updates from the California Arts Council

The latest updates from the California Arts Council, as well as important links and resources for California artists, cultural workers and creatives on the coronavirus pandemic can be found by visiting their website at

Send arts and entertainment listings by noon on Friday to [email protected] Openings are listed the week of the first Friday at Fort Bragg and the second Saturday in Mendocino. Please contact us for information on how to advertise paid courses and workshops.

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