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News.bytes Extra, issue 476

Fort Bragg “Stop and View the Rocks” painting and photography exhibits feature California Coastal National Monument

The 8th annual Heritage Days of Mendocino County will feature a new perspective of natural heritage through an exhibit held in two locations simultaneously and organized by the Mendocino Study Club, a collaborative partner of the California Coastal National Monument.

The exhibit’s initial location features paintings of 13 views by 13 local artists, working in a variety of expressive mediums -- but in all of the interpretations, the focal point is the California Coastal National Monument. The art exhibit at the Savings Bank of Mendocino, Fort Bragg branch is installed now and will run concurrently with Heritage Days, April 29 -- May 29. The painting exhibit is sponsored by the Mendocino Study Club.  A virtual visit to the exhibition can be made via a video on YouTube.  (text continues below)

painting of sunset over a rocky coast

The second location for “Stop and View the Rocks” opens May 9 with a photography installation in the South Lobby of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Fort Bragg. The oldest image is of rocks at the mouth of Noyo Harbor, 1868, by Carleton Watkins. Though the California coastal National Monument stretches the length of the California coast, many of the most memorable vistas in Mendocino are pictured here -- including Westport Rocks and those off Jughandle State Reserve  (locally known as Jughandle Beach).  Among the other photographers are Bruce Lewis, and Bill Brazill shooting with an antique camera. The Watkins photograph is on loan from the Guest House Museum of Fort Bragg, an institution known for its collection related to Fort Bragg and the regional forest products industry. The photography exhibit is sponsored by the Fort Bragg Native Daughters.

The Mendocino Study Club, founded 1908, has been very active in their dedication to familiarize the world with the California Coastal National Monument’s beauty. Last November they hosted a “Stop and View the Rocks” Contest, encouraging locals to identify their favorite perspectives, and held a 10th birthday party in honor of the anniversary. This was one of those special events for a National Landscape Conservation System unit that developed entirely out of grassroots interest, without expectation of BLM assistance. Monument Manager Rick Hanks did attend and further honored their energies by facilitating the signing of the Collaborative Partner Memorandum of Understanding, which had been in process. 

Sign announces exhibit of artwork of the California Coastal National Monument
two women in front of a coastal quilt

- Marcia deChadenèdes, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator, California Coastal National Monument, 4/11/11

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More previews of artwork from the video of the exhibit, including paintings...
colorful stylized painting of rocky coastline
framed painting of fences above coastal cliffs
painting of bright blue coastal see among rocks
...and quilts:
quilted picture of tall rock emerging from the sea
quilt of sea life-looking shapes

Last updated: 04-13-2011