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CURRENT NEWS

GREAT ROOM AND CLASSROOM RENTALS

Call 707-459-1726 or email manager@willitscenterforthearts.org

 

 MONTHLY ART TALK

2nd Fridays 6:30 pm 

Join us in person in the Great Room

On August 13th we will cover Post Impressionism. 

The August show at Willits Center for the Arts presents the incredible paintings of Anne Magratten and Danza Davis

 

Danza Davis grew up in the oak woodlands and pine forests of Mendocino County. She dual majored in studio art and botany at Humboldt State University and completed graduate studies in science illustration at California State University Monterey Bay. In addition to her studio practice and community mural projects, she is a staff artist for Ink Dwell, a Bay Area based studio that creates art that explores the wonders of the natural world. 

This body of work is a posthumous collaboration with the artist’s father, Robert Chisholm. Robert’s work is a mathematical homage to nature. He transformed graphical equations into patterns that he used in acrylic paintings and mixed media art. He loved the land he called home and drew inspiration from its natural beauty.

 

Danza also draws inspiration from nature, combining her naturalistic approach with her father’s patterns. Her process is informed by her experience as a mural artist; she works at a large scale using a limited palette of pre-mixed colors applied with rigorous precision. The resulting 4 ft. by 4 ft. acrylic paintings on canvas simultaneously evoke the child-like wonder of looking through a kaleidoscope and the awesome beauty that can be found in nature.

Anne Magratten spent her youth in Willits and drew inspiration from the Willits Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of Mills College and received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Oregon in 2015. She is an Instructor of Painting & Drawing at Linn-Benton Community College. Additionally, she offers college drawing and painting courses within Oregon prisons. She is a member of the Eugene based artist collective Tropical Contemporary. Her recent paintings focus on an outward trajectory, the desire to visually touch the horizon, and feel vast spaces.  The pandemic and current politics have peaked key questions within her. 


The work will speak for itself when you see these paintings.    

Opening July 31, 2021 6-9pm

 

There will also be an Art Walk July 31 in Downtown Willits 6-10pm. 
 

Stop in to see the show Fridays through Sundays from 11 am until 5 pm.  

Be sure to check out the Online Gallery celebrating Mendocino Artists. 50 artists offer over 400 unique items for sale. There are some great gifts here to browse through.
 

The current Photo Club Show is open now through August. 

WCA is participating in the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative

live and in person – June to September 2021


North Coast Otters is a community ‘treasure hunt’ or ‘festival tour’ to find sculptures painted by local artists, with an aim to celebrate life, water, and otters; support local businesses; and raise funds for student projects.
WCA’s Otter is by Kathy Croomer and Lynne Whiting.
Seek sightings and selfies with 108 otter sculptures on display at participating shops, restaurants, galleries, and visitor centers that have reopened with covid-safe guidelines. 
In addition, the project encourages community members to participate in the ongoing ‘citizen science’ river otter records study by consistently reporting when and where wild river otters are observed throughout the North Coast region. 
Join us and our many partners in this merger of citizen art and science, while promoting clean water and healthy habitats where we live and play! 
How many of the 108 otter art sculptures can you find?

WCA is participating in the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative live and in person 
June to September 2021

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JULY 12-16 9am-12:30 Ages 6-14 TAUGHT BY ANN MAGLINTE

Do you have or know a child who loves to be creative?
Have them join us at ART CAMP!
Email this form to amaglinte1115@gmail.com
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