We’ve been away in the South of France for ten days, and although it was absolutely delightful, we are glad to be back in Fort Bragg, where the livin’ is easy this summer. We’ve had marvelous weather so far, and after a super successful 4th of July weekend, we’re looking forward to a variety of exciting activities all summer long.
This weekend Friends of the Gardens brings you the Pack Rat Sale at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You’re sure to find some amazing bargains and unexpected treasures. It’s one of the biggest “garage sales” on the coast with all kinds of goodies – from garden to kitchen, furniture, textiles, artwork…just about anything your heart desires. Sure, you may have to donate some of your own belongings to thrift stores to make room, but “out with the old, in with the new” as the saying goes! All the proceeds benefit the gardens, so what could be a better way to spend part of your Saturday?
Did you know that Fort Bragg boasts the highest concentration of fine woodworkers per capita in the country? Mendocino College’s Krenov Fine Woodworking program draws students from around the world, and many of them stick around to open businesses in the area. An exhibit, #Wood2Art by the Mendocino Coast Furnituremakers opened June 30 at Oddfellows Hall in Mendocino, and continues for the entire month of July, featuring 32 furniture makers and local artists. If you crave one-of-a-kind pieces and a have a passion for fine craftsmanship, this exhibit is the place to find it, and you can purchase an original piece to take home with you. You might even find something unusual like this Octahedran by Crispin Hollinshead, inspired by the work of Masaru Emoto. Each pair of crystals at the six nodes have been charged with the intention of Gratitude, Love, and Awakening. Five LEDs in each node shine through a graphic of the Flower of Life into the crystals, transferring the intention to the focal point of the structure.
Pacific Textile Arts Gallery Exhibit through the month of July features Hmong Story Cloths, from the Hmong people of Laos who embellish their clothing and textiles with decorative needlework techniques like applique, embroidery, and batik. Find this exhibit at 450 Alger Street in Fort Bragg. Turn left and the end of Laurel Street.
Mark your calendar for August 5 for one of our favorite events on the coast, Art in the Gardens. Wine and beer tastings, a raffle, live music, delicious food, and fabulous art among the blooms. What could be more fun? And we’re excited that our friend Cory Bohemia, who makes unique musical instruments from cigar boxes, tin cans, and other found objects has been selected to participate as an Artist in Action at the event! P.S. On Saturday, July 15, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM you can head over to the gardens for the unveiling of the 2017 featured artwork by internationally acclaimed sculptor John Fischer. Special reduced admission price is just $5.00.
Calling Artists with Sea-Related Items to Show and Sell
As part of the Noyo Center for Marine Science Orca Articulation Workshop, artists and crafters with sea-related items are invited to show and sell their work every Wednesday and Saturday from July 22-August 12 at a Marine Marketplace in the Old Rec Gym in Fort Bragg. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org