Art for the Parks Winners Announced

More than 129  artists submitted entries earlier this year vying for four $1,000 prizes in the Art for the Park fundraiser organized by the Mendocino Area Parks Assn. (MAPA). MAPA is the volunteer group that supports our local state parks, including MacKerricher and its popular Glass Beach. Two of the four $1,000 grand prize winners […]
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More than 129  artists submitted entries earlier this year vying for four $1,000 prizes in the Art for the Park fundraiser organized by the Mendocino Area Parks Assn. (MAPA). MAPA is the volunteer group that supports our local state parks, including MacKerricher and its popular Glass Beach.

Two of the four $1,000 grand prize winners were from Fort Bragg: Juriaan Blok, Pen & Ink Drawing: “Redwoods in Sunlight” Eleanor Harvey,  Oil Pastel Painting: “Here Today…”

A fundraiser raffle for three donated artwork is set for May 1 in Portuguese Hall in Fort Bragg. Keep reading to learn more details, including the traveling show.


MENDOCINO, Calif. — Apr. 5, 2010 — Winners of the Mendocino Area Parks Association’s 2010 “Arts for the Parks” juried art competition were announced today. Out of 129 accepted entries, 21 artists were recognized for their work in four contest categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Other. The annual competition focuses on the 17 California State Parks in Mendocino County by showcasing the works of artists who live in Mendocino County, as well as artists who visit these parks from out of the area.

Big River Sunset will be raffled off May 1
Big River Sunset will be raffled off May 1 – by Bruce Lewis

“There were so many great works and such varied talents to appreciate this year — all worthy of high praise,” says MAPA volunteer Marilyn Boese.  “This made it very difficult for the judges to make their award selections. All the judges were new to us and they did a great job.  Special thanks are due our final judge, Jemima Harr, Executive Director-Curator, Humboldt Arts Council, Morris Graves Museum of Art, who determined the cash award winners.”

View Winning Entries, Bid On Art, Have A Picnic And More At “Arts for the Parks”

Winning entries and other works by local artists — over 100 in all — will be available for silent auction bid or purchase at “Arts for the Parks,” sponsored by the non-profit Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA), Saturday, May 1 at Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg. There is free entry to the art show and silent auction from 1-4 pm, followed by a $25 per person indoor “Picnic in the Parks” (includes one glass of wine) and live auction 5-8:30 pm. Proceeds support Mendocino County’s17 magnificent state parks. Tickets available at; Harvest Market, Fort Bragg; Out of This World, Mendocino; and Ford House Museum, Mendocino. For more information, call 707-937-4700.

And The Winners Are….

This year there are four Grand Prize winners, each receiving $1,000; four Second Prize winners, each receiving $ 400; four Third Prize winners, each receiving $ 100; and 10 Honorable Mention recipients, each receiving a certificate.

First Place, Grand Prize:

Juriaan Blok, Fort Bragg, Pen & Ink Drawing: “Redwoods in Sunlight”
Eleanor Harvey, Fort Bragg, Oil Pastel Painting: “Here Today…”
Laura Fogg, Ukiah, 3-D Textile: “Navarro Dawn”
Don McCullough, Mendocino, Photography: “Island in the Clouds”

Second Place:

Eleanor Harvey, Fort Bragg, Colored Pencil Drawing: “Mending Fences”

John Loomis, Fort Bragg, Brass Sculpture: “Ling Cod”

Suzi Long, Mendocino, Pastel Painting: “Russian Gulch Reflections”

William Kidd, Mendocino, Photography: “Duck Roost”

Third Place:

Michael Henderson, Gualala, Graphite Drawing: “Solitude”

Susan Goodmundson, Rocklin, Pastel Painting: “A Winter View in MacKerricher SP”

Ron LeValley, Little River, Photography: “Bull Kelp on Beach”

Wendell Rickon, Mendocino, Wooden Chair: “Pygmy Forest Rhododendron Arm Chair”

Honorable mention:

Linda Riedel, Lakeport, Pen & Ink Drawing: “Hendy Woods”

Trish Orchard, Monroeville, PA, Oil On Canvas Painting: “Across The Gulch”

Chris Grassano, San Francisco, Oil On Gessoboard Painting: “Morning at Jughandle”

Ron LeValley, Little River, Photography: “Sanderlings on Ten Mile”

Faye Kala, San Jose, Jewelry: “Sunset”

Ann Maglinte, Willits, Watercolor: “A Foggy Day at Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse”

Rachel Harris, Martinez, Photography: “Parallel”

Sylvia Bartley, Fort Bragg, Photography: “Sand Lace”

Denice Breaux, Fort Bragg, Photography: “Old Time Point Cabrillo”

Erin Dertner, Fort Bragg, Painting: “Misty Gold and Lavender”

The Judging Process

Entries were judged on the basis of artistic merit, originality of vision, quality of execution and appropriateness to the theme of the contest. Artists were asked to submit park-inspired works reflecting a variety of subject matter, including landscapes and seascapes, close-up subjects, wildlife, historical or Native American themes, and people in park settings.

Entry Categories Entry categories were:

Drawing: Includes pencil, pen & ink, charcoal, etchings, woodcuts/block prints and etchings. Painting: Includes oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, alkyd, collage and serigraph.

Photography: Includes digital.

Other: Includes any other media – jewelry, textiles, terracotta, sculpture, three-dimensional artwork, felted wool, etc. as long as the subject matter can be identified with a specific State Park in the Mendocino District.

The Judges —

Final Judge: Jemima Harr

Jemima Harr, Eureka, has been the Executive Director-Curator of the Humboldt Arts Council and the Morris Graves Museum of Art since 2004. An Art History and Museum & Gallery Practices graduate of Humboldt State University, Harr has collaborated on and curated over 300 exhibitions throughout California. Prior to returning to the North Coast, Harr worked at the San Francisco Airport Museums, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara and the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis.

Drawing: Chuck Hathaway

Chuck Hathaway came to the Mendocino Coast in 1970 and began Mendocino Graphics, which among other things, has been publishing the Real Estate Magazine for the last 25 years. Hathaway’s first love is drawing dinosaurs. In his continuing effort to retire and spend time between his garden and drawing board he is spending more and more time at home in his studio.


Painting: Robert Rhoades

Mendocino resident Robert Rhoades is an arts educator, artist, and avid supporter of community arts. He is Professor of Art at College of the Redwoods.

Photography: Steve Eberhard

Willits resident Steve Eberhard has been an art lover for many years, and a serious photographer the last eight years.

Other: Owen Edwards

Owen Edwards, a resident of Mendocino, is an artist and master woodworker. He is also the curator of wood arts at Highlight Gallery in Mendocino.


Traveling Art Show May-August, 2010

From May through August 2010, the Traveling Art Show featuring all of the prize winners and other designated artworks will tour selected art galleries throughout Mendocino County.

Raffle For Three Works Of Art To Be Held In Conjunction With “Arts for the Parks”

A raffle for three works of art by local artists is being held in conjunction with this event. To view them, and to buy tickets visit, then click “Arts for the Parks.” Tickets may also be purchased by calling 707-937- 4700, or onsite at “Picnic in the Parks” taking place at the “Arts for the Parks” event May 1.

About MAPA: The 17 state parks in Mendocino County include some of the finest ocean views, redwood groves, beaches, ocean bluffs, lakeshore, trails, and campgrounds in the world. Non-profit MAPA funds natural and cultural history programs in these local state parks. MAPA’s educational mission is to inspire better understanding and appreciation of the plants and animals that also call this land their home, and to encourage protection of our parklands – and our planet. For gifts, endowments, or contributions of stock or other non-cash items, please contact MAPA at 707-937-4700.

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