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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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ART - MUSIC - FOOD - DRINKS - BLOOMS

AUGUST 6, 7, and 8, 2021

Featured Artist  |  CAROLYN ZEITLER

Art in the Gardens is back! The event will be quite different this year, but all the same, we will be celebrating art and community amongst the dramatic summertime blooms of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Pick your own experience during this year's three-day event. Activities will include daily art workshops, the "Saturday Soirée" (auction and Featured Artists Reception), and festivities on the Event Lawn featuring art vendors, live music, food, and drinks. 

Special event tickets are required for all workshops and the Saturday Soirée. Click the linked titles below to learn more about each workshop and register to participate. Green highlighted events below are free for MCBG Members and included with regular Gardens admission but there will be a limited capacity each day, advanced tickets required!

FRIDAY, August 6

  • Paper Collage workshop with Sandy Oppenheimer from 10AM-4PM 
  • Kid's Painting workshop with Miss Rossi from 1PM-1:45PM
  • Live music by Aaron Ford in the Dahlia Garden from 12PM-2PM
  • Paint & Sip workshop with Miss Rossi from 3PM-5PM

SATURDAY, August 7

SUNDAY, August 8


FESTIVITIES ON THE EVENT LAWN – August 7 and 8

The Event Lawn activities are free with regular Gardens admission — Advanced reservations required. Join us from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8 for live music, food, drinks, and art vendors. See details...


SATURDAY SOIRÉE – August 7
Garden Party, Auction, and Featured Artist Reception

Join us for an exclusive evening amidst the flowers complete with music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dance, and unique garden art. See this year's Art in the Gardens featured artwork and learn a bit about Featured Artist, Carolyn Zeitler's process. Support the Gardens and add a stunning focal point to your garden. This year's silent auction will feature original garden art, furniture, and décor.

Savor the evening glory of our Perennial Garden enhanced by birdsong and the acoustic melodies of Jason Moore. The Mendocino Dance Project will dazzle at dusk with a dynamic performance.

Tickets are $100 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are limited and will sell quickly... GET TICKETS TODAY!


2021 Featured Artist  |  CAROLYN ZEITLER

This year’s Featured Artist, Carolyn Zeitler, graduated from San Jose State University in 1976 with a degree in ceramics and weaving. Carolyn started making baskets while she worked as a U.S. Forest Service fire look-out in Big Sur, California. These baskets were created using the native Coulter Pine needles that grow in the Los Padres National Forest. Since then, Zeitler's baskets have evolved as a kind of marriage, combining her two loves – clay and fiber.

2021 AIG Featured Artwork
Passing Through

Coulter Pine Needles and Raffia – 14” x 13”
$1,500

Zeitler explains:
"I have worked exclusively with pine needles for over 30 years because they are so simplistic and straightforward. My only tools are my hands and a needle. The repetitive rhythm of the stitches becomes a kind of meditation. It’s amazing that one can take a material as mundane as a pine needle and create something that celebrates its beauty and strength. There are inherent limitations to the medium that create a challenge to search beyond its boundaries for something that reflects both the tradition of craft and the innovation of art.

It is my hope that when people look at my baskets they will begin to look at pine needles and the beauty of trees in a whole new way."

More of Zeitler's work can be seen at www.carolynzeitler.com.


EVENT GUIDELINES

Art in the Gardens events will be held rain or shine. Please note, these special event tickets are non-refundable unless the occasion has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. We ask that all visitors read and follow our local Health Order. Visitors not following the requirements may be asked to leave. No outside food or beverages allowed. No smoking anywhere in the Gardens. Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool. Art in the Gardens is an event where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use in promotion of Art in the Gardens and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG).


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship of this major annual fundraiser supports the Gardens and our mission to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems and to preserve public access to the coast. Please help us to maintain this world-class garden — a place for our community to find inspiration in nature.

For more information or to discuss designing a specific sponsorship package, please contact Jamie Campione at 707–964–4352 x 19 or email events@gardenbythesea.org.

Overview

Start Date: Friday, August 6, 2021

End Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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    Create a portrait of an animal in collage working from photo references in a lively and supportive atmosphere.
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    Create a basket made from long-needled Coulter pine needles. Learn how to begin to coil using just raffia and pine needles and create a unique design using four distinct stitches. Students will complete a unique ad fragrant vessel and have the skills and knowledge to continue exploring this art form.
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    Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, 2021 from 10AM to 4PM with Mary-Ellen Campbell  at the MCBG Education Center CLICK HERE to Register for this Workshop ...
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    Grab a friend or three and join Miss Rossi in creating a masterpiece painting at the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens! Canvases, paints, brushes, instruction, and wine are all included in the price of the class.
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    These beginning acrylic painting classes are tailored to children ages 9 and older. Each student will take home their very own 11" x 14" painting on artist's canvas!
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    Join us for an evening filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dance, and unique garden art. See this year's Art in the Gardens featured artwork and learn a bit about Featured Artist, Carolyn Zeitler's process. Savor the evening glory of our Perennial Garden enhanced by birdsong and the acoustic melodies of Jason Moore. The Mendocino Dance Project will dazzle at dusk with a dynamic performance. A silent auction will cap off the evening. Help support the Gardens and bid on original garden art, furniture, and décor.
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    The Art in the Gardens activities featured on the Event Lawn are free with regular Gardens admission — Advanced reservations required! Join us from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8 for live music, food, and art vendors.