Persistence
May
31
to Jul 15

Persistence

Persistence, an art exhibit featuring the works of 60 female artists from Northern California including the late Claudia Steel and Ann Pierce. All of these women persisted in their passion to create artwork while leading demanding lives. Their phenomenal work gives us hope to see the beauty in all of life's intricacies as we too hope to exemplify persistence as they have. 

Opening reception is May 31st, from 6-8pm.

FEATURED ARTISTS

ANNE AUSTIN,  Alameda
PAULA BELLACERA, West Sacramento
DAWN BLANCHFIELD, Lincoln
PAULA BUSCH, Chico
PEG CAMP, Twain
EMILY CONNER, Sacramento
ELAINE DAVIS, Chico
MAURA MADDEN DONOVAN, Sacramento
TARA ESPERANZA, Oakland
ELIZABETH GARGAS, Hayfork
SONIA GILL, Berkeley
AMANDA HARRIS, Chico
ANGELEA HEARTSONG-REDDING, Mount Shasta
GINI HOLMES, Shasta Lake
CLAUDIA JEFFERS, Grass Valley
MARILYNN JENNINGS, Chico
JUDITH JOHNSON, Sacramento
BOBBIE RAE JONES, Chico
SHERYL KARAS, Chico
JUDY KNOTT, Galt
NADIA KOSHELEFF-BROWNE, Chico
STACEY LARSON, Davis
AIDA LIZALDE, Davis
GITA LLOYD, Yreka
JAMIE LUOTO, Healdsburg
CHRISTINE MACSHANE, Chico
LESLIE MAHON-RUSSO, Chico

TIERA MAY, Chico
PAT MAYER, Redwood City
STEPH MCCORMICK, Chico
PATRICIA E. MEYER, San Mateo
JANICE MEYER-KIRKPATRICK, Stockton
KELSEY MICHELLE, Chico
MICHELLE MILLER, Corte Madera
STEVI MITTMAN, Chico
INDIRA MARTINA MORRE, Berkeley
ROBIN MULLERY, Redwood City
JOELLE PROVOST, Berkeley
JENNA PYORALA, Davis
KIMBERLY RACHELLE RANALLA, Chico
KAT REDENIUS, Corning
DANA RICHARDSON, Scotts Valley
RETA RICKMERS, Chico
MELISSA ROBERTS, Chico
YVONNE ANDERSON SCHWAGER, Chico
SIMONE SENAT, Butte Valley
SIANA SONOQUIE, Chico
MARYANN STEINERT-FOLEY, Sonoma
LORI STEVENS, Chico
ANNE SUBERCASEAUX, San Francisco
SHARON SWINGLE, Yreka
AMANDA THOMAS, Mount Shasta
SHEILA METCALF TOBIN, Berkeley
SUE TORNGREN, Sacramento
KATHY TUCHALSKI, Groveland
VICTORIA VEEDELL, San Francisco
ERIN WADE, Chico
COLLEEN WAMPOLE, Willows
CORI GISLER WESTON, Montgomery Creek
with ANN PIERCE and CLAUDIA STEEL

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Call for Artists: Beyond the Frame
Jun
18
to Jun 30

Call for Artists: Beyond the Frame

BEYOND THE FRAME

monca is seeking paintings, photography, video, prints, sculpture, and mixed media by street artists and muralists for our upcoming exhibition “Beyond the Frame.” We will also accept work inspired by graffiti, street art and murals. Exhibition Dates: July 19- September 2. Museum Hours: Thurs-Sun, 11-5.

ELIGIBILITY: Original works created in Northern California by artists residing in Northern California, defined as San Jose and all points north, east and west to the state border. No application fee.

DATES: Entry deadline: June 30th, 2018, at 4 pm. Jurying notification by email: By July 3rd, 2018 Drop off of accepted works: July 7-8, and July 12-15, from 11-5pm Opening reception: July 20th, 6-9pm Pick-up times: Sept 2 , 5-6pm and Sept 6-9, 11-5pm.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Up to three artworks per artist may be entered. Submit a photo of each artwork to submissions@monca.org with SUBJECT of the email as “monca Beyond the Frame entry” The photos should be sent in .jpg format, naming the file with artists name followed by # 1-3. Example: patmacias2.jpg The email should contain: Artist name, address, phone number(s), email, AND for each art piece:
1. Image number (1, 2, or 3 from the filename)
2. Title and short description of work
3. Medium
4. Dimensions
5. Date of work
6. Price or NFS

Any sales by monca will be split 50/50 with the artist. Prices will not be posted in the galleries, but instead on a price list available at reception on request. No work may be removed from the galleries before the close of the exhibition on September 2nd at 5 p.m.

All accepted works must be delivered to monca ready to hang or display. Works to hang on the wall must be wired. No sawtooth hangers. Any special display or hanging needs must be described in the application. Artist’s name, phone, and title of work must be on the back of each artwork.

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Antiques Appraisal Day at monca
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Antiques Appraisal Day at monca

If you’ve ever watched Antiques Roadshow on your favorite PBS station (KIXE-TV, Channel 9) you’ve heard the expression – “I had no idea it could be worth that much!”  Or “really???” 
Very soon you’ll be hearing those words in Chico! 
For your calendars:  Special Event

Antiques Appraisal Day in Chico
Your antiques and collectibles evaluated for free by Witherell’s Auction, frequent appraisers on PBS’s Roadshow.  2 items per person.  Limited to the first 100 people.  Wednesday, June 27th, 9am-2pm.  monca, The Museum of Northern California  Art, 900 Esplanade. Co-hosted by KIXE.

We hope you will join us!

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Inspired By Women
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Inspired By Women

Join us on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-9pm for: Inspired by Women" a night of artmaking for everyone. Bring your own supplies, or find some at monca, and spend the evening creating in your own way.

Open to all members of the community; no-host bar and snacks; $5 at the door. 

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Ehren Tool Mug Giveaway
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Ehren Tool Mug Giveaway

monca’s Vets Show ends this week, appropriately on Memorial Day Weekend.  It is a must see for everyone, not just mothers, fathers, wives, brothers, sisters..everyone who wants to understand, just a little bit more, the effects war has on the ones who have gone through it.  The art expresses the inner feelings of our soldiers.  Many won’t discuss what happens in war, mostly because they can’t, but with art they can.  They can tell you what’s in the back of their minds through paint, ceramics, water colors, sculpture.  When you come, read the placards for the most meaningful visit.

This week the ceramics by Ehren Tool, close to 40 pieces, will be given away- it is the express wish of the artist. Rules for the giveaway are below:

  1. 70 tickets will be given out at 3:00pm at the reception desk with a donation to the museum (one ticket per person)

  2. Ticket holders must put name and phone # and email on ticket

  3. People place their ticket in the cup of their choice and the cup is removed to the middle table by a volunteer

  4. Cups are available for pick-up between 4pm or when all have been taken.

  5. Refreshments available to celebrate the end of the exhibition!

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Classical Guitar Project Presents: Cameron O'Connor
May
19
6:45 PM18:45

Classical Guitar Project Presents: Cameron O'Connor

CLASSICAL GUITAR PROJECT @MONCA

SAT. MAY 19

Doors 6:45, Performance 7:30

$15 General/$5 Students

On May 19th, it will be our pleasure to host Cameron O'Connor with the CGP.  This young man has already forged an impressive list of accolades, awards and achievements.  He holds a Masters from Julliard (no small feat in itself), is working towards his doctorate and is extremely engaged in promoting the guitar everywhere he goes.  And did I mention his playing?  Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind.  Check out more at http://www.cameronoconnor.com, and make sure you come to hear him in the beautiful surroundings of monca.

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Art at the Matador
May
11
to May 12

Art at the Matador

The Chico Visual Arts Alliance is hosting 'Art at the Matador',  Friday May 11 from 4 to 9pm - and Saturday, May 12th from 11am to 7pm at the Matador Motel at 9th Avenue and the Esplanade in Chico.  Seventy-five artist are displaying in a free block party with live music, art demos, fun for kids, fire dancing, "Fairy Doors," food, and easy parking. Go to ChiVAA.org for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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Film Screening: Served Like a Girl
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Film Screening: Served Like a Girl

MAY 10TH, 2018 | served like a girl

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. @ monca

cost: free, part of Thursday Nights @ monca

In partnership with Indie Lens Pop-up, ITVS and KIXE-TV, Channel 9, will have a special screening of the film Served Like a Girl.

The film provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas.

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Women's Clothing Swap
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Clothing Swap

Join us for an evening of fun, trying on and taking home new clothes (swapped, not bought), eating, drinking wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks, and making new friends!

Cost $10.00

Bring 10-15 items, which can include: Shoes/boots, jewelry, skirts, dresses, pants, sweaters, blouses, coats/jackets, hats and scarves. We will also have an area for household decor.

Tickets may be purchased either at the museum (Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm) or on Eventbrite.

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Jazz at the Museum 2!
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Jazz at the Museum 2!

Thursday, May 3

Museum Of Northern California Art (monca)
900 Esplanade, Chico
Doors @ 6:30pm for premium ticket holders
Doors @ 7pm for general and student
Concert @ 7:30

Tickets: $25 - premium | $20 - general admission | $5 - students

6:30pm Premium Seat ticket entry $25.00
- Premium tickets includes: cushioned, arm chair seating, early entry and a meet and greet with Rob and Ben. There will be 32 tickets available.

Purchase tickets HERE

Members of monca,Friends of the Arts and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival email list are invited to a special opportunity to buy tickets for this first-time event, two weeks before they go on sale to the general public.

This is a limited-seating event in the intimate setting of monca- this concert will sell out!

Join us for this special evening of "Jazz at the Museum 2". In collaboration with monca, Friends of the Arts, the True North Tour and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival. We are thrilled to present Accordionist Rob Reich and Clarinetist Ben Goldberg. These two innovative Bay Area artists will be performing a wonderful Parisian influenced style of Jazz that will transport the museum to another time and place. Accompanying Rob and Ben will be Chico's own Ethen Swett on guitar and Madison DeSantis on drums.

Rob and Ben are long time collaborators on number of projects and albums and are well know arrangers and compositions in the jazz. They are returning to Chico to perform in the beautiful monca art museum. This is the second "Jazz at the Museum" event with monca; hosting a concert in one of its spacious galleries with a new exhibit on the walls.

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Effects of War: A Panel Discussion
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Effects of War: A Panel Discussion

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EFFECTS OF WAR

A Panel Discussion

Wed, April 25th, 7pm

Chico, CA – On Wednesday, April 25th, local veterans will gather at monca to hold a panel discussion on the Effects of War and share their personal experiences of combat and the aftermath.  Topics will include PTSD, Agent Orange, and Women in the Military.  

The panel discussion is an important part of monca’s Vets Show, vet-er-an: defining courage through creativity, an exhibition displaying art created by local Northern California vets.  The show runs through May 27th.

Panel Discussion Details:

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25th, 7pm

Admission:     Adults:  $5 Vets with Cards, Students, Children:  Free

No Host Bar

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Call for Artists
Apr
25
to May 12

Call for Artists

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CALL FOR PERSISTENT WOMEN ARTISTS

The Museum of Northern California Art is seeking original artworks by women for their upcoming juried exhibit: PERSISTENCE.

Exhibition Dates: May 31- July 15, 2018 Museum hours: Thurs-Sunday 11-5

ELIGIBILITY: Original works created in Northern California by female artists residing in Northern California, defined as San Jose and all points north, east and west to the state border. No application fee.

DATES: Entry deadline: May 12, 4 p.m. Jurying notification by email: by May 15 Drop off of accepted works: May 19-20, 24-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at monca: 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA Opening reception: May 31, 6-8 p.m. Pick-up times: July 15: 5-6 p.m. and July 19-22: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Up to three artworks per artist may be entered. Submit a photo of each artwork to contact@monca.org with SUBJECT of the email as “monca Persistence entry.” The photos should be sent in .jpg format, naming the file with full artist’s name followed by # 1-3. Example: patmacias2.jpg The email should contain: Artist name, address, phone(s), email, AND for each art piece: 1. Image number (1, 2, or 3 from the filename) 2. Title 3. Medium 4. Dimensions 5. Date of work 6. Price or NFS.

Any sales by monca will be split 50/50 with the artist. Prices will not be posted in the galleries, but instead on a price list available at reception on request. No work may be removed from the galleries before the close of the exhibition on July 15 at 5 p.m. All accepted works must be delivered to monca ready to hang or display. Works to hang on the wall must be wired. No sawtooth hangers. All works on paper should be framed. Any special display or hanging needs must be described in the application. Artist’s name, phone, and title of work must be on the back of each artwork.

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Too Hot, Too Cold: A Heating and Air Benefit
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Too Hot, Too Cold: A Heating and Air Benefit

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Help us raise the funds needed for a new HVAC system!

On April 21, from 6-10 pm, join us and several local restaurants for a night of food and entertainment!  This event will feature small hot and cold small plates, as well as desserts, music, and a no host bar.

Tickets are $40 each, and are available for purchase at the museum, and on Eventbrite.

Music and performers featured: 
Surf Noir Kings (surf rock) 
Pablo Kee (guitar player) 
ReBellyon (Bellydance)
Susurrus (indie rock) 
The Threesome (trio)
Alex J Brown Music (solo singer/songwriter)
Firefly with Erin Haley(country/blues/acoustic)
Weiner (indie rock) 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Classical Guitar Project: Eleftheria Kotzia
Apr
15
6:45 PM18:45

Classical Guitar Project: Eleftheria Kotzia

On Friday, April 20th, monca will be hosting Eleftheria Kotzia for the Classical Guitar Project. This is special for 2 reasons: One, she is absolutely a top-tier player. Her accolades are far too many to list here. All of the world’s major concert halls, all of the major guitar festivals and series. ‘Nuff said. And Two, she’s a woman! Only the 3rd time that’s happened at the CGP. So make ready to be here for her Chico debut!

Doors @ 6:45; Performance @7:30
$20 General/$8 Student
Tickets available at the museum.

We hope to see you there!

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Vets Workshop at monca
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Vets Workshop at monca

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Vets Workshop at monca

April 14, 2018

Chico, CA – The Vets Workshop is part of a series of special events surrounding the Vets Show that is currently at monca through May 27th.  Veterans and artists, Drew Cameron and Ehren Tool, will be holding workshops at monca on Saturday, April 14th on transforming military uniforms into handmade paper that can be turned into pieces of art and creating ceramic mugs with a message to help vets process their military experiences.  The message on the uniform is “You are not my enemy”; the message on the cup “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

Drew Cameron, an Iraq War veteran and artist, will work with participants to use previously shredded uniforms to create a pulp that can be turned into paper.  It is a process that has helped many veterans make sense of their experiences in a constructive, safe and artistic environment.
Ehren Tool, ceramic artist and Senior Laboratory Mechanician at the Ceramic Department at University of California, Berkeley, and Marine Veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, will hold a workshop on creating ceramic cups with a message about military combat.  Talking about war is difficult, the cups offer a starting point that feels more accessible and comfortable to most people.

Date and Time:  Saturday, April 14th, 11am – 5pm

Admission:  Adults $5. Vets with Cards, Students and Children:  Free. Workshop: Free

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"3 Keys:" New Film by Josh Funk
Apr
13
to Apr 14

"3 Keys:" New Film by Josh Funk

See the world premiere of the fantasy/thriller short film “3 KEYS,” by Director and Animator Josh Funk- followed by  Q&A with director and cast! 

Film airs Fr/Sa, April 13 & 14, 6:30-9:30pm.  Cost:  $5.

See more at Josh's website: http://www.joshfunk.com/animation/

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monca Honors our Veterans
Apr
4
to May 27

monca Honors our Veterans

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April 12th – May 27th, 2018

Art is so many things.  Art is beauty. Art is history.  Art is the expression of a creative spirit.  But for the Vets, art is also…therapy. A way of relieving the stress of combat.

monca’s home is the Veterans Memorial Hall.  On Thursday, April 12th monca welcomes back 25+ veterans to their hall to share the art pieces they have created - paintings, ceramics, drawings, sculpture and more.

Many special events are planned - films, panels and workshops.  These will be announced separately.

The exhibit is open to everyone but monca would like to extend a special invitation to all associations and groups dedicated to our Veterans.

Exhibition Details:

Dates: Thursday – Sunday, April 12 – May, 27, 2018, 11am – 5pm

Admission:     Adults: $5. Vets with Cards, Students, and Children:  Free

Opening Night and Thursday Nights @ monca:  Thursday, April 12th, 6-8pm. Admission:  Free

No Host Bar

Supported by:
Friends of the Arts Upstate
CA Arts Council
NEA
Redding Cultural District

 

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The Body Electric
Mar
31
to Apr 8

The Body Electric

Stonewall Alliance presents our 5th Annual Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming Art Show.

This art show centers the experiences, lives, struggles, accomplishments and contributions of Transgender / Trans* / Gender Non-Conforming People through all forms of art- visual, 3 dimensional, musical, performance, dance, spoken word, and more. This is an opportunity for creative expressions by, for and about the trans* / GNC experience, bringing visibility to the community. 

Applications can be found at: http://www.transgnc.com/
and http://www.stonewallchico.org/events
Applications due March 26th
Art Submissions due March 30th

The show will open Saturday, March 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m. in the Museum of Northern California Artwork (MONCA) at 900 Esplanade, Chico. It is open to all LGBTQIA2S+ people and their allies, with an opening from North Valley 2-Spirits! 

$10-15 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit Stonewall Alliance, Chico’s LGBT*QI Community Center. 
*All Ages welcome*
*No-Host bar/ Wine and Beer*

Are you interested in having your art shown at the Trans*/Gender Non Conforming Week Art Show? Know anyone that is? First-Person Perspectives of the Trans* GNC Experience are sought, as well as all art by or about Trans* GNC people and their lives, struggles, accomplishments and contributions.

Applications can be found at: http://www.transgnc.com/
and http://www.stonewallchico.org/events

Applications due March 26th
Art Submissions due March 30th

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Paint & Sip with Christine MacShane
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Paint & Sip with Christine MacShane

Join us at monca March 22 from 6-8pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser with local artist and teacher Christine MacShane.

Paint the iconic Chico water towers surrounded by monca’s latest exhibit,” What, us worry?” This is just one of several planned events for monca’s $40k in 4 months campaign to raise funds for much needed heating and air conditioning in the historic Veterans Memorial Hall on the Esplanade.

Christine is the owner of Studio 561 where she teaches painting and hosts various how-to art courses along with wine and paint nights. She works to foster an environment that reminds people they are all artists and it’s entirely OK not to paint that perfect masterpiece on the first try! 

Cost is $50 which includes materials, wine and snacks. Limit 40 people, so reserve your spot early by calling monca at 530.487.7272, or stop by the museum at 900 The Esplanade. Oh, and it’s best to dress warmly!

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Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners
Mar
17
to Apr 21

Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners

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Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners – First class FREE!

Saturdays from 10am to 11am
Starting March 17 to April 7
$10 a class, first class FREE

Learn basic Bellydance moves in a relaxed and safe space.
Increase your body confidence, dance your heart out, share a sense of community and have fun. No belly showing required.

This course is led by Beverly Anushala Thomassian, who has enjoyed dancing and teaching for over 10 years. No dance experience required.

Dates: Saturdays at 10 -11am
March 17, 24, 31 and April 7
Location: Museum of Northern California Art,monca. 900 Esplanade, Chico CA, 95926

For more info, email Beverly at bev@diabetesed.net

Price: Prepay $50 for all 6 sessions
Drop In: $10 per session
Tickets available on Eventbrite!

All proceeds donated to monca.

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“Tony Natsoulas: A Face in the Crowd:” A Documentary Screening
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

“Tony Natsoulas: A Face in the Crowd:” A Documentary Screening

LOCAL ARTIST TONY NATSOULAS SUBJECT OF NEW DOCUMENTARY

While many artists hold down other jobs to make financial ends meet, Sacramento ceramic sculptor Tony Natsoulas has been an artist, and only an artist, for his entire professional career.

That’s what enticed Sacramento music composer Ben Fargen to make a documentary about Natsoulas’s life called “Tony Natsoulas: A Face in the Crowd.”

“Tony’s story is pretty uncommon among local northern CA artists,” Fargen says.

“He’s one of the few individuals I’ve known that regardless of finances or other situations, has had such reach and success.”

Fargen, 45, has scored music for Discovery Science, Forensic Files and Duck Dynasty through his company Pulp Audio Design. This is his first documentary and his first film.

Fargen began work on the documentary a year ago. He filmed, directed, edited and scored it. It starts with Natsoulas’s early life in Davis to the present.

From the time Natsoulas, 57, received an MFA in 1984 from UC-Davis, there has never been a gap in his work as a ceramic sculptor. “I’ve never been anything but an artist,” Natsoulas says. “That is what I am.”

Most influenced by one of his UC-Davis professors, Robert Arneson, their style is best described as camp, sometimes confrontational. It is often humorous and always colorful.

As filmmaker, Fargen knew he had a subject worth exploring.

Natsoulas’s work has been shown all over the world. In 2006, he was invited to the Shigaraki Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan as artist-in-residence and lecturer; several of his pieces remain in its permanent collection. His work has appeared at Stanford University, the Oakland Museum, and Sacramento’s Crocker Museum, among others. His pieces appear all over the country in places of business, such at Stuart Weitzman in New York and Mering and Associates in Sacramento. His four life-sized sculptures of The Beatles remain on exhibit (and for sale) at Alpha Fired Arts in Sacramento.

Locally, Natsoulas’s unmistakable style can be seen at Bing Maloney Golf Course, Tahoe-Tallac Little League Park, and Granite Park. One large, gravity-defying sculpture of a teetering man balancing too many objects – a metaphor for modern life called “Balancing Act” – was recently moved its former location where Golden1 Center now stands to a space on Freeport Avenue near Sacramento City College.

Privately, patrons across the country have installed Natsoulas’s work in their homes and yards. Fargen’s film  includes interviews with Sacramento art patron Marcy Friedman and Russ Solomon, founder of Tower Records, both Natsoulas collectors.

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Women of Wisdom
Mar
6
5:00 PM17:00

Women of Wisdom

Women of Wisdom II: An Evening of Intercultural Storytelling, Learning, and Hospitality

monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, is proud to be a sponsor of CSU Chico’s event Women of Wisdom: Honoring Native American Cultures.  This event is put on by the College of Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies and honors three Native American women sharing the traditions, philosophies and wisdom of their tribal cultures by focusing on their storytelling oratory.  Prior to the story telling, small plate appetizers of traditional foods will be served.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 9:30pm.  Program begins at 6:45pm.  Refreshments will be served.
Location: BMU Auditorium
Admission: Free and open to the public

Visit https://www.facebook.com/AGSA.CSUCHICO/ for more details!

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Modern History of Architecture: A monca Lecture Series
Mar
5
to May 14

Modern History of Architecture: A monca Lecture Series

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MARCH 5TH - MAY 14TH, 2018 | modern history of architecture
begins @ 6:30 p.m. monca lecture series

instructor: Richard Macias
cost: $70 for all eight sessions, 10% discount for members. Limited to first 25 participants - all forms of payment accepted at the museum.

In this eight part lecture series, survey the events, individuals and buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through to the 21st century.

More details and tickets on our Eventbrite page!

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Keep Chico Weird 2018
Mar
1
to Mar 4

Keep Chico Weird 2018

Keep Chico Weird 2018! (see details about the show below this call for submissions)

The Chico News & Review is looking for submissions for the 2018 Keep Chico Weird talent and art shows. 

TALENT SHOW: March 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Senator Theatre
-$300 cash prize to first-place winner
-Artists of every performance style are eligible to participate
-Must be 18-over. 

ART SHOW: March 1-4, at Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA)
-Art in all mediums is accepted

Here's how to enter:
To be considered for Keep Chico Weird talent show, submit a video of the specific three-minute piece you will be presenting if chosen as a talent-show contestant. To be considered for the art show, send images of the specific visual art you would display if picked. Include a short bio, as well as any pertinent Internet links, plus contact info for one point person and the names/ages of everyone in your act.

Send submissions to keepchicoweird@gmail.com, or mail/drop-off entries to: Chico News & Review (attn. Keep Chico Weird), 353 E. Second St., Chico, CA, 95928. Selected entrants will be notified within a week or so from the deadline.

Deadline to enter is Jan. 30.

Keep Chico Weird Talent Show!

It’s back! One of the wildest and most fun nights of the in year!

Once again, the Chico News & Review will celebrate weirdness of all stripes at the Keep Chico Weird Talent Show, Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. (doors 6:30), featuring some of the most fun, creative and funky local artists, competing for prizes.

Featured performances for the night by:
- Chikoko arts and fashion collective
- XDS (groovy disco-punk duo)

And celebrity judges!
- Muir Hughes, artist, writer and founding member of Chikoko
- Cecile Juliette, Action News Now anchor
- Kevin Killion, saxophonist for Smokey the Groove
- Erin Wade, artist and 1078 Gallery board president

Hosted by:
- Arts DEVO

Tickets: $16 in advance at Chico News & Review ($16.50 at https://cnrsweetdeals.newsreview.com/); Blaze N' J's, Diamond W, ticketweb.com, and $20 at the door.

Doors open at 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm

Also back again is the Keep Chico Weird Art Show taking place at the Museum of Northern California Art March 1-4 (reception: Thurs., March 1, 6-8 pm).

For mature audiences. The CN&R is recommending 18-over, but if you’re with your kids and you think they can hang with dirty words, mature themes and maybe even some naked body parts, then it’s your call.

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Thursday Nights at monca
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Nights at monca

Join us for our second installment of "Thursday Nights at monca!" This event will be occurring regularly, on the second Thursday of every month. We will always have something special to delight and engage the local community.

Thursday Feb. 8th, from 6-8pm The special…..live music! We are pleased to announce a set from local band sisterhoods!

Visit their Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sisterhoodstm/about/?ref=page_internal

As the cultural hub of the community, monca’s mission is to make art accessible and to promote awareness of Northern California artists through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. To view current and past activities, go to www.monca.org or "like" our page on Facebook!

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Peter Samelson: Magic at monca
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Samelson: Magic at monca

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Peter Samelson, world renowned magician, will perform at monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00pm.

Christened the "soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" by the New York Times, Peter Samelson has performed across continents…atop the Great Wall of China, in the jungles of Bali and the universities of Tokyo. He has performed for Mexican peasants and Grand Prix race car drivers on the World Cruise of the Queen Elizabeth II.

Peter Samelson‘s performances have an interesting effect on his audience.  Comments include:  “raises our art to new levels,” “understands how to amaze,” “clever, inventive and has a keen sense of how to make an audience care.”  Chico, we are in for a treat with this show!

Event Details:  
When:  Wed, January 31st at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm
Where:  monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico.  530-487-7272, 

Admission: $15 General Admission, $5 Students. Tickets available at the door. No host bar.

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Carlos Rivera at monca
Jan
13
6:45 PM18:45

Carlos Rivera at monca

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Carlos Rivera, classical guitarist and Chico State and San Francisco Conservatory of Music alumnus, will be performing at monca, Museum of Northern California Art, in the second performance in its Classical Guitar Project @ monca series.

Carlos Rivera developed his love for classical guitar at our own Chico State University where he studied under Toby Roye.  In fall of 2014 while completing his studies at Chico State University and playing at local events The Orion stated that Carlos Rivera (was) arguably the “best guitarist at Chico State.”  After graduation he was accepted in the master’s program at San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he continued his studies under Marc Teicholz, a first place winner in the Guitar Foundations of America’s annual international competition.  Carlos is a highly accomplished player and takes his place among the upper tiers of guitar virtuosi.  

When:  Sat, January 13th, 7:30 – 9 pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm.

Where:  monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico.  530-487-7272  www.monca.org

Admission:  $15, general admission; $5 students.  Tickets available at the door.  No host bar.

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"A Place to Say:" A 1078 Gallery Pop-up Show
Jan
11
to Jan 28

"A Place to Say:" A 1078 Gallery Pop-up Show

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Join us and the 1078 Gallery for “A Place To Say: A 1078 Gallery Pop-up Show” at The Museum of Northern California Art (monca), January 11–28, 2018. Closing reception: Sat. January 27, 6–8pm

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Jory Harms
Jee Hwang
Dylan Latimer
Trevor Lalaguna
Stuart Mayer
Josh Olivera
Lauren Ruth
Emma Spertus

The exhibit comprises performance, installation, and sound- and object-based art. Visitors will be immersed within art environments where they may learn, be entertained, and explore with all their senses. The artists will be adopting a performative, process-based approach, where they will become context providers, instead of simply being content providers. Some works offer synesthetic experiences, while other works are introspective and allegorical.

A Place to Say underlines 1078’s role in this community since its inception in 1981. The gallery has been a place for communication in all platforms: music, visual art, performance, public discussion, dance, workshops, celebrations of life and death, rehearsals for the next best thing, and co-sponsored events with many other organizations, including a show for MONCA when it was getting off the ground. And now, in turn, MONCA is providing space for 1078 before it breaks new ground at 1710 Park Avenue in April, 2018.

Show organized by Amanda Riner
Show image by Stuart Mayer

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New Year's Eve at monca
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve at monca

SAVE THE DATE!

December 31st, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am at the museum.

$35 per person- LIMITED TICKETS

Includes:  food, champagne, a no-host bar, games, tarot readings, music and dancing, art-making and celebration!

We are pleased to announce our musical guests Bogg and Jazz Satie, featuring Susan Schrader on vocals, Carey Robinson on Guitar, and Ben Jaks on Bass.

ATTIRE:   Fun, Fancy & Fabulous!

Tickets available at the museum or on Eventbrite.

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"Art From a Lifetime"
Dec
15
to Dec 17

"Art From a Lifetime"

A sale of works by James Kuiper, hosted by his wife, Elizabeth Newman Kuiper, December 15th-17th.

The sale includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, mylar, and more. You name it, James did it- and in volumes!

The sale will be held at 1126 Bidwell Avenue. Please park on Bidwell or on Nord Ave. in front of the smoke shop. The studio will be open!

Times:
Friday: 5-8 PM
Saturday: 11-5 PM
Sunday: 11-5 PM

For any questions, please call:
Elizabeth: 680-7880
David Hopper: 521-4674

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Panel Discussion: "Finding the Landscape: A Conversation about the Life and Art of James Kuiper"
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Panel Discussion: "Finding the Landscape: A Conversation about the Life and Art of James Kuiper"

Date:  Friday, December 8, 2017   

"Finding the Landscape: A Conversation about the Life and Art of James Kuiper"

Time: 5:00 PM

Panelists:

Asa Mittman - Chair of the CSU Art Dept.

Kelly Lindner (moderator) - Curator of the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery

Sheri Simons - Professor of Art at CSU

David Hopper - artist 

Josh Olivera - artist and CSU art instructor

Elizabeth Newman Kuiper - James' widow and artist

James McManus - Art History Professor/ CSU

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Women's Clothing Swap!
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Clothing Swap!

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Join us for an evening of fun, trying on and taking home new clothes (swapped, not bought), eating, drinking wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks, and making new friends!

Cost $10.00

Bring 10-15 items, which can include: Shoes/boots, jewelry, skirts, dresses, pants, sweaters, blouses, coats/jackets, hats and scarves. We will also have an area for household decor.

Tickets may be purchased either at the museum (Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm) or on Eventbrite.

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Giving Tuesday
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Help monca by making your donation on November 28th. More information can be found HERE.

Make a donation directly by visiting our Donations Page. Thank you for all your support!

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