Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners
Feb
17
to Mar 24

Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners

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Tribal Belly Dance for Beginners – First class FREE!
Starts Feb 24, 2018 at 10am for 6 Saturdays.
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
Feb 24, March 3, 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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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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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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“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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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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11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On-Tour
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On-Tour

SAVE THE DATE! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH at 900 ESPLANADE

Friends of Butte Creek (FBC)and monca (Museum of Northern California Art) are are pleased to co-host the 11th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival On-Tour on Friday, November 10th at monca,  900 The Esplanade.  FBC, an all-volunteer organization, is working to protect Butte Creek and the endangered spring-run salmon.  monca, also an all-volunteer organization, is restoring the Veteran’s hall as well as making art accessible and promoting awareness of Northern California artists through collections, exhibitions and educational programs.  This year the costs and the proceeds will be shared to make it a dual fundraiser!  Our special event will have a limited seating of 100, for a more intimate experience.

WSFF’s  theme is:  "At the Edge" – is even more appropriate now than we realized it could be – bringing to mind being at the edge of a great wilderness or a path not taken. Additionally, the phrase embraces the artists, activists and innovators featured in many of our documentary films who are at the edge of progress with new advances in alternative energy, sustainable farming, and the chance to make decisions that will have a positive effect for future generations.

Doors open at 5:00
Films start at 6:00
Appetizer Buffet, Silent Auction, Free Drawings, No-host Bar, and 12 great artistic, inspirational films.

Tickets go on sale: October 10th. Seating will be limited, so buy your ticket early. Tickets available online HERE.

Visit the http://www.buttecreek.org/ for more information!

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James Kuiper: Notes From a Spanish Dutchman
Nov
2
to Jan 7

James Kuiper: Notes From a Spanish Dutchman

monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, presents James Kuiper: Notes From a Spanish Dutchman; a retrospective exhibition of art work created by James Kuiper, artist and long-time faculty emeritus from the CSUC Art Department. 

Show runs Thu, Nov. 2 – Sun, Jan. 7th, 11am-5pm Thu – Sun. 

Opening reception Thu, Nov. 2, 6-8pm. 

Join us for a Memorial Celebration of James Kuiper’s life, Sat, Nov. 4, 4-7pm. 
900 Esplanade, Chico (530) 487-7272
 

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Yuri Liberzon at monca
Oct
28
6:45 PM18:45

Yuri Liberzon at monca

 

CLASSICAL GUITAR PROJECT
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
7:30 pm  Doors at 6:45
$15 General

Join us for a night of classical guitar music by renowned classical guitarist, Yuri Liberzon! He has performed with many great players, including Piotr Pakhomkin.  This time Yuri is flying solo and has a stellar show in store!  Yuri is a technically brilliant player who has added many new transcriptions to the repertoire and will surely dazzle us with a few of them.  This rising star is definitely worth coming out to hear.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase at this event.  

Hear Yuri's music at his website.

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Coming Out for Art
Oct
7
to Oct 15

Coming Out for Art

The Museum of Northern California Art and Stonewall Alliance present the 9th Annual Coming Out For Art Show. The Gallery openening and reception, featuring local live musicians, a selection of local beer and wine, and free hors d'oeuvres, will take place October 7th. The show will run (with art for sale) through October 16th. 

This year's theme is 'Keep Moving Forward.' This will be an evening of art, wine, live music and community benefiting Chico's LGBTQI+ center.

Artist Applications are due October 2nd
We are seeking visual artists, dancers, photographeers, and spoken word performers.
And can be found at the Stonewall Alliance Center (358 e. 6th street) or online at stonewallchico.org/events after 8/25/17.

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Fall Lecture Series
Sep
25
to Nov 13

Fall Lecture Series

MONCA LECTURE SERIES FALL 2017

Lecturer Richard Macias has always been fascinated by how architectural style has been influenced by politics, exploration, dissent, technology and the many factors that have contributed to its evolution. For the past eight years he has lectured on the Modern History of Architecture in the Art & Art History department, School of Humanities and Fine Arts, CSU, Chico. Prior to his move to Chico in 2006 he worked in San Francisco, focusing on the design of colleges and universities. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design.

To begin the museum's Lecture Series, monca will offer an eight-week class on the Modern History of Architecture, 1860 to Present. Starting Monday, September 25th and for eight successive Mondays the sessions will begin at 6:30 pm for a maximum of 25 people. The class will include an hour lecture followed by an informal discussion. Class notes will be provided for each session.

Day and time of lecture: Mondays at 6:30 pm for eight weeks

Fee: $60 (10% discount for members). All proceeds will go to the museum. Deadline for sign-up is Monday September 18.  

Payment by check, which may be mailed or dropped off at 900 Esplanade 

or pay by credit card at the museum (900 Esplanade, Chico) Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Survey of the events, the individuals and the buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through to the 21st century. Topic discussed will include the influence of styles and movements in both architecture and related art, and how evolution and discontent dominated the building arts over the past 150-plus years.

Why do styles change and what prompts successor movements? How did the world wars influence the art of building? What are the "isms" of architecture (futurism, expressionism, etc.)? How do you recognize the representatives of any given style? All this will be covered during the eight-week period. The presentations will be highly graphic showing key examples that represent the styles and movements presented.

Informal discussion will follow for those who wish to remain. And, best of all, there will be no papers to write and no test to take!

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF TOPICS

The European Influence - 1860 to 1938

Week 1 -Introduction - Influence of the Industrial Revolution.The Rise of Arts and Crafts andthe emergence of Art Nouveau

Week 2 - The Vienna Secession (Wiener Werkstätte), Classical Rationalism (Deutscher Werkbund))

Week 3 - Italian Futurism Architectural Expressionism, and the De Stijl movement

Week 4 - The work of Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier),Art Deco, Eileen Gray and the Rise of Modernism and the story of the Bauhaus

The American Search for Architectural Identity - 1893 to Today

Week 5 - The Columbian Exposition, theemergence of the Chicago School andThe work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Week 6 - 20th Century influences on Design.Post War Modernism and the International Style

Week 7 -Cranbrook Academy of Art, Charles & Ray Eames, The work ofLouis Kahn

Week 8 - Post Modernism and the New Modernists - From Frank Gehry to Jane Gang

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Jazz at the Museum
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Jazz at the Museum

Thursday, September 21    

Museum of Northern California Art...monca
900 Esplanade, Chico

Doors @ 6 pm for premium ticket holders
Doors @ 7 pm for general and student
Concert @ 7:30 pm

Tickets: $40 premium * $20 general admission * $5 Students

Members of monca, Friends of the Arts and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival email lists 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. ONLY 56 seated tickets being sold.  This concert will sell out !!

Join us for this special evening of "Jazz at the Museum."  In collaboration with monca, Friends of the Arts, the True North Tour and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival, we are thrilled to present - from New York City - Saxophone and Clarinet virtuosos, Peter & Will Anderson, making their first appearance in Chico.  Accompanying Peter & Will will be guitarist Felix Lemerie.

This will be a limited ticket event, featuring one of our favorite acts.  The Andersons are identical twins and graduates of the Julliard School at Lincoln Center.  The Anderson Boys have played four concerts for the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival in the past two years, in Redding, Weaverville, Red Bluff and Dunsmuir.  We are finally getting them to Chico in a fantastic setting- beautiful monca.  This will be a first for monca; hosting a concert in one of its spacious galleries with a new exhibit on the walls.

Hailed as "the future of jazz" by Quincy Jones, the trio will bring you to your feet and leave you calling for more.  They just completed their 8th album, "Blues for Joe,"  a tribute to one of their instructors at Julliard, Joe Temperley.  Joining them on the album are Peter Bernstein, Pat Bianchi and Kenny Washington.  

Here's a link to a sweet version of THESE FOOLISH THINGS by the trio.   CLICK HERE 

We'll have a no-host bar with fine ales from Sierra Nevada, as well as wines.

All proceeds benefit monca and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival. 

Tickets are tax deductible.

Purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE !

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PechaKucha 20x20
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

PechaKucha 20x20

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Join us on Sept 1st from 7-10pm at the Museum of Northern California Art to hear about Murals & Street Art [In your city and Beyond] as we introduce the global creative event of Pechakucha to Chico. PechaKucha is a fun event where people share their stories, art, and ideas in a simple presentation format--20 images for 20 seconds each--and talk along with the images. It’s a social event that’s filled with fun, networking and most importantly, inspiration!

Speaker Line Up Coming Soon!

Pechakucha--now in over 900 cities worldwide!

If you want to join the list of speakers, or would like more info, contact: Jessi at pechakuchachico@gmail.com

Its FREE! But please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/286149948520310/

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Affinity: A Collaborative Exhibition with NIAD
Aug
31
to Oct 29

Affinity: A Collaborative Exhibition with NIAD

AFFINITY

Contemporary art is filled with many and varied conversations. Some center on materials and techniques, some are emotive, and other discussions involve intellectual exercises, maybe even jokes.

For “Affinity,” the Museum of Northern California Art has generously opened its permanent collection, allowing NIAD Art Center to leap in, creating a group exhibition that takes snippets of conversations created by the Museum’s works and expands the discussions into an even more diverse cacophony.

Pairing up more than 20 works – paintings and objects -- created by NIAD artists with a similar number of works from Northern California artists creates a show that exudes a sort of call and response, or even in some situations a connect-the-dots.

Included artists are Steve Miranda Byer, Lisa Blevens, Lew Carson, Sal Casa, Deatra Colbert, Arista Dawson, Michael Divan, Julio Del Rio, Sylvia Fragoso, Jon Fukui, Felicia Griffin, Tom Griffith, Mike Halldorson, Raven Harper, Bill Hauk, Grace Hertlein, Richard Hornaday, James Kuiper, Portia Lyde, Julie MacDonald, Karen May, Ann Meade, Marlon Mullen, Cynthia Rand, Shantae Robinson, Elena Rossi, Alice Sampson, Danny Thach, Jeffrey Thurston, Christian Vassell, and Billy White.

EXHIBITION DATES:
August 31-October 29, 2017
Reception: Thursday, August 31, 6-8pm

Learn more about NIAD Art Center here, or at www.niadart.org

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The monca Mind Series Presents: Women's Think Tank Dinner and Jewelry Restyling Class
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

The monca Mind Series Presents: Women's Think Tank Dinner and Jewelry Restyling Class

Bring  your old jewelry box and new ideas.  Meet new friends and learn how to restyle outdated or broken jewelry into stunning new pieces for your collection!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd
6:00 pm at monca, 900 Esplanade
(across from Chico High School)

$25 Ticket includes dinner & class

BYOJ  (bring your own jewelry)
RSVP by Aug. 21st by calling 487-7272, or email contact@monca.org

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Chico Community Grant
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Chico Community Grant

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 for our program, “Breaking the Cycle of Youth Homelessness!”

Make a Donation

The purpose of monca’s program, “Breaking the Cycle of Youth Homelessness”, is to coordinate art-related experiences for homeless youth and their families that will help build confidence, dissuade negative behavior and culminate in being a positive influence for the city. People who are engaged with their environment respect the community and the resources that make living here important to their lives. The program will feature weekly workshops in the museum presenting guest artists, writers and performers, as well as give participants the opportunity to create a culminating exhibition open to the public at monca. “Breaking the Cycle of Youth Homelessness” introduces homeless youth and families to the museum environment while actively participating in art, writing and performance projects led by teachers, docents, and artists as positive-role models. By participating in this experience, they will not only grow as individuals, but also members of the community, and in turn the community will deepen its understanding of youth homelessness.

monca fulfills a unique role in the city by making art accessible and promoting awareness of Northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. We have reached over 60,000 people through pop-up spaces, events, and in-school programs; with the recent opening of a permanent space in the historic Veterans Memorial Hall, these numbers will only grow. Our successes to-date are the result of strong support from individuals and other organizations. We have previously partnered with over 750 youth through our Educational Outreach Programs in schools, worked with homeless through the creation of our pop-up museums and have engaged thousands in the community through events and openings. We are working towards partnerships with local groups who work with homeless, underserved and youth populations in order to make “Breaking the Cycle of Youth Homelessness” a meaningful program for all, including: Chapman School, Sixth Street Center for Youth, Torres Community, Work Training Center, The Chico Inklings, and BCAC-TV. Chico’s successes are going to come from working together to begin solving the homeless problem and this project will be a step in the right direction. As this city’s next generation, it is necessary to make youth an equal part of the public conversations by letting them express themselves through art.

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Yoga and Creative Energy
Jul
26
to Aug 16

Yoga and Creative Energy

Enjoy yoga class in a peaceful, elegant setting.

monca is offering yoga classes in the gallery that is currently exhibiting Sense of Place.  

Yoga instructor Marie Altman will be leading the classes in exploring and creating art with elements of line, shape and color as they relate to the exhibition and yoga.

Evenings:  July 26 and August 2 at 6:00 pm
Mornings:  August 2, 6, 16 at 9:30 am

Each class is 1 1/2  hours long.

Please:
Bring your own mat and props

Wear loose clothing

Yoga classes are limited to 12  participants.

Cost:  $25 for two sessions (you choose)
$15 for one session (you choose)

Sign up on line by emailing contact@monca.org  or by calling  530 487-7272

We hope to see you there!

 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The day is finally here! After much anticipation, we are fully ready to open our doors to the public. join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 13th, at 7pm. Admission to the museum will be free to the public until 8pm. Stay tuned for more details!

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The Grande Dames of the Esplanade Walking Tour
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

The Grande Dames of the Esplanade Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Chico's historic homes! 

The Chico Heritage Association (CHA) and monca are hosting an event to celebrate the historic beauty of the Esplanade, and the beautiful array of vintage homes and businesses along its path.

"The Grande Dames Esplanade Walking Tour" will feature several historic homes for viewing:

  • Eric Berg, Attorney Home/Office - 1050 Esplanade
  • Ostrom Home - 1133 Esplanade
  • Jeannie Newton - Newton Realty, Inc.(Nopel family home) - 1230 Esplanade  
  • Goodman Home (Bed and Breakfast)- 1362 Esplanade

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, with the walking tour taking place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The tour will be followed by an outdoor picnic box lunch on the museum's entry grounds. 

Tickets are $35 for monca and/or CHA members and $40 for the general public. Children's tickets (ages 8-14) are also available for $12.

****Options for lunch boxes are Turkey, Beef, or Vegetarian sandwiches. Please specify your preference with payment*****

Checks can be made out to monca and addressed to: 900 Esplanade, Chico CA, 95926

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

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monca Grand Opening
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

monca Grand Opening

Join us for monca's Grand Opening Celebration!

On April 23rd, we will be opening our doors to the general public for the first time! From 1-5pm we will be open to the general public. Don't miss your chance to be a part of Chico history as we also prepare to seal our monca time capsule in the building (the time capsule will be opened in 2067).

More details about this very special event to come!

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Whole Earth and Watershed Festival
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Whole Earth and Watershed Festival

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival is an annual, community-wide celebration of Earth Day featuring activities, exhibits, live music, and local food that will delight and inspire people of all ages.  This annual event demonstrates our commitment as both individuals and as a community to work together for the health and livability of the north state region and our planet.

This event, now in its 11th year, is organized by a group of businesses, non-profits, and community organizations who volunteer their time to ensure the success of this event.  The Festival takes place each year on the 4th Saturday of April.  The focus of the Festival is 3 fold: a) to promote healthy living; b) to build healthy communities; and c) to restore a healthy planet.   

 The Festival features over 130 Exhibitors including businesses, non-profits, government agencies, community groups, local artists, and educational organizations, each of which is actively engaged in at least one of the 3 major areas of focus at the Festival.  Each year, the organizers actively seek new exhibitors from our north state region and beyond to give attendees the broadest possible exposure to innovative ideas and products.

In addition to our Exhibitors, the Festival features local food vendors and a Beer Garden with local craft beers and wines near the main stage.  The music at the Festival is incredible and is fast becoming a renowned music festival in its own right. This year there will be continuous live music on 3 stages.  The Festival gives back to the community by sponsoring The Whole Earth Hustle, a 5K community run that benefits 2 local non-profits dedicated to maintaining and developing our extensive trail system.

This year the Festival is expanding to include a special Presentation Tent with informative and innovative speakers throughout the day. There will also be a STEAM Tent with hand’s-on activities designed to engage young people ages 10-18. Make plans to visit the Festival on Saturday April 22, 2017

Save the Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Earth Day

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Autism Awareness Fair
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Autism Awareness Fair

Join us this Saturday for a day full of fun as we learn & play together at The Autism Awareness Fair! Food trucks, music, bounce houses and games will be featured at this event, as will a special art activity hosted by monca.

All proceeds from this event benefit Little Red Hen's Children's Programs.

Can't wait to see you there!

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monca Time Capsule
Mar
24
to Apr 23

monca Time Capsule

Be a part of history!

In honor of the opening of our museum, we are inviting the public to participate in a time capsule that will be sealed within the Veterans Hall building, and opened in 2067. Boxes can be purchased for $25 (small) and $50 (large). The boxes can be decorated inside and out. Suggested contents include:

  • coins
  • photos
  • artworks
  • personal notes
  • hopes for the future
  • social criticisms

Boxes can be purchased at the following locations:

Pullins Cyclery- 801 Main Street, Chico

Art Etc.- 122 3rd St., Chico

Videomaker- 645 Mangrove Ave., Chico

Wild Ink Press- 183 E 6th St., Chico

The Bookstore- 118 Main St, Chico

Keller Williams Realty- 2080 E 20th St., Chico

Ninth Avenue Gallery, 180 E. 9th Avenue, Chico

Coldwell Banker, Larry Knifong- 7020 Skyway, Paradise

Please make checks payable to monca or the Museum of Northern California Art.

 

 

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Chico Science Fair
Mar
1
to Mar 2

Chico Science Fair

  • Silver Dollar Fairgrounds (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come Join Us at the Chico Science Fair! Science fair projects will be on proud public display at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds Commercial Building on Wednesday, March 2, 10am to 8pm and Thursday, March 3, 10am to 8pm. Parking and admission are free. We invite you to expand your mind by visiting this year's fair together with your family and friends.

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Super Bowl Art Party
Feb
5
1:00 PM13:00

Super Bowl Art Party

Need a break from the game day madness? Join us for an afternoon of food, beverages, and art activities! We will have something for all ages- games, art activities, Valentine's Day card-making, photo ops, music, and many more surprises!

Where: Chico Women’s Club
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 1:00-6:00pm

Cost: $10 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward the renovation of the Veterans Hall.

Super Bowl food: Chili, pretzels and cheese, popcorn, a no host bar plus create your own ice cream sundae!

For a donation to the Building Fund you can sign your name on a time capsule that will become part of the new renovation in the museum.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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Maker Faire
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

Maker Faire

Join us for a Maker Faire geared toward 8th grade students in the North State! This will be a “hands-on”  event where students explore future career opportunities. More details to follow.

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