Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern CA Ceramicists
Nov
15
to Dec 16

Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern CA Ceramicists

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Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists

November 15-December 16, 2018

Chico, CA -   Northern California’s history of functional ceramics goes as far back as the beginning of the Twentieth Century. But by the 1960s, Robert Arneson’s work creating humorous and sometimes personal figurative ceramic sculptures — often unrefined and blatant, possessing the idea of a functionless sculpture for sculpture’s sake — pushed clay from primarily a functional craft into its own prestigious art form. Viola Frey joined Arneson in crafting massive figurative ceramic works with a Pop Culture perspective.

NIAD, a progressive art studio promoting meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities, returns to monca with “Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists” featuring 14 Bay Area artists (some former students of Arneson and Frey).  In this exhibition they use ceramics as a means of social expression, humor and political context while also creating dialogue with a focus on figuration. Independent curator Susan Alexander has chosen objects that engage the viewer through subject matter, color and idiosyncrasy.

Included in “Talking Heads” are ceramic objects, paintings and drawings from Jeremy Burleson, Deatra Colbert, Julio Del Rio, James Ham, Raven Harper, Peter Harris, Joe Kowalcyck, Karen May, Jeff Nebeker, Tiffany Schmierer, Piper Snow, Jonathan Valdivias, Jonathan Velazquez and Billy White.

Susan Alexander is an independent curator working in the Bay Area. She has a specific focus on Art Brut and Outsider Art. Susan was a pivotal co-curator for the symposium on Outsider Art “Altered States, Alternate Worlds” with Creative Growth and the Oakland Museum of California and curated “Color Magicians” at College of Marin. Since 2012, Alexander has maintained an online gallery.

“Talking Heads” is an expanded version of an exhibition originally shown at NIAD Art Center in September 2018.

“Talking Heads” exhibition is at monca, Thursday–Sunday, November 15 – December 16, 11am-5pm.  Admission is $5. Students and Children are free.


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Snow Goose Festival Call for Artists
Dec
9
to Jan 4

Snow Goose Festival Call for Artists

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Call for Artists

Artists working in all media whose subjects include wildlife and habitat along the Pacific Flyway, North and South, are invited to submit artwork for a juried exhibition to take place during Chico’s 2019 Snow Goose Festival in its 20th year. We are looking for work that somehow demonstrates a unique use of materials, subject matter and approach.  A jury from the museum’s exhibition committee will make the final selections for the exhibition.

The wildlife exhibit will be held at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca)  900 Esplanade in Chico from Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 10, 2019. The formal opening reception is Friday, January 25th from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is a free event for the community at large.

For all other festival events, activities and schedules please go to the Snow Goose Festival’s official web site, www.snowgoosefestival.org.

Submission Guidelines:

(Application Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019)

All work must be for sale.  Art works, sold and unsold, must remain in the exhibition until 5 p.m. on February 10, 2019.  

Application Requirements:

1. Image files and labeling

  • Email your images to submissions@monca.org with SUBJECT of the email as “monca Snow Goose Art 2019”  High-resolution files will allow us to use them for print publicity.

  • The email should also contain: Artist’s name, address, phone(s), email address

  • Images should be in .jpg format, naming the file with the artist’s name followed by 1, 2, 3….etc.  Example joesmith1.jpg

  • For each image, include:

  1. Image number (from the filename)

  2. Title

  3. Medium

  4. Dimensions

  5. Date of work

  6. Price

  • The price listed should include a 40% museum commission.

2. Statement and/or résumé

  • Include a résumé or c.v. and/or

  • A brief statement about how the images reference your response to the subject matter and your reason for making the images.  

3. Entry Fee: $40 (non-refundable) for 3 images; $5 ea for additional entries

  • Checks must reach monca by January 4th

  • Make check payable to monca and write Snow Goose 2019 in the memo.  Your canceled check is your receipt

  • For credit card payment, call (530.487.7272) or pay in person, at monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA    Museum hours: Thurs-Sunday 11-5.

  • Jury notifications will be emailed on January 8th   

The work must arrive ready to show.  

  • Accepted work should be delivered to 900 Esplanade during the following times:

  • Jan 10-13, 11-5 p.m.

  • Jan 17-20, 11-5 p.m.

  • All work must be delivered ready to hang or display. Works to hang on the wall must be wired; no saw tooth 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.

Please note: If you are not a local artist or if for any reason you must ship your work, return postage arrangements will be required up front.  If the work does not sell, it will be re-packaged in its original shipping materials and sent back to you at your cost.

If shipping the work, please insure it.  If glazed, make sure to use plexi-glass to prevent breakage since glass could damage the artwork. The museum will not be held responsible for work damaged in shipment.


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Thursday Nights at monca
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Nights at monca

Always something special happening!  December's Thursday highlights smooth music provided by Inspire School of Arts & Sciences students - Matilda Krulder and Oliver Moore.  Krulder wowed the audience in a recent open mic session in Chico and Moore won 2nd place this year in the High School Division of the North State Symphony’s annual Young Artist Auditions.
Special treat: our tasty food treat will be provided by Cauliflower Pizza. Amy Lacey, the creator of Cali’flour Foods, wants to tempt your palate with a Cali’flour charcuterie board tasting that incudes their crusts, cheeses and meats, etc.

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Christmas Jug Band at monca
Dec
15
6:30 PM18:30

Christmas Jug Band at monca

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A benefit for Norton Buffalo Hall WEST and Paradise Community Guilds

(THE image is from another benefit by the CJB in Paradise in 2009!)

"Why do people need to suddenly act all holy and righteous during the Christmas season when they're usually not that way at all the rest of the year? If you want to laugh and dance your way into Dec. 25, Christmas Jug Band... is your golden ticket." — Dan Macintosh, Country Standard Time

“...this bunch of Bay Area merry pranksters [are a] wild ride of hokum powered by some of the all stars you've been digging in the background all these years, they aren't kidding about being a jug band if you've been so far unexposed. A gasser for anyone with a sense of humor...Killer stuff from the hippie/beatnik left field.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"I firmly believe that even Scrooge before his ghostly visits would have had to laugh along with The Christmas Jug Band. It's the perfect holiday record unless your friends are incredibly uptight. And why would you have friends like that? Get this CD and get ready to sing and dance along all the way to Christmas day." — Rhetta Akamatsu, blogcritics.org, Seattle PI
The Christmas Jug Band Story - A momentary lapse of sanity that became an annual holiday tradition spanning over 35 years.

A small group of pals living in Mill Valley, California, in the mid 70s with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon formed Monday Night Wild Turkey Jug Band. From Yellow Springs, Ohio, Gregory Leroy "Duke Dagreeze" Dewey (Mad River, County Joe & the Fish, Marty Balin), his brother - Nicholas Q (Not Joe) Dewey, and their partner in "The Reptile Brothers Band," Tim Eschliman (Commander Cody, Etta James) started the weekly Appalachian-style jug jams with the Deweys' roommate, Paul Wenninger (from Chicago, road manager for Van Morrison, Dan Hicks).

Spur-of-the-moment street corner appearances, instigated by Dan Hicks (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks) around the same time also had a jug band instrumentation and included many of the same musicians. The Monday Night Wild Turkey sessions lasted only 10 weeks, but had many guests stopping by, including Hicks; L. D. Armstrong (Rowdy and the Rivets), Austin de Lone (Eggs Over Easy, Commander Cody), and other local musicians mostly from the Old Mill Tavern music scene.

The jug-jam sessions were about creating new tunes, new lyrics, or just new grooves with an acoustic, backwoods, jug sound. A harmonica, old arch top f-hole type guitars, a jaw harp, a washboard, a washtub bass and even coat-hangers banged on the edge of the old wooden kitchen table became the desired sounds of the group. To preserve the creative spontaneity, cover songs were generally forbidden and to maintain the funky, down-in-the-holler home-made instrument kind of sound, pianos, professional-sounding dread-naught sized guitars and any other instruments deemed "too-good-sounding" were discouraged. Carbon-date testing of left over Kentucky bourbon decanters from those sessions point to the year 1976.

In late 1977, Dan Hicks, host of the infamous "Monday Night Open Mike" sessions at the Old Mill Tavern, was needed for a recording gig in Los Angeles. His jug-headed cohorts, regular entrants to the Open Mike, covered for him and hosted the event on December 19, 1977. Billed as "The Three Wise Men +4 -1 Jug Band," this early cast of characters laid down their first holiday set of irreverent tunes. The owner of The Old Mill then suggested the band do a Christmas Eve gig. That show, which included Mr. Hicks, started the annual jug band performances.

Doors open for seating at 6:30PM. Delicious desserts and a no host bar will be available throughout the night.

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Collectors: A Fresh Take
Dec
19
to Jan 20

Collectors: A Fresh Take

A “Fresh Take” looks at art from the youthful eye of students to the experienced eye of the collectors.  What is the youth of America looking for in the art pieces they choose?  What was the collector thinking when they gathered the art?
 
 “Collectors: A Fresh Take” is a collaboration between students and collectors in selecting pieces for an exhibition that they feel best represents the collection.  Students choose, collectors choose; both will have written statements about their choices.
 
Art and art history Students from CSU and Butte College are the curators for this exhibition. Bob Klang, Reed Applegate, Pat and Richard Macias, Idie Adams and Alan Carrier, Nathan Heyman are the collectors.  

General Admission:  $5 Adults.  Students with ID and Children Free

Opening Night Reception:     Wednesday, December 19th, 6-8pm
Admission:      Free                No Host Bar

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New Year's at monca
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's at monca

Monday, December 31st monca throws open the doors of its historic Veterans Memorial Hall location for a gala New Year’s Eve party! 
 
Northern California has seen a year with many challenges but also an unbounding flow of love and support from neighbors and friends, both near and far.  Let’s come together and usher in a new year of promise and hope.
 
Attire: dress to the hilts or come in your most comfortable best! 
 
Tickets are limited and sold in advance at the museum or at Eventbrite
 
Tickets include:  food, champagne, a no-host bar, games, dancing, art-making and music by Susan Schrader and Jazz Satie followed by Bogg to ring in the New Year! 
 
Doors open at 8:30pm.
 
Admission:  $35 per person

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Snow Goose Festival
Jan
24
to Feb 10

Snow Goose Festival

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The wildlife exhibit will be held at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca)  900 Esplanade in Chico from Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 10, 2019. The formal opening reception is Friday, January 25th from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is a free event for the community at large.


For all other festival events, activities and schedules please go to the Snow Goose Festival’s official web site, www.snowgoosefestival.org.

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Preserving a Legacy: A Discussion on Artist Estates
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Preserving a Legacy: A Discussion on Artist Estates

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Join us for a panel discussion on artist estates, planning, and legacies with Alla Efimova from The Kunstworks, artist Sandra Shannonhouse, executor for the Estate of Robert Arneson, and Rachel Middleman, executor for the Anita Steckel Estate. Moderated by Kelly Lindner.

Thursday, November 29 | 6:30 p.m.
Arts and Humanities Building, Room 111
All events are free and open to the public.

This program is proudly co-sponsored with monca, The Museum of Northern California Art.


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10th Annual Coming Out for Art
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

10th Annual Coming Out for Art

The Museum of Northern California Art and Stonewall Alliance present the 10th Annual Coming Out For Art Show (COFA). The Gallery openening and reception, featuring live music, poetry and performance, a selection of local beer and wine, and free hors d'oeuvres, will take place November 9th from 6-9pm. The show will run (with art for sale) from November 8th-11th

This year's theme is 'Expressions Of Resilience.' This will be an evening of art, performance and community benefiting Chico's LGBTQI+ center.

For more information, contact cofa@stonewallchico.org or call 530-893-3336

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Mystery Thursday: Murder at the Columbarium
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mystery Thursday: Murder at the Columbarium

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The fun of Thursday Nights @ monca is the museum is open in the evening, admission is free, and something special is offered.  For November it’s Mystery Thursday, a presentation and book signing with local author, Emily Gallo, and her new title Murder at the Columbarium.

A brief introduction to her new book: “Jed’s quiet life as caretaker of the San Francisco Columbarium is turned upside down when he comes upon a dead woman’s body and a crying baby just inside the gate. His search for answers thrusts him into a world of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking and he becomes one of the principal suspects.”

This event will be fun for all ages!  In addition to the book signing, the night will include board games, like Clue, for visitors to play accompanied by live music with harpist, Brenda Lockie-Knight.

Event Details:

Day/Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8th, 7-9pm

Admission: Free

No Host Bar


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Ronn McFarlane at monca
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Ronn McFarlane at monca

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Join us for a magical and intimate evening with lutenist, Ronn McFarlane. Playing not only the standard repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks but also original works.
 
If you don’t know much about the lute, you will be given no finer introduction to it than hearing McFarlane perform.  

Tickets are $20 at the door.

This concert is sponsored and presented by Classical Guitar Project
https://www.ronnmcfarlane.com/

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Behind the Curtain
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Behind the Curtain

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North State Symphony and Museum of Northern California Art (monca)Present: 
“BEHIND THE CURTAIN - A look into the creative process of the North State Symphony”

About the event: 
Ever wondered how an orchestra prepares for a concert or how a conductor works with an orchestra? Join the North State Symphony and conductor Scott Seaton for a special look "behind the curtain" at their rehearsal process, staged in a beautiful gallery space at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca)

Featuring a special lecture focused on Mozart by Scott Seaton, a question-and-answer session, a no-host bar, a chance to mingle with the NSS musicians, and an open rehearsal of Mozart’s most famous 40th symphony!

Saturday, November 3
2-4pm
Tickets: $20 advance (available on Eventbrite), $25 at the door

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Diverse Minds
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Diverse Minds

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cost: free

Diverse Minds is a program to promote mental wellness through the creative arts in Northern California. 

Special Events include:

  • Art Opening Gala | Thursday, Nov 1st 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

  • Journal Book Release Party | Friday, Nov 2nd 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

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The Mandala of the Lotus
Oct
25
to Nov 11

The Mandala of the Lotus

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cost: general admission 

Join us in the monca library as Losang Samten, the American Tibetan scholar, creates "The Mandala of the Lotus."

A mandala, the Tibetan art form of sand painting, is an ancient and sacred practice intended to benefit and uplift not only every person who sees it, but also the environment.

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Jazz at the Museum: Allison Scull & Victor Martin
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Jazz at the Museum: Allison Scull & Victor Martin

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Allison Scull and Victor Martin perform in the intimate setting of monca on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:30 PM.

Cost:  Tickets: $20 in advance | $25 – at the door | $5 – students.  

No Host Bar with fine ales from Sierra Nevada and wines

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or at Eventbrite.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin's unusual collaborative style, singer-songwriter plus saxophone, connects to grown-ups and little people alike. Together they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. They blend roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Allison learned French alongside her sisters, where she grew up in Belgium. Victor was born and raised on the East Coast in Delaware.


While their original song "Esperanza" was nominated in Top 10 by the International Association of Independent Recording Artists, their music can also be heard across the country on the Touch Tunes? Digital music scene. Allison and Victor have performed at the longest running festival, the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Music Festival. Other festivals include Nor Cal? Jazz Festival (Weaverville, CA, Chico, CA & Dunsmuir, CA), Art and the Vineyard (Eugene, OR), the Napa Artisan's Festival, the Shasta Yama Festival (Mt. Shasta, CA), a Taste of Redding (Redding, CA), and the famous Cranberry Festival (Bandon, OR). They also perform at State Fairs and other venues including Lassen Volcanic National Park, the famed Derby and Genghis Cohen in Hollywood, and even an olive oil Company. Allison and Victor also perform for Performing Art Centers, Theaters and house concerts and private parties.

All proceeds benefit monca and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival.   Tickets are tax deductible.

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MaMuse at monca
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

MaMuse at monca

Join us at monca on Friday, October 12 for an intimate live concert with folk and gospel singers, MaMuse.

MaMuse is an acoustic folk duo from Chico, California, Karisha Longaker and Sarah Nutting. Wholeheartedly fed by the folk and gospel traditions, MaMuse create uplifting music for the pure joy of it and to inspire the world into thriving. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart.

Concert Details

Doors open at 6:00pm, Concert starts at 7:00pm
No-Host Bar

Admission:  $25. Tickets are on sale now. Seating is limited, so buy your ticket early at monca, 900 Esplanade or online at Eventbrite.  

Sponsors:  David and Shari Hopper, Molly Stokes, and Todd Hall

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Thursday Nights at monca
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Thursday Nights at monca

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Chico, CA – Thursday, October 11, is the 2nd Thursday of the month, which means it’s Thursday Night @ monca!  The museum is open in the evening from 6-8pm, admission is free, and something special is offered.  For October monca is pleased to announce the filming of “San Francisco Bay Area” from Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, a national PBS series.

About Art in the Twenty-First Century.  Art in the Twenty-First Century is the first and only nationally broadcast public television series to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. It introduces audiences to a diverse range of established and emerging artists working today and to the art they are producing now.

About “San Francisco Bay Area”.  A longtime home for political progressives and technological pioneers, the San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. In addition to presenting three artists working across photography, installation, and new media, this episode features a nonprofit art center, spotlighting multiple artists with physical and cognitive disabilities who work in a range of mediums. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world.  The artists are: Stephanie Syjuco, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Katy Grannan, and Creative Growth Art Center artists Monica Valentine and William Scott

The film will be followed by a discussion panel seated with CSU past and present students and studio art professors who will be presented with prompts toward current issues artists face in studio practices.  Question and answer with audience will follow.

The event is connected with CSU Chico Open Studio's of BFA and MFA students from 10am-4pm at Ayres Hall and the Art and Humanities Building California State University Chico.  Participants are invited to Open Studios at CSUC and  the Art21 viewing and discussion on studio practices at the monca.

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Doug Keister Presentation on Black and White in Black and White
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Doug Keister Presentation on Black and White in Black and White

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Doug Keister, curator of the photography exhibition “Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America,” appears at monca on Wednesday, September 19th.  He will tell the story behind the photographs and talk about the photographer, John Johnson, and their historical and cultural significance in the new Negro Movement of the early 1900’s.

Doug Keister is a photographer, writer of books and magazine articles who resides in Chico, CA and is from Lincoln, NE where these photographs were taken.  Keister is well versed on the subject having co-written a book “Images of America: Lincoln in Black and White” and produced a 45-minute documentary of Johnson’s work “Shadows on Glass”. The importance of these images has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which now has 60 prints from the negatives in its permanent collection.

Lecture Details

Day/Date/Time:  Wed, Sept 19, at 7pm.  Admission:$5 for Adults. Students with ID: Free  

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Jazz at the Museum III
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Jazz at the Museum III

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Nor Cal Jazz Festival presents Jazz at the Museum III, Monday, Sept. 17, 7:30pm.  Peter and Will Anderson, NYC Saxophone and clarinet virtuosos, with guitarist Felix Lemerie in the intimate setting of monca.  Seating limited.  Premium $30, General $20, Students $5.  Tickets available at the museum and at www.eventbrite.com

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Black and White in Black and White/Silence out Loud
Sep
6
to Oct 28

Black and White in Black and White/Silence out Loud

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Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6th, from 6-8pm. Music provided by Miami Rogue Roosters (classical jazz, Latin & blues).

“Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America,”curated by local photographer, writer of books and magazine articles, Douglas Keister. The exhibit features glass plate negatives, originally taken by African-American photographer John Johnson, and aims to explore their historical and cultural significance in the new Negro Movement of the early 1900’s.

Doug Keister is a photographer, writer of books and magazine articles who resides in Chico, CA and is from Lincoln, NE where these photographs were taken.  Keister is well versed on the subject having co-written a book “Images of America: Lincoln in Black and White” and produced a 45-minute documentary of Johnson’s work “Shadows on Glass”. The importance of these images has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which now has 60 prints from the negatives in its permanent collection.

Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits: In conjunction with monca's main exhibition Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in Americamonca presents Silence Out Loud: African American Portraits, organized by Ramekon O'Arwisters, artist and retired curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport.

Silence Out Loud  features members of the 3.9 Art Collective, an association of African American artists, curators, and art writers dedicated to drawing attention to the San Francisco Bay Area's dwindling black population through their art, activism, and social engagement. 

This exhibit examines a non-traditional presentation of the Black image. The exhibition presents abstract and conceptual works of art, which reflects a boarder and an extremely personal look at identity, gender, and race through contemporary portraiture. Artists included in the exhibition are Ron Saunders, Kija Lucas, Virginia Jourdan, Cheryl Derricotte, William Rhodes, Mark Harris, Kristine Mays, Michael Ross, Rodney Ewing, and Nancy Cato. 

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Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment
Aug
24
to Aug 25

Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment

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Kija Lucas -artist, educator and photographer – will be in Chico to photograph sentimental objects from our community for an upcoming exhibition at monca.  To participate interested parties are asked to bring their sentimental objects for photographing to monca on Friday-Saturday, August 24-25 between the hours of 11am – 5pm.

The photographed objects will become part of Kija Lucas’s exhibition of Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment which examines the objects we carry through our lives and the memories and meaning we attach to them, qualities that surpass their initial usefulness.

Event Details

Day/Date/Time: Friday-Saturday, August 24-25, 11am – 5pm

Admission: Free

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Inspired by Street Art
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Inspired by Street Art

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Join us for a night of art making while surrounded by art!  All ages welcome. Bring your own supplies, or find some at monca and spend the evening creating art in the inspiring environment of the Beyond the Frame exhibit. 

Cost: $5 per person.

We hope to see you there!

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Frescoes by the Bay
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Frescoes by the Bay

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Frescoes by the Bay

The double volume publications of Frescoes by the Bay explore the 1930′s WPA works of acclaimed artists and muralist from Diego Rivera to Maxine Albro to Victor Arnautoff, who painted their murals in San Francisco during the height of the Great Depression.

The books lyrically cite the personal challenges faced by the artists, the stories behind each mural, and the techniques used, which together provide a compelling and interesting picture of the artists, times and events.

Join us for a presentation and book signing by author Karen Norton-Sinell on her new books, Frescoes by the Bay I and II, a walking tour of San Francisco’s buon fresco murals.
Wednesday, August 1, 7-9pm. We hope to see you there!

Visit Karen's website to learn more about her and her books: https://www.frescoesbythebay.com/

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Beyond the Frame Opening + monca's First Anniversary!
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond the Frame Opening + monca's First Anniversary!

Save the Date! July 20th, Friday, 6-9pm.  monca, 900 Esplanade

Help us celebrate Opening Night for Beyond the Frame, and monca’s 1st Anniversary Street Party.  Join us for a night of live and interactive painting, courtesy of Christian Garcia and Wyatt Hersey. Music by DJ Dan K.
Admission: Free for all ages.  Food and drink available for purchase. We hope to see you there!!

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Beyond the Frame
Jul
19
to Sep 2

Beyond the Frame

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Beyond the Frame: Opens July 19th. Opening Reception, July 20th, from 6-9pm

Exhibit is open until September 2nd, at 5pm.

This latest exhibition aims to explore the point at which murals, often accepted forms of public art, intersect with street art (sometimes referred to as graffiti), which remains controversial in its practice and social significance.

Street art often has a reputation as part of a subculture that rebels against authority, although it can also express a political practice, and serves as just one tool in an array of resistance techniques.

Like some forms of street art, murals are often collaborative and collective art pieces, functioning to empower social bonding, an assertation of a community's presence in a certain space, and articulate a community's stance on local and global topics such as historical events and civil rights. Some murals have also been created in defiance to the law (like street art), as others have been commissioned by businesses or other patrons. It can be argued that public art of both categories can add aesthetic improvement to the daily lives of residents, and visitors to the community.

By virtue of being visually provocative or beautiful, public artworks may be easier magnets for community support and thereby effective political tools. For the communities it exists in, public art also provides access to beauty, creative work, and cultural pride.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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