Dennis Leon: I Am Here
Feb
14
to Mar 24

Dennis Leon: I Am Here

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Leon was a Bay Area sculptor and art instructor. Born in England he immigrated to the USA in 1951 and studied art at Temple University, receiving a Master’s degree in Fine Art. In 1959, Mr. Leon joined the faculty of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also worked as an art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1962. After coming to the Bay Area, Leon held his first local one-man show of sculpture in 1973, at the James Willis Gallery in San Francisco. He was also an instructor at the California Arts & Crafts College.

Leon’s work was exhibited widely at such institutions as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside and the Oliver Ranch in Sonoma. Leon explored the expansive world of natural landscapes and he created large site-specific sculpture.

The Dennis Leon exhibition at the Museum of Northern California Art has been made possible through the generosity of his family. His daughter Ann Leon is a well-known Northern California chef and owner of Leon’s Bistro in Chico.
 

SEE THE EXHIBITION:
February 14th – March 24,
Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm 
Museum of Northern California Art
900 Esplanade in Chico

Admission: Adults: $5, Students and Children: Free

The Opening Reception 
Friday, February 15th, 6 – 8 pm.
No host bar. Admission is free for this reception.

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Lecture Series: Modern History of Architecture, 1860-Today
Mar
20
to Apr 24

Lecture Series: Modern History of Architecture, 1860-Today

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For the spring 2019 Lecture Series, monca will again offer a class on the Modern History of Architecture from 1860 to the Present.

Starting Wednesday, March 20 and for six successive Wednesdays the sessions will begin at 6:30 pm at monca for a maximum of 20 people. The class will include an hour lecture followed by an informal discussion. Class notes will be provided for each session. And, best of all, there will be no papers to write and no test to take!

CLASS DESCRIPTION

A detailed survey of the events, the individuals and the buildings that shaped modern European and American architecture from the late 19th through the present. Topics discussed will include the influence of styles and movements in architecture, and how evolution and discontent dominated change in 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 examples of any given style? All this will be covered during the six-week period. The presentations are highly graphic showing important structures that represent the styles and movements presented.

Fee for the six-week class is $50 with all proceeds going to the museum. Payment can be made on Eventbrite, at the museum by check or credit card, or by mailing to monca 900 Esplanade, Chico. 95926 Museum Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.

Lecturer: Richard Macias has always been fascinated by the evolution of architectural style and how it has been influenced by politics, exploration, dissent and technology. For eight years he lectured in the Art & Art History department, School of Humanities and Fine Arts, CSU, Chico where he focused on modern architectural history. Prior to his move to Chico in 2006 he worked in San Francisco, designing college and university campuses. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design.


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Peter Samelson at monca
Jan
27
6:30 PM18:30

Peter Samelson at monca

Chico, CA - Peter Samelson, world renowned magician, performs at monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, on Sunday, January 27th at 7:00pm.  This is Peter’s second performance at monca, the first one left the audience amazed, stunned and laughing….how’d he do that?!

Peter Samelson combines twin passions, Magic & Theater, to create a unique place in the World of Art. So much more than a show, and so much more than a lecture - this presentation is a mind-expanding event that will leave you wiser and wonderfully mystified. This "soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" (New York Times) has created solo off-Broadway shows, designs illusions for TV, Film, and B’way, and co-produces the weekly Monday Night Magic.

Event Details:  

When:  Sunday, January 27th at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm

Admission:  $20/general; $15/monca member; $7/student/child                                                            Tickets available at the door. No host bar. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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


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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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Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibition
Jan
24
to Feb 10

Snow Goose Festival Wildlife Art Exhibition

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SNOW GOOSE FESTIVAL WILDLIFE ART EXHIBITION

Chico, CA - Wildlife and habitats along the remarkable migration trail of the Pacific Flyway are the inspiration for the impressive new exhibition at the monca beginning January 24. As part of the exhibition celebration, the museum will host a three-day special showing of the traveling Audubon Photography Awards of 2018/19, sponsored by Canon.

An opening reception takes place January 25 from 5-8 pm at monca where guests will enjoy live music, refreshments and a no-host bar.

The full exhibit, running through February 10, will feature local artists working in a variety of media, including sculpture, clay, oils, fiber arts, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, glass and photography.  

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Jan 24-27 Traveling Audubon Photography Awards Exhibition  

Free to Snow Goose Festival Attendees

Jan 25:   Opening Reception 5-8 pm, Free to all

WHERE: monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA, open Thursday-Sundays 11am-5 pm

General Admission: Adults: $5 Students and Children: Free


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Larry Pattis at monca
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Larry Pattis at monca

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Larry Pattis is an award-winning guitarist, performing as part of the American Guitar Master Concert Series. This performance will benefit the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.  Pattis has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center. He fuses folk, classical and Celtic styles.  There will be a no-host bar.  
$15 Admission at the door.

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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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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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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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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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Snow Goose Festival Call for Artists
Dec
9
to Jan 9

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 9, 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 9th

  • 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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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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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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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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