Map it Out
May
30
to Jul 28

Map it Out

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Map It Out is an exhibition of Northern California artists presenting works invented and inspired by the theme of maps. Thirty artists will be showcased in this exhibition juried by the monca Exhibition Committee. Selected works will represent the Chico Area, the Bay Area, and Northern California. Featuring art from:

Carlo Abruzzese, San Francisco                      Nicolai Larsen, Chico
Pennie Baxter, Chico                                        Susan Larsen, Chico
Chris Daubert, Dixon                                        Zeke Lunder, Chico
Toni Del Guidice, Chico                                    Richard Macias, Chico
Jemal Diamond, Sunnyvale                              Karen May, Richmond         
Jack Hames, Chico                                          Jeffrey Obser, Chico
Elizabeth Herndon, Chico                                John Victor McMackin, Chico                           
Linda Hilgeman, Durham                                 John Mercado, Smartsville
Jenifer Shevis Hornaday, Chico                       Patricia Meyer, San Mateo
Richard Hornaday(1927-2013) Chico              Janice Meyer-Kirkpatrick, San Mateo
Martin Jimenez, Chico                                     Carol Newborg, Albany
Judith Johnson, Sacramento                           Alexey Nizovsky, Sausalito
Judy Kane, Chico                                            Sheri Simons, Chico
Ryan Kittleman, San Francisco                       Cathy Valentine, Mt. Shasta
Dave Lane, Sacramento                                  Colleen Wampole, Willows 
Emil Yanos, Napa                                            Jim Williams, Chico

When:  Thursday – Sunday, May 30 – July 28, 11am –
 Admission:  Adults $5, Students and Children Free

Opening Event: Thursday, May 30th,  6 to 8 pm.  
No Host Bar.  Free admission.



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Art and the Word: Visual Literacy Program
Jun
10
to Jul 17

Art and the Word: Visual Literacy Program

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This summer camp, geared towards Camp Fire students, but not limited to these students, emphasizes literacy with an art component incorporating storytelling, book- making opportunities and puppetry/theatre.

The Literacy component is most important for knowledge and skill building. The Art component allows connections to be made stronger through learning in new ways.

Students and families will gather each Wednesday to process and heal together assisted by life coaches.

• Bookmaking

• Storytelling

• Puppetry

• Theater

• Off-site Walking Trips

• Lunch and Snack Breaks

• Visiting Artists

• A Culminating Exhibition for the public

TIME: Monday through Wednesday ● 9am - 3pm Daily DATES: June and July 2019 ● 6 Weeks ● 6/10 thru 7/17 WHO: Grades 2-5 STUDENTS: 20-25 Spots Available COST: FREE FOR CAMP FIRE STUDENTS others, $250. per student LOCATION: Museum of Northern California Art (monca) 900 Esplanade Chico, California 95926 PHONE: 530.487.7272 EMAIL: contact@monca.org


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monca Street Party
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

monca Street Party

Join us for a monca Street Party, celebrating our 2nd year at 900 Esplanade, 
in the classically beautiful Veterans Memorial Building in Chico. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and family friendly art activities will be on site. Stay tuned for more details!

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Alexx Finding Home- Documentary Screening
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Alexx Finding Home- Documentary Screening

Family, Determination, and Unity

A Fundraiser for Safe Space

Chico, CA – Documentary screening fundraiser to benefit Safe Space, a local organization serving the unsheltered and those affected by Camp Fire.

Alexx Finding Home captures the unsheltered circumstance, the primal instinct to protect family, and the determination to achieve one's goal, at any cost. At age 27, Alexx Collins fears delivering her first child on the street. Homeless since 14, the responsibilities and challenges to get home seem insurmountable for a woman without a job, bank account or identification. With an extraordinary capacity to love and a community uniting to help, Alexx’s journey home shares the power of determined individuals once connected.

About the director: Ched Lohr is a filmmaker, writer, and musician who connects with individuals across the globe and within his hometown of Chico, CA, to learn about cultural trends and promote understanding. Alexx Finding Home is his second award-winning documentary.

Panel discussion:  Immediately following the documentary, including Alexx Collins, Siana Sonoquie, her social advocate, and Ched Lohr.

Event Details:

When:  Saturday, June 8.  Doors open at 7pm, Film starts at 7:30pm.  Panel Discussion immediately following, approximately 8:30pm

Where:  monca, The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico
Admission:  $5  Free for Paradise residents with proof of residence. No Host Bar

Checks may be written to Safe Space and mailed to monca.

Every donation is greatly appreciated.


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Camp Fire Mural Series, “Beauty from Ashes”
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Camp Fire Mural Series, “Beauty from Ashes”

Camp Fire Mural Series

“Beauty from Ashes”

By Shane Grammer and Terence Duffy

Art Exhibition Fundraiser to support Paradise Artists, Survivors

Friday, June 7, 2019

Chico/Paradise, CA – Artist, Shane Grammer and Photographer, Terence Duffy will host a fundraiser art exhibition to benefit local artists and survivors of the Camp Fire, set for Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Northern California Museum of Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA.

Murals painted by Grammer and photographed by Duffy, sponsored by Hughey Phillips LLP and others, will benefit the Museum of Northern California Museum of Art’s Summer School for trauma victims of the Camp Fire and ongoing programs at Paradise Arts Center.

The exhibition will start at 5pm with a VIP event reception for sponsors, donors, and special guests including artists meet and greet, art installation reveal, and more. Main event: presentations from survivors, local officials, survivor updates, victim memorial, a live painting experience by artist Shane Grammer, photo ops with the artist and photographer, poster and canvas painting raffles, as well as posters and art pieces for purchase.

“Beauty in Ashes” was conceived when Shane Grammer saw a picture of a friend’s home lost in the Camp Fire. Grammer contacted his friend to see if he could paint a picture on his fireplace to symbolize that there is still beauty among ashes. It was the first of many murals that Shane painted in Paradise. In Grammer’s word “I wanted to paint something that brought hope in the middle of complete destruction.”

Exhibition Details:

Who: Camp Fire Mural Series “Beauty from the Ashes”

What: Art Exhibition Fundraiser to support Paradise Artists and Survivors

When: Friday, June 7, 2019, VIP reception will be from 5- 6:30 pm, doors open to the public 6:30-10pm

Where: The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA

VIP sponsorships from $1500 to $500 plus individual tickets: $100 for the VIP Event, $25 for the Main Event are available atwww.eventbrite.com or monca 530.487.7272. Ridge residents FREE with proof of residence. See below for sponsorship details.

Sponsorship Levels:

First Responders- $1,500+

  • 4 VIP/ Main event tickets; 8 complimentary drink tickets

  • Company logo prominently displayed on all print media; full page ad in program

  • Signed print from photographer, Terence Duffy

  • Exclusive raffle for an original Shane Grammer painting

#Butte Strong- $750

  • 2 VIP/ Main event tickets; 4 complimentary drink tickets

  • Company logo displayed on all print media; half page ad in program

  • Signed print by photographer Terrance Duffy

Reflective- $500

  • 2 VIP/ Main event tickets; 2 complimentary drink tickets

  • Company logo displayed on all print media; quarter page ad in program

We welcome your support at any level, and would be thrilled if you give more!

The Museum of Northern California Art (monca), at 900 Esplanade in Chico, CA has been providing exhibitions and community events since opening in July of 2017. Its mission is “to make art accessible and promote awareness of Northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.” The museum has become a cultural hub in the Chico and surrounding area. Docent led classroom experiences, museum tours on-site, concerts and performances are what make monca the place to be.

About Paradise Arts Center

Paradise Art Center, with its Wheeler Gallery, has been supporting, encouraging, and teaching visual arts in our community in excess of 60 years. Its historic 100-year-old building survived the Camp Fire in November 2018. Although many of our members have had to relocate as a result of this devastating catastrophe, the Art Center is committed to re-opening our facility and continuing our mission to expand and enrich the lives of Ridge residents with art by summer of 2019.


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"Tend" Closing Reception
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

"Tend" Closing Reception

Chikoko presents “Tend”, an exploratory multimedia exhibit closing reception at Monca, 900 The Esplanade.

Join us between 6 and 8 pm for performance, delicious and artistic refreshments and a lively silent auction.

This show utilizes found, broken, burnt and repurposed items with a focus on textiles to examine the meaning of home. Through discovery and curation, humans and other animals build small and large rooms of comfort despite all odds. Aesthetic components and soft materials are used to counter the elements and bring comfort. Imagery which informs works include nests from varied birds and animals and the organic remains of home.

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Mitoshi Kosako & Shigemi Minetaka at monca
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mitoshi Kosako & Shigemi Minetaka at monca

Mitoshi Kosako on harp, “...considered one of the most influential jazz harpists in the world.” —East Bay Times , and Shigemi Minetaka on piano, Exquisite jazz improvisationalist and Cammie nominee, come to monca!

Event Information:

Doors open at 6:30 pm, tickets are $20, available at the museum or on Eventbrite.

More info: 762-1490 - nortonbu alohall@gmail.com

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Quarteto Nuevo
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Quarteto Nuevo

Chico, CA –  Quarteto Nuevo are four very highly skilled technical and improvisational musicians who merge western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop!  The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms.  They effectively meld the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages.

Quarteto Nuevo’s members have performed and recorded with prestigious symphonies and orchestras nationwide, as well as such legendary artists as Dave Brubeck, Rush, John Tesh, Ellie Goulding, and many others.

Quarteto Nuevo: Damon Zick – soprano saxophone, woodwinds, Kenton Youngstrom – acoustic guitar, Jacob Szekely – cello, Felipe Fraga – percussion.

Event details:

When:  Saturday, April 27th, 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


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Don Ross: Presented by Norton Buffalo Hall-West
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Don Ross: Presented by Norton Buffalo Hall-West

Norton Buffalo Hall-WEST and Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA)

-Present-

"Heavy wood" acoustic guitar master

Don Ross

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2019 - 7PM

Doors open at 6:30PM

Refreshments / Drinks Available

Tickets: $25

** Please note: this event will be filmed for for the music TV series "Plugged In and Turned On In Paradise"

Doors open at 6:30pm, $25

Tickets available at the museum or on Eventbrite.

Quotes:

"Canadian guitarist Don Ross... [is responsible for] effectively defining contemporary fingerstyle guitar in a post-Michael Hedges world...[his] heavy grooves and earworm-like quality of tunes...became blueprints for the style that would become a model for a new generation of fingerstyle guitarists." — Teja Gerken, Peghead Nation

"...one of the world's greatest guitarists..." — Inside Ottawa Valley

About Don Ross

Don Ross (https://donrossonline.com/) began playing guitar virtually by accident.

There was always a lot of music around the house. Don’s dad is an operatically-trained singer. So, the Ross kids heard plenty of voice exercises around their Montreal home as well as classical music on the record player growing up (not to mention the occasional blast of the bagpipes when Don’s dad felt like waking up the neighbours with another musical skill he acquired growing up in Scotland!).

Don eventually studied Music at Toronto’s York University. Strangely enough, he didn’t focus on guitar but rather on composition, electronic music, and sound recording. Upon graduating, he had visions of being a composer of orchestral and electronic music or film scores..certainly not any delusions of playing solo guitar for a living. What changed his mind was seeing the success of musicians like Michael Hedges, Steve Reich and Keith Jarrett, player/composers who followed their musical intuitions wherever they led and who fell more into the category of “artist” rather than “guitarist” or “pianist.”

In 1988, Don became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, still the only two-time winner of the competition. He signed a recording deal with Toronto-based Duke Street Records and released three CDs for them between 1989 and 1993. He then recorded three CDs for Sony/Columbia between 1994 and 1997, and then three more for Milwaukee-based Narada Records between 1999 and 2003.

With the collapse of the conventional recording industry in the early 21st century, Don entered into a new venture with Milwaukee-based CandyRat Records and its founder, Rob Poland. The move to a completely internet-based model of releasing recordings resulted in the first ever CandyRat CD, 2005’s Music for Vacuuming. Don has released numerous CDs and DVDs for the new label, including his new album, A Million Brazilian Civilians, on CD and see-through orange vinyl.

Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recording with U.S. guitarist Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, Canadian guitarist Calum Graham, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, harp guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums. He has just started learning to play the Kelstone, a 9-string guitar developed by Belgian musician/inventor Jan Van Kelst. At this point, Don admits that learning a new instrument from scratch at this point in his career is “humbling. I’m a rank amateur Kelstone player, and I still completely suck at it!”

Don Ross grew up in Montreal, has lived at various times in Ontario, Nova Scotia, the USA, China and Quebec, and now resides in Halifax.

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

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Cirque du monca
Apr
6
10:00 PM22:00

Cirque du monca

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monca’s 2019 Gala takes on a whimsical and fun theme—“Cirque du monca.” The annual fundraiser, which supports the museum’s exhibitions and its core outreach and education programs, will be held on Saturday, April 6, in and outside the museum at 900 Esplanade.

Tents filled with lights unfurl outside the museum where Chocobi’s will serve a scrumptious buffet dinner. Inside the museum look for stilt walkers, a tarot card reader, and have your picture taken in your creative Gala best attire in the photobooth! Check out the art auction with art from local and Bay Area artists and view the current exhibition “Tend” an exhibition by Chikoko and paintings by Clay Vorhes. Accompanied by live music and a no host bar.

Who: The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA

What: Cirque du Gala

When: Saturday, April 6, 6-10pm

Table and venue sponsorships plus single tickets are available and must be purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com or call 530-487-7272. Tickets sales close on March 29th.

Shuttle buses will be available to take you to and from parking to monca.

Because of the event, the museum will be closed on Saturday but opens again at 11am, Sunday morning.

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"Tend" & "Circus Acrobats"
Mar
29
to May 26

"Tend" & "Circus Acrobats"

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"Trapeze Acrobats" by Clay Vorhes joins "Tend" by Chikoko in an amazing, family fun exhibition at monca!

With “Trapeze Acrobats” Vorhes turns abstraction into a world full of people who lead lives of precarious balance; Tend focuses on textiles and utilizes found, broken, burnt and repurposed items to examine the meaning of home. Imagery includes nests from varied birds and animals and the organic remains of home.

April 4 - May 26, Th - Su 11 am-5 pm. 

Admission:  $5, Students with ID’s and Children Free
Opening reception Th, April 4, 6-8 pm

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Trans* Week Art Show: Expressions of Resilience
Mar
28
to Mar 31

Trans* Week Art Show: Expressions of Resilience

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Art by and about trans* people and their lives, experiences, struggles and accomplishments is the theme of Stonewall Alliance Center’s exhibition Expressions of Resilience at monca, March 28-31.  

Included in this exhibition is art from COFA (Coming Out for Art) artists whose scheduled art exhibition at monca was cancelled last Fall because of the Camp Fire.  There wasn’t a person involved in that show whose life wasn’t touched in some way by the fire, and some lost everything. The exhibition was cancelled; those who still had a place to store their art quietly retrieved it and waited.  It will be especially poignant to see this at the show.

One of those artists was Jess Mercer, whose work has since gained tremendous notoriety as she builds a great phoenix from Butte County keys which no longer have locks, as well as painting murals for schools displaced by the fire, establishing a mobile art therapy studio, and much more. The day after the fire, Mercer walked into Stonewall and said, “I need to help. I don’t know what else to do.”

Details: March 28–31, Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm

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

Admission:  Adults $5, Students and Children Free.

Grand Reception:   Friday, March 29th, 6-9pm  

The reception features live music, performance art, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host beer and wine bar.  Suggested admission:  $10. The suggested $10 donation directly benefits Stonewall Alliance’s trans* and youth programs.

Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewery, La Rocca Vineyards and Chico Arts and Culture Foundation.


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Call for Artists
Mar
25
to May 3

Call for Artists

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CALL FOR ARTISTS

“MAP IT OUT”

 May 30-July 28, 2019

The Museum of Northern California Art is seeking original artworks relating to maps for its upcoming juried exhibit, Map It Out.  

The museum’s exhibition committee will make final selections.

ELIGIBILITY:  Original works, all media, created by artists residing in Northern California, defined as San Jose and all points north, east, and west to the state border.  All exhibited artworks must remain in the exhibition until 5 p.m. on July 28, 2019.  

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Your entry should be emailed to:  submissions@monca.org with SUBJECT of the email as “monca maps 2019”

  • The email must contain: Artist’s name, address, phone(s), email address, along with image file and info for each piece.  Also Include a résumé or c.v. and/or a brief artist statement.

  • See below for entry fee information.  Please indicate payment method in your submission.

Image files and labeling

  • 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 in your email:

  1. Image number (from the filename)

  2. Title

  3. Medium

  4. Dimensions

  5. Date of work

  6. Any special display or hanging needs

  7. Price or NFS

The price should include a 50% museum commission.   Prices will not appear on the gallery signage, but instead will be available on request at the reception desk.  

         ENTRY FEE: $25 (non-refundable) for 3 images; $10 for each additional entry

  • Checks must reach monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926 by May 3 at 5 pm

  • Make check payable to monca and write ‘Maps entry fee’ 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 May 6.


ART DELIVERY

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

  • May 9-12, 11-5 pm

  • May 16-19, 11-5 pm

  • All work must be delivered 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.

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 plexiglass to prevent breakage since glass could damage the artwork. The museum will not be held responsible for work damaged in shipment.


IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for entries and fees: May 3, 2019 at 5:00pm

Jury results notification: May 6

Artwork delivery:  May 9-12, 16-19, regular museum hours, 11-5 pm

Exhibit opens: May 30 at 11:00 am

Opening reception:  Thursday May 30, 6-8 pm

Last day of exhibit: July 28

Artwork pickups: July 28 at 5pm, August 1-4 and 8-11, 11-5 pm

Works left beyond Sept 1, 2019 will become property of monca.  

monca will be diligent in the care of artwork but is not responsible for loss or damage that might occur; insurance is the responsibility of the artist.  



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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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The Providers: A Documentary
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Providers: A Documentary

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three “country doctors” in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

The panel is made up of local providers (insert list) and Kathleen Kirby, who runs the Rural Nursing Preceptorship program at Chico State.

The Providers Documentary Screening

Hosted by KIXE

At monca, March 14th 6PM, free.

The film will premiere on April 8th at 10PM. 

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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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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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