The Ukiah Valley Artists Co-op will host the ninth annual Art Faire on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alex Thomas Plaza in downtown Ukiah.
In an effort to increase community involvement at the Faire, the UVAC gave the newly formed art club at the Mendocino College a free booth with a second one sponsored by Barra of Mendocino.
Discounts were extended to local art groups and the Arts Council of Mendocino County is invited to anchor a central space. The Council operates with a limited staff and budget, and relies heavily on support from members and donations. To help their programs, UVAC artists donated eight pieces of original art for a drawing with 100 percent of the ticket sales going to benefit the Council. Tickets are $3 each, 2 for $5, 5 for $10. The drawing will be held at the end of the day and there is no need to be present to win.
Since many are unaware of the value and service the Council provides, the director, Alyssum Wier, explained “The mission of the Arts Council of Mendocino County is to promote the arts and cultivate creativity to benefit and enrich residents and visitors. We pursue our mission through our many programs. The two biggest programs in terms of time and resources are our Get Arts in the Schools Program through which we send professional artists into K-12 classrooms throughout Mendocino County for arts enrichment, and our Publicity Support for artists and arts organizations — specifically, our online calendar (which is updated daily) and our printed and emailed arts calendars.
“We also publish and distribute a Mendocino County Arts Guide that lists all of the galleries, arts organizations, annual events, and music venues in Mendocino County. We connect artists with grant, exhibition, career advancement, fiscal sponsorship and other opportunities. Our website, ArtsMendocino.org, also features a directory of artists.
“It’s free to create an artist profile on the website so people who are looking for local talent can find you. It’s also free to sign up on our website to receive our weekly listing of county-wide art events which is emailed each Monday. Our members are able to use the Depot as an exhibition space, schedule permitting, and we also partner with government, destination marketing for the county, and other arts organizations to build community and economic opportunity through the arts.
“For example, we recently successfully wrote a California Arts County Local Impact grant application to support a new mural in Ukiah. For a list of all of our programs, please visit ArtsMendocino.org. “
Musician Kim Monroe will perform and the Lions Club will provide fresh popcorn and sodas. The Farmers Market will be in full swing until noon.
For more information, call 707-462-3279.
Reprinted from the Ukiah Daily Journal