Pleasures of Plein Air with Clark Mitchell, Master Pastelist

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Pleasures of Plein Air with Clark Mitchell, Master Pastelist


The Mendocino Art Association (MCAA) presents another Plein Air opportunity for artists working in any medium. Clark Mitchell, a perennial favorite instructor, returns to instruct participants in his how-to approach to the challenges of outdoor painting.

This art experience will be held at the historic Barra ranch, 11111 East Road, Redwood Valley, on May 18th with vast opportunities to find exciting subjects to paint or draw. The fee for MCAA members is $50.00 and non-members $75.00. For more information call Svetlana Artemoff at 415-509-6382.

Year after year, Clark Mitchell’s return has been requested by past participants to his workshops. They admire his art, his teaching style and appreciate his attention to each person during class. Clark resides in Sonoma County and paints and teaches in a straw bale studio. He participates in numerous art events and has won many awards including Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, He has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions. For more information about classes in Clark’s studio look to

Martha Barra, Barra of Mendocino, has generously provided the site of their historic Redwood Valley ranch for this event. The winery is family owned and has been farming organic grapes since 1955. Participants in this event will choose a painting site from the vast number of farm buildings, heritage vineyards and landscape views. Clark Mitchell will work on a pastel of his own and walk among the participants helping where he is needed.

The Mendocino County Art Association is the oldest art organization in the County, established in 1954, its objective is to offer lectures, workshops, classes and art exhibits for the benefit of its members and the public at large. Members workshops at a reduced rate and opportunities to show their art in banks, businesses and galleries. Membership in the association is $35 a year, call 707 972-0784 to join or receive more information on other benefits of membership.