Zacha's Mendocino Heritage Artists

Mendocino, perched on the rocky North Coast of California, has always been a special place. Those who are called to Mendocino are transformed by it. For Bill Zacha, the transformation was mutual.


Zacha's Bay Window Archive showcases the art and shares the stories of Bill Zacha and five other distinguished Mendocino Heritage Artists, creating a unique resource for art lovers and scholars.


Explore Their Stories. Click on the links here:

William Zacha - Founder of the Mendocino Art Center, internationally celebrated painter, sculptor and serigrapher

Hilda Pertha - painter, sculptor, designer, serigrapher, collage artist

Dorr Bothwell - renowned painter, pioneer serigrapher and collage artist

Toshi Yoshida - master woodblock print artist

Fran Moyer - nationally acclaimed sculptor, writer and painter

Charles Marchant Stevenson - visionary painter and serigrapher


Explore the Artwork of the Mendocino Heritage Artists. Click on the links here: William Zacha, Hilda Pertha, Dorr Bothwell, Toshi Yoshida, Fran Moyer and Charles Marchant Stevenson.


Zacha's Bay Window Gallery, the Archive, and Mendocino

In 1958 Bill Zacha opened his Bay Window Gallery in the legendary space on Main Street in Mendocino. When the gallery finally closed in 2014, it had represented the very best of Mendocino's Heritage Artists for over fifty years.

The Archive is a memorial to Bill Zacha, a tribute to keep vivid his memory, his life and considerable accomplishments, including his art, his founding of the Mendocino Art Center, and his remarkable influence on the lives of those with whom he came in contact. It is also a memorial to his friends, the Mendocino Heritage Artists who came to teach at the Art Center and stayed to make Mendocino their home

Dorr Bothwell knew that everyone who comes to Mendocino has a story; she loved to ask, "And how did YOU come to Mendocino?" In coming to Zacha's Bay Window Archive you too have come to Mendocino.

Please contact us for information about Zacha's Mendocino Heritage Artists and the Archive.


The Archive Project

Each of Zacha's Mendocino Heritage artists has a vast body of work, most of which is dispersed throughout museums and private collections worldwide. In our virtual galleries, we gather historic images of each artist's work for a growing permanent online archive for scholarship and pleasure, now and in the future.

We would be grateful for digital photos of artwork currently in private collections, also biographical information, archival correspondence, essays and articles, reminiscences and personal photos for the Archive. See, for example, Bill's Roses, a reminiscence by Hilda Pertha.

To share photos, letters, stories or other information about the Mendocino Heritage Artists, please contact our archivist. Please include the artist's name, the medium and dimensions of the work, title and year when known, and full file digital photos when possible. Thank you.


Our Policies


The Zacha Family

Members of Bill and Jennie Zacha's family will receive all personal messages.


The Zacha Legacy Society

For over fifty years Bill Zacha's Mendocino Art Center has been the heart of the North Coast. Now Art Center Director Lindsay Shields has created the Zacha Legacy Society. Its mission is to prepare the Mendocino Art Center for the future. You are invited to share in this visionary endeavor.

To learn more about the Zacha Legacy Society, including how to join, please contact Lindsay Shields: 707-937-5818, ext. 12.

News From Our Mendocino Gallery

A NOTE TO FRIENDS

Zacha's Bay Window website is now an online archive for the six Mendocino Heritage Artists. The content is still in progress.

With your help, we'll be adding to the archive. We would be grateful for your stories about the Mendocino Heritage Artists, and your photos of them and their artwork. Thank you for considering our request.

If you own artwork by one of the Mendocino Heritage Artists, we're glad to provide a free estimate of value for insurance purposes only.

Please send the artist's name, several good digital photos of front and back of the artwork, the medium, unframed dimensions,  closeups of signature, title, date, and any tears, foxing or other damage, if any.

We're not equipped to make formal appraisals and, in any case, an appraisal would require close examination of the actual artwork.

There are no sales through this website, but inventory-related inquiries will be forwarded to Lucia Zacha. Or call Lucia at 707-937-3777.

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) offers a wide selection of Bill Zacha's works, including the exquisite Tokaido Journey series. For information, please call the MAC gallery shop at 707-937-5818.

We apologize for any confusion caused by our transition from a website offering artwork for sale to a digital archive of art.

Thanks for bearing with us.

THE ZACHA BRONZES

Bill Zacha's bronzes  are evocative small male nudes with a power that belies their size. All are cire perdu method hot cast bronze. None stands taller than 15 inches.

To see the archive of Bill Zacha's art, including all the Zacha Bronzes, click on the William Zacha link on the left, under Explore the Artwork of the Mendocino Heritage Artists. To schedule a viewing of the bronzes, or to learn more, please call Lucia Zacha: 707-937-3777.

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