Zacha's Bay Window Mendocino Heritage Online Museum
Explore the work of the Mendocino Heritage Artists
Mendocino, on the rocky north coast of California, has always been a special place. Those, like Bill Zacha, who are called to Mendocino are transformed by it. In Bill's case, the transformation was mutual.
This site is a memorial to Bill Zacha, a tribute to keep vivid his memory, his life and considerable accomplishments, including his art, the founding of the Mendocino Art Center, and Bill's remarkable influence on the lives of those with whom he came in contact.
Dorr Bothwell knew that everyone who comes to Mendocino has a story; she loved to ask, "And how did YOU come to Mendocino?" In visiting our Online Museum, you too have come to Mendocino.
Zacha's Bay Window showcases the art and shares the stories of six distinguished Mendocino Heritage Artists, Mendocino Art Center founder William Zacha and five others, Bill's friends who came to teach at the Art Center and stayed to make Mendocino their home.
William Zacha - 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
Virtual galleries for each artist contain a growing archive of works for art lovers and scholars. Explore the art of William Zacha, Hilda Pertha, Dorr Bothwell, Toshi Yoshida, Fran Moyer and Charles Marchant Stevenson.
For an overview of the website, see AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR WEBSITE.
Questions about the Mendocino Heritage Artists, their work, or our archives, should be directed to our archivist.
Zacha's Bay Window Gallery opened in 1958 and for over fifty years represented the very best of Mendocino's Heritage Artists in the historic gallery space at 45110 Main Street, Mendocino, California.
Each of the Zacha's Bay Window artists has a vast body of work, most of which is dispersed in museums and private collections worldwide. In our virtual galleries, we gather historic images of each artist's work for a growing permanent online museum archive for art lovers and scholars.
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 our online museum. See, for example, the September 25, 1962 Look magazine article, A YOUNG MAN SAVES AN OLD TOWN.
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.
Questions or personal messages for the family of Bill and Jennie Zacha will be forwarded to them.
News From Our Mendocino Gallery
DORR BOTHWELL: STRAWS IN THE WIND
We are celebrating the publication of a lavishly illustrated book on Dorr Bothwell, Straws in the Wind: An Artist's Life as told to Bruce Levene. Straws in the Wind is the result of historian Bruce Levene's many interviews with Dorr Bothwell in the 1980s. Bruce Levene, a gifted interviewer, is also the book's editor. Levene spent years collecting and studying Bothwell's work in order to choose full color images of the over 200 works of art illustrating the range of Bothwell's work. Dorr Bothwell's keen perception and generous spirit shine as she recounts her extraordinary life in art. A portion of the sales will benefit the Mendocino Art Center and Kelley House Museum in Mendocino.
Take a look: Visit MendocinoBooks.com to preview or purchase Straws in the Wind: An Artist's Life as told to Bruce Levene.
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, and you are invited to share in this visionary endeavor.
To learn more about the Zacha Legacy Society, and for information on how to become a member, contact Lindsay Shields: 707-937-5818, ext. 12.
MENDOCINO HERITAGE ARTIST CHARLES MARCHANT STEVENSON AT THE HEALING*ARTS CENTER
See Charles Marchant Stevenson's magnificent large format paintings throughout the Healing*Arts Center on Main Street a few doors west of Zacha's Bay Window Gallery. Inquire at the Healing*Arts desk or call Director Anna Rathbun for an appointment: 707-937-0476.
THE ZACHA BRONZES
Bill Zacha's cast bronze nude male figures are uniquely beautiful sculptures with a power that belies their size. To see all the Zacha Bronzes, look in William Zacha under Virtual Gallery (left). Call Lucia Zacha for more information about the Zacha Bronzes: 707-937-3777.
THE WOODBLOCK PRINTS OF TOSHI YOSHIDA
A choice selection of Master Toshi Yoshida's woodblock prints will soon be available through the Mendocino Art Center. All are direct from the Yoshida studio; many are handsigned in pencil. For more information, contact Claire Amanno at the Gallery Shop: 707-937-5818 x14. See these scarce, irreplaceable treasures while you can.