Zacha's Mendocino Heritage Artists
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
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.
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.
Members of Bill and Jennie Zacha's family will receive all personal messages.
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
After more than 50 years, William Zacha's Bay Window Gallery has closed.
The 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, the archivewill grow. Please visit the CONTACT page for more information. Thank you for bearing with us during the transition.
There are no sales through this website. Most of the artwork shown is in private or museum collections, but there are some exceptions. Inventory-related inquiries will be forwarded to Lucia Zacha. Or call Lucia at 707-937-3777.
MENDOCINO HERITAGE ARTISTS AT MAC
The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) offers a selection of artwork by Bill Zacha, including exquisite individual serigraphs from his Tokaido Journey series, and the series' companion book, Tokaido Journey. For information, or to place an order, please call the MAC gallery shop at 707-937-5818.
The MAC gallery shop also features a delightful collection of Mendocino-era serigraphs by Dorr Bothwell. While you're there, don't miss the lavishly illustrated Straws in the Wind, an oral history by Dorr Bothwell, with local historian Bruce Levene.
With luck, there will be artwork by other Mendocino Heritage Artists as well.
THE ZACHA BRONZES
Bill Zacha's bronzes are evocative small male nudes with a power that belies their size. All are cire perdu 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.