ZACHA'S BAY WINDOW ARCHIVE & THE MENDOCINO HERITAGE ARTISTS: In 1958 Bill Zacha opened his now-legendary Bay Window Gallery on Main Street in Mendocino. When the Bay Window Gallery finally closed in 2014, it had represented the very best of Mendocino's artists for over fifty years.
The Bay Window Archive was created as a tribute to Mendocino Art Center founder Bill Zacha, to honor his work, his character, and his remarkable influence on the lives of those with whom he came in contact.
It is also a tribute to the five other Mendocino Heritage Artists: Dorr Bothwell, Fran Moyer, Charles Marchant Stevenson, Hilda Pertha, and Toshi Yoshida. They came to teach at Bill's Art Center and stayed to make Mendocino their home.
Today, most of their work is dispersed throughout museums and private collections worldwide. In Zacha's Bay Window Archive, historic images of each artist's work, and other archival photos and information are brought together in an online archive-in-progress for scholars and art lovers
THE ARCHIVE PROJECT: This all-volunteer, ongoing educational project invites your help. Please join us by sharing digital photos of work by the Mendocino Heritage Artists, biographical information, archival correspondence, essays and articles, reminiscences and personal photos for the Archive.
When possible, please include the artist's name, the medium and dimensions of the work, title, the date, whether the work is signed, and full file digital photos, including the back of the work, and closeups of the date/title and signature.
Also, please include your contact information. We won't send junk email or requests for donations. Your name will not published or otherwise shared without your permission.
To share photos, letters, stories and other information about the Mendocino Heritage Artists, please contact our archivist. Members of Bill and Jennie Zacha's family will receive all personal messages. Thank you very much.
INSURANCE ESTIMATES: Zacha's Bay Window Archive does not offer appraisal services but, for insurance purposes only, you may contact our specialist for informed, but subjective, free-of-charge estimates of the current market value of your artwork by one of the Mendocino Heritage Artists. These are not appraisals; they carry no guarantees.
When requesting information for insurance purposes, please include as much information as possible, including the name of the artist, whether or not the work is signed, title, medium, dimensions, date, and condition of the artwork, and as well as good quality, full-file digital photos, front and back.
Zacha's Bay Window Archive reserves the right to include the artwork in the online archive, with the owner listed as "Private Collection" unless other identification is requested.
OTHER QUESTIONS: Our archivist is glad to discuss the Mendocino Heritage Artists, their art, and the online Archive.