Mendocino Heritage Artists Archive

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

Zacha’s Bay Window Mendocino Heritage Artists Archive is a memorial to Bill Zacha, a tribute to his life and his considerable accomplishments, including his art, his founding of the Mendocino Art Center with his wife Jennie, and his remarkable influence on the lives of those with whom he came in contact. The Archive 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: in addition to Bill Zacha, internationally celebrated painter, sculptor and serigrapher, Dorr Bothwell, world renowned painter, pioneer serigrapher and collage artist, Fran Moyer, nationally acclaimed sculptor, writer and painter, Charles Marchant Stevenson, visionary painter and serigrapher, Hilda Pertha, painter, sculptor, designer, serigrapher, collage artist, and Toshi Yoshida, woodblock print master.

Dorr Bothwell used to say that everyone who comes to Mendocino has a story; she loved to ask, “And how did YOU come to Mendocino?” When you visit these archives, you too have come to 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.

Virtual galleries for each of the Mendocino Heritage Artists contain a growing archive of artwork, articles and stories.

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

The Archive Project
Each of the Zacha’s Bay Window artists has a vast body of work, most of which is dispersed throughout museums and private collections worldwide. Each virtual gallery offers images of each artist’s work, creating 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.