Mendocino Heritage Artists

William Zacha (1920-1998)
Spinner of tales, visionary catalyst, founder of the Mendocino Art Center, artist Bill Zacha’s media span cast bronze sculpture, painting, and serigraphy, including his masterful Tokaido Journey series. His work has been exhibited throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000)
An innovator in the use of serigraphy as a fine art medium, Dorr Bothwell also produced major work in painting and collage. Her work is in collections worldwide, both private and public, including the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Great Britain.

Fran Moyer (1922-2007)
In the 1950s Fran Moyer’s rigorous liturgical sculpture won wide critical acclaim and was exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide, including the deYoung Museum, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the early 1960s when she began to teach at the Mendocino Art Center, Fran Moyer’s sculpture changed to exhibit the ironic yet puckish humor which characterized all her later work, including the small format watercolors for which she achieved a second generation of fame, the manic geese, distracted sirens and plump red cows of her Caspar Pond series, her cheerful illustrations of the bloody mayhem of Greek myths and her comic, closely observed cats.

Charles Stevenson (1927-2004)
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s use of the golden ratio, Charles Stevenson worked in serigraphy and large format acrylic painting to create his dynamic portraits, landscapes and visionary art.

Hilda Pertha (1911-2011)
Accomplished in sculpture, prints, water media, collage and industrial design, Hilda Pertha worked primarily in oil. Her work is based on natural rhythms with a slant toward abstraction. Late oils done en plein air explore forest and garden themes. Hilda Pertha has exhibited in museums and public galleries in the United States, France, Spain, Peru and Norway. WESTART magazine has published over 200 of her articles on painting.

Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Toshi Yoshida’s woodblock prints, ranging from traditional Japanese cultural subjects to evocative abstract images and powerful depictions of animals in their natural habitats, have given the artist an international reputation for excellence