Current Exhibition

. . . championing artists and the artistic process

Contemporary Landscape
Presented by Bank of Marin
Main Gallery

December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Reception: December 2, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Contemporary Landscape, an exhibit of work by artists from across the nation. Juror Chester Arnold chose the work while evacuated from his home during the recent North Bay fires, so the viewer can expect to see work that shows the devastation wrought by nature and man on our environment. From the turbulence of a clearing sky to the catastrophic effects of climate change, this exhibit investigates the impact nature has on us, and vice versa. Says Arnold "The general museum-going public is still looking for art that is beautiful . . . . But I feel painting could be more than that. It should raise questions; raise the hairs on the back of your neck. It can be used to explore issues that are more troubling than reassuring. If one would just stop and ask ‘why would anyone do something like this?’ It would be satisfying." We invite the public to experience "earth, wind and fire," on display at this transformational exhibit.

About the Juror: Chester Arnold is an instructor at College of Marin and nationally exhibited painter whose works explore the contemporary landscape. He is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Image detail: "Clearing Up Over The Bay (View From The Ark)" by Jeffrey Beauchamp

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Small Treasures

December 2 - January 7
Ron Collins Gallery

This exhibition will feature small works made by our Artist Members, and a portion of the sales of each work will go to the members’ chosen local non-profit, including relief for artists affected by the North Bay fires. This exhibit will help raise awareness and benefit our community and local non-profit organizations.


Traveling Postcards: Art for Social Change

December 2 - January 7
Ron Collins Gallery

Traveling Postcards are handmade art postcards that travel to women around the world who are survivors of violence and oppression. This exhibit will feature some of the postcards made during the Traveling Postcard workshops held at MarinMOCA. Traveling Postcards is a program of The Women’s Wisdom Initiative, a Bay Area nonprofit that uses the transformative nature of art to heal trauma from violence and to fight for gender equality.

Upcoming Exhibitions

. . . championing artists and the artistic process

Artists of MarinMOCA Exhibition
Main Gallery

January 13 through February 25, 2018
Reception: January 13, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Get a glimpse into the artists’ subconscious at "InnerScapes." A revealing look at the emotional, spiritual and intellectual process undertaken by artists in the pursuit of their craft. We invite visitors to experience the powerful and authentic creativity that comes from the artist dipping his/her brush into their inner state.

Image credit: Detail from "Holographic Turbulence" by Solon


Artist in Residence
Melissa Shanley
Ron Collins Nook

January 13 through February 25, 2018

This exhibit of work is a culmination of Melissa’s five-month residency at MarinMOCA. "My" consists of detailed abstractions of the female body, printed on paper and silk. The images are duplicated and layered, one over the other, to create a veiled, or concealed image. This work is a response to the current political climate as contemporary women struggle to decide what is their own, and what is to be revealed.