Art Explorers

Where Creativity Thrives
Amanda Weaver Working.

Our Impact

• Art Explorers is the only progressive art studio in Mendocino County.Our program has been running for more than 24 years!

• Art Explorers provides our artists with the opportunity to exhibit and sell artwork in our gallery and online—50% of sales go directly to the artist.

• The Art Explorers studio is a place to build community and be recognized as a working artist. We are part of the local art scene!

Who We Are

Art Explorers, Inc. is a creative arts program and progressive studio in Fort Bragg, California, serving developmentally disabled and neurodiverse artists. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Our mission is to provide a fun, nurturing, non-judgmental, and artistically stimulating environment for creativity to thrive!

Robyn and Stell with their artMike Smart working.Co-Director Maria Trombetta with Jerry TurnerKevin Pearl working on his artJackson Deyerle making his art

Our Impact

• Art Explorers is the only progressive art studio in Mendocino County.Our program has been running for more than 24 years!

• Art Explorers provides our artists with the opportunity to exhibit and sell artwork in our gallery and online—50% of sales go directly to the artist.

• The Art Explorers studio is a place to build community and be recognized as a working artist. We are part of the local art scene!

Who We Are

Art Explorers, Inc. is a creative arts program and progressive studio in Fort Bragg, California, serving developmentally disabled and neurodiverse artists. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Our mission is to provide a fun, nurturing, non-judgmental, and artistically stimulating environment for creativity to thrive!

Robyn and Stell with their artMike Smart working.Co-Director Maria Trombetta with Jerry TurnerKevin Pearl working on his artJackson Deyerle working

Art Explorers In Action

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Current Events

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Mike Smart Solo Show in SF!

June 1, 2024
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5:00 pm
July 21, 2024
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5:00 pm
MIKE SMART, A MAN BY HIMSELF, 2015.

A MAN BY HIMSELF:
MIKE SMART

June 1st - July 21st, 2024

Opening Reception June 1st, 5 - 7pm

Municipal Bonds and co-curator Solange Roberdeau are pleased to present an exhibition of 13 works on paper by Art Explorers studio artist, Mike Smart.

Artist Mike Smart's drawings are a celebration of first marks. Never sketching in advance, erasing or starting over, his drawings reflect a passion for that first moment of seeing. They are confident and at times awkward; gestural, expressive and alive. Smart is both hearing and vision impaired. The decline of his sight has influenced the characteristic black linework in his drawings, moving him from using a mix of line weights to drawing with thick permanent markers for visibility. When a line drawing is finished, he returns with a brush and colored inks.

This collection of portraits emerged from the active space between what this artist sees and how he feels about what he is looking at—a series rich with humor, curiosity and enthusiasm for observation and narrative.

Art Explorers is a creative arts program and progressive art studio in Fort Bragg, California, serving developmentally disabled and neurodiverse adults. Founded in 2000, Art Explorers provides space and support for creativity and positive community building through workshops, field trips and a dynamic exhibition program. www.artexplorers.org

Municipal Bonds

at Minnesota Street Project

1275 Minnesota Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

917.450.0583

info@municipalbonds.art

Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, 12–5pm.  

Art Explorers Wins Big at 100 Women Strong

April 18, 2024
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5:00 pm
April 18, 2024
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7:00 pm

Art Explorers is honored to announce that we are the winner of the 100 Women Strong Mendocino Coast Spring 2024 event. It was an incredible evening, and because of the mobilization and support of the coastal community, 100 Women Strong met and exceeded the $10,000 goal! Kelley House Museum and MendoLatino will each walk away with $4,500 to support their important and impactful work. THANK YOU!

Money would be spent on ergonomic chairs, footrests, and chair cushions and on creating modified desks and standing tables “so everybody can do art the way that feels best for their particular bodies.

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In The Studio

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Guest Artist

Art Explorers welcomes guest artist Ian Wieczorek. Ian has been teaching all of us here how to work with clay
Working in clay with Ian Wieczorek.Working in clay with Ian Wieczorek.Working in clay with Ian Wieczorek.
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