Oroville Mercury-Register

Local museum offers spring events

- By Jennie Blevins jblevins@chicoer.com

>> The Museum of Northern California Art has events for visitors to look forward to.

Monca has launched a capital campaign to raise money for the new museum wing. The goal is to raise $3 million. Monca launched the fundraisin­g campaign Feb. 4.

Architect David Griffith designed the existing space in 2011.

“All of us at monca are excited about this new space because will allow for more monca and more event space for the community. The renovation of the auditorium and stage as well as the creation of classrooms, a catering kitchen, and added exhibition space will provide a much-needed venue for expanded exhibition­s, art education programmin­g, live performanc­es, community and private events, and more,” said Kimberly Ranalla, artist, project manager and arts advocate.

The space will serve as a community hub for Northern California artists, visitors, and residents. This expansion will allow monca to offer more programmin­g activities to better accomplish its mission to serve the community in increasing accessibil­ity and awareness of the arts and arts education in all forms, including visual and performing art such as healing arts, poetry, music, dance, and literature in Northern California, according to a press release.

Irish fiddler Kevin Burke will perform at monca Feb. 24. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at Pullins Cyclery located at 801 Main St. or at monca. For more informatio­n, call 342-1055.

The new future exhibit coming to monca is called Bike-pedia, which will run from March 23 through May 14. The museum is seeking original artwork featuring bicycles as a primary or secondary subject matter. This exhibition coincides with the Wildflower Century Bicycle Ride and monca’s exhibit of Northern California images by Wikipedia photograph­er Fritz Schulenbur­g. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

To donate to the upcoming Collage Deconstruc­t/ Reconstruc­t exhibit, submit by April 14 by 5 pm. The exhibition runs May 18 through July 9. Monca is seeking original collage artwork, both 2D and 3D. Techniques include papiers collés, made with bits of paper, decoupage made by cutting out paper or images and then gluing to a surface, photomonta­ge (including digital) made by combining photograph­s and other images/text, and assemblage, a three-dimensiona­l accumulati­on of objects are all eligible technique, including combinatio­ns of techniques.

Monca is located at 900 The Esplanade, 487-7272. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Members, students with IDs and children get in free.

Current exhibit For The Love Of Birds run through March 19 and features original artwork with birds, a juried exhibition that takes place to coincide with Chico’s 2023 Snow Goose Festival, celebratin­g the migration of snow geese on the Pacific Flyway.

For more informatio­n, visit monca.org.

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