One of the most wonderful features of the resurrected Hamilton Air Force Base is the Novato Arts Center (above), situated at the focal point of the roads leading into the community. It is housed in three beautiful old California mission style buildings and includes a gallery, classrooms and studio space for about 40 on-site artists, as well as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA) .
MarinMOCA offers about six-eight exhibitions/year. Right now there are two: Small Treasures by MarinMOCA artists and College of Marin Art Faculty Exhibition which both close tomorrow. Two new exhibitions open on January 22nd.
Don’t miss the First Sunday Open Studios on, you guessed it, the first Sunday of every month (except May) from 11:00 – 4:00. Typically, about 30 of the artists open up their studios. The work is quite varied in media, subject matter and style. So, for example, you will see portraits, landscapes, abstracts, still lifes, sculpture, etc., and you will see mixed media, oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, found objects, etc. It’s the largest artist enclave in Marin outside of Sausalito.
And, if you want to combine the studio exploration with a coffee or meal, the Hamilton Cafe right next door is the perfect spot, offering very high quality food (the owner/chef hails from Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio) indoors or outdoors on their lovely deck – weather permitting.
Where: 5oo Palm Drive, Novato 94949 (map)
MarinMOCA Hours: W-S 11:00 – 4:00
Open Studios: 1st Sunday of each month (except May) 11:00-4:00
Cost: FREE to MarinMOCA and to the Open Studios