Kathleen Kirkpatrick, the Artistic Director, Museum staff, spouses, and key volunteers had been laboring since the beginning of January to figure out first how to display the collage pieces (1/4" birch 4'x8' plywood sheets), then how to arrange them, and affix them (Loctite clear tape), label them, and hang them in the Long Gallery. It has been an educational opportunity (as is much of what I do these days) to practice exhibit techniques on reasonably low-security and low-maintenance materials.
The question we asked people to answer in collage was "Why Mendocino?" Why are you here? Why do you live here, stay here, like it here? And the answers were creative, heartfelt, thoughtful and stunning. From dinosaurs to family trees, from nature shots to souvenir buttons, from photos to drawings to poems. It's a wonderful and thought-provoking display of collages from people of all ages, and from all parts of the county.
We called out to county residents and we received nearly 100 responses. It became clear that the written messages and explanations were as important as the composite images of the collages themselves, so we made sure that labels accompanied the pieces.
We hope people will stop by and see what our county means to people. And we hope that people will come to see what the Museum can mean to this county.