Northern California Masters – the monCA collection arrives in Redding

Title unknown by Maurice Logan. Watercolor over pencil. 21 3/4″ x 29 1/2″. Date unknown, est. 1939.

Reed Applegate’s inspiring collection of Northern California art, the inaugural monCA collection, began with a single purchase in 1964. It was a restrike of a Katie Kollwitz work, “The March of the Weavers.” Over the next several years, another print would occasionally be purchased or an artwork traded with an artist friend.

Chico-based Applegate continued his focus on purchasing from area artists in the mid 1970’s. By the early 1980’s the idea of creating a museum featuring art created in Northern California started to take shape and he decided to expand his collecting to include well-known Bay Area and Sacramento artists. If the collection had well-known artists, then peoples’ attention could be directed to lesser-known artists. Thus the boundaries of the collection were established: the southern border stretched from San Jose across to the Nevada border and the northern boundary reached to the Oregon border.

The collection includes several works by major artists including prints by Wayne Thiebaud, Roy De Forest, Nathan Olivera and Robert Arneson, paintings by Roland Peterson, Paul Wonner, and California Society of Six member Maurice Logan and an ink wash figure drawing by David Park.

The collection has grown to include 400+ works of art by over ninety-six artists in a variety of media including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. The vision of the museum is to extend the collection not only in size, but also in breadth to include video art, installation art and conceptual art.


The mission of the Museum of Northern California Art is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

The vision of the Museum of Northern California Art is to be a vehicle for communities in the region to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. The museum will improve public perception of art by creating vital educational programs that inspire enthusiasm and increase the quality of life for artists, art enthusiasts and the public at large.

A selection of monCA artworks will make their debut in the City of Redding, in the gallery of the historic Old City Hall. The exhibition opens on January 11, with the reception during second saturday ART NIGHT on January 12, 5pm – 8pm.

Regular exhibition hours are:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 11 am – 3 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

The exhibition is also open during the following events:
second saturday ART NIGHT – January 12, 5 pm – 8 pm
Culture Cruise on Friday, January 25, 4 pm – 8 pm
second saturday ART NIGHT – February 9, 5 pm – 8 pm

The show closes on February 16.

-from press release

-from press release
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