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Awarded $2,500 Grant from the Mendocino Tourism Commission

by Ben Wood

Published on Feb 27, 2016

Visit Mendocino, Mendocino Tourism Commission 2017 Ben Wood

Great news for the project! the Mendocino Fringe Festival Committee reviewed, discussed and made a recommendation to fund $2,500 towards the production of "A Portrait of Mendocino".

Also many thanks for donations so far from Paul Douglas, John Osborne, PhD, Susan b. Wood, Mary Charlebois, Pat Scott, Elizabeth Fu and in kind donation from Marty Nemko, PhD., Eric and Elaine Wing Hillesland

The completed artwork will be presented during the inaugural Fringe Festival on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th, at sundown. Location to be announced - stay tuned!

A Portrait of Mendocino Village. A projected artwork by Ben Wood

by Ben Wood

Published on Feb 20, 2016

Restoration Projection, San Francisco Art Institute 2002 Ben Wood

'The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods'. . .Harvey Milk

San Francisco based projection artist Ben Wood will visit the village of Mendocino on March 3, 4 to prepare for his upcoming artwork with the Mendocino Art Center. For this new projected artwork Wood plans to focus on the faces and spaces of the village.

He proposes to present image sequences as time-lapses, cycling through portraits of the town's citizens, its artists, actors, musicians, book sellers, librarians, tour guides, historians, merchants, servers, inn-keepers, shop keepers, gardeners, cooks, residents and tourists in their spaces. People will be featured in their physical setting as animated portraits briefly carrying out their activity.

The artwork will focus on the local community members, it's quietly dedicated citizens and workers who comprise a vital source for preservation of the towns identity and the village itself as a vibrant West Coast destination of natural, cultural and architectural heritage.

It will be a contemporary animated portrait of Mendocino village presenting visually dramatic moving portraits and landscapes to be embedded as an after dark projected artwork onto the facade of a building in the village for the upcoming Mendocino Almost Fringe Festival on April 7, 8. Specific projection location is yet to be determined.

The artworks goal is to embody the uplifting ideals of Mendocino as a town where people can get to work in their neighborhood, livelihoods and within their community to repair the world.

Much gratitude to Art Center Exhibitions Coordinator Dana Hall for motivating a new project with the town especially for the upcoming festival.

Mendocino Village community members are invited to sign up online for a slot on Friday March 3rd *RECORDING FOR THIS PROJECT HAS OCCURRED and Saturday March 4th to be photographed.

Sign up Here

Please schedule your time slot in advance to ensure your participation. Once you have done so I will be in touch to plan the photography at your location. Limited times slots are available so sign up ASAP. For questions regarding scheduling please contact:

Once you have signed up I will be in touch with you to schedule a time to photograph you. I will be carrying out photography between 10am and 5pm, Friday March 3rd and 10am to 1pm on Saturday March 4th.

Or email with the Subject Mendo Photo.

When signing up, please indicate your (a)vocation and place of photography.

Awarded Richard and Julia Moe Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

by Ben Wood

Published on December 20th, 2016

San Francisco Heritage Haas Family Collection

With project partner San Francisco Heritage I have won a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to animate the windows of the historic museum, San Francisco's Haas-Lilienthal House with after dark projected-art work.

The Moe Fund, is a special program of the National Trust that encourages state and local preservation organizations to envision and test creative, "break-through" ideas and strategies. The fund encourages members of the National Trust's Partners Network to undertake new initiatives that have a demonstrable impact on their work or their community.

The project will take place some time in 2017 at the Haas-Lilienthal House. - Stay Tuned!

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Fun Fact

Ben Wood is the middle of a set of triplets, the others being Bryan (identical) and Richard (fraternal) When the Wood Triplets were born, they were the first triplets to be born in many years at Southlands Hospital in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Ben weighed the least at a little under 2 llbs. He is one of six boys.See news from 1980.

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