Art abounds in Sonoma County, where inspired local artists work in a variety of media and genres. While navigating around the vineyards and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming townships, be sure and stop in at some of the numerous art galleries, art centers, and museums to see a special art exhibition. Many wineries and eateries also have art on exhibit, where you can view fine art while enjoying great food and refreshments. Here are some exhibitions on view right now:
*** Designates an Opening Reception.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
September 5 through September 28, 2014 ArtEscape Teen Camp
*** Opening Reception, Friday, September 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Showcasing artwork of teen students along with new work by Arts Guild members.
140 E Napa Street, Sonoma
C14 Contemporary Arts
Through September 28, Interior – Exterior: Transanimation
Artists, Teresa Camozzi, Martha Channer, DebraLea Comstock, and Craig Mitchell create a site-specific installation that enables a powerful transformational experience for visitors. The immersive environment, with murals, paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media provides a catalyst for inner reflection and psychological realization.
6780 Depot Street, Ste., 100, at The Barlow, Sebastopol
September 5 through November 2, Beyond Borders
*** Opening Reception, Friday, September 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
This exhibition features a wide variety of artists who worked in other countries or came here from other lands. Native Americans and artists from regional non-mainstream cultures will also be represented, as well as art whose content simply defies categorization.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through November 2, Social Commentary
Schulz created Peanuts from the perspective of an informed observer. This exhibition highlights socially attuned Peanuts strips through original art, topical ephemera, and reaction letters.
Through December 7, Punchlines in Peanuts
This exhibition features the curator’s choice of 70 of the best punchlines in Peanuts. See if your all-time favorites are included in this installation of original comic strips.
September 11 through January 4, Journey to the Reuben: The Early Years
The Reuben Award is the highest honor bestowed annually by the National Cartoonist Society. Schulz was the first artist to receive this recognition twice—once in 1955, and again in 1964. Examine the years leading up to Schulz’s acceptance of this prestigious professional accolade through his early cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post, and rare Peanuts strips from the 1950s.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Through September 29, Ben Lastufka: Incessant Beauty
Through paintings and a variety of media, Lastufka explores the physical evidence and natural processes of generation, erosion, and regeneration. “Conversation With the Artist”, Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m.
322 Healdsburg Avenue. 2nd Floor, Healdsburg
Christopher Queen Galleries
Through September 28, The Spirit of Bohemia
Landscape paintings by over 40 early artist members of the Bohemian Club, including works by Maynard Dixon, Percy Gray, William Keith, and Jules Tavernier.
#4 John Orr’s Gardens, Duncans Mills
Through September 23, Raptors Live Art
*** Closing Party and Performance with Redtail Hawk September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Wire sculptures and large Sumi-style paintings of live birds by Jonqui Albin demonstrate the thrill of working with active models in nature. The public is invited to weekly classes, demonstrations and performance art.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 18, Flourish
Group show with 10 artists, including Guest Artists, Drew Jackson, photography, Michele Hoting, jewelry, Susan Miron, fiber arts, Michael Risch, mixed media paintings, Resident Artists, Robin Burgert, Laura Paine Carr, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, and oil paintings by Featured Resident Artist, Hanya Popova Parker.
September 19 through November 13, Harvest
*** Opening reception, Saturday, September 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
Group show of work by resident artists.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Fulton X Gallery at Fulton Crossing
Through September 28, Human | Nature
The artwork in this group show reflects ideas and thoughts regarding humankind’s relationship to nature. Also showing, a solo exhibition of work by invited artist Michael Francis Ramos.
1200 River Road, Fulton
Through September 21, 2014, Sandra Rubin: Teachers and Influences
Showing work by Sandra Rubin, along with Alan Azhderian, Alan Johnson, Lisa Beernsten, Maury Lapp, Gary Blackman, Sara Spaulding Phillips, Ron Cooper, Susan Proehl, Michael Coy, and Carole Watanabe.
September 23 through October 19, Double Feature
*** Opening Reception, Saturday September 27, 2 to 5 p.m.
Paintings and assemblage by Bruce K. Hopkins and Susan Shore, with Guest Artists, Florence Bass and Larry Stefl.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
September 20 through October 25, 2014, Britta Kathmeyer, Drawings
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, September 20, 6 to 8 p.m.
The ink drawings in this show are not based on specific places but the results of feelings that arise from having spent long stretches of time in nature. They are both memory and longing.
132 Mill Street, Suite 101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
September 17 through November 9, Eight x Eight: Small Works
*** Artist’s Reception, Saturday, October 11, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A juried exhibition of nearly 200 Small Works in all media by West Coast artists.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Ice House Gallery
Through September 14, (n)collage
In conjunction with Petaluma Arts Center, this two-venue show features collage-work by numerous Bay Area artists.
September 27 through October 19, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
*** Opening reception Saturday, September 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Preview exhibition of Sonoma County artists participating in Artrails Open Studios.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma
Local Color Gallery
September 2 through October 6, An Audubon Journey
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, September 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Paintings by Ron Sumner.
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay
A New Leaf Gallery| Sculpture Site
Through December 31, 2014, SculptureWALK, New Works in the Gardens
Over 60 sculptural works by gallery artists are on display throughout the Cornerstone Gardens complex. Printed SculptureWALK guides are available at the gallery to assist you in admiring the visual dialog created by the sculptures in their magnificent garden setting.
At Cornerstone Sonoma, 23588 Arnold Drive (Hwy. 121), Sonoma
Occidental Center for the Arts
September 12 through November 2, Folie à Deux: Paper, Pen and Paint by Harley and Hamlet Mateo
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, September 13, 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibit explores the relationship between Harley’s collage work and iconography in his painting, along with drawings by Hamlet Mateo.
“The Art of Artistamps” a talk and presentation by Harley, Friday, September 19, 7 p.m.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Through May 31, 2015, 20@20: 20 artists at 20 years
A year-long outdoor sculpture exhibition by 20 artists; includes a selection of emerging artists along with a core group of internationally acclaimed established artists. The work is set in a stunning natural setting with meadows, and oak groves, in the historic Fountaingrove neighborhood in northwest Santa Rosa.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
www.celebratesculpture.com or www.prwinery.com
Petaluma Arts Center
Through September 14, (n)collage
Collage, a truly “mixed media”, makes use of inventiveness and creativity that is often not a result of experience, but a willingness to experiment with the basic process. Organized by Petaluma artist Joe McDonald, and curated by Inez Storer, the show features work by numerous Bay Area artists.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view is a retrospective of mezzotint prints by Katsunori Hamanishi. This most difficult of intaglio techniques creates images known for their luscious blacks and delicate shading. Housed in a refurbished building with shoji and a small, serene Japanese garden, the gallery shows contemporary art by Japanese and regional Northern California artists.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
September 5 through September 26, Establishing Systems
*** Opening Reception, Friday, September 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Paintings, drawings, and mixed-media by Hadley Radt and Hillary Gattian.
Gallery Hours Through September 26; Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
7345 Healdsburg Avenue., Sebastopol
Riverfront Art Gallery
September 10 through November 2, Early Fall Show
*** Opening Reception and Art Walk, Saturday, September 13, 5 to 9 p.m.
Group show with featured artists, Dominique Bayart, painter, and Lance Kuehne, photographer.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
September 15 through October 16, Sym.bi.osis: Art & Science Intersect
*** Opening Reception, Thursday, September 18, 4 to 6 p.m.
Exhibition of nine Bay Area artists whose work explores and reflects scientific inquiry. Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, Amanda Hughen, John Roloff, Adrien Segal, Christopher Taggart, and Gail Wight.
Gallery Talk with artists on Tuesday, September 23, 12 to 1 p.m. in the gallery.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
September 11 through October 25, Big Ideas 1950 -1970: Influences In Modern Ceramics
*** Opening Reception September 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
In the Main Gallery this juried exhibition showcases ceramic work by contemporary artists that reflects the influences of thirteen seminal ceramic artists from the 1950s and ‘60s, whose work is displayed alongside to show the connections, both subtle and obvious. Check their website for related events and programs. Gallery II features The Legacy of Luther Burbank, with work by 14 Sonoma County botanical artists depicting plants from the Luther Burbank Experiment Garden in Sebastopol, and the Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
Through September 27, Form and Color: Paula Matzinger and Chris Boyd
This exploration through clay and paint features the work of two Gallery member artists, Chris Boyd, ceramicist, and Paula Matzinger, painter.
150 North Main Street, Sebastopol
Sonoma County Museum
September 12 through October 19, 26th Annual Artistry in Wood
*** Opening Reception, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
In collaboration with Sonoma County Woodworkers Association, the exhibition showcases local and regional fine craftsmanship. For a list of events and programs check the museum website.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through October 12, The Third Dimension
Work by four sculptors, Shawn Hibmacronan, Walter Robinson, Chris Thorson, and Ann Weber.
1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through October 26, Realism, Really? Today’s Contemporary Realists
Guest curated by Jennifer Bethke, the exhibition explores the expansive boundaries of realism today through a selection of six contemporary California painters; Chester Arnold, Guy Diehl, F. Scott Hess, Marina Moevs, Douglas Fenn Wilson, and Jeong Im Yi.
551 Broadway, Sonoma