Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in October 2014

While navigating around the vineyards and rolling hills, along the scenic coast and forests, and through the welcoming towns of Sonoma County, be sure to stop in at some of the numerous art galleries, art centers, and museums where you can find a wide range of art on view. Many wineries and eateries also have art on exhibit, offering an experience of great food, refreshments, and fine art. Here are some exhibitions on view right now:

*** Designates an Opening Reception.

By Ruby Newman

By Ruby Newman

Arts Guild of Sonoma
October 3 through November 3, October in The Gallery
*** Opening reception, Friday, October 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Featured artist, Ruby Newman, is exhibiting abstract, landscape, and figurative paintings, along with work by guild member artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Art Trails Open Studios
October 11, 12, and 18, 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sonoma County-wide art studios open during two weekends featuring 161 artists. Talk to the artists, watch demonstrations, and see where art is made. Preview exhibitions are on view at these locations: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, Corrick’s, Fulton X Gallery, Gallery one, and the Ice House. For full details go to, or, or call 707-829-4797.

C14 Contemporary Arts
October 11 through December 25, Little X Little: a small works show
*** Opening reception, Saturday, October 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
A selection of artworks by nearly 30 artists that are affordable and just right for small spaces.
6780 Depot Street, Ste., 100, at The Barlow, Sebastopol

Calabi Gallery
Through November 2, Beyond Borders
The exhibition showcases artists who worked in other countries or came here from other lands, as well as Native Americans artists, and artists from non-mainstream cultures. The featured artists include Martha Arquero, Eugene Berman, Benjamin Cañas, Rafael Canogar, Francis DeErdely, Emmanuel Catarino Montoya, Karima Muyaes, Noel Rockmore, Henri Pfeiffer, Andre Pierre, Georges Roualt, Alejandro Salazar, Ursula Schneider, Mary Trujillo, Elisabeth Vellacott, Edouard Vysekal, and many others.
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.

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

By Jennifer Hirshfield

By Jennifer Hirshfield

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
October 3 through November 16, Person, Place or Thing
*** Artist Reception, Saturday, October 18, 5 to 8 p.m.
Painter Jennifer Hirshfield investigates figures, landscapes, and the idea of place, and ties these concepts together through the use of a rich shared palette and materials. Collectively the works express a range of emotions including joy, sorrow, and the excitement of life’s journey. Conversation with the Artist on Thursday, October 30, 6 to 7 p.m.
322 Healdsburg Avenue. 2nd Floor, Healdsburg
707- 695-1011

Chroma Gallery
October 1 through November 16, Mask-Arrayed: The Art of Masks Today
*** Artist’s Reception, Friday, October 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
Featuring creative interpretations of masks, artwork based on masks, masquerade, alter-ego, secret identities, and concealment, the exhibition includes original 2- and 3-D work by local and California artists. Closing Event, Winterblast Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 13, Harvest and Art Trails Preview Exhibition
Showing work by Resident Gallery Artists, Laura Paine Carr, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, & Hanya Popova Parker, and featuring Resident Artist Robin Burgert, exhibiting new twisted paper wall sculpture. Also on view is work by artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios. Additionally on display is a Dia de los Muertos community altar with related paintings and sculpture.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Fulton X Gallery at Fulton Crossing
October 8 through November 2, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
*** Opening reception, Wednesday, October 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
As one of the satellite preview exhibitions for Art Trails Open Studios, a selection of participating artists are showing work in a variety of media.
1200 River Road, Fulton

Graton Gallery
Through October 19, Double Feature
Paintings and assemblage by Bruce K. Hopkins and Susan Shore, with Guest Artists, Florence Bass and Larry Stefl.

October 21 through November 30, James Freed
*** Artist’s reception Saturday, October 25, 2 to 5 p.m.
Along with painting by James Freed, work by guest artists Jan Thomas, Bill Gittens, Jaime Taback, and Beverly Bird, will also be on view.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

By Britta Kathmeyer

By Britta Kathmeyer

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through October 25, Britta Kathmeyer; Drawings
Ink drawings in this show are based on the results of feelings that arise from having spent long stretches of time in nature. They are both memory and longing, and an opportunity to inhabit a space, to feel the textures, the light, and the mystery.
132 Mill Street, Suite 101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 9, Eight x Eight: Small Works
A juried exhibition of nearly 200 Small Works in all media by West Coast artists.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

Ice House Gallery
Through October 19, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
Preview exhibition of Sonoma County artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
October 5 through December 22, Donna DeLaBriandais
*** Opening reception, Sunday, October 5, 3 to 5 p.m.
Oil paintings of the Laguna and the many creeks that make their way into the Laguna.
900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa

Local Color Gallery
October 7 through November 3, Phil Wright
*** Artist’s Reception, Saturday, October 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
Photography by Phil Wright of unique and specific moments that reflect a particular time, light, color, and mood.
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay

A New Leaf Gallery| Sculpture Site
October 5, Being Woman
*** Opening reception, Sunday, October 5, 4 to 5 p.m., preceded by a panel discussion beginning at 2:30 p.m. ($25)
The featured artists in the sculpture exhibition are Bella Feldman, Jane Burton, Gale Hart, Carol Koffel, and Suzanne Morlock.

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
Through November 2, Folie à Deux: Paper, Pen and Paint by Harley and Hamlet Mateo
The exhibit explores the relationship between Harley’s collage work and iconography in his painting, along with drawings by Hamlet Mateo.
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 or

Petaluma Arts Center
October 3 through November 2, El Dia de los Muertos Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Friday October 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrating El Dia de los Muertos with traditional and non-traditional altars, collectible posters from Mission Gráfica, and fine art curated by Anthony Torres of the Richmond Arts Center. Check the PAC website for a list of the many related programs and events.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

By Mayumi Oda

By Mayumi Oda

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through November 9, One Ocean, One Voice
Silk-screen prints and recent paintings by Mayumi Oda. Known to many as the ‘Matisse of Japan’, Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. 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

RiskPress Gallery
October 2 through 25, Pomo Ancestors & Neighbors
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, October 4, 2 to 5 p.m.
Work by local artists includes etched glass by Stella Mora, graphics by Johnny Clay and Eric Wilder, paintings by Sandy Eastoak, and photography by Christine Cobaugh and Mike Shoys. Closing reception, Saturday, October 25, 2 to 5 p.m.
7345 Healdsburg Avenue., Sebastopol

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through November 2, Early Fall Show
*** Artists’ reception, Saturday, October 11, 5 to 8:00 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
Through October 16, Art & Science Intersect
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.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through October 25, Big Ideas 1950 -1970: Influences In Modern Ceramics
In the Galletta 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.

Through October 19, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
Featuring work by each of the 161 participating Art Trails Open Studios artists.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol

Sonoma County Museum
Through October 19, 26th Annual Artistry in Wood
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

By Ann Weber

By Ann Weber

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 Avenue, 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

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