Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in November 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.

"What Do You Say . . .", by Lin Max.

“What Do You Say . . .”, by Lin Max, at C14.

C14 Contemporary Arts
Through December 25, Little X Little: a small works show
Showing artwork by over 20 artists that is just right for small spaces, affordable, and great for holiday gift-giving.
6780 Depot Street, Ste., 100, at The Barlow, Sebastopol

Calabi Gallery
Through November 2, Beyond Borders
The exhibition showcases artists who have 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

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Through November 16, Person, Place or Thing
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.
322 Healdsburg Avenue. 2nd Floor, Healdsburg
707- 695-1011

Chroma Gallery
Through November 16, Mask-Arrayed: The Art of Masks Today
*** Closing Event, Winterblast Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m. to 5 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.
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, and 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 alter with related paintings and sculpture.

November 14 through January 16, Potential
*** Opening, Reception, Saturday, November 15, 7 to 8 p.m.
Showing a variety of work by resident and guest artists.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Fulton X Gallery at Fulton Crossing
November 23 through January 11, Urban | Suburban | Rural
*** Opening reception, Saturday, November 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
This exhibition examines the environments we choose to live and thrive in. How does the place we live in shape our lives? Also showing, Handmade + Functional, featuring handmade and functional objects and wares that make life beautiful– stuff we use every day to create our environment, our identity.
1200 River Road, Fulton

By James Freed.

By James Freed.

Graton Gallery
Through November 30, James Freed
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


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.

November 13 through December 31, Art for the Holidays
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, November 15, 5 to 8 p.m. This annual juried show features work by over 30 California artists especially selected for Holiday giving.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

By Debra Cook Shapiro.

By Debra Cook Shapiro.

Ice House Gallery
Through November 29, New Work by Debra Cook Shapiro
Debra Shapiro’s newest body of work features figures in the landscape. Her large, narrative paintings are infused with the emotion and drama of the adolescents who inhabit her luscious outdoor spaces. Debra’s process is one of altering reality, covering, scraping, and wiping paint until the emerging figure is obscured and vaguely recognizable as a specific person.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Through December 22, Donna DeLaBriandais
Oil paintings of the Laguna and the many creeks that make their way into the Laguna.
900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa

Local Color Gallery
Through November 3, Phil Wright
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
Through December 31, 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.

November 7 through December 21, Art as Gifts for the Holidays
*** Opening Reception, Friday, November 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Show and Sale of original prints and art cards.
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
Through November 2, El Dia de los Muertos Exhibition
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

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

Lynch Road, by Jan Delario.

Lynch Road, by Joyce Delario.

RiskPress Gallery
November 1 through November 23, Brush Strokes
***Opening reception Saturday, November 1, 3 to 6 p.m.
Featuring plein air as well as studio paintings by local artists, Joyce Delario and Carol Phillips. Gallery hours, Noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.
7345 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastopol


Neon Moon, by Jan Reddick.

Neon Moon, by Jan Reddick.

Riverfront Art Gallery
November through January 31, Late Fall Show
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, November 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
Photography by Jan Reddick, The Sacred & The Profane, investigates the differences, similarities, and emotional contours of common yet disparate cultural emblems. Also showing, photography by Jim Coda, The Wildlife of Yellowstone.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through December 6, Beasties!
Juried by Jan Wurm, the exhibition features animals, large and small, from any kingdom, real or born in the realm of the artist’s imagination. In Gallery II, A Close Kinship, is an exquisite exhibition showing paintings by Chiyomi Longo, and photography by Tom Basile—two friends who reflect on their kinship with trees. And in Gallery III, Four Hands Painting: The Golden Thread, is an installation of new works created by Susan Cornelis and Suzanne Edminster in a unique collaborative process.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol

Sonoma County Museum
Through January 11, Roseland: Stories from the Community
As part of the Museum’s storytelling project, the people who live in Roseland tell their story in words and images. Once an industrial area for Santa Rosa, today Roseland serves as an entry point for many immigrants and refugees.  

November 2, through February 9, Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement
The exhibition chronicles the story of a nuclear power plant, proposed for construction at Bodega Head in 1958, and its defeat by members of the local community in 1964. The exhibition includes photographs, artifacts and multimedia presentations with many video interviews.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 7, In The Valley of The Sun
Working from Native American translations of the word “sonoma”, Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis create an immersive, multi-media installation consisting of three new site-specific works that deal with both place and time.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
November 8 through January 25, Eleanor Coppola: Quiet, Creative Force
A comprehensive retrospective of the work of Eleanor Coppola, including examples of her early work from the 1960s in design, art films, conceptual art, and costume design, as well as a selection of drawings, photographs, sculptures, and collaborative installations. The centerpiece of the exhibition is “Circle of Memory,” a room-sized installation composed of straw bales, photographs, and sound, which create a space for memorializing children who have died or are missing.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

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