By Satri Pencak
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.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
December 5 through December 29, Holiday Invitational
*** Opening reception, Friday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Invited Guest Artists and New work by Arts Guild Members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
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 gifts.
6780 Depot Street, Ste., 100, at The Barlow, Sebastopol
Through December 27, Postwar Modernism of the West
This exhibition is devoted to a select group of western postwar artists who deserve more attention than they have received. Some of the artists included are Robert P. McChesney, Walter Kuhlman, Deborah Remington, Sutter Marin, Nathan Oliveira, Karl Benjamin, Hans Gustav Burkhardt, Ynez Johnston, Louis Siegriest, Mildred Rackley, and the Howard brothers, Charles, John Langley, and Robert Boardman.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
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 January 4, HOT WAX!
Encaustic paintings by Catherine McCauley and Mira M. White. The two artists have different techniques and ways of handling the wax, making their artwork distinctive and intriguing. “Conversation With the Artists” on Saturday, December 20 at 5 p.m.
322 Healdsburg Avenue. 2nd Floor, Healdsburg
Through December 28, Art Mechanique: Ken Berman’s World
*** Artist Reception Friday, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Award-winning artist, Ken Berman’s mysterious architectural paintings have been described as schematics for industrial-punk widgets. His mechanical inspired artwork, influenced by his training as an architect and engineer takes us to a world only intuited, but never before seen.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 16, Potential
Showing a variety of work by resident and guest artists.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Fulton X Gallery at Fulton Crossing
Through January 11, Urban | Suburban | Rural
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
December 2 through January 11, Fun & Games ~Mylette Welch with friends, Nancy Winn & Diane Allison-Stroud.
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, December 6, 2 to 5 p.m.
Also showing is work by Guest Artists, Cynthia Jackson, Ann Sete, Deire Shibano, and Marcia Lavine.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through December 31, Art for the Holidays
This annual juried show features work by over 30 California artists especially selected for Holiday giving.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Ice House Gallery
December 6 through January 3, Catch and Release
*** Opening reception, Saturday, December 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Featuring affordable artworks from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson.
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
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.
Also on view is Harriet and Her Rhino, by Carol Schwartz, recently commissioned by Napa Valley Vintners, Ann and Dick Grace, who challenged Schwartz with the idea of creating a rhino to accompany the young Harriet, and represent the current plight of a species nearing extinction.
At Cornerstone Sonoma, 23588 Arnold Drive (Hwy. 121), Sonoma
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through December 21, Art as Gifts for the Holidays
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
www.celebratesculpture.com or www.prwinery.com
Petaluma Arts Center
December 5 through January 4, Members Show 2014
*** Artists Reception Friday December 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Members’ Annual Exhibition features a diverse array of artworks by talented Arts Center members.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view are Woodblock Prints by Haku Maki (1924-2000). A prolific printmaker, Maki is known for textural effects and embossing done with cement applied to the blocks. Major subjects are tea bowls, Japanese characters, and fruit. 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
Through December 31, Reflective Alchemy
Santa Fe artist, Kaye Cooper-Mead is showing surreal photography and one-of-a-kind semiprecious jewelry. Her hand-crafted jewelry made from semi-precious stones includes necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more.
This is also the last and final show at RiskPress Gallery!
*** Farewell Reception, Sunday, December 28, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
7345 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastopol
Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 4, Late Fall Show
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
December 12 through January 5, Annual Members Show
*** Opening Reception, Friday, December 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the work of Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ talented members, in a variety of media, and perfect for holiday gift-giving.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
Sonoma County Museum
Through January 11, 2015, 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.
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
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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