Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2015

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.

Calabi Gallery
The gallery features an eclectic array of artwork from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
January 14 through June 7, Ghosting Schulz
Schulz proudly wrote, drew, and lettered every Peanuts strip. He did, however, employ cartoonists who assisted him with other cartoon endeavors such as his sports-related comic strip It’s Only a Game and Peanuts comic books. Learn about Jim Sasseville, Dale Hale, and the artists of Charles M. Schulz Museum Creative Associates, who have attempted to capture Schulz’s indefinable line.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Signs of Life, by Christie Marks.

Signs of Life, by Christie Marks.

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
January 15 through February 28, Close to Home
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, January 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
In this collaborative exhibition, artists Christie Marks and Max DuBois explore both the psychic and concrete aspects of everyday life. Beyond the surface, this work is affirmative expressing joy and hope even as it confronts difficult themes such as loneliness, poverty, and disenfranchisement.
322 Healdsburg Avenue. 2nd Floor, Healdsburg
707- 695-1011

Painting by Sergio Lopez.

Painting by Sergio Lopez.

Chroma Gallery
January 2 through January 29, Art Of The Figure
*** Artists’ Reception Friday, January 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Featuring works by artists who attended Chroma Gallery’s Life Drawing sessions in 2014. Since early in 2014, more than 30 artists have met to paint and draw from live models. The show includes dozens of artworks, ranging from spontaneous two-minute gestural drawings to paintings done over several hours.
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

Graton Gallery
Through January 11, Fun & Games
Work by Mylette Welch with friends, Nancy Winn and Diane Allison-Stroud. Also showing is work by Guest Artists, Cynthia Jackson, Ann Sete, Deire Shibano, and Marcia Lavine.

January 13 through February 23, Anything Goes
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, January 17, 2 to 5 p.m.
Juried show featuring the theme of “Anything Goes”.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 8 through February 8, Members Show 2015
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, January 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
This year’s theme is about ideas, feelings, and things that happen on the “Inside”, and includes all media. Demonstrations are scheduled during the show.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

Ice House Gallery
Through January 3, Catch and Release
Featuring affordable artworks from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Heron Hall Art Gallery
January 3 through April 29, Celebrating the Wild
*** Artists’ Reception Saturday, January 24, 3 to 5 p.m.
Featuring original illustrations and paintings by Molly Eckler.
900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa

A New Leaf Gallery| Sculpture Site
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

By Marylu Downing.

L to R: Downing, Glasscock, Sutton, Rubin

Occidental Center for the Arts
January 2 through February 3, What We Do Now
*** Artists’ Reception Friday, January 9, 5 to 7 p.m.
Showcasing work by four women artists, Marylu Downing, Pamela Glasscock, Sandra Rubin, and E. Ryder Sutton.
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
January 17 through March 8, Work & Play: The Eames Approach
*** Reception on Saturday, January 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition features work by the legendary design duo, Charles and Ray Eames, as well as two artists who learned from them; their daughter Lucia and granddaughter Llisa. These artists, two of whom have been Petaluma residents, include experimentation and play as part of the creative process.
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

Riverfront Art Gallery
January 7 through March 8, Winter Show
*** Reception, Saturday, January 10, 5 to 9 p.m.
Group show featuring paintings, photography, and mixed-media by nearly a dozen invited artists.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus
Mahoney Library Gallery
January 15 through March 26, Pepperwood Preserve
Paintings by Marsha Connell.
Lecture with the artist on Monday, February 2, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 15 through February 20, Wetlands
*** Opening reception Thursday, January 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
In the Galletta Gallery, the juried exhibition showcases artwork by artists from around the country that portrays the wetlands in all of their diversity and importance. Gallery II features “Laguna de Santa Rosa – Through the Seasons” photographs by the Tuesday Afternoon Photography Group and Santa Rosa Photographic Society. Gallery III features a selection of Native American basketry. For information about demonstrations and lectures, visit their website.
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.  

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
January 31, Art From The Heart 2015
The 31st annual Art from the Heart silent art auction and party takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery’s exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. Free previews of the artwork on January 28, 29, and 30; call for gallery hours.
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

Landscape, by Henry White.

Landscape, by Henry White.

Upstairs Art Gallery
January 10 through January 25, California Colors – Henry White
*** Artist’s reception, Saturday, January 10, 2 to 5 p.m.
Henry White’s paintings of the hills and oak woodlands show the progression of California’s seasons from the brilliant greens of the Winter and Spring through the golds and duns of Summer and Fall.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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2 Responses to Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2015

  1. Susandra Spicer says:

    Great summery ! Thanks. Keeps you busy, yes ?


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