Sonoma County has been a magnet for artists and art connoisseurs for many decades, and continues to attract sophisticated artists and art collectors, along with casual art lovers. Combined with the sheer natural beauty, and general creative ambience, the area readily entices visitors, as well as long-time residents, to explore the many and varied fine art offerings. With the addition of great food, drink, and outdoor activities, it’s easy to spend a day, a week, or a lifetime traversing through the vineyards, forests, and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming towns of Sonoma County.
The following is a partial list of local art exhibitions. Many eateries, wineries, and civic buildings also present changing art shows in their spaces.
*** Designates an Opening Reception.
Art at the Source
June 6 & 7, and 13 & 14, Open Studios
Over 150 artists showing their work in 98 studio locations. Sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the 21st annual Art at the Source Open Studios offers a variety of artwork including paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, and fiber art. All participating studios are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the two weekends. Preview Exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts Gallery through June 14.
282 South High St., Sebastopol
Arts Guild of Sonoma
June 4 through July 6, June Invitational Exhibition
*** Opening reception, Saturday, June 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Showing work by featured artists Kate Blakeslee, Stacia Brady, Tawnee Callahan, Julie Cavaz, Tracy Child, Barbara Crow, Elizabeth Dekker, Kate Dumont, Mik Kitigawa, Lynn Hennesey, Suzanne Phillips, Eden Pieper, Jean Prominski-Shepard, Kathleen Sheils, and Margo Wilson.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through June 30, Summer Selection
The exhibition features a selection of contemporary guest and gallery artists.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
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
June 3 through July 10, Metamorphosis; The Art of Change and Rebirth
*** Opening Reception, Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The artwork in this show visually interprets transformative changes in appearance, character, structure or substance, such as the profound changes in our lives—the transformation from child to adolescent, adult to elder; the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 16, Medley
Group show with featured guest and resident artists.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Through June 28, three
Featuring oil paintings by Sandra Rubin, glass art by Carla Sarvis, and pastels by E. Ryder Sutton. Also showing work by guest artists Kerri Brandau, Brian Cluer, Jennifer Whitfield, and Ron Sumner.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through June 22, Ain’t Natural
An exhibition of mixed media work by four artists, Jenny Honnert Abell, John Hundt, Sherry Parker, and Scott Wilson.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through June 7, Under Pressure: Printmaking in Modern Times
*** The Closing Tea, June 7, 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by, enjoy a casual cup (or glass) of tea and meet some of the artists. Featuring the work of 16 Northern California printmakers who use mediums steeped in traditional printmaking techniques, while re-interpreting, re-defining and re-envisioning the imagery and dimensionality of printmaking. Curated by Sue LaBouvie and C.K.Itamura.
June 11 through August 16, Clay & Glass
*** Opening Reception June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Fourth Annual clay and glass exhibition featuring 16 talented California artists.
For list of exhibiting artists and see the HCA website.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Ice House Gallery
Through July 4, The Art of the Car
Cars are a huge part of the fabric of our lives and as symbols of our culture. The artists included in this exhibition reflect a tradition of car art that can be nostalgic, fun and beautiful. Works include ceramic sculpture by Jon Gariepy and paintings by Chester Arnold, D.A. Bishop, Gale McKee, Rey Isip, as well as posters by David Singer.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Heron Hall Art Gallery
Through August 30, Breathing Space—Paintings by Susan Ball
On view are new large-scale paintings and drawings by Susan Ball inspired by the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa
Museums of Sonoma County
June 5 through September 20, SLANG Aesthetics! The Art of Robert Williams
*** Opening reception with Hot Rods, music and food, Friday, June 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. See website for ticket information.
A true maverick, Robert Williams sought to create vital work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 60s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and demotic imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism.
511 B Street, Santa Rosa
Through June 8, Art & Storytelling: the body map series
Featuring a selection of “body maps” along with video interviews of participants. The work derives from a community-based arts initiative started by the Museum to gather the diverse stories about the land and people of our region.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through July 5, Summer Solstice
An exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists interpreting the Summer Solstice. Juried by artist E. Ryder Sutton.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
June 20, 2015 through April 2016, Conversations in Sculpture
*** Opening reception June 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The exhibition of large outdoor sculpture combines outstanding art with a beautiful and natural setting. Eleven artists explore the theme of Conversations—defined as an exchange of ideas. Participating artists are Terry Berlier, Welat Najeeb, Dee Briggs, Joey Enos, Linda Fleming, Jin Lee, JP Long, Nathan Lynch, Mark Malmberg, Gregory Pagel, and Sabine Reckewell.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
www.celebratesculpture.com or www.prwinery.com
Through June, From Inspired Hands: The Art of the Wappo People
The exhibition is a celebration of Wappo artistry and culture. The Wappo people were stewards of Pepperwood for thousands of years and used baskets for everything from gathering seeds to fishing to cradling infants to cooking. Each basket, created by some of the world’s finest weavers, is an intricate work of art that holds strong spiritual significance.
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd, Santa Rosa
Petaluma Arts Center
June 20 through July 26, Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 20, 5 to 8 p.m. $10 General, free for PAC members.
Featuring more than 100 works on paper, the exhibition includes 40 drawings, prints, pastels, and photographs by Degas, as well as works on paper by artists in his circle, including Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. See the website for list of related events.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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
Through July 5, Two Photographers
Wine Country Retrospective, photographs by Lance Kuehne, and The Nature of My Journey, photographs by Jeff G. Allen.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Gallery closed for the summer.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus
Mahoney Library Gallery
Through July 26, Alcatraz Florilegium
On view are 31 works by artists of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. The collection was created in collaboration with the Garden Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create a series of botanical drawings and paintings to document the Gardens of Alcatraz.
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma
*** Saturday, May 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Grand Re-Opening Party to celebrate their move to Jack London Village in Glen Ellen.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through June 14, Art at the Source Preview Exhibition
*** Opening Reception, Thursday, May 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
This preview exhibition features the work of the 157 artists participating in the Art at the Source Open Studio event on the first two weekends in June.
June 19 through July 31, Mainly Black and White
*** Opening reception, Friday, June 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Juried exhibition. Juror, Paul Mahder, selected nearly 60 artworks in a variety of media.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Gallery closed for the summer.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
June 6, through August 23, The Intimate Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn is most widely known for his signature large- scale, vivid abstractions, and through his earlier figurative work Diebenkorn became known as one of the founders of the Bay Area figurative school, a style of realism developed in northern Californian. Go to their website for related programs and events.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
June 2 through August 2, Seiko Tachibana—Elements
*** Artist’s Reception, Monday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Seiko’s distinctive art balances Asian tradition with minimalist modernity. Her work is expressed in a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking. Among printmaking techniques, she is a master of intaglio processes, particularly aquatint.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
The Back House Gallery/Heebe Jeebe
Through June 8, A Peaceable Kingdom
A two-person show of work by Rich Benbrook and Mary Patterson.
46 Kentucky St., Petaluma
For further information 707-773 3222.
The Spinster Sisters Restaurant
Through June 7, dress code(x)
A solo exhibition of recent work by C.K.Itamura featuring two and three-dimensional mixed-media works on paper, hand drawn, printed, and sculpted into forms that resemble mysterious dresses, cocoons, and other wrappings.
401 South A Street, in the SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
The Wine Emporium
Through September 7, Women in Myth and Fairytale
*** Artist’s Reception on Friday, June 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Featured artist, Chamisa Kellogg, explores the role of archetypal female characters, from goddesses to little girls. Most of these stories center around themes like human desire, love, jealousy, vengeance, and longing.
125 N. Main St., Sebastopol
Upstairs Art Gallery
June 1 through June 28, Painting Nature: The Art of Ron Sumner
*** Artist’s Reception, Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Ron Sumner paints nature’s non-human inhabitants, especially birds.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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