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.
August 1 through September 24, Whimsical Wonderland Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 1, from 12 to 3 p.m.
Exhibiting Artists, Jenn Alexander, Jamie Azevedo, Xzavier Edward Carter, Barbara Crow, Denise Deleray, Luisa Renay Diaz, Traci Edwards, Brittany Ellis, Barbra Fortier, Brent Gibb, Kepi, Teeda Lo Codo, Gayle Manfre, Kate Ortolano, Taurey Overturf, Brian Shepard, Thena Trygstad, and Students from Summer Art Camps
17474 Hwy. 12, Boyes Hot Springs in Sonoma
Arts Guild of Sonoma
August 6 through 31, August Show
*** Opening reception Saturday August 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featured Artist is Jackie Lee. Exhibiting Guild Members; Sophie Acheson, Patricia Akay, Roberta Alexander, Barbara Aliza, Anji Bartholf, Tracy Child, George Dawnay, Dee Dushkes, Irene Ehret, Zaza Fetterly, Yvonne Giambroni-Martin, Christine Gonzalves, Susan Heeringa-Pieper, Kirk Hinshaw, Carol Larson, Jackie Lee, Nancy Martin, Brian Martinelli, Loran May, Helen Mehl, Marty Munson, Ruby Newman, Andrea Patri, Bev Prevost, Lyn Swan, Jenny Whitfield.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through August 15, Summer Selections
The exhibition features a selection of works by Douglas Ballou, Eva Belishova, and Bob Dreier, as well as many other gallery artists.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through October 18, 2015, Animating Comics
The 1965 debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas brought Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang home to more than 15 million television viewers and enjoyed immediate acclaim. Earning an Emmy for Best Network Animated Special and a Peabody Broadcasting Award, this 30-minute production and the Peanuts films that followed have become treasured additions to our collective culture. This exhibition celebrates the art of animating comics and features rarely displayed production cells from award-winning animations, including Peanuts, Batman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Through August 30, Mi Valle (My Valley), a California Journey
*** Opening reception is Friday, August 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The show features photographs by former Modesto Bee staff photographer, Adrian Mendoza. Mendoza’s work is informed by a life spent largely in California’s Central Valley, having grown up along the Tuolumne River where his father was a laborer for the short line railroad. The exhibition centers around two themes; Salt of the Earth and The Delta, and celebrates the grand re-opening for the Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
August 6 through September 13, Like Nothing Seen Before
*** Artists Reception, Friday, August 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
Like Nothing Seen Before features mixed-media artwork made from virtually any object with the potential to inspire the creative mind such as photos, books, bicycles, Tarot cards, esoterica and ephemera. By cutting, painting and assembling, the Sonoma County and Bay Area artists have made art that is original, fresh, transgressive and challenging.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 17, Serenade
The featured resident artist is Drew Jackson. Guests Artists for are Diana Majumdar and Rive Nestor. Other resident artists included in this exhibition are Laura Paine Carr, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Finley Community Center
Through September 10, On Your Own Time
This group show features Sonoma County artists whose work explores the concept of Time. Artists: Kirk Hinshaw, Kathryn Kelsey, Bea Endert, Linda Semple, Mark Brudzinski, Paula Strother, Taunee Callahan, Jessica Ramussen, Cliff Strother, and Rebeca Trevino.
2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa
Through August 9, Chiaroscuro
Featuring work by Marylu Downing along with guest artist Patrick Fanning. Also showing work by Judy Bellah, Beverly Bird, Michelle Carnes, Dan Scannell, and Ron Sumner.
August 11 through September 20, Mylette Welch—Souvenirs, and The Cigar Box Show
*** Opening reception, Saturday, August 15, 2 to 5 p.m.
Also showing Guest Artists Barbara Goodman, Carolyn Wilson, Angel Fabela, and Jan Thomas.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through August 16, Clay & Glass
Fourth Annual clay and glass exhibition featuring 16 talented California artists, and includes both functional and figurative work, as well as diverse techniques. For a list of events and exhibiting artists go to the HCA website.
August 19 through October 4, Pairings: Collaborative Works
*** Opening Reception, Saturday August 22, 5 to 8 p.m.
A juried exhibition that presents diverse works made by two or more artists. Closing Tea, Sunday, October 4, 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Ice House Gallery
August 15 through September 27, All That Glitters
*** Opening reception Saturday August 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A collaborative exhibition with the Petaluma Arts Center that features 50 years of the contemporary studio glass movement in the Bay Area.
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
Through September 20, SLANG Aesthetics! The Art of Robert Williams
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 August 30, LIFE, Labor, and Purpose: The Photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel
This exhibition presents photographs from the Museum’s collection of work by Mieth and Hagel. Living in San Francisco in the 1930s the couple documented the Depression, not just from behind the lens, but toiling in the fields, riding rail cars, and living in tents just like their subjects. Mieth became the second woman to join the LIFE magazine’s corps of photographers. Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel eventually made their final home on a ranch above Mark West Creek in Santa Rosa.
Also on view is I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story. The work celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures. The exhibition takes a look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants to the influx of highly skilled workers many decades later.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through August 23, Holes
On view are quilts by the Pointless Sisters, an artists’ group dedicated to unconventional quilting. Inspired by the word holes, the quilts actually contain holes, and may suggest or interpret a black hole, cosmic holes, or even an African Watering Hole. The work also takes on an altered point of view, such as from above, below, very near, a bird’s eye view, or from outer space, etc.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Through April 2016, Conversations in Sculpture
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
Petaluma Arts Center
August 15 through September 27, All That Glitters
*** Opening reception Saturday August 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A collaborative exhibition with the IceHouse Gallery that features 50 years of the contemporary studio glass movement in the Bay Area. Check their website for a list of events and workshops.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view in the gallery is a broad selection of small works by some favorite artists, including mezzotints by Holly Downing, woodblocks by Tamekane Yoshikatsu, etchings by Higashi Kaoru and a collection of miniature woodblock prints made by Hasui Kawase in 1936. 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 September 6, Showin’ on the River – Juried Fine Art Show
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
August 17 through September 30, Amazonia: The History of Nature
*** Artist Reception, Thursday, September 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Selected Collaborative works by Bob and Lynda Nugent. Each artist reflects on the same subject matter and creates individual works.
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma
Through August 23, Vernissage 2015
In the first exhibition at their new gallery location you can see work by Frances Semple, Judith Stewart, Jane Burton, Tyler Burton, Jeff Metz, Dina Angel-Wing, Bella Feldman, and JP Long indoors, and Troy Pillow and John Tyler outdoors.
Jack London Village, 14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
August 7 through September 13, Chairs
*** Opening reception, Friday, August 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This juried exhibition showcases artistic presentations of Chairs, which are redefined, reconfigured, and reinterpreted and include the stationary to interactive, with variable form and scale. Juror, Michael Schwager, is Gallery Director and Professor of Art History at Sonoma State University.
Also showing in Gallery II is The Face of Water. Artists Maash Pascal’s oil paintings and Patti Wessman’s large glass assemblages were inspired by the inherent aesthetic beauty and structure of water. In Gallery III is Conceal, Reveal by Martha Wade, and features a series of figurative paintings in oil, many of which incorporate masks, costumes or other elements to disguise or enhance the private self.
Lecture with Llisa Demetrios on August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Llisa, will bring vivid accounts of the extraordinary life of her grandparents, Charles and Eames Ray, leaders in mid-century modern design and creators of the famous “Eames Chair”. Admission $10.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
Through August 15, The Battle of Mara
New large-scale abstract paintings by Laine Justice.
280 Chiquita Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Gallery closed for the summer.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through August 23, The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992
Richard Diebenkorn is most widely known for his signature large- scale, vivid abstractions. 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
August 4 through October 4, On the Edge of the Animate: Photography by Barbara Elliott
*** Opening Reception, Monday, August 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Elliott photographs old dolls weathered by time, mannequins missing limbs, or live female models wrapped in spiraling cellophane. Her work captures a somewhat macabre humor but always with an understated elegance.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
The Spinster Sisters
August 4 through October 4, Colin Talcroft: Recent Work—Abstract Photography and Monoprint Collage
*** Opening reception, Thursday, August 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The work focuses on recent art from his “Museum Shadow Series” of photographs and a selection of recent collage work.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
The Wine Emporium
Through September 7, Women in Myth and Fairytale
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
Through August 30, As I See It – New Landscapes by Tony Mininno
*** Artist’s reception on August 1, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Tony Mininno pushes the boundary of his oil landscapes, incorporating oil crayon and metallic paints to add a new level of color, vibrancy and expression to his well-known painterly style.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Sculpture Garden
Through June 2017, Root 101
On view in the new Sculpture Garden is the inaugural exhibition of recent work by Bruce Johnson. The work is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for over 50 years.
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
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