Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2016

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 Escape
Through January 28, Winter Shadows
Exhibiting Artists; Jamie Azevedo, Nancy Bercu, Jerry Bourne, Lynnette Lux Bourne, Barbara Crow, Judi Danner, Carol Davis, Izac De La Cruz, Marie Dungan, Anna Friesen, Lew Gardner, Tina Hannon, Edwin Gardner Jaqua, Susan Heeringa-Pieper, Adrian Litman, Gayle Manfre, Lyn Manfre, Libby Mills, Caroline T. Mota, Theresa Muley, Kate Ortolano, David Phillips, Alice Rhodes, and Sonoma Valley Students from Art Escape’s November Mini-Camp.
17474 Hwy. 12, Boyes Hot Springs in Sonoma

By Linda Semple

By Linda Semple

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through February 1, January Member Show
Exhibiting Guild Members; Sophie Acheson, Barbara Aliza, Dee Dushkes, Irene Ehret, Zaza Fetterly, Christine Gonzalves, Kirk Hinshaw, Carol Larson, Merryl Latini, Jackie Lee, Nancy Martin, Brian Martinelli, Helen Mehl, Martin Munson, Ruby Newman, Linda Semple, Lyn Swan, Susan Wiegardt, Mark Zukowski.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Calabi Gallery
Through January 16, Michael McMillan – Woodblock Prints
Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work as a cartoonist, McMillan has mostly concentrated on printmaking in recent years. This show focuses on the woodblock prints of the last 15 years. Also featuring a gallery group show with many artists including Douglas Ballou, Mary Jarvis, Sherrie Lovler, Lucy Martin, Michael Ramos, and Alejandro Salazar.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through April 24, 2016, Snoopy and the Red Baron
Snoopy first imagined himself as a World War I Flying Ace on October 10, 1965, making 2015 the 50th anniversary of this popular persona. When asked about the origins of Snoopy’s aviator role, Charles Schulz credited his son’s interest in making plastic airplane models as his chief inspiration. Schulz described drawing a little helmet on Snoopy . . . acknowledging, “I knew I had one of the best things I had thought of in a long time.”
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Through January 2, Thea Goldstine: Paintings
The exhibition features a selection of Sonoma County artist, Thea Goldstine’s abstract landscapes and expressive portrait oil paintings.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa

Chroma Gallery
Through January 2, Four Seasons: Sonoma County Landscapes
Featuring the work of Brooks Anderson, Thomas Creed, and Donna DeLaBriandais.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 14, Encore
Showing work by 10 artists in a variety of media. With guest artists Alain Bloom, Ron Rodgers, and Barbara Tocher.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Corricks – Art Trails Gallery
Through January 16, Inspired by Nature, Highlighting Pepperwood Preserve
A collection of some of Sonoma County’s finest Nature-inspired works of art, highlighting the beautiful Pepperwood Preserve.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Graton Gallery
Through January 24, Under the Influence
Showing artwork by Sally Baker with Taylor Gutermute and Susan Ryan, also showing Guest artists; Charlotte Ballenger, Jill See, Marcy Silveira and Lynn Slade.

January 27 through February 28, Annual Small Works 2016 Juried Show
*** Artist’s Reception, Saturday, January 30, from 2 to 5 p.m.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through January 14, Paintings by Laura Hoffman and Mike Tinney
Both Sonoma County artists illustrate dream-like worlds of human subconscious.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

By Jennifer Hirshfield.

By Jennifer Hirshfield.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 7 through February 7, Annual Members’ Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Reflecting the Members’ diverse range of artistic expression and use of materials, this exhibition includes 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional visual arts, literary arts, and other forms of artistic expression.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg



Ice House Gallery
Through January 5, Catch and Release II
Catch and Release II is an exhibition of works of art (and curiosities) from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Art.
405 East D Street, Studio B, Petaluma

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Heron Hall Art Gallery
January 7 through April 24, California Flora
*** Artists reception Saturday, January 23, from 3 to 5 p.m.
On view are botanical paintings in colored pencil by Nina Antze.
900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa

Batman, by Mel Ramos, 2014

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through February 7, Inside Magnolia Editions: Collaboration and Innovation
Under the direction of Don and Era Farnsworth since 1981, Magnolia Editions has been on the front lines of innovation, collaboration, and advocacy for timely and pressing social and political issues. This high-end printmaking studio works shoulder to shoulder with renowned artists from the San Francisco, New York, as well as other national and international regions. Exhibition is curated by Randy Rosenberg in collaboration with Don and Era Farnsworth.
511 B Street, Santa Rosa

History Museum
Through February 7, Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia
With items from the museum collection, Paradise Ridge Winery, and private collectors, this exhibit spans the large geographical and cultural distance that Mr. Nagasawa had to navigate. It is the story of the connections that brought this unusual man to Santa Rosa. Through January 10, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 3, Energy Materialized, Juried Paintings & Sculptures of Bruce Johnson and Riis Burwell
This exhibit features the work of two nationally and internationally known sculptors. Johnson works primarily in wood and Burwell works in various metals. The work of these two sculptors has a synergy derived from their similar response to the energy of the natural world. The juried paintings that accompany the sculpture exhibit are selected to enhance the abstract forms created by these two sculptors.
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 or

Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 24, 15th Annual PAC Members Exhibition
Showcasing a selection of artwork as varied as the hundreds of artist members in the Petaluma area. Featured artist, Hella Merrill, creates abstract patterns on metal surfaces by applying a concoction of natural solutions that might include salt, ammonia, vinegar and other materials to sheets of brass or copper.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view are recent acquisitions of work by Sarah Brayer, Katsunori Hamanishi, Daniel Kelly, Gashu Fukami, Carol Brighton, Shigeki Kuroda, and Bill Poulson. 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

Bicycles and Birds, by Karen Spratt

Bicycles and Birds, by Karen Spratt

Riverfront Art Gallery
January 6 through March 6, Winter Show
*** Reception Saturday, January 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Featured artist; Painter Karen Spratt, Bicycles and Birds. New members; Painter Angela Hunkler, and Photographer Wendie Worthen.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sculpturesite Gallery
Jack London Village, 14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen

By John T. Salminen

By John T. Salminen

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 9 through February 7, 148th American Watercolor Society International Traveling Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Friday, January 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The American Watercolor Society (AWS) International Exhibition is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world. A panel of jurors selected forty paintings for the Traveling Exhibition, to be shown in only seven venues across the United States, including here at SCA. Also showing a local watercolor exhibition, juried by Christopher Schink.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 9, First Looks and Second Chances
Featuring new works by Assemblage Artist Rebeca Trevino and Painter James Reynolds.
150 North Main, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Swamp Gas, still from video by David Sullivan

Swamp Gas, still from video by David Sullivan

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through March 6, 2016, Contemplative Elements: Danae Mattes and Frances McCormack
Both Danae Mattes and Frances McCormack meditate on nature’s elements that manifest a range of energies. Mattes combines materials and methods that are, in themselves, extracted from the earth. McCormack’s paintings manifest a range of feelings reflected through the natural world in an invented space. Also showing; Between Nature & Technology. Courtney Eagan and David Sullivan’s art practices span animation, sound, sculpture, photography and interactivity to explore the delicate and evolving relationship between people, technology and the environment.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through January 31, Jenny Honnert Abell
On view are intimate mixed-media works with a focus on subtle exotic imagery.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati

Upstairs Art Gallery
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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6 Responses to Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2016

  1. Barbara Harris says:

    Hi, Satri. Please include me in receipt of your valuable blog.
    And, more to follow re: Paradise Ridge Winery and Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation.
    Thanks much, Barbara Harris


  2. Therese Mota says:

    Satri ! Thank you for the great posting.Happy New Year! Caroline Mota


  3. bobbycat2015 says:

    Ms. Pencak thank you so much for this site! You are an angel for the local art community.
    Please consider including Paul Mahders wonderful 222 Healdsburg Ave gallery and independent film showings/concerts in your future postings.
    I love Pauls gallery because the work there raises the bar from an international perpective. By seeing other serious artists from other cultures (several have now moved to the Bay Area) , our own wonderful culture is brought into a larger context that helps cross pollinate.
    Eric Wallen


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