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.
Through July 9, James Ford Grant
On view are mixed media sculptures, acrylic paintings with mixed media materials on canvas and panels, digital monoprints, photographs, and sculpture by James Ford Grant.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through December 4, Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington
Peanuts and politics brushed elbows many times! Pig Pen ran for class president, and Lucy eyed the White House. “Snoopy for President” regalia became popular during elections of the 1960s and 70s, and Schulz himself received multiple White House invitations.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Next show opens in August.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
Through July 24, The Art of Music
This exhibition features Sonoma County and Bay Area artists exploring the intersection between art and music in paintings, sculptures, textiles, and handmade musical instruments. This show includes current interpretations, as well as artistic representations of musicians both naturalistic and symbolic. In connection with The Art of Music, Chroma presents a series of live music events at the gallery, check their website for details.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 14, Novel
Featuring the work of Resident Artists; Laura Paine Carr, Pamela Heck, Sharon Kozel, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker; with Guest Artists, Jane Gardner, sculpture, and Shane Gidcumb, photography.
July 16 through September 15, Edit
*** Artists’ Reception: Saturday, July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Showing the work of Laura Paine Carr, John Hanses, Pamela Heck Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer Hanya Popova Parker, and Nancy Winn.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2017, SculptureTrail
The SculptureTrail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.
Corricks Art Gallery
Through July 31, Warren Arnold and Marsha Connell
Showing sculpture by Warren Arnold, and paintings by Marsha Connell.
My Daughter the Framer, inside Corricks
Through August 26, Monotypes, Variations on the Theme, by Taylor Gutermute; and Pit Fired & Naked Pottery by Joann Cassady.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
July 15, Open Studios and showing the work of Becoming Independent Artists. Three galleries and 13 Open Studios Every 3rd Friday of the Month, 5 to 8 p.m.
1200 River Road, Fulton
Gallery at First
Through September 19, Through the Eyes of the Lens
This exhibit features juried photography of the members and friends of First Presbyterian Church.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
Through July 23, Lens Point Of View
Photography exhibit featuring artists Jim Cyb, Laura Culver, Charles Merrill, and Alan Plisskin.
209 Western Ave., Petaluma
Through July 3, Marylu Downing & Ken Berman: Curves & Angles
With Guest Artists; Char Banach, Don Sumner, Ron Sumner, and Kate Williams.
July 5 through August 14, Don’t Make me Laugh
*** Artists Reception, Saturday, July 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring Mylette Welch & Maria Ester Sund, with guest artists Tim Dixon, Loretta Loy-Adair, Tony Mininno, and Miriam Owen. Also showing: The 2nd Annual Juried Cigar Box Show.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
July 9 through September 3, Joey Enos; Sculpture
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Enos makes sculptures with simple materials such as carved foam and layers of paint to resemble combinations of weathered planks, giant spikes, riveted sheets of metal, and discarded tires. He received his MFA from UC Berkeley in 2014.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through July 17, Annual Clay & Glass
The fifth annual Clay and Glass exhibit features 13 artists showcasing diverse media and techniques. Blurring the lines between craft and fine art, this show demonstrates the endless possibilities of clay and glass as creative media.
July 21 through August 28, Reflections | Shadows
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This juried exhibition features the physical aesthetics and conceptual connotations of reflections and shadows through the work of artists from Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Marin Counties.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Through July 12, Off the Grid—JP Long
The Exhibition showcases metal sculptures and unique oxidation paintings by Oakland artist, J P Long.
July 16 through August 22, Past Tense, Present Tense—Paintings by Jack Stuppin
*** Artists Reception Saturday, July 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Well known for his vibrant and colorful landscapes, this show brings together Stuppin’s works from multiple periods ranging from the early 70s to his current abstract and “love” paintings.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Kitty Hawk Gallery
Through July 26, North Bay Letterpress Art Show
Group show of work by NBLP members.
125 N. Main St., Sebastopol
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through September 13, Russian River Watershed in Fabric
The Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group presents an exhibition of art quilts reflecting the diversity of the Russian River Watershed.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Luther Burbank 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
Museums of Sonoma County
Through July 24, Tom Holland: Five Decades of Art
This is the first major retrospective of Holland’s work, featuring paintings from his student days in the 1950s to large-scale pieces done this year. Check the website for related events.
511 B Street, Santa Rosa
Through September 4, Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution of The Guitar
On display are approximately 40 instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative. Organized by the National Guitar Museum, this exhibition explores its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past four hundred years to modern efforts to reinvent the guitar with different materials, shapes, and design.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through July 10, Songs From the Sea
Juried by artist Max DuBois, the show celebrates the magnificence of the sea with visual expressions in all mediums including photographs and sculpture.
July 15 through September 10, Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed
*** Opening reception on Friday, July 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This juried exhibition explores the extraordinary ways in which plants nourish and sustain life on earth.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through August 21, A Fine Line – Masterworks in Drawing
To call attention to this oldest of the visual arts, the Paul Mahder Gallery has assembled a selection of 18 artists with over 35 works by internationally acclaimed living Masters and great practitioners of the art of drawing.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Through April 2017, Geometric Reflections: Celebrating Ten Years of Voigt Family Sculpture
This exhibition celebrates ten of the highly regarded artists who have been an important part of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. The sculptors in this exhibition are Roger Berry, Dee Briggs, Riis Burwell, Robert Ellison, Peter Forakis, Charles Ginnever, Edwin Hamilton, Ned Kahn, Jann Nunn, and Doug Unkrey.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
Petaluma Arts Center
Through July 10, Zeitgeist–Capturing the Moment through Art
Juried exhibition featuring artwork from Northern California and Hawaii.
July 23 through September 25, Journeys through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Curated by Geri Olson and Sherri Morgan, this exhibition explores the powerful use of the doll form by contemporary artists as a way of telling stories about our lives and the times in which we live. See PAC website for related workshops and events.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Pie Eyed Open Studio
July 9 and 10, Metal Welders
Featuring work by Jan Schultz, Kate Schaffner, Rick Butler, James Selby, and Lowell Chaput. On view Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. each day. Pie Eyed Open Studio serves up exciting art, scintillating conversation and don’t forget those fresh pies!
2371 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol
Look for the ART + PIE sign and turn at the Giant Yellow Duck!
Lauri Luck, 707-477-9442
Pigment + Paste
Through July 7, Cat Kaufman, Mixed Messages
6780 Depot Street Ste. 100, in The Barlow, Sebastopol
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through July 4, The Magic of Fire
Showcasing the work of fifteen northern California wood-fired ceramic artists. The beauty these artists have created ranges from large sculptural and wall-hung to small functional pieces.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Riverfront Art Gallery
July 6 through September 4, Summer Show, Showin’ On The River!
*** Opening and Art Walk Reception, Saturday, July 9 from 5 to 9 p.m.
This annual Juried Fine Art Show includes 73 pieces by 43 artists.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Gallery is closed for the Summer.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through July 24, Art of the Book
Exhibition of handmade books, traditional, unconventional, and/or altered. Juried by Betsy Davids. Also showing, in Gallery III, My Linocut Prints, by Robert Cormack.
Sunday, July 10 is the 3rd Street Printing Festival in SCA’s parking lot. A fabulous event filled with printmakers sharing their skills and a four-ton pavement roller printing directly on the pavement. Free admission and fun for the whole family, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 7 to 8 p.m., a talk with master printers Caren Catterall, Holly Downing, and Rik Olson about their passion and different types of printmaking. A unique chance to learn from the experts.
July 29 through September 4, Boundaries
*** Opening reception, Friday, July 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
For this juried exhibition gallerist Paul Mahder selected artwork related to geographical, emotional or physical boundaries.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
June 14 through August 6, Clay, Pigment, and Precious Stones
*** Reception Saturday, July 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Presenting three featured artists; Chris Boyd, ceramicist, Paula Matzinger, acrylic and oil painter, and Joann Lustig, jeweler.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Gallery closed for the summer.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
July 2 through September 25, Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding
Featuring surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day, the exhibition chronicles the evolution of surfboard design featuring American makers and shapers of all kinds of wave-riding boards. See the SVMA website for numerous related programs.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through July 31, Sherry Parker—Collage
Collage artist Sherry Parker draws on the unconscious and serendipity to create her unique images. She uses unexpected and nonsensical imagery, 1950s iconography, deconstruction and humanization of machines, and anthropomorphic hybrids to conjure up surreal worlds.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through July 31, Bill Gittens – Land, Water & Sky of Sonoma County
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Bill Gittens’ oil paintings celebrate Sonoma County’s coast, rivers, lakes and sky in bold color and lush brushwork.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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