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 September 10, Summer Show
The show features work by 3 Sonoma County artists who are new to the gallery, Terry Holleman, Bernadette Howard, and Bambi Waterman. In their various ways they share a sensibility of revering and preserving the natural world or natural ways of being human.
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
August 5 through September 17, HARVESTER; Photo Series by Erik Castro
*** Opening Reception Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The photo series brings viewers face to face with the field workers of California’s wine industry. In each image a Sonoma County harvest worker’s face is photographed the moment after he or she completes a harvest pick. It’s a visual story with each face its own personal narrative. Conversation With the Photographer, Thursday, August 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 15, Edit
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 Trail 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 August 31, Brooks Anderson and Warren Bellows
*** First Friday art opening, August 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showcasing the work of Sonoma County Art Trails painters Brooks Anderson and Warren Bellows.
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
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 August 14, Don’t Make me Laugh
Featuring Mylette Welch and Maria Ester Sund, with guest artists Tim Dixon, Loretta Loy-Adair, Tony Mininno, and Miriam Owen.
August 17 through September 25, Anything Goes
*** Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Anything Goes Juried Show will be full of surprises.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through September 3, Joey Enos; Sculpture
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.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through August 28, Reflections | Shadows
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 August 22, Past Tense, Present Tense—Paintings by Jack Stuppin
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
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
August 13 through September 25, EXPOSURE: The Female Nude in Photograph
*** Opening Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. General $15, free to members.
The exhibition features a selection of approximately 100 photographs from the Tom and Martha Neidecker Collection focusing on the subject of the female nude from the earliest days of the medium to the present. On view are photographs by Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Judy Dater, Edward Weston, Edweard Muybridge, Flor Garduno, Edward Steichen, and many others. See the website for related programs.
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 September 10, Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed
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. The new Sculpture Garden, with largest moss walls in the country, opens with a Party to Celebrate on Saturday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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 September 25, Journeys through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories
Curated by Geri Olson and Sherri Morgan, the exhibition highlights the emotional tales that emerge between doll artists and the creatures they create, and explores the nature of figurative art. See website for related workshops and events.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Pie Eyed Open Studio
August 13 and 14, Friends of the Duck
Featuring the work of 10 diverse artists who have had studios at the Giant Yellow Duck. The show includes painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media work, and is on view Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 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
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through September 25, Celebrating Friendships
Mayumi Oda and Ryohei Tanaka have been creating artwork since the 1960s. Mayumi is known for her etchings and colorful silkscreen prints of goddesses and gardens. Ryohei is famous for copperplate etchings depicting buildings and landscapes in and around Kyoto, especially thatched roof farmhouses.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Riverfront Art Gallery
Through September 4, Summer Show, Showin’ On The River!
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 September 4, Three Galleries
Main Gallery; “Boundaries” For this juried exhibition gallerist Paul Mahder selected artwork related to geographical, emotional or physical boundaries. Gallery II, w[o]rdrobe , a solo installation of new mixed media work by C.K.Itamura, explorations and commentaries on the psychology of fashion, and fashion as industry. Gallery III, The Continual Effect of Abuse: Using Photography for Healing is a unique project by photographer Gary Kaplan and Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz; featuring a series of portraits related to her history of sexual abuse in childhood, illustrating the power of the visual arts in healing from trauma.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol
Through August 6, Clay, Pigment, and Precious Stones
Presenting three featured artists; Chris Boyd, ceramicist, Paula Matzinger, acrylic and oil painter, and Joann Lustig, jeweler.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
August 2 through August 31, Don de Viveiros: The Art of North America
*** Reception Wednesday, August 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Don touched and inspired many lives while on this planet, this memorial exhibition honors an amazing artist and being.
7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol
SOFA ArtWalk Open Studios Event
August 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 6th annual SOFA ArtWalk includes 31 Local Artists and Galleries and features fine art and crafts in a variety of styles and media including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. SOFA artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer your questions.
SOFA (South A St. Arts District) is located just south of Julliard Park at South A St. and Sebastopol Ave. in Santa Rosa.
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Gallery closed for the summer.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through September 25, Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding
Devoted to 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
August 2 through October 30, Marsha Balian: Collage
*** Opening Reception Monday, August 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Renowned Oakland-based collage artist Marsha Balian creates whimsical narrative worlds inhabited by a cast of mostly cheerful, earnest characters, but characters that always seem to be revealing less than the whole story.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
August 1 through 28, Birds of a Feather
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Watercolor and oil paintings by Ron Sumner. Ron is well known for his paintings of California birds and his ability to portray them realistically in their natural environment.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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Hi Satri! Thanks so much for posting the info about Erik’s show. I hope you get a chance to come by . Erik’s photos are amazing!
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I think Erik is very talented and will come see the show for sure.