Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in October 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.

logoArt Trails 2016
October 8, 9, and 15, 16, Open Studios
This is the largest open studios event in Sonoma County, with art studios located from Bodega Bay to Sonoma; and from Petaluma to Geyserville. It’s an outstanding opportunity to visit working studios to see where and how art is created. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the four days. For more information and a list of Preview Exhibitions go to, or

View of Angel Island, by Sutter Marin.

View of Angel Island, by Sutter Marin.

Calabi Gallery
October 18 through November 26, The Beat Went On: Late works by Sutter Marin
*** Public Reception, Saturday, October 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Known as a beat era artist and poet, Sutter Marin created extraordinary paintings in the 70s and 80s that were far out of the visual arts mainstream. Marin’s paintings will be accompanied by works of other artists from that milieu, including Paul Beattie, Roy DeForest, Madeline Gleason, Charles Howard, Jose Ramon Lerma, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert Pearson McChesney, Deborah Remington, Reese Thornton, and Julius Wasserstein. Poetry reading with ruth weiss and live jazz accompaniment on Sunday, October 23, from 3 to 5pm, doors open at 2pm. Reservations recommended. Call the Gallery to save your seat. Suggested donation $20.
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

Christie Marks

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
October 8, 9, and 15, 16, Art Trails Open Studios
Christie Marks Gallery/Studio will be open for Art Trails from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa


Chroma Gallery
Through October 16, Flight
*** First Friday Closing Party, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Original paintings, sculptures, photos and prints by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists expressing the concept of flying things –Both with and without wings; Where sky and fancy intersect; Insects, birds, and inspiration –Flights of the imagination.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 17, Fiction
Featured Resident Artist: Hanya Popova Parker
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

Corricks Art Gallery and My Daughter the Framer, inside Corricks
Through October 31, Art Trails Preview Show
*** First Friday reception, October 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Unique opportunity for the community to support the many Art Trails artists who share their phenomenal labor and skill with us every autumn.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Gallery at First
October 2 through January 2, Fall Guest Artist Show
*** Artists reception Sunday, October 9, from 11:30 to 1 p.m.
The Gallery at First presents a show featuring the work of three local artists—John Haines, Virginia Harrison, and Mary Jarvis.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa

Bruce K. Hopkins

Bruce K. Hopkins

Graton Gallery
Through November 6, What You See: New Works by Bruce K. Hopkins
*** Artists Reception, Saturday, October 1, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Guest Artists: Matt Proehl, Clair Fenton May, Delisa Sage, and Jennifer Whitfield.
9048 Graton Road, Graton


Hammerfriar Gallery
Through November 5, Tramaine de Senna; Double Consciousness/Ancestor Worship
Bay Area native and former recipient of the prestigious Sonoma County Emerging Artist Award, artist Tramaine de Senna shows new work and creates an installation in the gallery. In the end, work is a representation of all the progressions which emerge during the creative process: the questions, doubts, and ideas.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Ali Haselbeck, at HCA

Ali Haselbeck, at HCA

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through October 16, Masks, Puppets, & Games
*** Closing Tea, Sunday, October 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Juried exhibition featuring art that explores evocative connotations and interpretations of masks, puppets and games.

October 20 through November 20, 3rd Annual Emerging Artist ExhibitAugmented
*** Opening Reception, Saturday October 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ten Sonoma County’s up and coming artists showcase their work, which ranges from functional pottery to paintings to contemporary sculpture, photography and more. Closing Tea, November 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

By Benita Gaudier

By Benita Gaudier

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
October 16 through November 30, Deb Breton
*** Artist’s Reception Friday October 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Deb Breton paints humorous takes on wine country landscapes and icons. From wine snobs to red wine rivers to colorful abstracts, Breton captures the intense fun of living in Sonoma County. She will be demonstrating her painting and drawing techniques on Sunday October 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 21 through November 16, Wings
*** Artist’s Reception Friday October 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Group show featuring bird related art by local artists; Lynn Wood, Deb Breton, Lois Stopple, Zak Zakaine, Kay Young, Audrey Fontaine, Benita Gaudier, John Sumner, Elizabeth Decker, and Debbie Harding.
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St. Petaluma

Joan Humberstone

Joan Humberstone

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 3, Photographs of the Laguna by Joan Humberstone —in Memorium
*** Public reception Saturday, October 8, from 3 to 5 p.m.
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
Art Museum
511 B Street, Santa Rosa

History Museum
Through October 9, Artistry in Wood
28th Annual Artistry in Wood is presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. Staged every year since 1982, it is recognized as one of the premier fine woodworking shows in North America.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through November 13, Pointless Sisters Quilt Show
Includes quilts from the groups “Abstract Designs” and the “Russian River Watershed” projects.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
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

By Annie Hughes, at PAC

By Annie Hughes, at PAC

Petaluma Arts Center
October 16 through December 11, Floribunda
*** Opening Reception Saturday, October 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Floribunda features the Hunt Institute’s 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, with 36 artists from 9 countries showcasing works ranging from watercolor with gouache to relief engraving. The exhibition also includes three Bay Area artists who create 3-dimensional representations of flowers. See website for related workshops and events.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma


Pie Eyed Open Studio
2371 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol
Look for the ART + PIE sign and turn at the Giant Yellow Duck!
Lauri Luck, 707-477-9442


Hasui Kintai, Bridge

Hasui Kintai, Bridge

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, New-Found Treasures, featuring recently acquired mid-century woodblock prints.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay




Gus Feissel, Teardrop Arch at Sunrise Monument Valley

Gus Feissel, Teardrop Arch at Sunrise Monument Valley

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through November 6, Early Fall Show
*** Art Walk Reception Saturday, October 8, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Featured Artists: Georgianne Fastaia’s paintings, in the series Togetherness, are an ode to relationships, expressed through her whimsically abstracted subjects. Photographer Gus Feissel displays work from Monument Valley Tribal Park, Navajo country, Northeastern Arizona.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma



abstract%20show_0Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through October 13, Abstract Mix
Drawings and paintings by six California artists. Artist Talk; October 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through October 16, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
Preview exhibition featuring a piece of each participating artist’s work. Open Studios will take place on two weekends, October 8, 9, and 15, 16.

October 21 through November 27, Your Landscape
*** Opening reception Friday, October 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Juried exhibition; work selected by Bay Area artist, Sukey Bryan.
282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol

Robert Breyer

Robert Breyer

Sebastopol Gallery
October 3 through November 20, New Works: Robert Breyer
*** Artist’s reception Saturday, October 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.
An exhibition of new prints, painting, and drawing by Robert Breyer.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol




Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through October 16, Wood, Paper, Ink: Contemporary Woodcuts
This exhibition features the work of 13 nationally and internationally recognized artists working in the centuries-old technique of woodcut.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Deborah Oropallo, Teardrop, SVMA

Deborah Oropallo, Teardrop, SVMA

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
October 8 through December 31, XXc Icons of Photography
Spanning one century of groundbreaking images featuring many of the world’s renowned artists, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view the best of world photography. Including portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, abstraction, fashion and works that defy genre, this selection presents masterworks from private collections throughout California.

Also showing: Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined
Focusing on contemporary art made in the last decade, Pairings includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, video art, and more. The 16 artists featured in the exhibition have been brought together into pairs, to highlight points of intriguing connection between their works.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through October 30, Marsha Balian—Collage
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
Through October 30, Autumn in Wine Country—Paintings by Dan Scannell
*** Opening Reception Saturday, October 1 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Inspired by local vineyards, Scannell’s intention is to “capture the magic of wine country in autumn.”
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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