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.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
November 2 through November 28, Northlands by Mark Zukowski
***Opening Reception Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Zukowski is a gifted photographer of nature in all its forms, and will go to the ends of the earth, literally, for the best shot.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through November 26, The Beat Went On: Late works by Sutter Marin
Known as a beat era artist and poet, Sutter Marin’s extraordinary paintings of the 70s and 80s were far out of the visual arts mainstream. Marin’s paintings will be accompanied by works by other artists of his 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.
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
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
November 1 through December 3, Visible Dreams: Surrealism and Fantasy
*** Reception for the artists, First Friday November 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Imaginative art inspired by dreams and the creative subconscious mind. The show includes eye-catching pictures in the manner of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, as well as contemporary fantastical art.
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 www.101SculptureTrail.com.
Corricks Art Gallery
November 1 through November 28, Alison Morse and Dee Andreini
*** First Friday reception, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
On view is work by jeweler Alison Morse and painter Dee Andreini.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Gallery at First
Through January 2, Fall Guest Artist Show
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
November 4 through December 17, Seeing the Unseen; The Art Journey of Helena Leifer & Max DuBois
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The different mediums of Leifer’s collages and DuBois’ monotypes are complementary as the exhibit combines pairs of artwork – each pair includes a monotype and a collage. Within each pair, both works reflect similar concepts. There are over 30 original works of wide ranging expression, including the dreamlike interpretation of human experience.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
November 8 through December 18, mere color . . .
*** Artists Reception, Saturday, November 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
New abstracts by Susan Proehl; with guest artists Rebeca Trevino, Paula Strother, Rosemary Ward, and Betty Ann Sutton.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
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.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 20, 3rd Annual Emerging Artist Exhibit –Augmented
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.
November 25 through December 31, 15th Annual Gift Gallery
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
During the holiday season, the gallery is filled with arts and crafts that are perfect for gift giving. Through your purchases, you are supporting artists and helping Healdsburg Center for the Arts fulfill its mission.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
Through November 30, Deb Breton
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.
Through November 16, Wings
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
Through November 12, Painting the National Parks
Artist Mary Fassbinder has committed to making at least one plein air painting from each of the 59 National Parks in the United States. This “exhibition in progress”, features some familiar places like Zion, Bryce and Mount Rainier and others that are more obscure, such as Isle Royale, Voyagers, and St. Johns.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 3, Photographs of the Laguna by Joan Humberstone —in Memorium
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 January 29, Faith Ringgold: An American Artist
The exhibition features storyquilts, works on paper, tangkas, soft sculpture, and original book illustrations by Ringgold, who is also a celebrated artist, writer and educator. Artist Talk and Special Reception, Saturday, November 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. See website for tickets.
511 B Street, Santa Rosa
Through November 27, Day of the Dead Altars
This exhibition brings together altars created by community members, as well as paintings, prints, installations, and sculpture associated with the Day of the Dead celebration in its various forms.
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.
November 18 through January 15, Art & Gifts Toute Petite
*** Opening reception on Friday, November 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a haiku poetry reading by John Miatech at 5:45 p.m.
Art in miniature for friends and family await your expressions of giving, sharing and gratitude. Handmade books, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through November 13, Harry Carmean, 70 Years of Paintings
Carmean is an American painter known for his figurative paintings based on the work of the old masters. The ideas of the Renaissance, Baroque, Mannerist and Impressionist art can be seen in Carmean’s work to varying degrees.
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 December 11, Floribunda
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
November 12 and 13, Wild Hare Studio; Animorphosis
Wild Hare Studio Pop Up show features artists Kimberly McCartney, Mardi Storm and Lauri Luck. Lauri Luck will be selling her famous pies—a rare opportunity to take one home! Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 from 12 to 4 p.m. each day.
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
Currently on view, New-Found Treasures, featuring recently acquired mid-century woodblock prints.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Riverfront Art Gallery
November 9 through January 8, Late Fall Show
*** Art Walk Reception Saturday, November 12, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Featured Artists; Painter Henry White, Scenes From Sonoma County; and photographer Michael Riley, Landscapes and Reflections.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
November 17 through December 15, From the Forest Floor
*** Opening reception Thursday November 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Work by Deborah Kirklin. Gallery Talk with the artist, Tuesday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Through November 19, New Sculptures by Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz creates abstract sculptures from a single block of limestone, with a mix of planned and spontaneous actions. He uses pneumatic and hand tools to achieve the geometry and flowing lines that combine in his unique works.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through November 27, Your Landscape
Juried exhibition; work selected by Bay Area artist, Sukey Bryan. Gallery II and III, plein air landscapes by William Taylor. For over 60 years Taylor has been painting urban scenes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Occidental.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through November 20, New Works: Robert Breyer
An exhibition of new prints, painting, and drawing by Robert Breyer.
November 22 through January 31, An Invitation to Imagine: Paintings by Teri Sloat
*** Artists Reception on Thursday, December 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit explores Sloat’s imaginary folkloric paintings and her “intense love” of pastels.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
November 3 through December 11, Cries and Whispers: Paintings by John Yoyogi Fortes and Cate White
*** Opening reception Thursday, November 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Cries and Whispers presents the work of two Northern California artists who share a love of the painting process. While their imagery is clearly distinct from one another, they both create complex, colorful, and personal paintings that at times evoke graffiti art and the narrative quality of graphic novels.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
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
November 1 through December 31, Colin Talcroft –Recent Work
*** Opening reception Monday, November 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Abstract photography and collage by Colin Talcroft. Color, texture and an exquisite sense of composition characterize work from the past year in both media.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 27, Love of Life and Land, Impressionist oil paintings by Cynthia Jackson-Hein
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Cynthia’s expressive brushwork and harmonious palette invite the viewer to escape. Her paintings speak of times gone by with personal connections to the things she most loves in life–people, animals and landscapes.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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