Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2017

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
January 4 through January 30, The Art of Community
***Opening Reception Friday, January 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Once a year guest artists are invited to exhibit one or two pieces. This exhibition will display over 30 new submissions from the Sonoma community. Work by Guild members also on view.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115

Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through January 22, Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington
The lighter-side of politics and its intersection with the life of Charles Schulz is the focus of this exhibition, which features original presidential-themed Peanuts comic strips, correspondence with several American presidents, and Peanuts memorabilia, including campaign bumper stickers, buttons, and banners.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Chroma Gallery
Through January 8, Small Works Show
All Art is Under A Foot.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

caa-1-17-mix-postcard-frontCloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
January 21 through March 17, Mix
*** Artists’ Reception Saturday, January 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artists for this exhibition are Aaron Poovey and Michael Coy. Resident artists included are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Shane Gidcumb, Pamela Heck, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Terry Holleman will be the featured resident artist.
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

graton-gallery-rubinGraton Gallery
Through January 29, Sandra Rubin & Thea Goldstine
*** Artist Reception Saturday, January 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Rubin and Goldstine show new paintings with Guest artists Susan Berg, Matt Proehl, Daphne Wallace Gerlach, and Char Wood.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through January 28, Small Works
Eight Artists in ONE show; Sandy Deeks, Pamela Holmes, Britta Kathmeyer, Penny Michel, Frank Miller, Jann Nunn, Tramaine de Senna, and Bill Shelley.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 7 through February 5, Annual Members’ Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This Exhibition reflects the HCA Artist Members’ diverse range of artistic expression and use of materials, and includes 2-dimentional, 3-dimentional visual arts, literary, and other forms of artistic expression. Closing Tea Sunday, February 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

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IceHouse Gallery
Through January 14, Catch and Release III
Art and curiosities from the Robert Flynn Johnson Collection.

January 21 through February 18, Mostly Monochrome
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An invitational show of artwork that is mostly monochrome, black & white, color images primarily in one or two tones, etc.
405 East D St. Petaluma

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 3, Photographs of the Laguna by Joan Humberstone —in Memoriam
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
Through January 29, Faith Ringgold: An American Artist
The exhibition features story quilts, works on paper, tangkas, soft sculpture, and original book illustrations by Ringgold, who is also a celebrated artist, writer and educator.
511 B Street, Santa Rosa

charlatans_v2-website_400x556History Museum
Through April 2, 2017 The Beat Goes On: Peace, Love and Rock & Roll in the North Bay
The late 1960s was as volatile a time in music as it was in the rest of society. Music became part of the national conversation about youth, free love, drugs, and rebellion. The Beat Goes On features rock posters, artifacts and images that trace the influences of music, counterculture and rebellion in the North Bay Area.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa


By Holly Downing

By Holly Downing

North Bay Letterpress Arts
*** Reception and Reading, Friday, January 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Celebrating the publication of A Kerosene Beauty, an artist’s book published by Nawakum Press with mezzotint engravings by Holly Downing, new poems by Jane Hirshfield, and printed by Pat Reagh.
In the Iota Press Print shop
925d Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol


Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 15, Art & Gifts Toute Petite
Art in miniature for friends and family await your expressions of giving, sharing and gratitude. Handmade books, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more.

St. Philips Church, Termite Wrap, Occidental.

St. Philips Church, Termite Wrap, Occidental.

January 20 through March 18, OnSite
*** Opening reception Saturday, January 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Sonoma County landscapes by Charles Beck, Dave Gordon, and Bill Taylor.
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

discoveredPetaluma Arts Center
January 21 through March 18, Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists of Sonoma County
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center, five Sonoma County artists are recognized through the fourth annual Emerging Artists from Sonoma County program.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, New-Found Treasures, featuring recently acquired mid-century woodblock prints and other acquisitions. 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

Golden Gate, by Lance Kuehne.

Golden Gate, by Lance Kuehne.

Riverfront Art Gallery
January 11 through March 5, Winter Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.
In the Featured Artist exhibit, Photoshopped or Not?, photographer Lance Kuehne challenges viewers to determine whether an image has been “photoshopped” or not. The work in this show is about straddling the worlds of ‘straight photography’ and ‘creative license’.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma



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

Sculpturesite Gallery
Through January 7, New Sculptures
Sculptures by a number of gallery artists in mediums ranging from glass, bronze, steel, painted steel, ceramic, stone, resin, wood and mixed media are on display.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen

Valerie Winslow, Invasion of Privacy.

Valerie Winslow, Invasion of Privacy.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 6 through February 12, Marvelous!
*** Opening reception Friday, January 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
An International Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction intends to educate visitors about the scope and relevance of these mediums today, exposing viewers to some of the most innovative collage and assemblage artists world-wide. Includes work by well-known collagists from France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Philippines, and South Africa. The three jurors are John Hundt, Sherry Parker, and Cecil Touchon.
Gallery II: Reflections Within—The Reliquary Series by Valerie L. Winslow. A combination of figurative sculpture with added components symbolizing relics of memories and introspective observations.
Gallery III: Stranger than Fiction by John Hundt and Sherry Parker. The artists are renowned California collagists whose art reflects their fascination with anthropomorphism.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 31, An Invitation to Imagine: Paintings by Teri Sloat
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
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

By Nathan Oliveira.

By Nathan Oliveira.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
January 14 through April 2, Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira
This exhibition offers a glimpse into the significant artistic accomplishments of a pivotal post-war artist. Early lithography works are dramatically paired for the first time with later bronze sculptures that provide perhaps one of the most unique and insightful views into the creative contributions of the artist.

Also showing: Graphic Knowledge: The Prints of Karl Kasten
Karl Albert Kasten (1916-2010) pioneered materials, techniques and theory as artist, teacher and inventor. Ranging from early representational prints through a multitude of styles and processes including etching, aquatint, lithography and collography, this exhibition offers a rich opportunity to survey one of the pivotal voices in the evolution and
advancement of modern graphic arts.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Sami Lange, It Happened in the Caves.

Sami Lange, It Happened in the Caves.

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
January 3 through February 26, Drawings and paintings by Sami Lange
*** Opening reception Monday, January 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A printmaker by training, Sami Lange creates works on paper by stitching together small detailed drawings that often give the appearance of intricate paper quilts. Her work is in permanent collections across the United States, in Japan, and New Zealand.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati


Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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