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
March 2 through April 3, March Exhibition: 40th Anniversary
***Opening Reception Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
To celebrate the Guild’s 40th Anniversary some of the first artists to join back in 1977 will exhibit their art for the month and will be present at the reception to share their stories.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through March 3, The Art of Resistance
*** Closing reception Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
New work created by professional artists since the last presidential election. Artists include Fred Vedder, Suzanne Edminster, Karina Nishi Marcus, Gerald Huth, Christie Marks, Kate Black, Michele Botaro, Claudia Sanchez, Adrian Mendoza, and more.
Backstreet Gallery and Studios
Art Alley off South A Street, Santa Rosa
Through March 18, We Shall Overcome
Art of Defiance and Resistance to Illicit Governance and Corporate Malfeasance. This exhibition features works of art in all media which refer to power-gone-wrong and other social maladies, spanning a period from 1853 to 2017. Some of the historical artists included are Honore Daumier, Jean Halpert-Ryden, Robert McChesney, Thomas Nast, and Irving Norman. Contemporary artists include Catherine Daley, Molly Eckler, Evelyn Glaubman, Art Hazelwood, Holly Downing, Mary Fuller McChesney, Michael McMillan, and Emmanuel Catarino Montoya.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, 2017, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Through March 11, The Art Of The Figure
An exhibit of recent figurative drawings and paintings by members of Sonoma County drawing groups.
March 16 through April 2, Jacques Bartels: Paintings and Drawings
*** Opening reception Friday, March 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Influenced by the Vienna Secessionist Movement, Jacques Bartels’ work reflects a vivid narrative imagination. His work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, and has been exhibited at the Austrian Museum Quarters. Bartels now resides in Santa Rosa.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
March 18 through May 19, Marinate
*** Artists’ Reception Saturday, March 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
For this exhibit guest artist, Gwen Rosewater, joins resident artists Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker, with featured resident artist, Laura Paine Carr.
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 Trails Gallery
March 1 through March 31, Luann Udell and Linda Sorensen
*** First Friday Reception, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Mixed Media Artist Luann Udell, and Painter Linda Sorensen, highlighted at Corrick’s for the first time.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
Through March, CANTOS: Songs for a New Year
Featuring recent abstract paintings by Northern California artist Carol Setterlund.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Gallery at First
Through March 13, Eco-Abstracts & Bio-tiques: Earth-Art Images Implying Visual Metaphor
Two series by Mary Vaughan are on view. Eco-Abstract series ranges from subtle, ecological pieces suggesting the brevity of existence and the inevitable process of change, while Bio-tique combines the intuitive painting of biotic subjects alongside man-made, nostalgic surfaces that are worn over time.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
Through March 5, 6th Annual Juried Small Works Exhibition
March 7 through April 16, Spaces Retraced
*** Artists Reception Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Work by Susan Ball and Tim Haworth, with guest artists Lily Bobek, Carol Leif, Sasha Pepper, and Sandra Spiedel.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
March 11 through April 22, Body Language – Five Artists Interpret the Figure
*** Opening reception Saturday, March 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The artists included in the exhibition are Michele Gregor, Mark Galt, John Goodman, Edmund Grant, and Susannah Israel. They work in lyrical modes evoking emotional responses with color and texture.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 27, Birds of the Laguna; Paintings by Diana Majumdar
This exhibit features local artist Diana Majumdar’s mixed media and encaustic paintings of birds and landscapes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. She combines various media into the finished painting, including watercolor, ink, graphite, collage, and chine collé.
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 April 30, Outside Voice: Tarp Paintings by Marc Katano
Featuring Marc Katano’s most recent series of abstractions on 9 x 12 foot canvas tarps, and works on handmade Nepalese paper. Katano’s paintings are about mark-making and may remind the viewer of the visual language of Japanese kanji, based on Chinese characters.
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
March 18 through May 14, Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal
*** Opening reception, Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit honors the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with artworks that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and the cold into warmth and light.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through March, Annual Group Exhibit
Featuring over 40 artists from around the world.
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 March 18, Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists of Sonoma County
Produced by Creative Sonoma and PAC, five Sonoma County artists are recognized through the fourth annual Emerging Artists from Sonoma County program. These works explore a culture that has less to do with the intrinsic value of things, and more to do with providing a felt experience. Featured Artists; Kala Stein, Jenny Harp, Catherine Sieck, Dayana Leon, and Jaynee Watson.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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
Riverfront Art Gallery
Through March 5, Winter Show
Featured Artist photographer Lance Kuehne.
March 8 through May 7, Showin’ on the River, Spring Show
*** Reception and Artwalk, Saturday, March 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Juried Photography Show.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through March 16, Forgotten Words
Forgotten Words investigates the ways in which six artists employ social objects to promote new connections and discussions among those that interact and experience them. Participating Artists are Ilana Crispi, Edith Garcia Monnet, Victoria Jang, Kari Marboe, Stephanie Syjuco, and Victoria Wagner.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through March 26, Reflections & Shadows
Juried exhibition of work in all mediums that focuses on the duality of light and dark, and on reflections of every kind.
Also showing: Gallery II, BIRDS: One inspiration. Five visions
Five artists; Mary Blake, Nancy Wheeler Klippert, Joyce Libeu, Diana Majumdar and Linda Schroeter use a variety of methods and materials including watercolors, oils, encaustic, pastels, acrylics, printmaking, colored pencil, and mixed media, in a vibrant and diverse range of styles.
Gallery III, Caught in Time: Calligraphic Abstractions by Sherrie Lovler
From her background in western calligraphy, Sherrie uses the marks, gestures and tools of calligraphy to make modern abstract paintings.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through March 26, A Walk in the Forest: Botanical paintings by Lucy Martin
Botanical paintings by Lucy Martin who uses gouache, watercolor, and a bit of colored pencil.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Art Exhibit
March 2 through March 28, Dedicated
*** Public reception Wednesday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Featuring the uniquely diverse work of local artists; “The Button Ladies” Marie Blasco and Louise Bouton; painter, furniture maker and assemblage artist Chris Cheek; and puppet maker Frank Gonzales.
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through March 12, Black White Color Life: Recent Works on Paper by Laurie Fendrich and Peter Plagens
SSU Art Gallery presents new work by two nationally recognized and highly regarded New York-based artists. The exhibition includes 52 works on paper; 26 by each artist. Plagens is perhaps equally known for his art criticism as he is for his art. He is the author of Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945-70 and was art critic for Newsweek from 1989 to 2003.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
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
Spring Lake Village Exhibit Gallery
March 4 through April 28, Natural Visions
*** Artist Reception Saturday, March 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Showcasing Mixed-Media art by Simmon Factor.
Spring Lake Village Exhibit Gallery
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through April 30, Contemporary Bay Area Photography|
*** Opening reception Monday, March 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A show of recent work by nine accomplished Bay Area photographers, Holly Anderson, Bill Baldewicz, Bob Cornelis, Barbara Elliott, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Maureen Lomasney, Michael Maggid, Austin Reynolds, and Colin Talcroft. Includes work using digital, analog, and alternative processes.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through March 26, Eclectic; Oil paintings by Tony Mininno
*** Opening Reception Saturday, March 4, from 2 to 6 p.m.
This show of new oil paintings by Tony Mininno features a variety of subjects. His mixed medium oil colors display a new freshness with the use of bright colors and bold brushwork.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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