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
May 3 through May 29, Small But Grand Works
*** Reception Friday May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Each year the Arts Guild of Sonoma, in collaboration with the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, distributes 50 canvases to Sonoma Valley’s high school art students, inviting them to exhibit their art in our annual Small But Grand Works event.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through June 17, Robert P. McChesney: Bay Area Master of Abstraction
The exhibition features a 60-Year retrospective of work by Robert McChesney, Bay Area Master of Abstraction.
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
Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
May 5 through June 10, Aging With Attitude, Fearless Fashion at 60+
*** Opening Reception Friday, May 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Photo Series by John Martin featuring portraits of 19 dynamic Sonoma County women. What the women have in common is that they use their personal creativity to dress in their own unique style. Conversation With the Photographer, Thursday, May 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
Through May 27, Nature Unbound
This juried exhibition features artwork which interprets and reacts to the awesome powers of nature; the effects of weather and the elements, wildfire, glaciers, roots breaking rocks, erosion, and entropy. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, and photography from Sonoma County and greater Bay Area artists.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
May 20 Through July 21, Sauté
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Mike Laflin and collage artist, John Hundt. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Pamela Heck is 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 www.101SculptureTrail.com.
Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through May 31, Art at the Source Community Showcase
*** First Friday reception, May 5, from 5 to7 p.m.
The month of May will see artists from the Art at the Source program featured at the Gallery at Corrick’s and My Daughter the Framer.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Gallery at First
Through July 2, Illusion: Traditional Methods and Contemporary Conceptions – Three Oil Painters from the Russian River Atelier
Featuring the work of three oil painters, Jay Blums, Naomi Marino, and Linda Schroeter, who are a part of Russian River Atelier, a collaborative art studio in Sonoma County.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
Through May 28, Transparency – It’s All About Glass
Featuring work by Sally Baker and six Glass Artists: Valerie Adams, Branka Harris, Mark Freed, Laurence, Gandolfo-Salatino, and Carla Sarvis. With Guest Artists, Robert Ingram, Karren Reyburn, Helen Mehl, and Luann Udell.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
May 20 through July 16, POP! The Power of Printmaking
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A juried exhibition exploring the unique ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions through printmaking. In the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, printmakers are encouraged to collaborate with illustrators, designers and other artists to create new works. Closing Tea, Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
May 18 through June 11, OVER THE THRESHOLD: The Continuum
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Original paintings by Sonoma County artist Bernadette Howard. The paintings are inspired by Howard’s experiences as she connects with the emotional responses of her life’s journey – linking birth, aging, relationships, loss and love. Her images convey a state of mystery, and often with a sense of familiarity.
Located at Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
Through May 10, Daily Patterns, Daily Prayers
Solo exhibition of new work by Tracey Rolandelli showing in the new IceHouse Annex rental gallery. Featuring watercolors, sketches, and oil/acrylic canvas paintings with a wide range of subject matter, including abstracts, live model life drawings, religious environments, and representational landscapes/surroundings.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
May 5 through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Schuett is drawn to using animals and insects as subjects for their form, grace and contrast, and makes pieces about local wildlife.
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
May 13 through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
*** Opening Reception Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. Curated by Susan Landauer.
Through July 9, Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad
Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into the “Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how WWI touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through May 14, Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal
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 May 21, Barry Masteller, Natural Occurrence
Masteller’s work reflects a keen understanding of painting as a three-dimensional terrain, formed by sedimented layers of pigment binder and varnish, and built up, like geological formations, over the course of time.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
Petaluma Arts Center
Through May 20, theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore
This juried exhibition explores the current political climate as each individual artist envisions it, and includes work by 80 Northern and Central California artists in a variety of media.
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
May 8 through July 2, Late Spring Show
*** Reception and 2nd Saturday Artwalk, May 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Road Home, Paintings by Janet Doto. Beauties of Spring, Photographs and Paintings by Philip Wilkinson.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Currently on view is Jeff Kahn‘s kinetic sculpture collection, titled “Unseen Forces,” which explores balance and gravity and the way almost imperceptible air currents interact with them.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through May 7, Gallery II; Peter Krohn; From Grief to Gratitude: Peter Krohn’s Personal Journey.
Gallery III; One Thing Leads to Another; Paintings and Sculptures by Lisa Beerntsen.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through May 28, 10th Anniversary Windows Round Robin
To begin the celebration of Sebastopol Gallery’s 10th anniversary, they are featuring the work of one member artist in each window of the gallery during April and May. Artists showing during April are: Lucy Martin, Jeff Watts, Kalia Kliban, Paula Matzinger, Susan St. Thomas, Jim Cyb, and Teri Sloat.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
SOFA Arts District
May 13 through May 28, A Search for a Road and a Search for Freedom: Six Series by Kristen Throop
*** Reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
How is a cuckoo clock related to a cow? Red rabbits, cows, black bears, light sculptures, Technicolor light boxes and cuckoo clocks appear to be unrelated, yet they share common underlying themes in the work of Kristen Throop. On three Sundays in May 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. Throop will be discussing themes in her work in depth.
BackStreet Gallery on Art Alley
South A St. Santa Rosa
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through May 21, BFA Exhibition 2017
The exhibition features the work of 13 students in the Art Department who are graduating this Spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through June 18, Memory & Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe
Joseph DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-Iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
May 2 through July 2, Recent paintings by Suzanne Jacquot
*** Opening reception: Monday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A selection of recent works on paper and canvas by Suzanne Jacquot, widely known for her dynamic gestural paintings.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
The Spinster Sisters
Through June 5, s+oryprobl=m :: alternate route
Work by C.K. Itamura. Individually, delicate teacups and bowls handmade out of paper are fragile vessels that can easily be crushed or dissolved; bound together, they are transformed into a beacon of encouragement to proceed, evolve and boldly persist over, around and through innumerable ostensible obstacles placed along the path.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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