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
June 1 through July 3, The Next Generation
*** Opening Reception, Friday June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Next Generation exhibition continues the celebration of the Guild’s 40 years of continuous operation as an artists’ cooperative. The curated show features the diverse talents of guest artists; Oliver Estrada, Briona Hendren, Lorene Cruz Santiago, Hannah Skoonberg, Ryan Taylor, Yohance Washington, and Xia Zhang.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, 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
Through June 10, Aging With Attitude, Fearless Fashion at 60+
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.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
June 2 through July 22, Crossing Boundaries
*** Opening reception Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Through paintings, sculpture and photography, the artworks by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists in Crossing Boundaries bridge the borders separating people, creating discourse across walls real or imagined. Themes include displaced populations, refugees, immigration, gender identity, personal and emotional boundaries.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 21, Sauté
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 2018, 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 June, Art at the Source Community Showcase
*** First Friday reception, June 2 from 5 to7 p.m.
The month of June features artists from the Art at the Source program 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
June 12 through September 3, Small Works Invitational
*** Artist Reception Saturday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Artists include; Donna DeLaBriandais, Lynn Davis, Joyce Kelly, Judy Klausenstock, and Joanne Tepper.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
Through July 9, Line and Color
*** Artists Reception Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring work by Bruce K. Hopkins and R. B. Ward, and Guest Artists: Kate E. Black, Sukha Carfagno, Clark Mitchell, and Joane Taeuffer.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
June 24 through August 16, Beneath The Sea Ice, Paintings from Antarctica by Lily Simonson
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lily Simonson creates immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Artist Talk (and a guest biologist); Saturday, July 29, from 7 to 8 p.m.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through July 16, POP! The Power of Printmaking
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
Through June 11, OVER THE THRESHOLD: The Continuum
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
June 10 through July 30, (Mostly) Petaluma Portraits
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Large-scale portraits in charcoal by Kathryn Keller, who creates large, life sized charcoal drawn portraits of women whom she finds leading lives of quiet heroism. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center, and Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
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
Through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
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
June 2 through July 30, ROOTS
*** Opening reception on Saturday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.
An exhibition of works by Sonoma County artists, juried by Susan St. Thomas. The theme of “Roots” is interpreted as personal roots, historical roots, ancestral roots, tree roots, seedling roots and other creative interpretations of roots.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through July 15, Chris Beards – And After
A Solo Exhibition of New Sculptures that explore our imprecise perception and retention of the past. Inspired by personal loss, these sculptural works speak from the increasing distance of remembrance. Our narrative of the past becomes smoother – the sharp edges and painful thorns are softened and dulled. Rather than depicting a memory of an instance, these works give form to the idea of memory.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture garden and meadows.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
Petaluma Arts Center
June 10 through August 5, Face of Petaluma: Portraits of our Town
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
A contemporary photographic portrayal of current Petaluma residents. Five photographers – Michael Garlington, Paige Green, Jude Mooney, Ramin Rahimian, and Michael Woolsey – have been making portraits and collecting stories from an array of local personalities, whose diverse and relevant stories are on view. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Petaluma Historical Museum & Library
June 10 through September 25, Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Showcasing personal images and public stories of a California Rivertown. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center.
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Street)
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, Spring UP!
The new exhibition celebrates the season and the resilience of coming back to life. 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 July 2, Late Spring Show
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
June 16 through July 23
*** Opening reception, Friday, June 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Gallery: “Blue” Juror: Randolph Murphy. Blue oceans, blue skies, blue cars, blue eyes, cornflowers and blueberries, seeing blue.
Gallery II: “Painted Words” Juried Calligraphy Exhibition. Juror: Carl Rohrs.
Gallery III: “The Art of the Portrait” Printmaker Pieter Myers brings the classical medium of copper plate photogravure to portraiture. The result is a contemporary interpretation of the portrait, using a blending of photography and intaglio printmaking.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through July 29, Birds of a Feather
*** Artist Reception Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Wildlife photography by Jim Cyb. Jim’s stunning images often incorporate time-lapse images of one bird composited in Photoshop to create a single photograph, recording the bird’s movement across a rocky terrain or the arc of its dive for food.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
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
Through July 2, Recent paintings by Suzanne Jacquot
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
Through June 25, Jan Thomas and Dan Scannell
*** Opening Reception Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Colorful, Light-filled Pastel Landscapes by Jan Thomas. Influenced by strong shapes and contrast, Jan Thomas’s recent paintings reflect a keen awareness of abstraction in the landscape. Mixed Media Encaustics by Dan Scannell, who communicates a visual story of time and space through design, the placement of shapes, and quality of color.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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Wow! There are some great shows happening in Sonoma County this summer. Thank you so much for posting them.
Jill, Sure is true, and it’s nice to have Hammerfriar Gallery as part of that great line-up.