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

Sonoma County – Strong!
Many galleries and artists have been affected by the recent devastating fires, check with the venues for any changes to schedules or programs. Go see art for a bit of solace, support each other, and support the arts.

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.

By Zaza Fetterly

Arts Guild of Sonoma
November 3 through November 27, November Exhibition
*** Opening Reception, Friday November 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featured Artist is Zaza Fetterly; her art reflects enthusiasm for life and the love of people and animals. Seeking to enchant and cheer viewers, she connects people to their natural inner goodness by provoking inner memories. Arts Guild members are also showing in November.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma


Blasted Art Gallery
November 3 through November 12, Somewhere Else
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The gallery’s inaugural show features an installation by Chris Beards and Bill Shelley. The gallery will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through November 12.
Off Art Alley, SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa

Destruction, by Penny Wolin, ©2017

Calabi Gallery
November 4 through November 25, After the Fire
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In recognition of the recent horrific blazes and celebrating the rebuilding of our beautiful Sonoma County community, the gallery will show a selection of poignant fire imagery by photographer Penny Wolin. Also showing will be a selection of favorite Dia de los Muertos pieces, and art by immigrant populations and artists from other parts of the world.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Chroma Gallery
Through November 4, Secret Identities; Masks and the Art of Concealment
Masks, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, and sculpture.

November 8 through November 18, Mixed-media paintings by Simmon Factor
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 17, Flavor
Group show of resident and guest artists.
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

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

By Ana Maria Pacheco

Through November 26, Ana Maria Pacheco – Prints
Showcasing prints by internationally acclaimed, award-winning Brazilian-born sculptor, painter and printmaker, Ana Maria Pacheco.
16190 C Main Street, Guerneville





By Susan Proehl

Graton Gallery
November 7 through December 17, Inside Out
*** Artists Reception Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring distinctive abstracted paintings, filled with color, line and form, by painters Susan Proehl and Sandra Rubin. Also showing is work of four Guest Artists: Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Linda Malone, Matt Proehl, and Connie Robeson.
9048 Graton Road, Graton


Hammerfriar Gallery
Through November 18, Bill Shelley and Shelley Spira Burns
Back from spending months in Berlin, Bill Shelley presents a collection of drawings he created while responding to this city. The drawings employ classical design conventions as well as invented interpretations and viewpoints. Also showing are sculptures by Shelley Spira Burns. An interest in geology, archeology and a background in psychology inform her work.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

By Max Murray

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 19, Emerging Artists 2017
The 2017 Exhibit features seven artists; Nina Daley Barchilon, Andrea Bergen, Max Murray, Nicole Schlaeppi, Alex Shirwo, Sandra Silvoy, and Ivan Thorpe.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen
www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery. com

IceHouse Gallery
November 17 through January 7, Vita Collage
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Presenting Objects, Art, Arrangements; signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes. Curated by Victoria Swift, the show includes jewelry, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, vintage finds, photography, collage art, shrines, small furnishings, books and object collections.
405 East D St. Petaluma

Coyote, by Dave Strauss

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 4, Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There
Wildlife photography by Dave Strauss, whose recent images isolate single creatures, people, or other elements for careful inspection with minimal distraction from foregrounds or backgrounds.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa


Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through November 26, Unpacked: Contemporary Works From Private Collections of Northern California
Unpacked features contemporary works from private collections of Northern California. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists who have inspired established collectors.

Make it a Double, by Michael Murphy

History Museum
November 18 through January 7, 29th Annual Artistry in Wood
The exhibition reflects the legacy of arts and crafts on California’s north coast, as well as the local resonance between wood and the landscape. The work in the exhibition shows strong historical and regional influences, such as the distinctive style and philosophy exemplified by the woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. Beyond the more traditional forms of furniture and classic objects, Artistry in Wood is also known for work that pushes the boundaries of wood as an artistic medium.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
November 4 through January 14, The River
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featuring artwork that evokes the river, real or imagined, through realism or abstraction, two- or three-dimensional.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

By Ann Wolff

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through December, Ann Wolff — Cast Glass Works
As one of the founders of the international Studio Glass Movement, Ann Wolff was at the center of attention as early as end of the 1960s. Today she works as a freelance artist in Sweden and Berlin.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg


Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows. The winery buildings were devastated by the fire, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa

By Jon Gariepy

Petaluma Arts Center
November 11 through January 6, Members Juried Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This year’s exhibition is juried by Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University. This year PAC features the art of long-time member Jon Gariepy. Highlighting a featured artist accentuates the rich history and talent that resides in the PAC community.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Memory Gate I, Japan, by Jill Mellick

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through December 31, Passages
The show highlights mixed media work of Jill Mellick. In light of the devastating firestorms of Northern California, this is turns out to be an especially appropriate show. Mellick began to explore a dream she had of natural disasters using materials she gathered or found from across the world. For this show, she has selected pieces from her first group in the series, which she titled “Japan Dreaming”. 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

By Laura Tovar Dietrick

Riverfront Art Gallery
November 8 through January 7, Late Fall Show
*** Reception and Saturday Artwalk, November 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The two featured artists for the November show are painters Laura Tovar Dietrick and Henry White.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma


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

Sculpturesite Gallery
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen

Tangerines, Kathleen Elliot

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through December 3, Got Glass!!!
Main Gallery: Got Glass!!! Convergence, Juror: Cassandra Straubing
The focus in the main gallery is on showing the diversity of the medium and the wide range of techniques such as blown, cast, cold work, fused, pate de verre, slumped and painted glass, lampwork, neon, and plasmawork.
Gallery II: Got Glass!!! Flamed Glass, Juror: Paul Stankard
A celebration of Flamework / Lampwork, objects that are formed from rods and tubes of glass.
Gallery III: Ed Kirshner Organized Chaos, Plasma Work
Artists included; Ed Kirshner, Mitch LaPlante, Roger Carr, and Mike Perrett.
See website for related programs and events.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through November 26, Let’s Talk About Trees
Mixed-media work by Jeremy Joan Hewes.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
November 2 through December 10, Two-Scale
*** Opening reception, Thursday, November 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a reading by Nathan Lynch at 5 p.m.
Showcasing large-scale and mixed-media ceramic work by Todd Barricklow, Woody De Othello, Victoria Jang, Nathan Lynch, Mark Messenger, and Nancy Selvin.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

By David Ligare

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors
This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. These works challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists included are Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson and Diana Moore.

Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
This exhibition explores David Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide. Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Diamonds, by Susan Stover

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through December 31, Susan Stover—Encaustics: New Work
*** Opening reception Monday, November 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Recent abstract work in encaustics by Graton-based artist Susan Stover.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati



Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November, Daniele Todaro
*** Opening reception on Saturday, November 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Daniele Todaro’s current show encompasses images of beaches, hills, outbuildings and other iconic scenes, rendered in pastel, monoprints and mixed media. Known for her exciting use of color and vibrancy of expression, Todaro’s work is worth a close look to appreciate the thoughtful and creative use of layering.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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