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 29, Annual Invitational Show
*** Artist Reception Saturday, January, 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
An eclectic show featuring work by 17 guest artists invited by members of The Arts Guild of Sonoma, on view along with work by Guild artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
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
January 5 through February 4, 4th Annual Art of The Figure
*** Artists Reception Friday, January 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In a centuries old tradition, artists gather together to draw or paint from live models in art centers, galleries and homes. This annual exhibit showcases artwork created in local figure drawing and painting groups.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 19, Sweet
Group show with 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 www.101SculptureTrail.com.
Corricks Art Trails Gallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
January 13 through February 13, Bob Nugent Brazil
*** Reception for the Artist and 20th Anniversary celebration of Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg, January 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Through January 28, From Clayton to Graton
Print maker and painter, Rik Olson, and his guest, childhood friend, Fred Kling, will share the upfront part of the Graton Gallery in their show. Also featured at the gallery will be the work of the skilled art students of painter Michael Coy.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through January 31, 428 Collective
Recent work by Maura Harrington, Cristina Hobbs, Pat Lenz, Jessica Martin, Caitlin McCaffrey, Susan Preston, Flora Skivington, Alice Sutro, Carol Vena-Mondt, Victoria Wagner, and Chelsea Wills. This group of 11 Sonoma County artists brings awareness to innovative and boundary pushing art being produced in our area.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 13 through February 4, Members’ Exhibit: Expressions
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, January 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Representing a variety of artistic expression; painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, three dimensional and written word. Closing Tea, Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Through January 13, Catch & Release IV
Quilts, Prints, Photographs, Drawings and more from the Robert Flynn Johnson Collection. Continuing through January 7, Vita Collage
Presenting Objects, Art, Arrangements; signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes.
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
January 9 through May 1, Rik Olson—Naturally
*** Artist Reception Saturday, January 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Showcasing prints and paintings by Rik Olson.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museums of Sonoma County
January 9 through April 15, 3 Friends: Hudson, Stuppin, Shaw
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
3 Friends explores the work of contemporary artists Robert Hudson, Jack Stuppin and Richard Shaw, three artists who have worked for decades in California’s North Coast region. Colleagues, friends and sometime conspirators, the three artists have had influential careers shaping three distinct media—steel, canvas and clay. This marks the first time all three have been shown together in a combined museum exhibition.
Through January 7, 29th Annual Artistry in Wood
The exhibition reflects the legacy of arts and crafts on California’s north coast.
January 21 through April 1, Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Although now extinct in the state, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 14, The River
Featuring artwork that evokes the river; real or imagined, through realism or abstraction.
January 19 through February 4, Salmon Creek Students’ Art Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
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
Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 6, Members Juried Exhibition
This year PAC features the art of long-time member Jon Gariepy.
January 20 through March 24, Power of 10: Scaling Up
Curated by Llisa Demetrios.
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
January through February, Heaven, Earth & The Space Between
*** Opening reception on Saturday, January 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Winter Show with Featured Artists; Marilee Ford and Sharon Feissel.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 5 through February, 11, Year of The Dog
*** Opening reception, Friday, January 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
2018 is the Chinese “Year of the dog”, a great inspiration for a woofing show. Jurors: Amy Owen, Curator, and Kara Q. Smith, Asst. Curator, at the di Rosa, Center for Contemporary Art.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through January 27, Rebeca Trevino and Jeff Watts — Creatures Big And Small
Rebeca is an assemblage artist who combines objects in unexpected ways. Jeff Watts is a painter who works in oils. His subjects are frequently portraits of people, flowers or animals.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors. Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
January 20 through April 15, An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London
Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor.
Also on view: Libros de Artista: Artist’s Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Libros de Artista features about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American and Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
January 2 through February 25, Linda Yoshizawa—Monotype Collage
*** Opening Reception Monday, January 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda graduated with a BA in studio art from Pomona College in 1978. She studied silkscreen printmaking at UCLA extension.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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