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 2 through May 28, Still Becoming
*** Opening Reception Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A lively selection of work created by the Boys & Girls Club, curated and displayed by the Arts Guild of Sonoma! All proceeds from the sales of student work support the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley. This exhibit also features new work by Arts Guild Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
May 4 through May 28, PaleoMythic
*** Opening reception, First Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Modern myth from ancient sources. Featuring work by Suzanne Bedminster, Caren Catterall, Joel Bennett, Luann Udell, and Harry Frank.
Backstreet Building, Art Alley, South “A” Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
Extended through May 19, March Mélange
*** Artist reception, Sunday, May 6, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Featuring a Retrospective of Beatrice Benjamin, represented by her intaglio prints, watercolors, and multimedia, including both abstracts and representational works emphasizing the natural world. Also showing work by Adela Akers, Alan Azhderian, Joyce Ertel Hulbert and Bambi Waterman.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 16, My Favorite Peanuts: Reflections of Family and Friends
All Peanuts fans have a favorite character, storyline, or drawing. In this exhibition, Charles Schulz’s wife, Jean, along with some of his family members and close friends share their favorite strips and the stories behind them.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Through May 20, Annual Members Show
Santa Rosa Arts Center’s first annual show of work by the new SRAC Members.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through May 18, Translate
Guest artists for this exhibit are painter Adam Wolpert and ceramist Ralph Broussard. Resident artists include Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Painter Laura Paine Carr 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 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
May 2 through June 21, Art at the Source Preview
*** Opening reception, First Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featuring more than 20 artists from Art at the Source at Corrick’s Gallery and My Daughter the Framer.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
May 4 through May 27, Urban Garden, Modernist Oil Paintings by Jill Keller Peters
*** Artist Reception Friday, May 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Urban Garden collection of oil paintings represents Ms. Keller Peters’ state of mind, a thriving garden growing in the small shafts of light in a shadowy high-rise urban complex. Jill says, “What I express with color is my love of life, my belief of creating my own happiness, and the acceptance of the mystifying craziness of our existence.”
1200 River Rd, Fulton
Through May 6, Ninth Invitational Exhibition
The Featuring 33 of Northern California’s well known painters, printmakers and sculptors.
May 8 through June 10, Feathers and Fur
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Come have some fun at Graton Gallery with artists Mylette Welch, Lauri Luck, and Suki Diamond. Also featured are four guest artists: Susan Shore, Howard Klee, Rose Esterbrook, and Robin Reiss.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through June 16, Molly Perez, Mixed Media
Molly Perez is a leading Sonoma County artist who draws inspiration from nature and daily life. She begins by salvaging material–collecting vintage books, newsprint, wallpaper, discarded art, and scrapbooks that she tears and cuts deliberately to construct an image. This process allows her to work intuitively with an immediate and raw quality.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through June 3, Purely Abstract: Visions in Line, Form, and Color
The juried exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and mixed media by artists from throughout the U.S.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
May 7 through August 29, Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens
*** Opening reception, Saturday, May 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Lucy Martin creates botanical paintings in gouache which focus on the mysterious beauty of mushrooms and lichens. Her paintings reflect a lifelong connection with nature and her devotion to close observation.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Lauri Luck’s Pie Eyed Open Studio
May 19 and May 20, Lex Rudd and Arthur Poore
*** Saturday and Sunday, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Featuring the extraordinary costumes and puppetry of Lex Rudd paired with the dreamlike jigsaw puzzles of Arthur Poore. Through craftsmanship of the highest caliber their work brings fairytales to life with a blast of magical playfulness to be enjoyed by all ages.
2371 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol
Look for the ART + PIE sign and turn at the Giant Yellow Duck!
For more info contact Lauri Luck at 707-477-9442
Museums of Sonoma County
May 1 through September 23, Time & Place
*** Opening Reception Sunday, May 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
An exhibition about the natural and built environments, human impact, and how a place changes over time. From major hurricanes to the firestorms and housing crisis in Sonoma County, Time & Place places natural disasters and human made challenges in a larger global context. Artists include Kim Anno, Donna Brookman, Lewis deSoto, and Andrew Moore. Curated by Jeff Nathanson.
Through September 16, Lost Santa Rosa
*** Reception Sunday, May 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Looking at moments of truly transformative change, Lost Santa Rosa explores those elements of the city that have been lost over the years. With disasters such as the 2017 firestorms and the 1906 earthquake, losses can be sudden and breathtaking. Other changes come about over time as the result of demographic shifts, conscious decisions or even neglect. Curated by Eric Stanley.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through June 3, Connections
Juried exhibition featuring artwork by Sonoma County artists that considers all sorts of connections—to community, to family, to nature, and to each other. Juried by Rik Olson.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through May, Chris Blum & Patrick Duegaw
Chris Blum believes pop culture to be one of the best decoders of the cultural values of the times. Patrick Duegaw’s twenty eight-foot long panoramic interior painting becomes the ‘set’ for a painted drama happening in real time.
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 June 16, Youth Exhibition: Art Shapes the World
This is the sixth annual Youth Art Exhibit featuring artwork created by Petaluma’s youth, grades K-12.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through June 3, Yuji Hiratsuka Fanciful Figures: Then and Now
Yuji, originally from Osaka, has been a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University since 1992. His playful, colorful intaglio prints feature people in fanciful poses and costumes with roots in both Ukiyo-e woodblock and contemporary art. 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 9 through July 8, There’s No Place Like Home
*** Opening reception on Saturday, May 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition features four artists; Dan Melville presents a new series of his sculptural lamps created from bits of found metal; Anne Monk assembles ceramic and glass bits of nostalgia, creating unusual mirrors Edmund Price is known for his highly accurate wildlife paintings, and Lucia Antonelli is showing her conceptual abstracts.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
May 7 through May 17, Student Art Show, 2018
Opening May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This exhibit showcases the enormous talent of our SRJC art students and affords the opportunity to share their works with the SRJC student body and the college community.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through May 6, Pond Farm Pottery – Connections
The exhibition showcases the work of Marguerite Wildenhain and her students who worked at Pond Farm Pottery.
May 17 through June 10, Art at the Source Preview Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The primary Preview Exhibition, showing one original artwork by each of the participating artists. Open Studios; June 2–3 and June 9–10.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through May 19, BFA Exhibition 2018
Showing artwork by 14 recent Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates, in a variety of media.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through June 10, Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo
Moored on the north side of Sausalito, California in 1949, the S.S. Vallejo became the dynamic home and cultural incubator for artists, musicians and literary luminaries such as Gordon Onslow Ford, Alan Watts, Jean Varda, Allen Ginsberg, Wolfgang Paalen and many others.
Also on view; Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao
This is the first solo retrospective of the Berkeley-based artist associated with the Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950s. Nanao’s work blends the spontaneous bravura brushwork of Abstract Expressionism with a reimagining of figuration.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
May 1 through July 1, Kerry Vander Meer—Mixed Media
*** Opening reception Monday, May 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mixed media work combining printmaking, drawing, and collage using paper, fabric, and found items. Vander Meer’s work is sometimes monochrome and minimalist, sometimes exuberantly colorful.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through May 27, Flora and Fauna in Silver and Gold, By Dan Scannell
*** Artist Reception Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Scannell’s new series is inspired by Japanese screens from the 19th century. He became interested in the highly stylized nature scenes, and thought it would be fascinating to create Japanese style paintings based on Sonoma County flora and fauna. He was further compelled to develop the backgrounds of these paintings using gold and silver leaf as Japanese artists did when making screens.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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