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.
Art at the Source
June 2 & 3, and 9 & 10, Open Studios
All participating studios are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 24th annual Art at the Source Open Studios event gets you up close to the art and the artists of west Sonoma County. Over 112 artists in more than 70 locations will open their studios during the first two weekends in June. Studio locations range from the coastal villages of Jenner and Bodega Bay, to the inland communities of Valley Ford, Monte Rio, Guerneville, Forestville, Graton, Sebastopol, Occidental, and West Santa Rosa. New this year! Art & Wine Studio Tours: As a way of making participating studios more accessible to art lovers, Sebastopol Center for the Arts is sponsoring morning and afternoon guided tours of selected Open Studios on June 9 and 10.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through July 2, The Next Generation: Art Show + Block Party
*** Block Party Opening Saturday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Presenting five fresh faces in the Sonoma County art scene, making us excited about the future of art in our community and beyond.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Blasted Art Gallery
June 1 through July 6, Icarus Down, an installation by Judson King Smith
*** Opening Reception Friday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An ongoing ever-changing work by Smith, Icarus Down has been exhibited on the floor, wall mounted, and attached to the exterior of an art gallery. Smith adds and subtracts components at each showing, altering his intent and narrative. Closing Reception, Friday, July 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Backstreet Building, Art Alley, South “A” Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
June 9 through July 28, Migrations; Featuring the Art of Iva Hladis
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Calabi Gallery presents the art of Iva Hladis, who was born in communist Czechoslovakia in 1965. In 1985 she escaped and settled in Rome, Italy. After a year in Rome, she was granted political asylum in the United States, and lived in Los Angeles for the next 29 years. Hladis recently moved to Sonoma County, California where she has most recently turned her attention to the issues of global warming and world destruction.
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
June 1 through July 28, Healing by Art 2: Landscape and Memories
*** Opening reception Friday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
For this exhibition artists offer their interpretations of the past to inspire the community as it transitions to a post-fires Sonoma County. Many are individual conceptions and emotional impressions of “home” and location of our fondest memories; the neighborhoods, environment and geography where we were raised.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
City Council Chambers, Santa Rosa
June 8 through July 19, Signs of Life: New Works by Christie Marks
*** Opening reception Friday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Christie Marks’ practice lies in nostalgia and melancholy that’s ingrained in the American psyche. Signs of Life features mixed media works and paintings that are the newest additions to this theme.
City Hall Council Chambers
100 Santa Rosa, Ave., Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 20, Initiate
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Virginia Harrison and digital collage artist Ralph Broussard. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Painter Pamela Heck is the featured resident artist for Initiate.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through June 21, Art at the Source Preview
*** Reception, First Friday, June 1, 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
1200 River Rd, Fulton
Gallery Three Hundred
Through July 31, New Spaces, New Places
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday June 24, demo with Terry Sauve, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Contemporary Paintings by Jennifer Hirshfield, Terry Sauve and Lisa Thorpe. Functional art by Alejandro Salazar, Amy Smith and Ron Macken.
6780 McKinley, Suite 130, in The Barlow, Sebastopol
Through June 10, Feathers and Fur
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.
June 12 through July 15, What We See
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring landscapes in oil and pastel by Tim Haworth, Antonio Sommers, and Susan Greer. Guest Artists include Marnie Donaldson, Barbara Jacobs, Tamra Sanchez, and Ian Tait.
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.
June 23 through August 25, 13 YEARS
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Hammerfriar Gallery celebrates its first 13 Years with a retrospective of 41 artists. This is the final show curated by Gallery founder, Jill Plamann, who is retiring after 40 years of presenting art. The Gallery will continue under the direction of new owners Charly Leys and Glenn Young.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
June 9 through July 15, The Art of Wine and Vines
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A celebration of wine, wine making, enology, and viticulture. Jurors for The Art of Wine and Vines are Jean Mooney, and Chris Vetrano.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
June 9 through June 30, Inez Storer –Xerpts from Map of the World
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.
West Marin mixed media artist, Inez Storer, has had an extensive artistic career and continues to create captivating imagery through painting and collage. Her work has an aspect of implied history, both through the use of the figure as well as objects that are part of her home collections.
405 East D St., Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 29, Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens
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
June 8 through July 10, The Art of Recovery
*** Opening reception Friday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pastels by Gayle Cooper, and acrylics by Tammi Salas.
16300 Church Street, Guerneville
Museums of Sonoma County
Through September 23, Time & Place
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
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
June 8 through July 29, Call & Response
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.
This invitational exhibition features the artwork of Dave Gordon, Victoria Wagner and Adam Wolport.
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 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
Through July 8, There’s No Place Like Home
*** Art Walk Reception Saturday, June 9, 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
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through June 10, Art at the Source Preview Exhibition
The primary Preview Exhibition, showing one original artwork by each of the participating artists. Open Studios; June 2–3 and June 9–10.
June 22 through July 29, Bibliophoria V
*** Opening reception Friday, June 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
An international biennial juried book art exhibition, this show pays homage to all things book arts related. Featuring graphic and sculptural works primarily emphasizing creative re-interpretations using books, book components and bookmaking methods. Juried by Macy Chadwick. Also showing, Bound & Unbound, a Sonoma County Book Arts Guild exhibit.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through June, Quiet Strength
*** Artists’ Reception Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Quiet Strength, pastel paintings by member artist, Teri Sloat, is the featured exhibit for June (in the south window and inside the gallery), and ceramics by member artist Chris Boyd are displayed in the north window.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
Through July 27, Millennial Mind: Topics for the 21st Century
The concept for Millennial Mind grew out of a discussion among SSU’s Museum Theory and Practice students. The Museum students were interested in how issues in the news today; gun violence, immigration, gender and ethnicity, technology, were affecting their peers in studio courses who were creating art against the background of these complex and often troubling events.
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.
June 6 through October 21, Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape
*** Opening reception June 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the southeast corner of Sonoma Plaza, with remarks from the Museum, City, and artists starting at 5:30 p.m. BYOP (bring your own picnic) and we’ll bring the wine!
Public art in Sonoma Plaza with works by Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. Each of these women sculptors play an important role in evolving the canon of California art and in the craft of sculpture. Each artwork features a shared concern for the natural world as well as human-animal interests concerning friendship, and love.
June 23 through September 16, Private Landscapes and Public Territories: Botanicals, Archives and Libraries in the Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains
In this exhibition, Amalia Mesa-Bains focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations. The themes of family geographies and historical displacements of Latino and native peoples are represented through border maps, archival images and native plants.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Spinster Sisters Santa Rosa
June 5 through August 12, Joy 2.0
*** Artist Reception Tuesday, June 5, from 5 to7 p.m.
Sara Downing is a photographer with a great eye and sense of composition. For this show Downing focuses primarily on small, textural microcosms distilled from the often-labeled “mundane”. With intricate shadows and angular perspectives, Downing reveals the unexpected artistry and grace of a world hidden in plain sight.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through July 15, Kerry Vander Meer—Mixed Media
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. She is equally persuasive in either mode.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through June, 21st Anniversary Celebration
*** Reception Saturday, June 23, from 2 to 8 p.m.
A showcase of artwork by alumni artists who have been part of the gallery’s 21-year history, alongside the work of the 16 current artist partners. Guest artists in June include: T Barny, James Reynolds, Ned Luzmoor, Lindy Date, Gary Sauder, Katrina Small, Diana Majumdar, Karina Nishi Marcus, Taylor Page, Judy Markoff, Tamara Sanchez, Dave Walker, Dee Andreini, Jan Thomas, Joyce Hasselbeck, Don Drummond, and Tony Mininno.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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