Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2019

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 3 through February 4, By Invitation Only
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The 2019 Arts Guild of Sonoma Invitational Exhibition. A diverse selection of work by over 30 artists invited by AGS members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Blasted Art Gallery
Art Alley, South A Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa

Mary Silverwood

Calabi Gallery
Through January 11, From the Russian River to Santa Fe
A showing of pastels and acrylics by Mary Silverwood, the exhibition features Silverwood’s luminous landscapes of Sonoma County and the Southwest.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa


Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. Discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.

Through May 20, Without Words
From “Good grief!” to “AAUGH!”, Charles M. Schulz developed a lexicon that has become synonymous with the Peanuts comic strip. Yet the cartoonist’s approach to communication went well beyond words. The new exhibition explores Schulz’s pantomime comics and the artful techniques Schulz employed when telling stories using illustration alone.

January 31 through August 4, Behind Peanuts: The Little Red-Haired Girl
Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, the Little Red-Haired Girl, was inspired by Donna Mae Johnson-Wold, the real-life first love of Charles M. Schulz. In this exhibition, learn the back story through original art, photographs, and personal interviews.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through January 19, Small Works 2019
Small masterpieces in a variety of media at affordable prices.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

By Jocelyn Audette

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 18, Render
Guest artists for this exhibit are painter Jocelyn Audette and mixed-media artist, Cat Kaufman. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Paul Maurer. Hanya Popova Parker, painter, is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale



Corricks Art Trails Gallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton

Graton Gallery
Through January 6, Abstract
New works from Susan Proehl, Guest Artists: Barbara Regan, Connie Robeson, Cynthia Sumner and Catherine Walters.

January 9 through February 10, 10th Annual Small Works Show
Artists Reception Saturday, January 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Jurors: Pamela Powell and Lisa Andrews.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
Extended through February 2, Adela Akers – Threaded Reflections
The artistic career of Adela Akers spans the entire history of modern fiber art. Using her loom and chosen materials of linen, horsehair, metal foil and acrylic paint, she celebrates the calm of geometric patterning and expressive lines. Born in Spain, raised in Cuba, Akers was influenced by Pre-Columbian designs, and paintings by women of the Mbuti, Congo. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Akers is Professor Emeritus at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, and her work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Erinn Pavese

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 5 through January 27, Perspective and Insight
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual 2019 HCA Members Exhibition.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St. Petaluma



La Crema Estate
Through February, Jill Keller Peters
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters creates artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Museum of Sonoma County
Through January 27, From the Fire
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

Through January 6, 2019, Artistry in Wood
The 30th Annual Artistry in Wood continues the collaboration between Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. This major showcase of fine regional craftsmanship has evolved from a modest exhibition featuring the work of local woodworkers, into something much greater. It has become one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in the state.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 13, Small Works Exhibit
A juried exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists.

January 18 through January 27, Salmon Creek Students Exhibit
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through January, Annual Holiday Group Exhibition
Celebrating the holidays with artwork by over 40 artists from around the world.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 12, Members Show 2018
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

Michele Rosette

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through February, Water’s Edge Series
*** Reception and Artwalk Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Featured artist is painter, Michele Rosette.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

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


Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 11 through February 17, Go Figure
*** Opening Reception Friday, January 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Also showing; The Life and Art of William Bishop Wheeler
*** Opening and memorial celebration, Thursday, January 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
282 High Street, Sebastopol


Paula Matzinger-Seascape

Sebastopol Gallery
Through February 2, Reflections from Earth and Sky
The Gallery features three member artists; jeweler Joann Lustig, ceramicist Chris Boyd and painter Paula Matzinger. All three artists are deeply influenced by their coastal environment. Nature’s form, color and light are reflected in Joann’s colorful stones and sculptured settings, in Chris’s varied glazes and schools of pit-fired salmon, and in Paula’s glassy bays and cloud-brushed skies.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
35th annual ART FROM THE HEART benefit art auction
*** Saturday, February 2, silent art auction and party from 6 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery’s exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. There will be free previews of the artwork on Wednesday, January 30; Thursday, January 31; and Friday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Richard Shaw, Canton Lady, 2014, Image courtesy of Alice Shaw

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
January 19 through April 7, Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang
*** Opening reception on Saturday, January 19, from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free to members / $10 for the general public.
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang brings the recent work of these two giants of Bay Area clay, focusing on their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Also on view is Portals: A Space for Color by Phillip K. Smith III
American light artist Phillip K. Smith III, noted for large-scale installations, will install three Portals in the Museum. Each artwork investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Deborah Salomon

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
January 2 through March 3, Deborah Salomon: Collages
*** Opening reception Monday, January 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Salomon uses printed papers, type fragments, handwriting, shorthand, diagrams, and pages from ledgers and discarded books as raw material along with hand-painted elements. Her creative process is spontaneous, unspoken, and unconscious. Her influences include architecture, technical drawings, mineralogy, language texts, and alphabets.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati

Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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