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 2019
*** Open Studios, two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2, and June 8 & 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
25th-annual self-guided open art studio tour of western Sonoma County. Free demonstrations. Preview work by all 109 participating artists at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
282 S. High St., Sebastopol
Arts Guild of Sonoma
June 5 through July 1, Next Generation
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
This 3rd annual exhibition features four Up and Coming Sonoma County artists; Dirk Atkinson, Kaity Decker, Jordan Hayes, and Andrew Merriss.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through June, Kristen Throop: Graphic Works
*** Artist reception, Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The show’s focus is a series of flat and graphic paintings done in tempera.
Art Alley, SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Through July 6, Don Martin
Don Martin (1931-1989) lived and worked in Mexico in the fifties, in Venice, CA, in part of the sixties, and finally on a farm near Santa Cruz for the remainder of his life. The places and times influenced his work, but his styles and choices of media were always personal, sometimes irreverent and sometimes deeply spiritual, sometimes spontaneous and sometimes painstakingly crafted. Also showing work by other masterful artists of the era including Paul Beattie, Karl Benjamin, Dorr Bothwell, Hans Burkhardt, Claire Falkenstein, Robert B. Howard, Ynez Johnston, Karl Kasten, Frank Lobdell, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert P. McChesney, Nathan Oliveira, Deborah Remington, Louis Siegriest, June Wayne, and others.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
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.
Through November 18, Peanuts Goes to Camp
Nearly every summer, the Peanuts Gang loads up on buses and heads off to summer camp—some more willingly than others. Featuring over seventy original comic strips, sketches, and vintage Peanuts products, the exhibition invites visitors to relive nights serenaded by crickets and days full of sun-drenched memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang.
Through March 8, 2020, Peace, Love, and Woodstock
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival this summer, the Museum and Research Center presents a yearlong exhibition celebrating the smallest Peanuts character, Woodstock, named for the generation-defining music event. Check the website for related Public Programs.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
June 7 through July 19, A Day in the Life: An Exhibition of Photography
*** Opening Reception Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A visual journey through the daily relationship of family, friends, community and the world we live in. Dynamic photos of our universal emotions and of humanities essential oneness. Through these passionate and spirited pictures we sense our place in the environment, the beauty of nature, love and truth.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 19, Compass
Guest artists are Jimmie Nord and Tamra Sanchez. Resident artists are Ralph Broussard, Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Featured resident artist is Pamela Heck.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Through June 27, Art at the Source Community Showcase
*** Reception Friday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showing artwork by 45 Art at the Source artists.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
Through July 1, New work by Mary Vaughan
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through June 30, Being There –Art in the Moment
*** Artists Reception Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring work by Tim Haworth and Roy Raymond, with Guest Artists Barbara Jacobs, Robert Ingram, Robin Reiss & Linda Lee Boyd.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through July 20, Victoria Wagner – Mixed Media
Victoria Wagner’s radiant color-play communicates beyond the attractive geometric lines and shapes that first meet the eye. Harnessing the potential of wood, aluminum, and paint, her work is a deeper channeling – a visual expression of the cosmological and psychological interplays of the human, animal and environmental world. The result of this process is at once vibrant and restful, meditative and celebratory. Her latest paintings on panel, sometimes combined with the mediums of aluminium and walnut, are mysterious and profound in unexpected ways.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
June 8 through July 14, Art of Wine with a Vintage Palette
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition features artwork by various artists throughout Sonoma County, California, the U.S. and international.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
June 8 through July 21, Bounty
*** Artist reception Saturday, June 8 from 4-8. Enjoy light refreshments and fiddle playing by Adam Hill. Bounty celebrates the abundance and beautiful vibe of Northern California. Landscapes, sculpture, jewelry, photography, painted glass dinnerware, and mixed media pieces are on view.
126 Matheson, Healdsburg
Through June 14, Hiraeth
Hiraeth is an exhibition of extraordinary multi-media works by Diana Majumdar. HIRAETH (n.) homesickness, yearning, and longing. Nostalgia for a home you cannot return to, no longer exists, or maybe never was. Longing to be where your spirit lives.
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 27, Into The Fold
Oil and Acrylic Paintings by Angela Zocco Sturr.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
Through August 11, Kinetics: Art in Motion
Kinetic Art developed as an international movement in the early 20th Century by artists seeking ways to use real space, time, and movement, explore new technologies, and make social commentary. Kinetics: Art in Motion, curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak, presents contemporary artists that continue these investigations, and whose works reflect a variety of styles and modes of movement. Featuring works by Catherine Daley, Laurent Davidson, Chris Eckert, Mark Galt, Nemo Gould, Ned Kahn, Jerome Kirk, Thérèse Lahaie, Sean Paul Lorentz, Mark Malmberg, Martin Munson, Moto Ohtake, Bruce Shapiro, and Camille Utterback.
June 16 through September 15, Grass Roots: Cannabis from Prohibition to Prescription
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Free for members and children 12 & under, General Admission $10.
Explore the long history of cannabis, is it the devil’s weed, a remarkable remedy, or just something to be enjoyed with friends like a glass of wine? Cannabis use generates strong, often divided opinions, but its story is undeniably significant. While cannabis has been part of human history for thousands of years, in the last 125 years it has gone from legal to illegal in California and back again.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through July 21, Abstractions
*** Artist Reception: Saturday, June 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Abstractions – an exhibition of all-media art by Sonoma County Artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through June 23, Beyond Sight: In Search of Meaning
The Photographs of Wynn Bullock. In the mid-1950s, Bullock’s artistry came into the public spotlight when Edward Steichen chose two of his photographs to include in the 1955 The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Child in Forest became one of the exhibition’s most memorable images. By the end of that decade, his work was being featured in many exhibitions and publications worldwide.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
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
Through July 7, Late Spring Show
Grant Kreinberg is the featured artist in the current show.
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 9, Art at the Source: Preview Exhibition
Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) welcomes you to the 25th annual self-guided open studio tour of western Sonoma County. Travel the back roads and visit artists in their studios. Discover the abundance of artwork and creativity right here in our community.
June 21 through July 28, Black & White and One Hint of Color
*** Opening Reception Friday, June 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This international, juried exhibition presents artwork with predominance of black and white but with a tiny element of another color. Jurors are Rik Olson and Sally Briggs.
Concurrent Exhibits: in Gallery II; The Nature of Trees by John Martin and Dan McGarrah. In Gallery III; Gone to the Dogs, by Nancy Winn.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through July, Volery
*** Artist reception Friday, June 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mixed-media works by artist Diana Majumdar who creates natural scenes featuring flights of birds. Ceramics by Chris Boyd are in the North window.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
June 4 through August 1, Pastel, Charcoal and Graphite
*** Conversation with the Artists, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Santa Rosa Junior College older adult exhibit with pastel, charcoal and graphite, Mary Beth Sasso, Instructor.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through June 16, Sonoma Modern|Contemporary
Celebrating the remarkable artistic legacy of Sonoma County, the exhibition features historic, as well as contemporary artists who have lived and worked in Sonoma County. Works by Chester Arnold, Jane Baldwin, Fletcher Benton, David Best, Bernice Bing, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Robert Hudson, Marc Katano, Nicole Katano, Mary McChesney, Robert McChesney, Frances McCormack, Bob Nugent, Deborah Oropallo, Hassel Smith, Jack Stuppin, William T. Wiley, Franklin Williams, and Dennis Ziemeinski, among others, are included in this exhibition. Check their website for related programs and events.
June 29 through September 8, Nick Brandt: Inherit the Dust
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Photographer Nick Brandt, famous for his portraits of Africa’s most majestic and vanishing animals, presents a series of epic panoramic landscapes. In this series of photographs he records the impact of man in East Africa where animals once roamed, but no longer do. In each location, life-sized panels of his own animal portraits are placed within a world of urban development, factories, wasteland, and quarries, and then re-photographed.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through June 30, Seeking Common Language
*** Artist Reception June 15, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Cynthia Sumner brings together her love of ceramics and painting in a new collection of work. The exhibit features two mediums; a series of stacked sculptural forms in clay (“totems”) and oil paintings in cold wax medium. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Sonoma Gems: a Small Works Installation by Beverly Bird. Scenes from throughout Sonoma County featuring vineyards, ocean vistas, local sites, and forests. Iconic landscape views are depicted in colorful acrylic paints and textures.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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Have you checked out “Red Shoes Gallery” at the 6th Street Palyhouse in Santa Rosa?
Best. Kathleen Thompson
No, but you can sugggest to them to contact me.
This looks like a great array of art! Wish I could just drive up for a day (or two). Maybe when my friend, Jody is here this summer… I gave your name to an artist who I have never met but seems like a nice guy. He lives part-time near Todos Santos, and we are Facebook friends because we have friends in common. How is Karl doing? How are you doing? It was great to hear about Arrow and Lauren’s first house! Teresa
Yes, lots of great art. If you come up in July or early August you will still be able to see the Kinetics show at the Museum of Sonoma County. Not to be missed!
Thanks so much, Satri.
Barbara, you are so very welcome, thanks for all that you do.