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.
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Art Trails 2019
*** October 12-13 and October 19-20, Open Studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See the work of over 140 professional artists in their studios throughout beautiful Sonoma County. Art Trails self-guided tour offers a fabulous opportunity to learn first-hand from the artists what inspires their art, how it is made, and where it is made. October is the perfect time of year to enjoy Sonoma County, see fabulous art, find a terrific holiday gift, and treat oneself to a special piece of art that will enliven your home or office. Preview exhibitions in various locations where informative catalogs with maps are available.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
October 3 through November 3, Alchemy
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
For this National Juried Exhibition 68 artworks were chosen from eight States by juror, Jenny Gheith of SFMOMA.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through October 12, It’s All Good!
A group show of gallery artists working in a variety of styles and media. Artists include Douglas Ballou, Warren Bellows, Holly Downing, Peter Holbrook, Joyce Hulbert, Carolyn Lord, Carol Peek, Michael Ramos, Alejandro Salazar, and Bambi Waterman.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
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 January 19, 2020, Abracadabra! Magic in Peanuts
One of Schulz’s little-known pastimes: Magic. Featuring original Peanuts comic strips, animation cels, merchandise, and artwork.
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
October 3 through November 22, The Other Me: Masks That Reveal
*** Opening Reception Friday, October 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An exhibit featuring creative interpretations of masks, artwork based on masks, masquerade, alter-ego, secret identities, and concealment.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 15, Nest
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Through October 20, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview
*** reception Friday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
For the 8th year in a row, the Gallery at Corrick’s & My Daughter the Framer are hosting an Art Trails Open Studios Preview Exhibit! Featuring over 70 participating artists.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
October 5 through November 3, Jerome Kirk 1923 – 2019
*** Opening reception Saturday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Featuring over 80 works of kinetic sculptures from Jerome Kirk’s personal collection and other private collections, ranging from small maquettes and pedestal pieces to large outdoor sculptures. The sculptures represent Jerome’s fascination with movement, engineering and design. Jerome’s artistic career expanded the boundaries defined by gravity with new mechanisms for movement in the familiar language of his predecessors, Dadaism, Joan Miro, and Alexander Calder.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through October 24, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview
Get a peek at one of Sonoma County’s most popular events featuring Bill Gittins, Lucy Liew and Patty Reilly, as well as artworks by Gen Zorich, Evelyn Nitzberg, Joel Bennett, Lorraine Chapman, Donna DeLaBriandais, Bill Theis, Nicole Ours, VaLinda Kyrias, Mandy Bankson, Elizabeth Peyton, Barbara Kelley, Nina Bonos, Lois Donaghey, and Marsha Connell.
1200 River Rd., Fulton
October, Camouflage Series
*** Reception Saturday, October 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.
New work by Jacqueline Boberg.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through October 6, Paintings • Sculpture
Featuring new work by Susan Proehl and Susan Stover; with Guest Artists Andrea Leland, Marcy Wheeler, Joanne Taeuffer, and Christie Marks.
October 8 through November 10, Bruce K. Hopkins – Outside In and Chris Cheek – Sight Poems
*** Artists Reception Saturday, October 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
With Guest Artists, Shook C. Chung and Corrine Haverinen.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through October 27, Kathleen Yorba; Ruminations
Kathleen Yorba’s abstract work invites the viewer to engage in notions of memory and identity, both those learned and those intuitively known. How do bees find their way back to the nest? What marks do we leave as we move on ancestral paths connecting the tangible and intangible? Using her chosen medium of cold-wax and oil paint, Yorba maps her own exploration of the known/unknown, seen and unseen. The show culminates in a one-day, hands-on workshop on the medium of cold-wax, October 27. It is open to the seasoned artist and novice alike. Pre-registration required; contact the Gallery for more information.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through October 20, The Great Outdoors
Visions and impressions of our outer world; over, under, beyond and through!
Jurors: Samantha Buller, Kathy Birdsong, and Jean Warren.
October 26 through November 17, 2019 Emerging Artists Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, October 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showcasing work of Northern California artists ages 16 through 30.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
October 5 through November 8, Kathryn St. Clair
*** Opening reception Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Meditations on Volatility & Serenity/Landscapes of a New World; paintings of Kathryn St. Clair.
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 20, A Watershed Event
Pastels and Oil Paintings by James R. Reynolds. The paintings depict scenes within the Laguna’s watershed or animals that live there.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
Through November 3, Tierra de Rosas and A Way of Life
Tierra de Rosas is a solo exhibition of the work by Maria de Los Angeles, a Mexican-born artist and immigration activist who was raised in Santa Rosa and is now based in New York. De Los Angeles’ multidisciplinary work addresses issues of migration, displacement, identity, and otherness through her drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion design.
Showing concurrently is A Way of Life, a group show co-curated by de Los Angeles and Executive Director, Jeff Nathanson. This exhibition celebrates the personal and artistic connections that provided support, influence, and inspiration for de Los Angeles. The artists include Sharon Arnold, Alan Azhderian, Ryan Bonilla, Maria Cañas, Jack Leissring, Scott Malbaurn, Vincent Ramos, Alejandro Salazar, Catherine Sieck, and Jim Spitzer.
Through November 10, Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have died and a celebration of the cycle of life. The holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Latin America, but is more closely associated with Mexico, where it originated. The Museum’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition will feature artwork and altars designed and created by local artists, community organizations, and collectors.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through October 27, Barriers
Judged by Marsha Connell and featuring Sonoma County Artists using a variety of media.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
October 5 through October 27, A Curated Art Trails Exhibit
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Featuring select Art Trails artists; Donna DeLaBriandais, Sandy Young, Mandy Bankson, Jenny Lynn Hall, Leslie Curchack, Serena Hazard, Mary Vaughan, Willow LaLand, Roberta Ahrens, Sandra Speidel, Donna Schaffer, and Sylvia Gonzalez.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
Through November 2, Annual Members’ Show
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
October, Newly Arrived Items
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 November 3, Early Fall Show
The featured artists are Karen Spratt, and Jerrie Jerné.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through October 18, SRJC Faculty Show
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through October 20, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview
Art Trails is a juried, self-guided open studio event, devoted to educating the public about visual arts in Sonoma County. This program showcases the art, creative processes, and working environments of professional Sonoma County artists. One of a kind pieces from each of the 140 participation artists are on view in this Preview Exhibition. Art Trails Open Studios take place on October 12-13 and October 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Informative catalogs with maps are available here.
October 25 through December 1, Abstract
*** Opening Reception Friday, October 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
International Juried Exhibition, Juror: Warren Bellows. A variety of mediums are reflected in this collection of artwork that uses shapes, colors, forms, and gestural marks of expression. Gallery II: Sheer Beauty by Dotti Cichon., Gallery III: The Landscape in Us by Anitta Toivio and Dotti Cichon.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through November 30, Night and Day
*** Artists reception, Saturday, October 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.
New work by featured artist Stacey Schuett who paints birds, animals, and insects in acrylic on wood. Also showing are paintings and mixed media by Susan St. Thomas in the North Window.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
Through October 16, Paula Strother
Strother uses a variety of mixed media materials, all discarded plastic, to convey the importance of excess.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
October 17 through December 8, Selections from the SSU Art Collection
*** Opening Reception Thursday, October 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 5, Bingo: The Life and Art of Bernice Bing
San Francisco native, Chinese American artist, and community activist, Bernice Bing was a bridge between many worlds. The art of Bing, or “Bingo” as she was affectionately called, is the procession of her life story.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through October 27, Conversations with Nature
*** Artist Reception Saturday, October 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Susan Greer presents Conversations with Nature, a collection of minimalist landscape paintings that capture the rhythmic quality of the natural world. Simplified elegant forms embody a serene sensitivity that is soulful and honest. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Quiet Places: Sonoma County in Pastels by Karen A. Miller. This collection explores the quiet beauty found year round in our gorgeous county.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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Satri, its probably too late to put in your emails, but the Oakmont Art Association is having its 47th Annual Art Show on Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th October from 11 am to 5 pm in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Dr. There is a raffle and silent auction and vendors with art and crafts. Proceeds from the raffle go towards scholarships for SRJC art students furthering their careers at four year art colleges.
That’s good to know and I’ll help pass the word for this event.