Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in November 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.
Due to the recent fires in the area please check with the venues for possible re-scheduled events.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
November through December, Holiday Show
*** Reception, Sonoma Art Walk Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Untitled by Frank Lobdell

Calabi Gallery
November 9 through January 11, 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 9, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The 10th Anniversary Exhibition is a showcase for the diversity of styles, periods, and media for which we have become known. Regular visitors will find many old favorites as well as a number of exciting works we have never shown before. These include a major work by Irving Norman, three stunning pieces by Bella Feldman, and remarkable paintings by Peter Holbrook, Frank Lobdell, Carol Peek, Michael Ramos, and Horst Trave.
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
Through November 22, The Other Me: Masks That Reveal
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Erickson Fine Art Gallery
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd., Fulton

Gallery 300
Through November, Camouflage Series
Paintings by Jacqueline Boberg, Kate Black, works by Barbara Elliott, Jewelry by Alejandro Salazar, and new work by Jennifer Hirshfield.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow


By Sally Baker

Graton Gallery
Through November 10, Bruce K. Hopkins – Outside In and Chris Cheek – Sight Poems; With Guest Artists, Shook C. Chung and Corrine Haverinen.

November 12 through December 15, Transparency Matters
*** Reception Saturday, November 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Watercolors by Sally Baker; with Glass Artists Valerie Adams, Monica Boettcher, Mark Freed, Salatino Gandolfli, and Branka Harris. Also Guest Artists Younghwa Choi, Christine McNamara, Connie Robeson, and Francesca Scalpi.
9048 Graton Road, Graton



Hammerfriar Gallery
November 9 through January 25, Ronald Nakasone: Formless Form, IV
*** Reception and Sho demonstration Saturday, November 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Formless-form IV explores the aesthetic and spiritual geography of the hand-written word. Just as a geographer studies the features of the Earth and the impact of human activity on the physical landscape, the Art of Sho requires an appreciation of the visual topography—line, space, and time (rhythm)—that emerges while the brush moves across the writing surface. Transcending formal aesthetic values, formless-forms have the capacity to embrace and draw the viewer into a rarefied world.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 17, 2019 Emerging Artists Exhibition
*** Reception Saturday, November 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Emerging Artist Exhibition is an annual juried show that showcases the talent, skill and creativity of young emerging artists, ages 16 through 30, in Northern California.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
Through November 8, Kathryn St. Clair
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
November 19 through February 2, Discovered: Emerging Artists of Sonoma County
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free
Presented in collaboration with Creative Sonoma, Discovered features the ten recipients of the 2019 Discovered Awards. The five visual and five literary artists were selected from a pool of applicants through a highly competitive process for a chance to have their work featured in a major exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County. The five Visual Artists are Nicole Irene Anderson, Annette Goodfriend, Ash Hay, C.K. Itamura, and Nestor Torres Lupercio.

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.

November 23 through January 12, 31st Annual Artistry in Wood
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Free
Artistry in Wood is an annual exhibition presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) in partnership with the Museum of Sonoma County. Staged every year since 1982, it is recognized as one of the premier fine woodworking shows in North America.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
November 1 through December 1, Pointless Sisters Annual Art Quilt Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Exhibit of art quilts, including responses to artistic challenges of Earth, Wind and Fire, and Urban/Cityscape.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma


By Bruce Johnson

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on View, Spiritual Landscapes
Featured are mixed-media paintings by Chiyomi Longo, intaglio prints by Seiko Tachibana and Yoko Hara, plus sculpture by Bruce Johnson. Spiritual Landscapes highlights nonrepresentational works which have a calm and quiet sense of place. 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



Lance Kuehne

Riverfront Art Gallery
November 6 through December, The Late Fall Show
*** Opening reception Saturday, November 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lance Kuehne is the featured artist.
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 December 1, Abstract
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

Sebastopol Gallery
Through November 30, Night and Day
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 December 2, In Stitches: Innovation
*** Conversation with the artists November 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Juried, multi-media fiber exhibit featuring recycled/repurposed/reused fabric, trim, yarn, paper or leather. Including but not limited to; cut, sewn, glued, felted, embroidered, appliqued, sequined, beaded, braided, knitted, crocheted, quilted, woven, painted, dyed, batiked, and screen printed. Sponsored by The Legacy: sewing notions and thrift shop; a program of the Sebastopol Area Senior Center.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 8, Picturing Philanthropy:
Selections from the SSU Art Collection
*** Reception, Thursday, December 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition features works by both major and emerging artists that have been donated to the SSU Art Collection over the past 40 years. Among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Karel Appel, Hans Bellmer, Enrique Chagoya, Sam Gilliam, Philippe Halsman, William Hogarth, Mildred Howard, Robert Indiana, Wassily Kandinsky, Judith Linhares, Hung Liu, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Katherine Sherwood, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Catherine Wagner, and Andy Warhol.
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


Linda Barretta

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 17, Dawn to Dusk
*** Artists reception Sunday, November 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Linda Berretta presents Dawn to Dusk, a collection of landscape oil paintings that show the effect of light at the most beautiful times of night, sunset and sunrise. Whether depicting early or late light, this collection truly captures the changing moods and tones of the phases of the day. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Ebb and Flow by Marsha Connell. Rendered in oil, pastel and watercolors, this collection is imbued with the movement and flow inspiring the artist as she works direct from life.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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