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
December 4 through 30, Members Exhibition
*** Reception, Sonoma Art Walk Thursday, December 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Features work by Arts Guild Members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through January 11, 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
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 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
December 5 through January 31, Small Works
*** Opening Reception First Friday Open Studios December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Big Show of Little Masterpieces.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 15, Aspect
Featured Resident Artist is Laura Pain Carr, Painting. Guest artists are Kenyon Lewisi, Sculpture, and Larain Matheson, Painting.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
December 6, 7 & 8, Corricks Holiday Celebration Weekend
*** Friday, December 6: First Friday Gallery Celebration featuring all the local artists with standing exhibits in the Gallery at Corricks, from 5 to 7 p.m.
*** Saturday, December 7: Corricks Holiday Open House: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*** Sunday, December 8: “Art in Progress”, Presentation by Sonoma County artists: 12 to 3 p.m.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through December 29, Atmospheric & Over the Edge
Jill Keller Peters specializes in both impressionist landscapes and hardedge abstracts. Her color collection exudes an eclectic air of positivity, boldness and delicacy.
1200 River Rd., Fulton
Through December, In Tandem
Works by Renee DeCarlo in both Gallery 300 and Lori Austin Gallery.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through December 15, Transparency Matters
Watercolors by Sally Baker; with Valerie Adams, Monica Boettcher, Mark Freed, Salatino Gandolfli, and Branka Harris. Also Younghwa Choi, Christine McNamara, Connie Robeson, and Francesca Scalpi.
December 17 through January 19, Now & Then
*** Artists Reception Saturday, December 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.
New work by Sandra Rubin and Gage Opdenbrouw, with Guest Artists: Suki Diamond, Linda Sorenson, Debbie Van Dyke, and Steve Weinberger.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through January 25, Ronald Nakasone: Formless Form, IV
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 December 30, 2019 Holiday Gift Gallery
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
Through December 30, Donna Larsen
Cherish All Living Things. The unity of opposing forces.
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 February 2, Discovered: Emerging Artists of Sonoma County
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 January 12, 31st Annual Artistry in Wood
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
December 6 through January 26, The Shape of Things
Juried exhibition of 3-D artwork created by Sonoma County artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 18, Petaluma to the Playa
On display are sculptures, maquettes, jewelry, sections of large sculptures, books on Burning Man, journals, costumes created for the festival, and mutant cars. Experience Burning Man through videos and photographs illustrated by photographers and Burners. Numerous events are scheduled: Art studio tours, speakers, workshops, book signings, construction of a communal sculpture piece, live music, and community interaction and engagement. Saturday, January 18, Closing Reception PARTY! 6 to 9 p.m.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through January 5, Spiritual Landscapes
*** Artists Reception Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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
Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 5, Seeing the World Anew
*** 2nd Saturday Artwalk, December 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Recent Photographs by Lance Kuehne.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through December 13, What to Draw
Exhibition of drawings.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
December 6 through January 5, Members Show
*** Opening Reception Friday, December 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate SCA’s “Family Reunion” of Member Artists. This exhibition features works exclusively from the SCA’s member artists and encompasses all media.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
December 2 through February 1, Round & Round: A Celebration of Circularity
*** Reception Saturday, December 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Kalia Kliban is showing Works in Wood, functional wooden items created on the lathe. Sharon Eisley Shows in the North Window in December. Artist’s demonstrations: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2, 3, and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gallery window. Artist’s talk: Tuesday, December 3, from 5 p.m.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
December 4 through January 3, Letterpress Drawings by Lyn Dillin
*** Conversation with the artist, Monday, December 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Handset metal typographic elements and ornaments printed with an old Iron Handpress on various fine papers.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 8, Picturing Philanthropy:
Selections from the SSU Art Collection
*** Closing 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
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through December 29, A Humane Holiday
*** Open House Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Join gallery artists and Humane Society volunteers and puppies.
In collaboration with the Humane Society of Sonoma County the Gallery celebrates our furry friends with captivating art and surprise events throughout the day, such as a Puppy Kissing Booth. The window art works on view by Laura Roney, Karen Miller, Willow Laland, Andrea Cleall, Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Linda Barretta, and Beverly Bird capture expressions and actions of their favorite pets.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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