Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2020

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 1 through February 3, The Place I Live
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Juried exhibition of work by 18 artists that interprets “where the heart and soul feel at home.” Jurors were Ron Zak and Ann Trinca. Also on view in the Arts Guild Gallery are the works of several Member Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma


Calabi Gallery
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
Through January 31, Small Works
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

By John Lee Reed

Fulton Crossing Gallery
January 1 through February 28, Life’s a Beach
*** Reception and Open Studios Friday, January 17 from 5 to 8 p.m.
John Lee Reed, an award-winning commercial artist and designer, paints in oils scenes of sunny beaches and surf culture.
1200 River Rd., Fulton


Gallery 300
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

Graton Gallery
Through January 19, Now & Then
New work by Sandra Rubin and Gage Opdenbrouw, with Guest Artists: Suki Diamond, Linda Sorenson, Debbie Van Dyke, and Steve Weinberger.

January 21 through February 23, Small Works Show
*** Artists Reception Saturday, January 25, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Eleventh annual juried show of small work.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
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
January 11 through February 24, Members Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma

By Jerry Dodrill

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
January 9 through May 5, Sonoma County Wild
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Photography by Jerry Dodrill. “These photographs express of a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Sonoma County. I’ve been blessed to spend countless hours cycling, running, rock-climbing and paddling with friends. With each drive to a trailhead, each footstep, hand-hold, pedal or paddle stroke, I build a deeper relationship with the place I call home. Meanwhile, the artist’s eye constantly scans the landscape searching for meaningful observations and juxtapositions that represent the experiences and natural truths I’ve come to know.”
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. Five visual and five literary artists were selected from a pool of applicants. 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.

January 25 through September 13, From Suffrage to #MeToo
*** Opening reception Friday, January 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
2020 is the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the constitutional right to vote. While different in goal and origin, the recent #MeToo movement and women’s marches also represent pivotal change and the power of the collective voice to challenge the status quo. From Suffrage to #MeToo: Groundbreaking Women in Sonoma County, explores the changing expectations, challenges, and obstacles to inclusion that women have faced and the remarkable people who have broken through the barriers.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
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
Through January, 2019 Annual Holiday Group Exhibit
Celebrating the holidays with artwork by over 40 artists from around the world.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg




Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 18, Petaluma to the Playa
*** Closing Reception Party Saturday, January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
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.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through January 5, 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

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 5, Seeing the World Anew
Recent Photographs by Lance Kuehne.
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 16, Art Quilts
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.
This International Juried Exhibition is a collaboration of Sebastopol Center for the Arts(SCA) and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) showing quilts as art objects that reference stitched layered sculptures, using modern and/or traditional quilting techniques. In Gallery II: SAQA Trunk Show – How Did They Do That? In Gallery II: Innards by Karen Lockert.

25 Million Stitches Community Art Installation
*** Sunday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 25 Million Stitches Community Art Project brings awareness of the immensity of the global refugee crisis through a single striking fiber arts display. We need your participation to reach 25 Million Stitches! Please join us and bring your friends too.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through February 1, Round & Round: A Celebration of Circularity
Kalia Kliban is showing Works in Wood, functional wooden items created on the lathe.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
Through January 3, Letterpress Drawings by Lyn Dillin
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
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

By Judy O’Shea

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
January 18 through April 5, Judy O’Shea: Permutations and Valentin Popov: Modern Mixmaster
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, January 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two solo exhibitions of work by Judy O’Shea and Valentin Popov. Both artists are based in the Bay Area and demonstrate expertise with materials and interpretation. O’Shea’s installation immerses the visitor in a maze of backlit paper tapestries while Popov introduces a cast of iconic portraits that represent four decades of art making.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Laura Roney, The Long Run.

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through January 25, The Golden Hour
*** Reception Saturday, January 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Laura Roney presents The Golden Hour, a collection of oil paintings that depict the landscape when the light is fleeting, primarily scenes of Sonoma County and wine country. The Small Works Showcase features Speaking Cat and Dog by guest artist John Sumner. Sumner uses creative textures and vibrant colors to capture the character and antics of our four-legged friends.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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