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
February 3 through February 29, Jewelers
*** Artist Reception and Art Walk, February 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Featured Artists are Christine Gonzalves, Andrea Patri, Lyn Swan, Jennifer Whitfield, and John Howell. Arts Guild Member Artists are also exhibiting work.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
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.
Through July 12, Greetings, Charlie Brown! The Peanuts-Hallmark Connection
Discover the origins of an iconic global partnership and how one avid Peanuts fan brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang into the mailboxes and homes of fans around the world.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
February 7 through March 27, The 19th Amendment
*** Opening Reception Friday, February 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Santa Rosa Arts Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment— Women’s Right to Vote in this country. Featuring art that explores the struggles and the victories of the women’s movements.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 27, Emotion
Featured Resident Artist is Terry Holleman, Drawing. Guest artists are Bob Cornelis and Kenyon Lewis. Resident Artists; Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Paul Maurer, Hanya Popova Parker, and Richard Sheppard.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Through February 29, Heartfelt
*** Opening reception Friday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
As we think about ways to show love to those dear to us this season, we also appreciate the love poured into these little treasures. Heartwarming small-profile works from 33 local artists adorn the Gallery now through the end of February.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through February 28, Life’s a Beach
John Lee Reed, an award-winning commercial artist and designer, paints in oils scenes of sunny beaches and surf culture.
1200 River Rd., Fulton
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through February 23, Small Works Show
Eleventh annual juried show of small work. Juror; Clark Mitchell.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through February 24, Members Show
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through May 5, Sonoma County Wild
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
February 16 through July 19, Landscape: Awe to Activism
*** Opening Reception Saturday, February 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
From 19th century California artists inspired by nature, to contemporary artists who have broken from traditional perspectives and embraced new technologies to address climate change and other important issues, the artist’s relationship to landscape has evolved. Landscape: Awe to Activism explores this relationship through diverse artworks including painting, photography, and video. Curated by Jeff Nathanson.
Through September 13, From Suffrage to #MeToo
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 February 16, Artistic Exposure
*** Artists reception Saturday, February 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Exhibition of works by members of the Thursday Night Drawing Group. Founded by Bill Wheeler more than 25 years ago, the Thursday Night Drawing Group meets weekly at OCA for figure drawing with live models.
February 21 through March 29, She Persisted
An all-media juried exhibition of works celebrating the achievements of women throughout time, both humble and grand.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
February 8 through March 29, Richard Merchán
*** Opening reception, February 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.
February 15 through March 22, Clay (&c)
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through March 1, Small Wonders
The Year of the Rat is the most prosperous of oriental zodiac signs. In honor of this new lunar year, we are offering a special exhibition. 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 March 8, Lance Kuehne and Christine Kierstead Sheeter
*** Second Saturday Artwalk February 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lance Kuehne is showing Petaluma Landmarks, including “landmark events.” Christine Kierstead Sheeter is showing Since My Seizures Began, and is a retrospective of the types of work she has done since adult onset epilepsy.
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 February 16, Art Quilts
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.
February 22 through March 29, Windows and Doors
*** Opening reception, Saturday, February 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.
This juried exhibition presents a wide array of interpretations of “windows” and/or “doors”, symbolically or figuratively. Concurrently showing in Gallery II: Fluidity – the Art of Molten Material, by Drew Jackson; and in Gallery III: Opposites Unite, by Marguerite Brennan.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
February 3 through March 28, Unbound
*** Reception Saturday, February 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showing New Paintings by Sharon Eisley; Her whimsical surrealist images ask us to look at – maybe laugh at – the lives we are living or the way we perceive those lives. And in the North Window is work by Stacey Schuett.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
February 6 through March 14, North Bay Letterpress Arts
*** Conversation with the artists on Wednesday, February 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
NBLA is an experimental studio for 14 printers who are fascinated by forming words and images using wood and metal parts, then printing them by hand on paper using old presses.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
February 13 through March 8, Sculpture
*** Opening reception, Thursday, February 13, 4 to 6 p.m.
Work by Mineko Grimmer and Yoshitomo Saito.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 5, Judy O’Shea: Permutations and Valentin Popov: Modern Mixmaster
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
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through February 23, Embracing Beauty
*** Reception Saturday, February 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. Artists talks at 3 and 4 p.m.
Artists Susan Greer, Willow LaLand, Gail Morgan, Phyllis Rapp, Donna Schaffer, Cynthia Sumner, Ron Sumner, and Carolyn Wilson pool their artistic talents to present Embracing Beauty, an exhibit expressing multi-faceted interpretations of beauty. 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 inspired by life.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
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