Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in March 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
March 4 through March 30, Sculpture/Textile/Mixed Media
*** Artist Reception and Art Walk, March 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Featured artists: Ann Iverson, Christine Gonzalves, Laura Lee Fritz, Paul Ford, Jennifer Whitfield, and Roberta Alexander. Arts Guild Member Artists are also exhibiting work.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma



By Carol Peek

Calabi Gallery
Through April 18, Gallery Group Show
This show features new work by Sonoma County artists William Cutler, Carol Peek, and Michael Ramos, as well as an eclectic selection of art from the gallery’s collection.
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


Susan Bercu

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through March 27, The 19th Amendment
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
March 6 through March 30, New Work
*** Reception, Friday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Highlighting the work of two new additions to the Gallery: Willow LaLand, painter; and David Henderson, ceramic artist.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd., Fulton

Finley Community Center
Through March 27, National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition
*** Awards ceremony and reception, Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m.
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, presents the 17th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition. This year’s exhibition features 200 works by artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.
2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa

Gallery 105
March 20 through June, Wonderwomen
*** Opening reception March 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
#wonderwomen is a show featuring all women artists from Sonoma County in honor of women’s suffrage and the #metoo movement. Featuring artists Cat Kaufman, Dana Swirsding-Pritchett, Melissa Kelch, Luba Zygarewicz, Madelyn Covey, Kelly Jean Casmey and more.
105 4th Street, Santa Rosa

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


Graton Gallery
Through March 29, Clayton to Graton 3
Featuring Rik Olson and Fred Kling, Two Old, Old friends from the first grade are showing their Art together for the third time. We are still alive and kickin’. Guest Artists include James Freed, Timothy Dixon, Johanna Ottenweller, and Ron Douglas Smoot.
9048 Graton Road, Graton


Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through March 29, Endangered; 2020 Young Artists Show
The exhibition features collaborative artwork by students from 7 different elementary schools and HCA’s Youth Education Program. Through the exhibit, students hope to raise awareness about the need to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg



Inez Storer

IceHouse Gallery
March 7 through April 10, Xerpts from Map of the World
*** Opening Night Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An exhibition of Inez Storer’s portfolio, Xerpts from Map of the World, a 12 image subset selected from a 28 panel work. Inez Storer is a multimedia and collage artist with a long, distinguished career. She considers herself “a visual raconteur,” and the tales she weaves through free association are as much generated in the mind of the observer-collaborator as inscribed and fixed in paint and collage.
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


By Tony King

Museum of Sonoma County
Through July 19, Landscape: Awe to Activism
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 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
Through March, Winter Salon
A show of new and select works from over 40 represented artists.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg


By Wanxin Zhang

Petaluma Arts Center
Through March 22, CLAY (&c)
Featuring the work of Peter Voulkos and the California Clay Movement, including work by Robert Arneson, Richard Shaw, James Melchert, Wanxin Zhang, Viola Frey, and others.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma




Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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

Barbara Jacobs

Riverfront Art Gallery
March 11 through May 3, Early Spring Show
*** Opening reception Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Time Into Space—Color & Texture in multiple media, work by Barbara Jacobs features monotypes, 3 dimensional pieces, and mixed media. Italian Affair showcases photographs by Alexis Greenberg.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma


Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through March 26, Coated/Coded
The exhibition features work by nine artists that explores ideas of object as surface and signifier, breaking down the barriers between “high art” and “low art”, with a critical take on questions of colonialism and experiences affecting artists of color. The exhibition was curated by SRJC art faculty, Andrew Merriss and hung by students enrolled in Exhibition Design Art 53.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa


Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through March 29, Windows and Doors
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

Sebastopol Gallery
Through March 28, Unbound
Showing New Paintings by Sharon Eisley; Her whimsical surrealist images ask us to look atmaybe laugh atthe 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
Through March 14, North Bay Letterpress Arts
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 vintage presses.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through March 8, Sculpture
Work by Mineko Grimmer and Yoshitomo Saito.

March 26 through April 19, Juried Student Exhibition 2020
*** Opening Reception Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.
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

Donna Schaffer

Upstairs Art Gallery
March 1 through March 28, Wine County Winter
*** Reception Saturday, March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Donna Schaffer presents a collection of oil paintings that express the special beauty that Sonoma wine country takes on in its winter phase.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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