Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in April 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.

It’s absolutely incredible how much there is to see and do by just going online, instead out the door, where you can explore the world and beyond during the COVID-19 era.

It’s rather overwhelming actually, and that’s just focusing on the arts, when creativity is even more essential.

Here is a mere sampling of events, activities as well as resources for artists and art appreciators. Amazing creative innovation abounds.

The Museum Computer Network offers a list with links to world-wide Portals; Virtual Tours of Museums; Online Exhibits; E-learning; Kid’s Stuff (probably fun for grown-ups too); and more.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
The Metropolitan Opera launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.

Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate the work of artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Gallery Closed Through May 3, 2020
While waiting for the gallery to re-open, you are invited to enjoy a slideshow of recent artworks by member artists on the website.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma


Blasted Art Gallery
Artist submissions due April 12.
Bill Shelley and Chris Beards, co-founders of Blasted Art Gallery, are hosting an online exhibit to share your creative reflections and responses to the Sonoma County stay-at-home order, COVID-19, or related concepts. There are no wrong responses to this historic event if they are honest. Show us what you’re thinking and feeling! An online opening reception will take place on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Blasted Art Gallery’s Facebook page, We hope you will join us! Go to Blasted Art Gallery Facebook page for more information.

Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Closed until further notice.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
All programs cancelled and gallery closed through April.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale


Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Unfortunately, we’re temporarily closed right now – trying to do our part to keep our awesome staff and fabulous customers healthy, and battle the spread of COVID-19.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd., Fulton

Gallery 105
105 4th Street, Santa Rosa

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

Graton Gallery
In the interest of safety and health for our community and concerns about the Coronavirus, we are closing the Graton Gallery until further notice.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
HCA is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Online viewing is available for the current exhibition, Figure it Out. Paint-Along Workshops are also available online.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma

By Jerry Dodrill

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
All events through April have been canceled or postponed. Staying Connected to Nature at Home. Try some of our Learning Laguna activities at home! We hope explorers (of all ages) can find a way to stay connected to nature, even while sheltering in place.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa




Museum of Sonoma County
The Museum of Sonoma County is currently closed to support the local efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We invite you to continue to engage with us online! Follow us on social media and explore our digital content. Available on the MSC website.

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
In the spirit of promoting the safety and well-being of our audiences, performers and artists, we are suspending our events until further notice.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

By Wanxin Zhang

Petaluma Arts Center
Due the unfortunate circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our current exhibits have closed. We are preparing a transition to virtual exhibitions. Check website for updates.
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

Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Santa Rosa Arts Center
All events are postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
In light of the current coronavirus pandemic the leadership of Sebastopol Center for the Arts has decided to postpone all public events, gallery exhibits, programs and classes. Please stay in touch with us via our website where new updates will be posted regularly.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) has closed the museum effective immediately. The safety of SVMA audiences, members, volunteers and staff is our first concern and therefore all SVMA programs and events are cancelled through Saturday, June 13, 2020.

ARTS@Home. In response to temporary school closures due to COVID-19, SVMA presents ARTS@Home, special lessons available online for families working and learning from home. These series of art lessons, prepared by SVMA arts education staff, can provide children with hours of stimulating and fun learning activities—good for students and good for parents and grandparents! Each week SVMA will release new ARTS@Home learning activities.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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