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

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It’s absolutely incredible how much there is to see and do by just going online, instead out the door. It’s not the same as experiencing art and people in person, but amazing creative innovation still abounds, making art and creativity even more essential.

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.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
While waiting for the gallery to re-open, you are invited to enjoy a slideshow of recent artworks by member artists on the website. View Painting, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Jewelry, Ceramics, Sculpture, Textile, and Mixed Media by Arts Guild of Sonoma Member Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Blasted Art Gallery
SONOMA COUNTY: Flattening the Curve
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. To view the work go to Blasted Art Gallery’s Facebook page,


By Pam Glasscock.

Calabi Gallery
While the Gallery is closed view the current Group Show on the website.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa


Charles M. Schulz Museum
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the Schulz Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. While our galleries are closed, we hope that the Museum can still be a source of enjoyment and education. On their website you will find resources for families, teachers, and our community of fans to enjoy at home. Many wonderful projects, Including The Peanuts Gang Family Resource Gallery:Home-Based Learning, and Lucy’s Psychiatric Advice Teller.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa


Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
All programs cancelled and gallery closed until further notice.
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

By M. Beck

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



Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
All events have been canceled or postponed until further notice. 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 for exhibit tours, artist interviews, and other projects.
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
The Gallery is closed and Virtual Tours are available on the website.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg






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.
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. Enjoy a peaceful, meditative online tour of selected work from the collection.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay


Riverfront Art Gallery
Closed until Shelter in Place is suspended.
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

By Kathy Byrne

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. Many films, virtual tours, classes, and workshops are available online.
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, now available in Spanish.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
Upstairs Art Gallery artists are sponsoring an online art auction to provide immediate help to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Auction closes May 11.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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