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

Museums and Galleries are re-opening to in-person visitors with health safety protocols in place. O = Opened or Opening in July.

by Jennifer Whitfield

O Arts Guild of Sonoma
The Arts Guild of Sonoma Gallery is now open.
View Painting, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Jewelry, Ceramics, Sculpture, Textile, and Mixed Media by Arts Guild of Sonoma Member Artists; BJ Beck, Tracy Child, Sarah Delson, Kirk Economos, Irene Ehret, Laura Lee Fritz,, Warren Green, Susan Heeringa-Pieper, Ann Iverson, Helen Mehl, Pat Meier-Johnson, Martin Munson, Andrea Patri, Lyn Swan, Jennifer Whitfield, and Norm Worth.
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,

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

Charles M. Schulz Museum
The Schulz Museum is expecting to reopen in mid-July. Please check website for a confirmed reopening date. 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

Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
2020-2021 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail Online
While we are sheltered from one another to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, we offer an alternative to our outdoor 2020-2021 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail. We have created a Sculpture Trail Flip Book. When we can install the new sculptures, the value and beauty of our public art will again be on display outside.

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

O Gallery 300
Opening Again, Works by DA Bishop, Jaqueline Boberg, Alex Boberg, and Jennifer Hirshfield.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

O Graton Gallery
Opens Friday July 10 with in-gallery exhibition.
July 10 through August 30, 6 Guest Artists
Reception; To maintain heath safety precautions there will not be an artists reception. Guest Artists: Charlotte Ballinger, Karen Lockhart, Gale S. McKee, Connie Mygatt, Patricia Oberg, and Jay ONeil.

Also an online show, Virtually Anything Goes, available on the gallery website, July 15 through August 31.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

O Healdsburg Center for the Arts
The Gallery @ HCA has reopened to visitors.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma

O j. gallery
gallery has re-opened its doors on a very limited basis with restrictions to protect the health and safety of customers, employees, and owners/management.
311 D Street

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

O Museum of Sonoma County
We are pleased to announce that we are officially permitted to reopen our doors! Members-Only Soft Opening on Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 3. Public Reopening; Begins Thursday, July 9. We also invite you to continue to engage with us online and explore Online Experiences for exhibit tours, artist interviews, and other projects.
Extended through November 29, 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.

Extended through September 20, 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

O Occidental Center for the Arts
Our gallery is re-opening on Saturday, July 18!
July 18 through September 5, OCA Members Art Exhibition
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

O Paul Mahder Gallery
The gallery has reopened and is officially Out of Isolation
Featured artwork and writings from a series of the last three months that explore the world opened up by a work of art. Through July. Come Visit in person.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
July Programs and Events
Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce a mobilization of artistry and community. Beginning on July 4th DEEDS: Art as Action will launch a multifaceted program intended to activate and inspire all who participate with the underlying call to action of getting out the vote in November.

Acting Local will be an online exhibition of artworks produced by local talent in this unprecedented time of sheltering in place, social unrest and protest. Talking Fence, inspired by and in support of, the Kindness Project fence at Leghorn Park, also a social sculpture, will begin its evolution on the cyclone fence at the PAC.

Truth to Power will showcase evocative works of the contemporary art world, treading the challenging landscape of activism. This exhibition will live online and on view in the center, if permissible.

Get Out And Vote is a campaign featuring eight new artworks to be displayed on the PAC outer walls for all to see and will create a collection of printed postcards, posters and lawn signs messaged specifically to get out the vote. The website will also include local and national “get out the vote” resources and “get out the vote” events will be planned.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

O Ren Brown Collection Gallery
We are now OPEN. Thank you for wearing a mask, using our hand sanitizer when you enter, and maintaining proper social distance. You can View the collection On-line, the website is up to date with new acquisitions showcasing each of our artists. 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
Closed until Shelter in Place is suspended.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

by Emily Florence

O Santa Rosa Arts Center
Santa Rosa Arts Center welcomes artists and the art loving public to the reopening of the Gallery on Friday, July 17.
July 17 through August 29, Art In The Time Of Covid
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
Through July 18, Online art exhibition, Pandemic Transformation
July 11 through August 22, H20: Online Exhibition
For this Juried Exhibition artists were asked to submit work related to anything and everything water related, such as oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, brooks, but also aquariums, clouds, rain, flood, flow, steam, ice, glaciers, icebergs, wells, sources, or any other associations related. Juror: Zea Morvitz
282 High Street, Sebastopol


O Sebastopol Gallery
After several months of sheltering at home, the artists of Sebastopol Gallery are back and eager to welcome visitors. Lift Your Heart with Art! Paintings, jewelry, woodworking, mixed media, ceramics, photography, and prints by 16 member artists and guest jewelers are featured in the gallery and its windows in July.
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

Suki Hill—Michelle Phillips, 1967, Monterey Pop Festival

O Sonoma Valley Museum of Art|
SVMA reopens on Wednesday, July 1, with the exhibition California Rocks! Photographers Who Made the Scene, 1960 – 1980, which celebrates the role that photographers and the images they created play in the history of West Coast rock ‘n’ roll culture. The photography includes images of artists such as Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, and Jackson Browne, to name a few.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

O Upstairs Art Gallery
Upstairs Art Gallery re-opens with new exhibits by two artists:
Through July 26, Showcasing Nature’s Beauty
Victoria A. Kochergin presents Showcasing Nature’s Beauty, a collection of colored pencil botanicals. Kochergin is inspired by each season as it showcases nature’s beauty. The Small Works Showcase features Between Chaos and Calm, a collection of small abstract paintings by Cynthia Sumner.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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