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

Please check with the venues for current status of events and exhibitions.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
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 Rafael Canogar

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





Charles M. Schulz Museum
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

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

By Patricia Oberg

Graton Gallery
Through August 30, 6 Guest Artists
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, Through August 31.
9048 Graton Road, Graton



Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Online classes and virtual exhibitions are available.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg



IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma
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

Museum of Sonoma County
While the indoor galleries are closed you are invited to visit the Sculpture Gardens and to engage with us online and explore Online Experiences for exhibit tours, artist interviews, and other projects.

By Adam Wolpert

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. Enjoy the “Landscape: Awe to Activism” exhibition with 360-degree views! Virtually “walk through” the exhibition while enjoying a video tour led by Executive Director and Art Curator, Jeff Nathanson. “Landscape: Awe to Activism” Virtual Experience

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

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through September 5, OCA Members Art Exhibition
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

By Rodger Roundy

Paul Mahder Gallery
The gallery has reopened and is officially Out of Isolation
#13- Out of Isolation
– and into Never Neverland. This Week’s Showcase: Rodger Roundy’s Don’t Get Above Your Raisin.

Two New shows opening August 22.
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 22, From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Easy social distancing in a large gallery space.
Patrick Duegaw; The Trials of the Golden Rat – New Lithograph Series.
Chris Beards; Solace – New Sculptures
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce a mobilization of artistry and community. DEEDS: Art as Action is 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

By Joel Stewart

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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 Seamus Duffy

Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through September 30, Art In The Time Of Covid – online exhibition
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa


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



Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
Through August 12, 2D from 3D : Sculptors Paint
We are delighted to present 44 works by 8 artists, who are mostly known as sculptors, in an exclusive online exhibition. Works in carbon on canvas by metal sculptor JP Long; Paper and pastel wall sculptures by celebrated metal sculptor Bella Feldman; Mixed media works by ceramic sculptor Nina Lyons;. Watercolors on paper Underwater series by bronze figurative sculptor John Denning; and abstract paintings by figurative ceramic sculptor, Jane Burton.
*Our indoor space is now closed, but our outdoor sculptureWALK exhibition can still be viewed 7 days a week.
Jack London Village, Glen Ellen

By Jami Taback

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
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

Sebastopol Gallery
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.
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
A Free, Sonoma Valley-Wide Public Art Exhibit
The Summer Arts Stroll is a self-guided, outdoor art-viewing experience—complete with a virtual map and decals identifying exhibition locations for patrons to view from a safe distance when it’s convenient for them. SVMA will be participating with hearts on display, along with our Lyrics Window challenge on the facade of the museum. 

California Rocks! Photographers Who Made the Scene, 1960 – 1980 celebrates the role that photographers and the images they created play in the history of West Coast rock ‘n’ roll culture.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

By Susan Greer

Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg


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