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

As business openings are in the process of changing, please check with the venues for current status of events and exhibitions.

Christine Gonzalves

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through September 28, Arts Guild of Sonoma Member Artists Show
We have prepared the gallery so you can have a safe experience visiting and viewing art!
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma





By Horst Trave.

Calabi Gallery
While the Gallery is currently open by appointment only. The new online exhibition, The Immigrants, is 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
Through September 30, SAVOS Preview Exhibit
SebArts Virtual Open Studios, or SAVOS, combines two open studio events sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, creating an online gallery and virtual open studio experience. Corricks is hosting an in-person exhibit of more than 55 of these top local artists. The exhibit will be on view throughout September. No opening reception will be held, but artists will be available to meet on selected Fridays and Saturdays. Check out the Facebook event for more details, and SebArts Virtual Open Studios.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

By Donavan

Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through October 1, How I See It by Donavan
Featured artist Donavan’s work is at the intersection of science, religion, society, nature and history.
1200 River Rd., Fulton






Gallery 300
The Gallery is open to visitors.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow



By Eric Wallon

Graton Gallery
September 4 through October 11, Guest Artist Show 2
Featuring 6 Guest Artists; Damon Davies, Vicki Folkerts-Coots, Nina Hari, Patricia Marina, Andrea Sheets, and Eric Wallon.
9048 Graton Road, Graton




Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg


Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through October 4, Outside the Box
Online exhibition of Abstract art expressing and communicating in the language of line, form, color, and gesture. Online classes and virtual exhibitions are available.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg


IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma

By Julianne Sooley

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
September 1 through December 31, A Salute to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Watercolors by Julianne Sooley, a tribute to the Laguna Foundation, now in its 30th year. Virtual Gallery of artwork can be viewed here, Gallery is open for in-person visits by appointment only due to COVID-19. 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.

Chester Arnold

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 Chris Beards

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through October 18, Duegaw and Beards
Patrick Duegaw; The Trials of the Golden Rat – New Lithograph Series.
Chris Beards; Solace – New Sculptures
Gallery is open limited hours and by appointment.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg




Petaluma Arts Center
Saturday, September 5, 2 to 5 p.m. Paint Petaluma: Hidden Petaluma
Presented by the Petaluma Arts Center, in collaboration with the Petaluma Public Art Committee, the program features 25 Sonoma County artists who reflect on the hidden aspects of this wonderful city. The show will have a limited opening Labor Day weekend with additional opportunities to view the artworks online and on banners installed around the city.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

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


By Heather Roberson

Riverfront Art Gallery
September 11 through November 8, 13th Anniversary Show
The gallery is open to the public with limited hours.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma



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

By Rebecca Johnson

Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
September 18 through November 20, Rebecca Johnson: Landmarks – Drawing Light
Exclusive online sculpture exhibition featuring recent stone sculptures by California artist Rebecca Johnson. Our indoor space is now closed, but our outdoor SculptureWALK exhibition can still be viewed 7 days a week.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen


Sebastopol Center for the Arts
September 1 through September 30, SAVOS, SebArts Virtual Open Studios
Opening reception online with Zoom, September 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Everyone welcome. Meet the artists and celebrate with us. SCA has revised its signature spring and fall programs, Art at the Source and Sonoma County Art Trails, creating an opportunity for the public to engage with Sonoma County artists despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. This month, 138 artists will open their studio online, fully onsite, or by appointment. You can now visit artists and buy art from the safety of your favorite armchair, or get your mask and hand sanitizer to visit the artists in person. Check out the website on
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
September 10, Prologue: An Introduction
0nline exhibition featuring work by two new Art Department faculty members, Sena Clara Creston and Sahar Khoury.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through September 13, California Rocks! Photographers Who Made the Scene, 1960 – 1980
The exhibition celebrates the role that photographers and the images they created play in the history of West Coast rock ‘n’ roll culture. View online exhibition video.

September 26 through January 3, 2021, Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
Exhibition of prints and photographs by world renowned artist Ed Ruscha. Rarely seen black and white photographs from Ruscha’s frequent trips from L.A. to Oklahoma in the 1960s reveal inspirations for his iconic prints and paintings, including images of gas stations, diners and the streets of rural towns. Also featured are color lithographs from his well-known “word paintings” series that mix visual formality with playful language.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

By Karen Miller

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through September 27, Composed for Solace
Karen A. Miller presents a collection of work that highlights pastel paintings created during the current pandemic and centering on subject matter from (necessarily) close to home. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Reflections of Myself by Ron Sumner, a collection of watercolor paintings that show the artist’s deep appreciation for nature, especially wildlife.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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