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

Arts Guild of Sonoma
October 1 through November 2, Thirty Under 100
Thirty Arts Guild artists present their 6 in. x 6 in. artwork. All are under $100!
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma





by Alejandro Salazar

Calabi Gallery
Current online exhibition, The Immigrants
The new online show features works by immigrants to the United States from all over the world. The purpose is to show the value that immigration brings to our country, bringing fresh perspectives and rich diversity. The gallery is currently open by appointment 7 days a week and we will continue to post online exhibitions.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa



Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through December 2020, 70th Anniversary of Peanuts
The Museum celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Peanuts with a full season of online events. Charles M. Schulz published the first Peanuts comic strip on October 2, 1950. Since then, Peanuts has appeared in 2,600 newspapers, translated into 25 languages, and published in 75 countries worldwide.
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd., Fulton

Gallery 300
October, Michael Garlington
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

Graton Gallery
The Gallery is currently closed for health safety.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
October 10 through November 15, The Next Generation
*** Opening Reception Saturday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Annual juried show that showcases the talent, skill and creativity of young emerging artists in Northern California.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg


By K. Keller

IceHouse Gallery
Through October 15, Magna Calumnia, MMXVI
Collage drawings and prints by Kathryn Keller.
Digital Grange / IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma





Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
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.
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

Through October 15, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
October 22 through November 8, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have passed and a celebration of the cycle of life. This year the Museum’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition is presented in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden for the first time. The outdoor exhibition echoes the setting of many Day of the Dead observances in Mexico which often take place in cemeteries. Related Programs and Events can be found on the website, as well as safe visiting protocols.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
October 3 through November 28, Treasures From Home
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

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
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

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through November 8, 13th Anniversary Show
Featured artists; Jean Cullinane and Heather Roberson.
The gallery is open to the public with limited hours.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma


By Simmon Factor

Santa Rosa Arts Center
October 1 through November 3, VOTE 2020!
An On-Line Exhibition, Artists responding to why voting matters.
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 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
October 10 through November 24, Who Are You?
This exhibit is an exploration of identity, including its genesis, its relative permanence, and its performance. What is the nature of this key element of how we understand and express ourselves? Juror: Barbara Stout.
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
Through October 10, Prologue: An Introduction, Part I
Online exhibition featuring work by new Art Department faculty member, Sena Clara Creston.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park



Ed Ruscha

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 3, 2021, Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
Join us for a special 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


Marsha Connell

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through October 25, Connected By Water
Marsha Connell presents plein air paintings in oil and watercolor, both large-scale and intimate, depicting water encountered and observed in its many forms and settings. The work is charged by the artist’s passion for saving the environment. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Sense of Sonoma, a collection of small acrylic paintings by Beverly Bird that capture scenes depicting the beauty and character of our amazing corner of the planet.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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1 Response to Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in October 2020

  1. dwiig says:

    Hope you are managing through yet another crisis, Satri.

    Will you be sending me the code soon?




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