Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in November 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
November and December, Holiday Show
Featuring Guild Artists whose works are currently showing at the de Young Museum.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

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
November 1 through January 31, 3 x 3
Large abstract creations by resident artists Donna McGinnis, Jill Keller Peters, and Teresa Saluzzo.
1200 River Rd., Fulton

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

Graton Gallery
Through November 18, Guest Artist Show 2
Featuring 5 Guest Artists: Vicki Folkerts-Coots, Nina Hari, Patricia Marina, Andrea Sheets, and Eric Wallen.

November 18 through January 7, Guest Artist Show 3
Featuring 6 Guest Artists: TBA
The Gallery is currently open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 15, The Next Generation
Annual juried show that showcases the talent, skill and creativity of young emerging artists in Northern California.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

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

Extended through January 24, 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. Take a self-guided virtual tour of the exhibition.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through November 28, Treasures From Home
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
November, Between Walls
Paintings by Laini Nemett.
Gallery is open limited hours and by appointment. Easy social distancing in the large gallery. Please wear a mask for entry.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Late November, Members Exhibition!
Curated by Mary Fassbinder.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, Innovation/Transformation
With a focus on new works in clay we have assembled many new ceramic pieces and are happy to share them with you. You can view the collection on-line or in the gallery, with health safety precautions. 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
November 12 through January 3, Late Fall Show
The two featured artists are photographer Mike Riley, whose show title is Travel to Interesting Places; and painter Aaron Webb, whose show title is Restless; Forever the Same.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Santa Rosa Arts Center
November 7 through December 31, I ❤ SONOMA COUNTY
An online and in-gallery exhibit looks at all the positive reasons we wish to live here and remember how fortunate we are to be surrounded by this sweet land, fabulous food and wine, and our diverse community coming together through these crises.
The gallery is open weekend days and by appointment. County health guidelines will be observed.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
The Robert F. Agrella Gallery is hosting an online Artist Lecture Series. These lectures are all free and open to the public. Go to the website to register.
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
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 November 18, Prologue II: An Introduction
Online exhibition featuring work by new Art Department faculty member, Sahar Khoury. Her sculptures integrate abstraction, personal and political symbols, and an intuitive sensitivity to site.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 3, 2021, Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
Currently the Museum presents Words We Travel: Poetry and The Road in Tribute to Ed Ruscha. A three-part poetry webcast continues November 11, and December 2.

The exhibition will be open to the public as soon as allowed and features 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

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 22, Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Sonoma County artist, Carolyn Wilson, presents mixed media and collage works that explore favorite travel locales. Travel and exploration are favorite activities and a source of artistic inspiration for Wilson. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Drawn to Animals, a collection of drawings by Laura Roney that capture her bond with our animal friends. Meet the Artist Carolyn Wilson in the gallery on Monday, November 2 and Saturday, November 14.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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