Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in December 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 hours, events and exhibitions.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through December 28, Art & Craft Holiday Show
Holiday gift show featuring the work of Guild member artists. Also showcasing Guild Artists whose works are currently on view at the de Young Museum in the Museum’s Open juried show. Congratulations to: Katerina Capetanos, Sarah Delson, Kirk Hinshaw, and Mark Zukowski.
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
Through January 2021, Spirits Uplifted
Our spirits rise and soar along with the wings, prayers, blossoms, and toasts of more than 40 local artists showing in this exhibit. Corrick’s Gallery hours vary through the holiday season; check our “Visit Us” page for up-to-date store hours.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through January 31, 3 x 3
Large abstract creations by resident artists Donna McGinnis, Jill Keller Peters, and Teresa Saluzzo. Also on view are works by resident studio artists.
1200 River Rd., Fulton


By Tony Spiers

Gallery 300
Through January 2021, Tony Spiers – Frida
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow







Graton Gallery
Through January 7, Guest Artist Show 4
In the gallery is work by five Guest Artists; Sara Silver, Emilie Munsch, Leslie Dalton, Cheri Degenhart, and Connie Robeson. Also featuring the work of glass artist Mark Freed, and, in memory of popular local sculptor and friend of the gallery, we will also be featuring the work of Frank Schueler.

Through December 31, Virtual Show #1
Online show of work by Graton Gallery Partners featuring artworks by Sally Baker, Tim Haworth, Bruce Hopkins Rik Olson, Sandra Rubin, and Mylette Welch.
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 December 30, Holiday Gift Market
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.

December 9 through March 2021. Two exhibitions will be presented in virtual form, with the ability to be viewed in-person when the Museum is permitted to reopen.

35: Thirty-Five Artists for Thirty-Five Years
Curated by Jeff Nathanson, on the occasion of the Museum’s thirty-fifth anniversary, the exhibition presents a sampling of artworks from the Museums art collection. Over the years, the MSC collection has grown to include artworks ranging from works on paper, to photographs, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and crafts, spanning over a century of art-making, from the 19th to the 21st Century. With this in mind, the artworks selected for 35: Thirty-Five Artists for Thirty-Five Years explore a broad range of media and styles. Of particular interest are themes that are recurring in MSC’s collecting practices, such as landscape and the environment, social commentary, mixed media experimentation, and abstraction.

2020 Artistry in Wood
For over thirty years, the Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) have collaborated to present an annual, juried showcase of fine regional woodwork. During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum continues the legacy of this long-running exhibition by presenting Artistry in Wood in slightly different form. This year’s exhibition combines new and previously completed works in a unique survey of fine woodwork from our region.

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
December 6 through January 9, Winter Solstice
An all media exhibition by local artists. Virtual video of the exhibit premiers December 12. Gallery is open to visitors for limited hours.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental




Paul Mahder Gallery
Through December 20, Between Walls
Solo exhibition of paintings by Laini Nemett. 
2020 Annual Holiday Exhibit
Showing work by the many gallery artists.
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
December, 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


By Mike Riley

Riverfront Art Gallery
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
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 for schedule and to register.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa


By Tim Prentice

Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
December, Tim Prentice: Kinetic sculptures
We are delighted to present an exclusive on-line exhibition of suspended, free-standing and wall-hung kinetic sculptures by celebrated kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice. Our indoor space is now closed, but our outdoor SculptureWALK exhibition can still be viewed 7 days a week.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen



By Paul Andre Schabracq

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through December 31, 2020 Members Show
This online exhibition is the yearly “family reunion” for all our members. Every member artist is invited to exhibit one piece. 
282 High Street, Sebastopol



Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 30, The Season of Light
In this exhibit three member artists celebrate the holidays and introduce new work. Featured are paintings by Susan St. Thomas, and Teri Sloat, and assemblage by Rebeca Trevino.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through January 25, BFA Exhibition 2020
Online exhibition featuring work by Art Department BFA students.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park





Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 3, 2021, Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
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 January 3, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All
Sonoma County artists, Victoria Kochergin, Willow Laland, Gail Morgan, Donna Schaffer, Ron Sumner, Laura Roney, Michelle Hoting, and Jo Tobin-Charleston present a seasonal offering, a collection of works that highlight beloved facets of this special time of year. Guest Artist, Gale McKee strikes high tone color notes in her eclectic collection of acrylic paintings. New Gallery Member Artist, Tosya Shore, is a welcome addition as a local watercolorist. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features additional offerings, many under $50. Open Holiday Season Hours.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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