Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2021

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
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

By Carolyn Lord.

Calabi Gallery
Current online exhibition, Recent Work by Gallery Artists
The new online exhibition showcases our roster of artists. Open to in-person visits by appointment. 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
Currently online, 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

by Cynthia Handle

Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Through April 27, 2022, Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Ten new sculptures have been installed along the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail in downtown Cloverdale after a 3 month delay due to COVID-19. Cloverdale Boulevard between Citrus Fair Drive and 3rd Street is lined with an array of playful and provocative sculptures. What better way to spark our Imagination than with this impressive exhibit of public art? The current Trail will be available for viewing until April, 2022. For sculpture locations, download a map of the walkable Sculpture Trail.



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


Teri Sloat

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.

Through February 28, Season of Color
The Narrative Art of Teri Sloat.
1200 River Road, Fulton


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

Graton Gallery
Through March 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.

January 16 through February 28, Emergence
Guest Artists Show 5 featuring work of gallery partners Tim Haworth, Mylette Welch and guests. 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
January, Inspiration and Connection
The 2021 Annual Members Exhibit!
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg






IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 30, 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.
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 for 35

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
Through January 16, 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
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
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
January, Winter 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

By Rose Wognum Frances

Santa Rosa Arts Center
January 2 through February 28, Re-visioned: New Beginnings
A new year, a new administration, vaccines on the way, hoping for a fresh start. Let’s shed the inequities of the past, walk in a new direction, and work together to create a just and wholesome planet. Exhibition is online and in Gallery when allowed.
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

Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
January, 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

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 9 through February 14, Ecstasy: Breathtaking Beauty of Nature
This international, juried exhibition features the magnificent and inspiring beauty of Mother Earth. Juror is Carol Peek.
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.

January 25 through February 28, Murals of Sonoma County
This exhibition features some of the extraordinary murals found in Sonoma County, selected by guest curator Spring Maxfield.
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

Gail Morgan

Upstairs Art Gallery
January 4 through February 1, Driven to Abstraction
Gail Morgan, presents Driven to Abstraction, a collection of abstract works aptly named for the process by which they came into being during this year of nameless days and undefined seasons. “Letting my thoughts flow into a space of color, form and line allowed me to express the confusing boundaries of time and space,“ explained Morgan. Guest Artist: Becky Wells, presents a collection of abstract acrylic paintings that translate memories of rafting the Rogue River into color, shapes and line. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Being There a collection of oil paintings by local artist Donna Schaffer.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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