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

I am really happy to say that many galleries, art centers, and museums have opened to in-person visits. Please check with the venues for current status of protocols, hours, events and exhibitions.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
April 1 through April 26, The Many Color of Us
Special exhibit of students’ art.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma



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
The Museum is now open to visitors.
Current Online Exhibition: Hidden Treasures: Unseen Originals from the Collection
Peek into the pillars of Peanuts through more than 65 original comic strips by Charles M. Schulz. View Schulz’s pen strokes, margin notes, and other fine details. Listen to behind-the-scenes commentary from Jean Schulz (wife of Charles M. Schulz); Benjamin L. Clark (Museum Curator); and Alexis Fajardo (Editorial Director) and Justin Thompson (Senior Artist) from Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

Through September 12, 2021, Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa



Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
All programs and the gallery are closed until further notice.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through April 30, A Splash of Color
Paintings by Paula Strother, who says, “Having more time on my hands, thanks to the pandemic, I have been painting more than usual in my studio. These latest pieces are my most colorful and I think reflect a growing promise of a brighter and more hopeful future.”
1200 River Road, Fulton

Gallery 300
Through end of April, Bishop, Hirshfield, Snow, Salazar, and Beernsten
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow





Graton Gallery
Through April 11, Guest Artist Show
Featuring Guest Artists; Marylu Downing, Susan Proehl, Connie Robeson, Ceylon Crow, and Damon Davies.
Also showing, Hither and Yon
On view are works by gallery partners, Sandra Rubin and Bruce Hopkins; as well as works by artists from the Sebastopol Center of the Arts open studios events. The Gallery is currently open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

April 16 through May 17, TBA
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through April 11, Local Talent – Celebrating Cultural Heritage
Showcasing how an artist’s background or culture appears in their art-making. Juror: Evri Kwong.
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
The contemporary art gallery is now open to the public on weekends. While the Post Office galleries are currently closed for installation, we look forward to opening our full campus in May.
Limited Hours Contemporary Art Gallery Only:
Saturday and Sunday, 12:00-4:00pm.
Post Office Galleries and Sculpture Garden to Reopen in May.
Through October 31, 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.

Mezzanine Gallery
Ongoing exhibitions; Santa Rosa History and Recent Acquisitions
Explore Santa Rosa’s rich history through objects from our permanent collection. Exhibits include objects from Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa’s Chinatown, images following the 1906 earthquake, and more.
Take a self-guided virtual tour of the exhibitions.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa


Occidental Center for the Arts
April 3 through April 11, Salmon Creek School Art Exhibit
The students of Salmon Creek School display their latest works.

April 17 through May 29, Keep On Truckin’
All-media juried exhibit centered on a theme that depicts perseverance amidst challenge and adversity. Sonoma County artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental



Paul Mahder Gallery
Through April 17, Lawrence Gipe, New Paintings
The Great Fog and Other London Pictures by Lawrence Gipe.

April 24 through June 13, Cut, Snipped, Torn and Pasted
Opening Reception Saturday, April 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Envelope Collage by Lisa R. Fredenthal-Lee. With a lifelong love, and respect for castoff materials, Lisa is inspired by this common throwaway: the Envelope. 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
Opening April 1, Pianos of Petaluma
On view are over two-dozen street pianos collected together for the first time at PAC! Also showing; Members Exhibition! and Celebrating Family.
Beginning April 2nd, PAC will be open Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma


Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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 Katie Kruzic

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through May 3, My Piece of Eden
The Early Spring show features painter Katie Kruzic. Her paintings are of scenes in Marin and Sonoma counties, where she is an avid hiker. She hikes with camera in hand and takes photos of things she might paint in the future.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma




Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through April 30, 4th Annual Members Show
Online and in the SRAC Gallery. Members are the Center’s heartbeat. This exhibit showcases art created exclusively by Santa Rosa Arts Center members.
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
Step Into Spring: Tobin / Shaffer / Gustavson / Pisapia
This on-line exhibition features playful and more serious sculptures that will help you enjoy the new season in your home and garden even more! 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
April 3 through May 9, Favorite Things: Trees
Opening Reception, Saturday April 3, at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
This art opportunity is for everyone between 1 and 101+. All work that was submitted is featured in the online gallery as we celebrate the fascinating subject of trees. Drawing, collage, painting, photography, sculpture and more.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol


Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through April 18, ART@CSU
Reaching across the entire state, this exhibition brings together a selection of work by the talented art faculty of the California State University system.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park




Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
SVMA opens to the general public on
April 1.
Extended through May 30, 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.
Temporary Hours are Wed-Sun, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is FREE through April 30.
551 Broadway, Sonoma


Upstairs Art Gallery
Through April 25, Drawn To Nature
Sonoma County artist, Ron Sumner, presents a collection of watercolor paintings celebrating the diverse character and nature of birds. Sumner is fascinated by animal subjects and relishes the challenge of capturing the unique character and personality of each animal, whether wild or domestic. Carefully studying the bone structure, coloration, texture of fur or feathers, he produces works that bring life to the subject.
Guest Artist: Cynthia Jackson-Hein, an alumna of the Upstairs Art Gallery presents a collection of recent works. Her exuberant oil paintings express how fortunate she feels to live in such a beautiful location where she can isolate and immerse herself in creating art.
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Linda Barretta’s Stories, a collection of small oil paintings, each with its own special story.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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