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.
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.
Art at the Source
June 5, 6 and June 12, 13, Open Studios 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ninety Sonoma County’s finest artists welcome you into their studios during two weekends in June. Pick up a catalog for maps and a list of Artist Demonstrations at one of these Preview exhibitions. http://artatthesource.org/
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through June 13, Art at the Source Preview Show
This is your opportunity to view, in person, the work of all participating artists.
Corricks/My Daughter the Framer
Through June 26
637 Fourth St. Santa Rosa
June 1 through 27
209 Western Ave., Petaluma
Arts Guild of Sonoma
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Through July 31, Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
A group show of artists whose work addresses issues of resource consumption through a broad array of artistic mediums. Featured artists include Douglas Ballou, Mima Cataldo, Catherine Daley, Robin A. Dintiman, Holly Downing, Molly Eckler, Art Hazelwood, Iva Hladis, Tyler James Hoare, Bernadette Howard, Evri Kwong, Emmanuel Catarino Montoya, Bob Nugent, Bambi Waterman, Penny Wolin, and others. Special programs and events will take place during the exhibition. This exhibition is part of a Nation-wide, multi-venue project that seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
The Museum is now open to visitors.
Through September 12, 2021, Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
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
Through June 26, Art at the Source
Preview Exhibition for 2021 Open Studios.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
June 4 through July 18, Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
An exhibition of artwork by gallery and guest artists, including Chester Arnold, Christopher Evans, Bob Nugent, Lynda Nugent, Adam Wolpert, and Antoinette Von Grone. The exhibition offers a visual representation of our impact as humans on our Earth, and is meant to jolt, educate, and encourage viewers to think and see beyond the surface. This exhibition is part of a Nation-wide, multi-venue project that seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.
324 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg
Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through July 30, Teresa Ferrari; Movement in Our Oceans
Featured exhibiting artist, Teresa Ferrari, creates oil paintings inspired by a lifelong relationship with water.
1200 River Road, Fulton
Through June 20, DA Bishop
Surfboard # 3, acrylic on surfboard
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through July 11, Small Works 2021
Exhibition Juried by Harry Frank. Also on view is work by Guest Artist, Taylor Gutermute, Vortex-Swirl and Stability, fused pigment on metal.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through June 13, Unprecedented
2020 was an unprecedented year worldwide marked by a pandemic, as well as cultural, political and racial divisions. See how these rapid changing events have influenced some of our local artists.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 31, Salute to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Watercolors by Julianne Sooley.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
Through October 31, 2021
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.
Ongoing, The Portal Service
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessica Rasmussen, Anna Wiziarde, and Julian Billotte opened the first known Portal in Courthouse Square; a gilded mailbox, for letters to the past or future. A small sample of these letters is viewable in this exhibit. Towards the end of the project, the Portal Service was astonished to receive a cease and desist from the United States Postal Service. It was for infringement on USPS intellectual property, i.e.: the similarity of the name and the shape of the iconic collection box.
Ongoing, Go Big or Go Home: Taking Measure of Sonoma County’s Past
Does size matter? When you are making history it does! From agriculture, to transportation, to architecture, big stuff has big things to say about history. From giant tools, to a massive winery door, to a long Russian River canoe, to a surrey with a fringe on top; take a journey through the world of BIG THINGS and the stories they have to tell about Sonoma County.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
June 5 through July 31, Pointless Sisters
Art Quilt Exhibit.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through June 13, Cut, Snipped, Torn and Pasted
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
June 5 through July 10, Undertakes to Answer
*** Artists and Members Reception: Saturday, June 5, 12 p.m. Open to non-members (with admission) 1 to 4 p.m.
LGBTQIA+ Artists (and Allies) of the U.S. West + East, [Carol Ceres and her circle]. Featuring photographs, paintings, drawings, collages, music and/or films by nearly 30 artists.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
On view currently; Come What May, works on view to celebrate the Spring. 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 July 5, Tuesday’s In the Garden
Three artists, Christine Church, Bev Haley, and Anne Monk, who regularly paint together, are featured in this show and represent considerable diversity and style.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through June 26, Just Flowers: Rebirth through Art
Flowers are a visual renewal of life. Their beauty testifies to the rebirth of nature after the dark days of winter.
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
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
Through June 13, Art at the Source
Preview Exhibition for 2021 Open Studios showing work by 90 participating artists. Preview the work, pick up a catalog and plan your Open Studios adventure, which takes place June 5, 6 and June 12, 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 19 through July 25, Black/White & Shades of Gray
International, juried exhibition showcasing work in the powerful and creative contrast of black and white tones and/or including complex and subtle shades of gray. Juror: Harry Frank.
Wednesday, June 23, Grand Reopening Celebration
You’re invited to party! from 5 to 7 p.m.
Live music, food and wine, Gallery art exhibit, upcoming programs showcase. Open House style event with outdoor activities, social distancing, masks.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
June 12 through September 5, Sacred Landscapes, The Art of Ynez Johnston
This retrospective exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and prints from more than seven decades by Ynez Johnston (1920-2019). Ynez’s creative life was marked by a fluid aesthetic that explored numerous personal topographies and exotic cultural influences gleaned from her many adventurous travels throughout the world.
June 12 through September 5, Question Bridge: Black Males
Question Bridge is an innovative and widely exhibited video installation from artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The project explores challenging issues within the black male community through a transmedia conversation among black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata of American society.
Through October 19, A Delicate Balance
Public Art Exhibition in Sonoma Plaza featuring sculptures by four outstanding artists from diverse backgrounds—Bruce Beasley, Catherine Daley, Peter Hassen, and Jun Kaneko. Comprised of abstract and representational sculptures in metal, granite, and plexiglass, the work explores the balance between nature and technology, fragile and solid, humankind and science. Viewers are also reminded of the delicate balance of life, as we consider how our world has changed over the past year.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through June 27, Summer’s Bounty
*** Meet the Artist: June 4 and June 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artist Laura Roney presents a collection of oil paintings that celebrate the seasonal transformation as flowers blossom to create their fruit and nature awakens from its long winter slumber. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Sustained by Water, a collection of plein air paintings by Marsha Connell that depict the movement and patterns of water, both visible and invisible.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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