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

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
Through August 2, Celebrating New Artists!
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featuring the work of four new Member Artists, along with current Member Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma



Calabi Gallery
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
Through January 16, 2022, Adults by Schulz
The new exhibition unveils unpublished comic strip featuring adults. Sometime in the mid-1950s, Schulz developed a concept for a workplace humor strip featuring adults. He titled it Hagemeyer after his close friend from the Army. The strip was proposed to United Feature Syndicate as a new strip by Charles Schulz. Until now, all seven strips have never been seen together in one place.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through June 30, Impression
Featuring Guest Artists, Spencer Brewer, Esther Siegel, and Jenny Lynn Hall, and showing along with Gallery Artists, Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Hanya, Popova, Parker.
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. 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

Erickson Fine Art Gallery
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


By Linda Vallejo

Gallery 300
July 8 through August 12, Through Her Eyes
*** Opening reception Thursday, July 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Gallery presents a multicultural Women’s Figurative show exploring depictions of women from solitary images to those that interact with other figures. Curated by artist and Gallery owner Jennifer Hirshfield, and artist Maria De Los Angeles. Featuring over 20 artists, including, Linda Vallejo, Maria de Los Angeles, Maria Cañas, and Martha Wade.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow



Graton Gallery
Through July 11, Small Works 2021
*** Closing Reception Sunday, July 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Exhibition Juried by Harry Frank. Also on view is work by Guest Artist, Taylor Gutermute, Vortex-Swirl and Stability, fused pigment on metal.

By Mylette Welch

July 16 through August 22, Colors of the Earth and More!
Featuring works by gallery partners Mylette Welch and Tim Haworth, with Guest Artists: Judith Corning, Adrienne Momi, and Patricia Oberg. Also on view are works by artists from the Sebastopol Center of the Arts open studios events.
9048 Graton Road, Graton



Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery
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
Through July 31, Pointless Sisters
Art Quilt Exhibit.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental


By Wosene Worke Kosrof

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through August 15, Words of Justice, New Paintings by Wosene Worke Kosrof
Wosene Worke Kosrof, a major Ethiopian/American artist, advocates for justice and human rights in color and abstract forms. 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
Through July 10, Undertakes to Answer
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
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
July 2 through July 31, Faces – Portraits of Dignity in the Face of Adversity
A gallery exhibition by Salvador Sanchez-Strawbridge.

July 2 through August 28, Our Precious Planet
A gallery and on-line exhibition.
*** Opening Reception for both exhibitions, Friday, July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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
New on-line exhibition, Josef Marek: Infinity Trapped, Glass Sculptures
Presenting an exclusive on-line exhibition featuring 22 exquisite glass sculptures by Czech artist Josef Marek. 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 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.
*** Artist Jos Sances talks about “Or, the Whale” Wednesday, July 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. The masterpiece artwork, “Or, The Whale” by Jos Sances is a life-size whale drawing created on 119 scratchboard panels, measuring a total of 14 x 52 feet.

July 31 through September 12, Fiber Arts X
The Exhibition is in collaboration with the Surface Design Association, and juried by Carol Beadle, fiber artist and teacher, Melissa Leviton, curator and specialist in textiles and costume, and Tom Grotto, photographer and gallery owner.
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
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Beginning July 10, Murals in Glen Ellen
*** Community Celebration, Saturday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come meet the artist at our community celebration to present an installation of two murals by Santa Rosa-raised artist Maria de Los Angeles. The murals are permanent installations on the facades of a building at 13647 Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen. 

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.

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 Plexiglas, 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 July 25, Wine Country Living
*** Meet the Artist on July 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willow LaLand presents a collection of wine-inspired paintings; sweeping vineyard landscapes to still-life renderings that one can almost taste. Working in acrylics or oils, she creates three dimensional illusions through layers of translucent color washes.

Through August 29, Guest Artist: Phyllis Rapp presents a collection of new works painted during the pandemic. Created to lift her spirits, these works combine pattern, color and texture to present diverse subjects; figures, animals, and florals in a stylized expressionistic mode.

The Small Works Showcase features Ron Sumner’s small watercolors, and oil paintings that feature rural scenes; hills, vineyards, cows, wildlife, and barns.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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