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.
Please check with the venues for current status of health protocols, hours, events and exhibitions.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
November 3 through December 27, AGS Members Exhibition
Showing work by 24 artist members.
Café Frida Gallery
300 South A Street, #4, Santa Rosa
Through November, Extraction: Art on The Edge of The Abyss
The show is part of the global project Extraction: Art on The Edge of The Abyss. This important multi-venue exhibition seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through November 8, 2021, Girl Power in Peanuts
Peanuts was coed from the very first strip. The original female members of the Peanuts Gang, Patty and Violet, never quite took center stage until Charles Schulz developed characters like Lucy and Sally, and then Peppermint Patty and Marcie, who had, “enough personality to carry out ideas.” The exhibition, Girl Power in Peanuts, displays exemplary girl power as played out in a variety of circumstances, and the influence of the exceptional women in the life of Charles Schulz.
Through March 13, 2022, Drawn from Life: The People and Places of Peanuts
Charles Schulz worked at finding new and fresh ideas to lend to his cast of characters, in addition to developing personas for the characters themselves. To do this Schulz drew from reality much of what he poured into Peanuts. He also borrowed some of the names for his characters from people he knew. Drawn from Life takes a closer look at the people and places in Schulz’s world that inspired the now well-known character names, traits, and gags.
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 November 27, It’s All About the STORY
*** First Friday Reception November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
An exhibit of Storytelling through Art. The power of narrative is fully present in artistic creations. Explore the intersection of Art and Story with three Sonoma County artists: Caren Catterall; printmaking; images of myth and mystery. Teri Sloat; pastels and paintings with roots in traditional culture. Luann Udell; jewelry, shrines and figures from imagined prehistory.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
*** Open Studio reception Saturday, November 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featuring Clark Mitchell and other Studio Artists. Lots of new and exciting changes with new work by Sharon Eisley, David Baldwin and more.
1200 River Road, Fulton
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through November 14, Essential Geometry
Essential Geometry features work by Bruce Hopkins, with guest artists Jackie Kirk and Teresa Worly.
November 19 through January 9, Gallery Partners Holiday Show
Featuring works by all the Graton Gallery Partners: Sally Baker, Harry Frank, Tim Haworth, Bruce Hopkins, Rik Olson, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, and Mylette Welch; with Guest Artists: Thea Goldstine, Sabra Briere, Connie Robeson, and Marguerite Brennan.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through November 6, New Work by Bill Shelley and Shelley Spira Burns
On view are oil and watercolor paintings by Bill Shelley, and ceramic forms by Shelley Spira Burns.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 5, Glimpses of Illumination
November 18 through December 30, Holiday Gift Market
Healdsburg Center for the Arts has moved to 334 Center Street.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 17, The Russian River and its Watershed
Oils, Pastels and Drawings by Richard McDaniel. Over the course of three years, artist Richard McDaniel explored the length and breadth of the Russian River watershed, painting the free-flowing landscapes that come to life in this new series, with a corresponding book of the same name released earlier this year.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
November 12 through January 9, Artistry in Wood
The 33rd Annual Artistry in Wood exhibition is presented by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) in partnership with the Museum of Sonoma County. Staged every year since 1988, it is recognized as one of the premier fine woodworking shows in North America and has become a favorite among museum visitors. Pieces accepted for exhibition must pass stringent criteria established by a board of jurors. Awards of Excellence and Best of Show are coveted prizes that reflect the highest quality of artistry and craftsmanship.
Ongoing, Light, Clay, and Copper: Mid-Century Arts and Crafts in Sonoma County
The exhibition features three important collections from the Museum of Sonoma County: The photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel, the pottery of Marguerite Wildenhain, and the metalwork of Harry Dixon. Each was a master of their artform and all were contemporaries that shared ideals and influences. Light, Clay, and Copper explores the connections and shared experiences of these four remarkable artists.
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
North Bay Letterpress Arts
Through November 30, Extraction; Art on The Edge of The Abyss
*** Artist Reception, Sunday, November 7, from 11 to 3 p.m., with an installation & performance at 1:30 p.m. NO TITLE, by Judi Goldberg and Brooke Holve is a collaboration and conversation between two artists with different approaches and aesthetics working with what is. The exhibition in the print shop includes the work of eight studio printers.
925 D Gravenstein Hwy So., Sebastopol
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through November 7, Chris Cheek: Transient Paintings, Sight Poems & Other Works
According to Sonoma County Artist Chris Cheek, poet Garcia Lorca used the folkloric images of the angel, the muse, and the duende to explain the forces that compel the artist to create great work. “The closest translation that I can come up with to the spirit of duende is an undefinable sense of ‘soul’.
November 20 through January 16, Spirit
Manifesting itself in many ways, Spirit has commonly been defined as the force within a person or non-material essence that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. Spirit is everywhere.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through November, Metal Epoch
*** Opening Reception November 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Laser-cut steel sculptures by Mike Berg. Using laser-cut metal with the intervention of digital technologies, Berg has pushed proportion and scale to expansive dimensions of probability.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
November 13, PAC Members Exhibition
*** Opening Reception November 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
On view, Autumn Surprises
The gallery showcases Fall themed artwork.
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
November 11 through January 2, Paints & Pencils, Canvas & Paper
*** Meet the Artist reception on Saturday, November 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The exhibition features Paintings and Drawings by Henry White.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
November 5 through January 2, The Gift
*** Opening Reception, First Friday November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This exhibit is an opportunity to share our talents – our “gifts” as we approach the traditional season of giving.
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
Current on-line exhibition, Judith Stewart: Vital Presence
Female Figures in Ceramic and Bronze, through November 30. 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 November 28, EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss
This international juried exhibition, in collaboration with the CODEX Foundation, brings together galleries and museums worldwide on this project. The curators are Robin Dintiman, Holly Downing, and Catherine Devriese. Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss is a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through December 3, Flora Fauna Terra
Featuring work by Michelle Hoting and Stacey Schuett. Jewelry artist Michelle Hoting’s designs are a direct reflection of nature. Her hand fabricated work incorporates metalsmithing and lapidary techniques utilizing silver, gold and unique gemstones.
Stacey Schuett’s paintings allude to themes of animal life and the natural world. She works with layered textures, color and altered surfaces to create a luminous quality in her work.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 2, Double Trouble: Enrique Chagoya & Kara Maria
This exhibition reviews the revolutionary spirit of Chagoya and Maria as an artist-couple, artists-activists, and their decades-long contribution to the Bay Area arts scene. Chagoya’s unapologetically satirical creations alight in Western historical and pop-cultural imagery and icons to speak to complex issues such as immigration and other socio-economic challenges of our day. Maria’s colorful, playful canvases conceal and reveal themes of ecological collapse and power conflicts between humans and the natural world.
Also on view, The Sanctuary City Project
The Sanctuary City Project is comprised of artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, who utilize a combination of research and community actions to engage individual participants and institutions in creating inclusive spaces where deeper dialogues surrounding sanctuary cities and immigration policy can occur. These include interactive installations, public projections, billboards, banners, tote bags, mobile food distribution, and mobile printmaking workshops. Visit The Sanctuary Print Shop at SVMA every other Saturday and Wednesday, through December 15.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 21, No Detail Too Small
*** Meet the Artist Reception Saturday, November 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Victoria A. Kochergin, presents a collection botanical artwork that expresses the unique beauty of each subject. These detailed works in colored pencil truly enhance the viewers’ appreciation; as one looks closely, each botanical comes magically alive.
The Staircase Showcase features Willow LaLand’s Wine Country Small Works, paintings that share the artist’s passion for Sonoma vineyard landscapes and the wines they produce.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
Wine Snob, Glen Ellen
Through December 2021, Typographic Shuffle by Laurie Szujewska
On view are 12 collaged works on paper by artist Laurie Szujewska. Made from repurposed letterpress prints, the collages are a tour de force of reconstructed typography.
969 Carquinez Avenue, Glen Ellen
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