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

Please check with the venues for current status of health protocols, hours, events and exhibitions.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through December 27, AGS Members Exhibition
Showing work by 24 artist members.
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

 

 

Café Frida Gallery
707-303-5925
300 South A Street, #4, Santa Rosa
www.cafefridagallery.com

 

Calabi Gallery
December 10 through January 29, The Magical World of Christian Quintin
*** Opening Reception Saturday, December 11, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Quintin’s fantastic visionary scenes derive much of their power from his remarkable technical skills.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
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
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 15, Attitude
Guest artists for this exhibit are Marcia Brauer, Painting; Michele Morehouse, Ceramics; and Shelby Young, Painting. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Hanya Popova Parker. Jane Gardner, ceramics, is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

 

 

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.
https://cloverdalesculpturetrail.org/

Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Road, Fulton
707-328-1934
www.fultoncrossing.com/

 

Gallery 300
Through January 2022, New work by Chris Mckee
Handmade paint on Belgium linen.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
707-332-1212
www.gallery-300.com

 

 

 

Graton Gallery
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
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

 

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through January 29, Art Moura
Art Moura brings his Visions to Life!
Also featuring Ruminations, by Aja DeWolf Moura. A film by the artist’s daughter captures his work and ideology through image and conversation.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through December 30, Holiday Gift Market
334 Center Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St, Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.digitalgrange.com

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 17, The Russian River and its Watershed
*** Closing Reception Sunday, December 5, from 12 to 4 p.m.
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.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

 

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
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.

History
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
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

 

Occidental Center for the Arts
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
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

 

 

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through January 2, Metal Epoch
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
707-473-9150
https://paulmahdergallery.com/

Petaluma Arts Center
PAC Members Exhibition
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

 

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 2, Paints & Pencils, Canvas & Paper
The exhibition features Paintings and Drawings by Henry White.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

 

 

Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through January 2, The Gift and The Jewelry Show
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
707-293-6051
https://santarosaartscenter.org/

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
On-line visiting artist lecture series. Check website for schedule.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/current-exhibits-0

 

Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
Three new sculptures by Marilyn Kuksht are now on view at the sculptureWALK. Kuksht has been a full time sculptor for over 25 years working primarily in fabricated steel and bronze, as well as cast bronze. Our indoor space is now closed, but our outdoor SculptureWALK exhibition can still be viewed 7 days a week.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
December 4 through January. 2, Annual Members Exhibition
*** Opening reception Saturday, December 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
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
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

 

Kara Maria

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 2, 2022, 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
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

 

By Michele Hoting

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through January 2, Give Joy
Sonoma County artists, Nancy Gray, Michelle Hoting, Victoria Kochergin, Laura Roney, Donna Schaffer, Jo Tobin-Charleston, Tosya Shore, and Ron Sumner present a variety of interpretations in a salute to the season. The Staircase Showcase features consignment artist offerings, including Jewelry, Glass art, Ceramics, Photography, and Sculpture in wire, assemblage, and papier-mâché.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

 

Laurie Szujewska

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
707-931-8424
https://www.winesnobwinery.com

 

 

 

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