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 January 31, New Year Exhibition
Showing work by artist members.
Café Frida Gallery
Through January 30, Two Person Show
Small works by Andrea Leland and Colin Talcroft.
300 South A Street, #4, Santa Rosa
Through January 29, The Magical World of Christian Quintin
Quintin’s fantastic visionary scenes derive much of their power from his remarkable technical skills.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
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
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
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 January 22, Celebrating Sonoma County Artists
Small works exhibit.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Road, Fulton
Through January 2022, New work by Chris Mckee
Handmade paint on Belgium linen.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
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.
January 14 through February 20, Pastel & Ink
Featuring works by two new Graton Gallery Partners; Tamra Sanchez and Harry Frank. Guest Artists are Sandy McCubbin, Thea Goldstine, and Connie Robeson.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
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
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 9 through February 21, Members Show: Insight & Inspiration
*** Opening Reception January 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.
New insights that arise while creating art often inspire artists to move off their familiar path and explore new terrain in their work. Insight and inspiration may be evoked by life-changing events, a fresh perspective of a subject, or a deeper understanding of the medium at hand.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
January 15 through April 29, Conservation in Biodiversity Photography by Joshua Asel
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 15 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Joshua Asel works as an advocate to create visual communication stories that cover Threatened, Endangered, keystone, and bellwether species. California Condors, rare marine mammals, and coastal landscapes are all part of this small cross-section of Joshua’s larger volume of internationally-recognized photographic work.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
January 22 through June 5, Agency: Feminist Art and Power
The exhibition brings together the work of womxn artists who represent different cultural backgrounds, generations, geographic locations, LGBTQ, and gender identities. Twenty-eight exhibiting artists explore the concept of agency—the capacity to act or exert one’s own power; to act independently, and to make free choices. The work examines empowerment, identity, gender roles, aging, gender fluidity, reproductive choice, women and work, violence, and urgent social topics that confront our understanding of what shapes us as individuals and communities.
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
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
Paul Mahder Gallery
January 22, Journey To The Tower
Photo Sculptures by Natalia Bertotti and Michael Garlington.
*** Opening reception January 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tarot card reader, Krystal Kalikala, will be at the reception.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
January 13 through February 26, Integrating Practice: Celebrating Teaching Artists of the North Bay
*** Opening Reception January 13, from 5 to7 p.m. cancelled due to health precautions.
Artists represented are Sena Clara Creston, Frances McCormack, Joe McDonald, Chris Newhard, Chuck Pyle, Larry Thomas, and Shane Weare.
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 March 6, Winter Show
Featured artist is Karen Spratt, Painting Into Collage.
Spratt creates collages from cut up images of her paintings.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
January 7 through February 27, Imaginary Voyages
*** Artists reception Friday January 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit features artworks that reflect itineraries and landscapes grown from dreams, fantasies or visions.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
On-line visiting artist lecture series. Check website for schedule.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
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
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 8 through February 6, Favorite Things: Portraits
This is a non-juried, intergenerational, salon-style show. The theme of this year’s Favorite Things show is portraits of favorite people or animals.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
January 15 through April 24, Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey & Tony Natsoulas
*** Exhibition Reception Saturday, February 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free for SVMA members, and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration and masks are required to attend this event. This exhibition brings together two giants of California Bay Area ceramics known for their satire, humor, and irreverence. Their work is part of the “Funk Art” tradition born out of California Pop Art.
Artist Talk by Tony Natsoulas on Saturday, January 22 at 3 pm. Natsoulas will present his own work and discuss his artistic relationship with the late Clayton Bailey.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
January 3 through January 30, Bold Flavors in Fauve
*** Meet the Artist at the Gallery on January 24, 28, & 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and January 5, & 21 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Willow LaLand presents Bold Flavors in Fauve, a collection of wine-inspired paintings that allows the luxuriant color undertones to star. These works connect the viewer to the land that produces the world-renowned varieties. Guest Artist during January and February is Jan Thomas, a Sonoma County artist whose paintings are inspired by the landscapes she often sees in her neighborhood or other places around Sonoma County. The Staircase Showcase features Sally Cataldo’s Inspired by Colors of Nature, a collection of smaller mixed media works.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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Wishing you a healthy and creative New Year too!