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
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma
Café Frida Gallery
300 South A Street, #4, Santa Rosa
Through July 30, The Visionary Art of Alejandro Salazar
Alejandro Salazar is an incredibly powerful and inventive artist. Born and raised in Colima, Mexico, Alejandro is essentially self-taught, but the inherent sophistication of his work belies that fact. While his work has some similarities of vision with other Latin American surrealists, it is always uniquely his own.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 18, Spark Plug to Snoopy: 100 Years of Schulz
This exhibition kicks off a centennial celebration of Schulz’s birth on November 26, 1922, and reflects back to a world before Peanuts, by featuring original work by the artists who influenced Schulz and inspired him to become a cartoonist.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 16, Restless
Guest artists for this exhibit are Thomas Glass Phinnessee, Oil Painting; and Winifred Potenza, Ceramic Sculpture. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Hanya Popova Parker and Clay Vajgrt. Pamela Heck, Acrylic Painting is the featured resident.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Through April 25, 2024, Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Nine new sculptures have been chosen by the Selection Committee and are part of the 2022-2024 Sculpture Trail. The themes of these nine sculptures are diverse and show the creative thinking and craftsmanship of the sculptors.
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
July 1 through August 24 International Influence
*** First Friday reception, August 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The show explores France and other countries through the eyes of Sonoma County artists.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through July 10, Recent Paintings by Tim Haworth and Sabra Briere
Also showing Guest Artists; Thea Goldstine, Teri Haggerty and Heather Myler.
July 15 through August 21, Anything Goes #8
*** Artists Reception Saturday, July 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
This Juried Show is always full of interesting surprises.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through August 20, The Princesse: Retelling the Story of Art
*** Artist’s reception Saturday, July 2 from 3 to 6 p.m.
For this series, Kristen Throop has been working on The Princesse for the past four years. At the project’s center is Ingres’s famous 1853 portrait of the Princesse de Broglie. Each of the pieces in the exhibition relates to a different aspect of Ingres’s portrait, fitting together like a puzzle which then reveals a larger narrative. See website for schedule of Artist Talks.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
July 7 through August 14, Emerging Artists Exhibition
This annual exhibition promotes artists entering the world of exhibiting their work. Selected artists are between the ages of high school seniors and 30 years old.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg
IceHouse Gallery / Digital Grange
Through July 4, Celebrating the Late Jon Gariepy
This memorial exhibition showcases much of Jon’s ceramic work including his signature cars and boats.
405 East D St., Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 26, Protecting the Environment that Sustains Us
Featuring the Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
Through November 27, Collective Arising: The Insistence of Black Bay Area Artists
Collective Arising features art by contemporary Black artists who have participated in interdisciplinary collectives, including nure, 3.9 Collective, House of Malico, CTRL+SHIFT, and Black [Space] Residency. Collectives—groups of like-minded individuals coming together to achieve a common goal—have offered space for Black artists to expand their practice, amplify their voices, and nurture one another. The artworks in Collective Arising—which includes textile, sculpture, glass, print, painting, photography, video, and installation—speak to the dual purpose at the core of the formation of artist collectives. Curated by Ashara Ekundayo and Lucia Olubunmi R. Momoh.
Through September 11, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
The exhibition features over fifty little-known photographs by Ansel Adams that depict how Japanese Americans bore their treatment at the Manzanar incarnation camp in central California. Taken during World War II, the black and white images were originally published in Adams’ book Born Free and Equal (1944) in which he protested what he called the “enforced exodus” of a American citizens within their own country. Now, 80 years after one of America’s most horrific decisions, this exhibition is an important lesson about the past injustice done to a community because of their national origin, the urgency of confronting injustice, as well as bearing witness to the resilience of the human spirit.
Working closely with the Sonoma County chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Museum also presents a selection of stories, objects, and images related to the experience of Sonoma County residents who faced forced incarceration in camps like Manzanar during the war.
Ongoing, Year of the Tiger: Chinese Traditions in Sonoma County 1980-2022
Featuring historic objects from the Museum’s Song Wong Bourbeau collection, as well as contemporary items generously provided from the Redwood Empire Chinese Association, the exhibition explores and recognizes the long history and continuity of Chinese traditions. The Chinese temple provided a sense of collective unity for Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans, and played a vital role in maintaining a connection with their cultural home. This exhibition shows that the important threads of community, culture, language, tradition, ritual, and history remain tightly woven into the fabric of Sonoma County.
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.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through July 31, Pointless Sisters Quilt Exhibit
See what the Pointless Sisters have created this year with their spectacular quilting talents!
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
Through July 23, Common Threads: Art & Fiber
Exhibition of work by 12 fiber artists.
Also on view, Recent Works by David Brunhofer & Lisa Lightman. Curated by Carin Jacobs.
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 3, Through My Eyes 2.0
Photographs by Dan Kabanuck. The show showcases several images that he captured in and around Petaluma. Included are black and white aluminum prints, along with several color images of some amazing sunsets around town.
Art Reception July 16, from 2 to 8 p.m. Unexpected in Petaluma
Join RiverFront and Oli Gallery for a visual explosion of color, concept, technique and the element of unexpected as we take you on a visual story told through the lens of very talented artists.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through July 30, UpCycle: Reimagine and Recycle
The exhibition features artwork, by over 30 artists, that has been made from repurposed materials. These materials may have come from discarded items, such as paper, aluminum cans, and plastics; or found objects, such as drift wood and seed pods, or things that have fulfilled their original useful purpose, such as auto parts, wine barrel hoops, or fabric.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
Currently we are showing over 30 sculptures by 15 artists at our SculptureWALK, including a number of the ever-favorite kinetic sculptures. Three new ceramic sculptures by Carol Fleming can be seen on the SculptureWALK. 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 24, Abstract 2022
Over 60 works selected by Juror, and abstract painter, Mark Perlman.
Through July 30, Woman and Fox, A Journey
Work by Teri Sloat expressing her inner Fox. Teri says, “The inner part of me is the fox, and, in different forms, the woman is who I am and how I feel. The fox is always there, leading, waiting, reminding me of the importance of stories and dreams.”
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through August 28, Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham
Seen & Unseen is the first exhibition of Cunningham’s photographs to tour the U.S. in 20 years, giving a new generation the opportunity to view her work for the first time.
Also on view: Dancing with Charlie: Bay Area Art from the Campbell Collection
Dancing with Charlie presents a collection that helped shape the evolution of Bay Area art. Guest curated by Susan M. Anderson, the exhibition reveals Mr. Campbell’s keen eye for enduring talent and commitment to living artists.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through July 31, Marble-ous
*** Reception July 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.: Meet the artists, Laura Roney and Carolyn Wilson, and learn about their inspiration, background, and stylistic approaches. Laura Roney, presents Marble-ous, a collection of works in oil that focuses on marbles. Roney transforms these fun colorful balls of glass and paint into swirling designs of symmetry and structure. Viewing these paintings, one comes away with a renewed appreciation for those small objects in our world we often do not take the time to actually see. Meet the Artist: Laura Roney will be hosting the gallery Saturday July 2 and Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Staircase Showcase presents Carolyn Wilson’s Backyard Beauty. A collection of smaller mixed media collage paintings that celebrate the bevy of nature’s treasures found close to home, such as backyard birds, beloved garden blooms and billowy wildflowers.
Meet the Artist: Carolyn Wilson will be hosting the gallery Fridays July 8 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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this such a super-helpful roundup, Satri! always look forward to the email updates
Glad you are enjoying the round up.