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
August 3 through September 26, New / Fresh
*** Opening reception, Saturday, August 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showing work by Arts Guild members.
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma
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 September 17, Transcend
Guest artists for this exhibit are Kathleen McCallum, Photography and David Taber, 3D Art. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Hanya Popova Parker. Featured resident artist is Clay Vajgrt, Acrylic Painting.
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
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
Currently on view is work by Rachel Sager, Todd Barricklow and Alejandro Salazar.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through August 21, Anything Goes #8
This Juried Show is always full of interesting surprises. Juried by artist Tony Speirs.
August 26 through October 2, Graton Gallery Partners
*** Reception Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Showing work by Gallery partner artists along with Guest artists; E. Ryder Sutton, and Jennifer Whitfield.
Ryder Sutton is sponsoring “Rescue” a benefit for Compassion without Borders.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through August 20, The Princesse: Retelling the Story of Art
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
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
August 6 through September 3, Hamlet Mateo
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, August 6, from 3 to 7 p.m.
This Memorial exhibition showcases the work of Hamlet Mateo.
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
August 6 through September 4, Members Exhibit
*** Artists reception, Saturday August, 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
OCA members present a diverse exhibit in a variety of media.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through August, Summer Exhibition
Featuring new and archived works by Gallery artists.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
August 11 through September 24, Agri-CULTURED
*** Opening Reception, August 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The exhibition explores cross-cultural intersections of food and farming in our region. The project brings together food producers, purveyors, and artists who work locally and align with global concerns of sustainable practice and cultural memory.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
August 12 through October 9, Expressions in Clay
Six Japanese Ceramic artists.
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
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
August 5 through October 1, Turning Pages: The Book as an Art Form
*** Artist reception Friday August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Traditional or Inventive, the Book as Object – A Work of Art. Sculptured or altered, from traditional codex to unfolding accordion book, Scrolls, fans, tunnels, and flag books, to name a few.
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
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through September 4, Pulp: Paper & Book Arts
The juried show features innovative and traditional explorations of book arts, paper arts, and paper sculptures. Jurors are Alicia Bailey and Helen Hiebert.
282 South High St., Sebastopol
150 N. Main Street, 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
August 1 through August 28, Sonoma Backroads
*** Reception Saturday, August 13, from 4 to6 p.m.
Beverly Bird, presents Sonoma Backroads, a collection of works that explore the rich bounty of Sonoma’s natural beauty. Whether in acrylic, oil or watercolor, each painting presents a special aspect of the region’s backroad highlights. Meet the Artist: Beverly Bird will host the gallery August 19 and August 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Staircase Showcase presents Willow LaLand’s A Taste of Wine Country, a collection of small works that capture the beauty of Sonoma Wine Country.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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