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
Through November 25, Mary Fuller McChesney: Myth and Monument from Sonoma Mountain
Talented in many genres, Mary Fuller McChesney found that her sculpture was often overlooked in favor of her husband’s, Robert McChesney, paintings. Working in cement mixed with vermiculite, she built and carved a world of mythic creatures deeply influenced by her philosophic studies as well as Maya and Aztec mythology. Eighteen pieces, three of them bronze, are placed throughout the Astro Motel’s property.
323 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
Through November 12, Mixed Bag
The new exhibition is a reflection of the gallery’s eclectic nature, and features some new work by gallery artists, some newly acquired vintage works. Artists include Adela Akers, Paul Beattie, Douglas Ballou, Gustave Baumann, Iva Hladis, Peter Holbrook, Walter Kuhlman, Carolyn Lord, Lucy Martin, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert P. McChesney, Michael Ramos, Doel Reed, Martina Skala, Horst Trave, Bambi Waterman, Pegot Waring, and others.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 12, 2023, The Spark of Schulz: A Centennial Celebration
Celebrate the centennial of the birth of Charles M. Schulz with an appreciative look at his creative impact. Through an array of original art from contemporaries and artists working today, we see that no one had a more significant impact on modern cartooning than Charles Schulz. Whether in comics, books, movies, animation, and more, Schulz’s influence continues to shine.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 19, Freedom
Guest artist for this exhibit is Britta Kathmeyer, Acrylic & Oil Pastel. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Hanya Popova Parker and Clay Vajgrt. Hanya Popova Parker, Oil Painting, is the featured resident artist. Special Feature; Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos created by artists & community.
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 November, Tribute to Micah Schwaberow
*** Reception, Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tribute to late, great, and beloved Santa Rosa printmaker Micah Schwaberow. Micah touched many lives for decades through his immense kindness and phenomenal artwork. Dozens of his prints and paintings are now on display inside Corrick’s.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
Through November 1, Adam Wolpert: The Great Oaks
On view are nine 4’x6′ paintings from the Great Oaks series.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Through November 30, Fall is Here
Works by Lisa Beerntsen, Todd Barricklow, Jennifer Hirshfield, Alejandro Salazar, and Piper Snow.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through November 13, Graton Gallery Partners Show II
Welcoming our new partner Heather Myler, and Featuring the art of Gallery Partners: Sally Baker, Harry Frank, Bruce Hopkins, Rik Olson, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, and Mylette Welch. Guest Artists are Katy Boggs, Pamela Heck, Michelle Leonard, and Bobbie Remedios.
November 18 through January 8, 20-Year Anniversary Alumni Exhibition
*** Artists reception Saturday, November 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.
With Lisa Beerntsen, Marylu Downing, Patrick Fanning, James Fried ,Tim Haworth, Pam Powell, Susan Proehl, Tony Speirs, Jill Keller Peters, and Michael Coy. Guest artists; Tracy Martini, Connie Robeson, and Amy Waterman.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Through December 3, Ikei -The Source of Gratitude
The word Ikei expresses the profound spiritual appreciation and reverence that the Japanese have for Nature. On view is art by Kuniko Sasaki, Waguri Kawaguchi, and Haruko Tsuji, three artists who live and work in Japan; coordinated in part by Professor Ron Nakasone.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 13, Artists Showcase
334 Center Street, Healdsburg
IceHouse Gallery / Digital Grange
405 East D St., Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 23, Layers: Serenity, Survival, and Silence
Artwork by Sally Rapelye Briggs.
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 November 6, Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is a melding of traditions, Catholic and indigenous. Mexico’s indigenous people preserved their traditions within the accepted practices of the colonial authority, sustaining them through the generations. What has been preserved across time is the message that death is a part of life and the dead live on through our rituals of remembrance.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through December 4, Fantasy Exhibit
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through November 28, Feldsott: BuDah Paintings
Feldsott’s body of work has always confronted the complexities of human nature: its violent faults as well as its spiritual aspirations. In The Budah Paintings, Feldsott repeats and alters the motif of the Buddha to examine such aspirations, the immaterial and the irreverent, while still rooting viewers in their contemporary societal realities.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
November 17 through December 17, Members Show 2022
*** Opening reception Thursday, November 17.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through November, Taking Flight
An exhibit featuring our avian friends. It is an eclectic group of art pieces which include sumi ink painting, mezzotint, etching, woodcut, aquatint and stencil prints. There are owls and hawks, hummingbirds, chickens and many more.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
November 4 through December 30, Pets and Wild Things
*** Opening reception, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through December 9, A Library of Forms
Each of eight artists explores concepts of movement, color, light and form. Images and sculptures suggest experiments with some variables held constant and others in flux. Every piece is a question that is answered by another question. The exhibition was curated by SRJC art faculty Christopher Woodcock and was hung with help from students enrolled in Exhibition Design Art 53.
The Robert F. Agrella Gallery is located on the first floor of Doyle Library.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through November 27, Not Just Landscapes
The work for this juried show was selected by Richard McDaniel, and as the title suggests, the artwork stretches the boundaries of standard landscape imagery.
Also on view is Photo Magic, photographs by Members of the Santa Rosa Photographic Society. The work explores innovative approaches to photography, including in-camera techniques such as intentional camera movement, or post-capture manipulations using digital technologies.
282 South High St., Sebastopol
Through December 3, What the Crows Brought Me
Assemblage by Rebeca Treviño. As crows delight in play and shiny things, Rebeca’s art lures the viewer with unusual juxtapositions, and out-of-context objects that present unexpected narratives.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
November 3 through December 11, Allison Berkoy: OK and Jessye McDowell: Superbia
*** Opening reception Thursday, November 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition presents two artists who work with digital and electronic media. Berkoy and McDowell explore the complex interface between humans, nature, and machines.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 8, 2023, Raymond Saunders: On Freedom and Trust
The exhibition features 25 large scale mixed-media paintings by Saunders. Many of the works are experimental using stencils, impasto paint, and found objects. Saunders reuses many motifs in his work and repurposes commercial and cultural signs to create multiple perspectives and multiple meanings.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 20, Hanging Out
*** Artists Reception November 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tosya Shore, presents Hanging Out, a collection of watercolor paintings from her unique Laundry Series. Fluid shapes of laundry dance against background geometric forms. This series was inspired by a scene in Rovinj, Croatia.
The Staircase Showcase presents Beverly Bird’s Seas, Trees and Vines, a collection of small paintings inspired by Sonoma’s abundant natural beauty. From the dramatic seascapes to the redwoods and colorful vineyards the region seems to have it all.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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