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 2, Season of Artistry and Art
*** Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 3, from 12 to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the Season! Celebrate Art!
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma
December 3 through January 28, Mixed Bag 2.0
*** Opening Reception and Trunk Show Saturday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Mixed Bag 2.0 continues to highlight the gallery’s uniquely eclectic nature. As with our last show, there will be some new work and some old work, both contemporary and vintage. Featuring a large selection of pieces by Carolyn Lord, Robert Emory Johnson, and Horst Trave.
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 January 21, Liberty
Guest artist for this exhibit is Jason Taylor Morgan, Acrylic Painting. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Hanya Popova Parker and Clay Vajgrt. Jane Gardner, Acrylic Painting is the featured resident artist for Liberty.
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Through December 31, Alejandro and Rachel
Works by very fine artists on display.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through January 8, 20-Year Anniversary Alumni Exhibition
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 January 2, Holiday Gift Market
*** Reception, Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
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
December 10 through May 28, 2023, Art of Risk: The Innovative Sculpture of Michael Cooper
*** Opening reception, Saturday, December 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Michael Cooper’s work exemplifies the individualism, innovation, and eccentric creativity for which Sonoma County is known. Art of Risk is an exhibition that is of interest to not only the art community, but also to students and all who are interested in exploration of engineering, science, the environment, and to all who value creativity, invention, and originality. This solo exhibition of Cooper’s work at the Museum of Sonoma spans over four decades of the artist’s career.
2023, Sonoma County Stories is a permanent Sonoma County history exhibition that will allow visitors to engage with the past in a brand-new way: through the power of storytelling. The exhibition, scheduled to open in 2023, will capture Sonoma County’s rich history, defined by a confluence of cultures and people, and a powerful connection to the land. Featuring stories representing the many diverse histories and cultures of the county, this ambitious and innovative permanent exhibition will have at its core the Oral Histories of Gaye LeBaron.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
December through January 2023, Glitter, Glitz & Glamour
*** Artists reception Saturday, December 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
December 3, 2022 Annual Holiday Exhibit
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featuring many new works from our represented artists plus several new artists!
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
Through December 17, Members Show 2022
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Surround yourself with beauty! 2023 Kurhu Calendars are now available. 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
Through December 30, Pets and Wild Things
Nonjuried show of work by local artists.
December 2 through December 30, The Gift Show: Small Works
*** Opening Reception Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 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 the 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
December 3 through December 30, Members Show 2022
*** Opening reception Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.
This show is the yearly “family reunion” of all our artist members. Every member artists brings in one piece. There is no juror, every submitted work is exhibited.
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.
December 5 through January 28, Wild Things: Paintings by Susan St. Thomas
*** Artist reception on Saturday, December 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Susan’s luminous paintings emerge from dreams and speak to the wild side of us, bearing messages of freedom, peace and power.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Public Library Forum Room
December 6 through January 20, Wine Country Rug Hookers Exhibit
*** Reception, December 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
*** Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Ring the Bells
Art – Open Studios – Music – Community. Join us for a special First Friday evening of illumination, community, and art, celebrating the Winter Season and ringing in the New Year. The event is free and family friendly. Bring a bell to wear or ring as you stroll the neighborhood.
South A St. Santa Rosa
*** Saturday, December 10 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., WinterBlast
Annual Holiday Festival. Art, Music, Food, and two SOFA Parades at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free and Family Friendly.
South A St. Santa Rosa
Street festival between Julliard Park and Sebastopol Ave.
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 11, Allison Berkoy: OK and Jessye McDowell: Superbia
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 January 1, Merry and Bright
*** Reception Holiday Open House, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: meet the artists and cheer the season. Linda Barretta, Beverly Bird, Marsha Connell, Gail Morgan, Jo Tobin-Charleston, Tosya Shore, Ron Sumner, Carolyn Wilson, present Merry and Bright, a collection of works that celebrates the season through joyful colors and iconic themes. The Staircase Showcase features consignment artist offerings.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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