Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2023

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.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through January 2, Season of Artistry and Art
Celebrate the Season! Celebrate Art!
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma


Calabi Gallery
Through January 28, Mixed Bag 2.0
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

Cloverdale, CA
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 January, Art in 3 Dimensions: Purposeful – Playful – Beautiful
Featuring Sonoma County artists working in 3-dimensional media, including glass, wood, ceramics, and metal assemblage.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Gallery 300
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

Graton Gallery
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.

January 13 through February 19, Small Works 2023
*** Artists Reception Saturday, January 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Juried Show of small wonders.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill St, Healdsburg


Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 5 through January 29, Blue, Members Show
*** Opening reception, Saturday, January 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
See what the talented HCA members are up to.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery / Digital Grange
405 East D St., Petaluma


Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
January 5 through April 28, A Laguna Field Guide by Christopher Reiger
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 21, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Artist, illustrator, and writer Christopher Reiger is exhibiting a selection of his popular Field Guide series! Each poster on view features the color column of a common or frequently observed bird species in the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Museum of Sonoma County
Through May 28, 2023, Art of Risk: The Innovative Sculpture of Michael Cooper
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
Through January 29, Glitter, Glitz & Glamour
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental






Paul Mahder Gallery
Through January 29, Annual Holiday Exhibit
Featuring many new works from our represented artists plus several new artists!
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg


Petaluma Arts Center
Petaluma Collects and Multiplicities
*** Opening reception, January 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Every collection tells a story. Petaluma Collects is an exhibition about what members of our community collect. The exhibition also describes why collectors collect and how objects are displayed – either repurposed in a new way or maintained as is. This curated group of collections provides fresh insights into different art forms, and, in some cases, the historical legacies that brought them into being.

Also; in the North Gallery, Multiplicities: Works by Marilyn Dizikes and Kris Ekstrand
This exhibit, featuring work by two PAC Artist Members, explores the assemblage and multiplicity of objects and textures in nature and in everyday life.
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
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma


Santa Rosa Arts Center
January 6 through February 25, New Year, New Work : A Hopeful Show
*** Artist Reception Friday January 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In this show artists express their hope for the future, give thanks and express joy. This is an opportunity to share with the community our visions and hopes for 2023 and for fresh beginnings.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa


Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa


Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen
SculptureWALK: View over 30 outdoor sculptures by 15 artists throughout the beautiful grounds at Jack London Village, offering a generous selection of abstract and figurative garden sculptures, including wind activated kinetic works. From our website, you may download the map and sculpture list to use for your self-guided tour when visiting.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 7 through February 5, Favorite Things
An exhibition open to every artist between ages 1 and 101 years old!
282 South High St., Sebastopol


Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 28, Wild Things: Paintings by Susan St. Thomas
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
Through January 20, Wine Country Rug Hookers Exhibit
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
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.

January 21 through April 30, We Are Still Here and The New Californians
*** Exhibition Reception Saturday, January 28. See website for details.
We Are Still Here: Pomo Artists and Our Cultural Landscape highlights contemporary artwork of Native Pomo artists and reflects the resilience of the Pomo Tribe and the strong connections to their land as a place for ceremonies, family events, gatherings, and religious observances.

The New Californians: Photographs by Judy Dater features Dater’s portraits of Californians that reflect the diversity and cultural richness that immigrant, indigenous, and itinerant residents contribute to our beloved state.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
January 2 through January 29, The Beauty of Stillness
Artist Luba Stolper presents The Beauty of Stillness, a collection of classically painted still-life masterworks in oil. Traditionally trained, Stolper hones in on details and adheres to time tested and time-consuming processes that produce stunning life-like results. Meet the Artist: Stolper, January 3 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Staircase Showcase welcomes Phyllis Rapp as a returning Gallery member. The Gallery celebrated its silver anniversary this year and Rapp was one of the founding members. Rapp presents Garden of Whimsy, a collection of colorful, playful watercolor paintings, depicting a range of subjects. Meet the Artist: Rapp, January 17, 24, 25, 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg



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2 Responses to Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2023

  1. Thank you Satri! This is inspiring!


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