Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in April 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.

Apple Blossom Fair Art Show
April 28 through April 30, AWS Art Show
*** Opening reception, Friday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition of work by Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol




Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through May 1, Small But Grand
*** Artists reception Saturday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
An exhibit and sale of 100 artworks by local students.
Also on view, Welcome to Spring, work by more than 20 members of the Arts Guild.
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma


Café Frida Gallery
SOFA Arts District
300 South A Street, Santa Rosa


Robert P. McChesney

Calabi Gallery
Through May, Mixed Bag 2.0
Mixed Bag 2.0 continues to highlight the gallery’s uniquely eclectic nature, featuring a large selection of pieces by Carolyn Lord, Robert Emory Johnson, and Horst Trave. A number of new acquisitions and consignments have also been added to the show.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa


Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa


Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through May 19, Determine
Guest artist for this exhibit are Rose B Easterbrook, Mixed Media, and Friends of Cloverdale Library “Celebration of Quilts”. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Hanya Popova Parker, Jason Taylor Morgan, Clay Vajgrt and Jennifer Weiss. Laura Paine Carr, Acrylic Painting is the featured resident artist for Determine.
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
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Finley Community Center
Through April 21, National Arts Program Exhibition
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program presents the 20th Annual National Arts Program Exhibition, featuring 160 works by artists of all ages and levels of experience.
2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through May 7, From One Source
New Paintings by Britta Kathmeyer, showcasing a series of paintings of imaginary bowls in a still-life setting exploring the emotional quality of objects, as well as light-filled abstract work celebrating color, movement, and stillness.
1200 River Road, Fulton



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

Graton Gallery
April 6 through May 14, Roshambo; Rock, Paper, Scissors
*** Artists reception Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Artwork made of rock or stoneware, paper, or cut with scissors.
Juried by Catherine Devriese.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill St, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through April 9, The Art of Food
The annual Young Artists Show features work by students from seven local schools. This year’s theme focuses on the bounty of Sonoma County’s produce and its epicurean delights.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg


IceHouse Gallery / Digital Grange
Through April 14, Exposed: work by Tim Schaible
Schaible’s recent abstract artworks responding to music. Schaible’s award-winning art has been lauded for his bold use of color, energy, and sweeping brushstrokes.
405 East D St., Petaluma

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 28, A Laguna Field Guide by Christopher Reiger
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, 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
April 1 through April 30, Silver Linings II
*** Artists Reception April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Showing work by Susan St. Thomas and SRJC active older adult students.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental


Paul Mahder Gallery
April 8 through April, Hal Mayforth; Watercolors 1992 to Present
*** Opening reception, Saturday, April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Humorous illustrator, Hal Mayforth, has published his illustrations with various publications including, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Sports Illustrated, to name a few.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Pepperwood Gallery
April 20 through August 20, The Lure of Pepperwood
*** Opening reception, April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.
New paintings and drawings by Richard McDaniel created at Pepperwood Preserve while an Artist-in-Residence.
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa


Petaluma Arts Center
Through April 28, ART Connects Us
The PAC annual youth arts exhibition curated by Kate Blakeslee.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma





Mayumi Oda

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through April, Spring Medley
Spring is a season of contrasts and changes—some days afford full winter weather, others bright sunny spring days. 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
April 7 through May 28, Transformations, Recycled Art
*** Opening Reception, Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Works by Bay Area and Northern California artists made from objects that have satisfied their original use. Transformations: Recycled Art promotes conservation of our planet’s limited resources, educating us to new, original uses for so-called disposable objects.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

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


Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen
Works in clay by sculptor Carol Fleming in exclusive viewing at Sculpturesite Gallery. 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
April 1 through May 7, Accessories
*** Opening reception, Saturday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m.
International Juried Exhibition of bags, shoes, jewelry, hats, belts, eyewear, scarves, purses, backpacks, etc. Juried by Andrea Caron and Amy Smith.
282 South High St., Sebastopol


Sebastopol Gallery
April 3 through May 27, Local Harvest; Wooden Bowls by Kalia Kliban
*** Artist reception, April 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
On display is an array of beautiful turned wood bowls by Kalia Kliban. On Friday, April 7, from 5 to 6:30 pm, join the artist for a talk, “From Tree to Bowl.” Kalia will describe and demonstrate how she makes her bowls, all the way from locally harvested logs to finely finished works of functional art. See website for list of special events.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Branch Library Forum Room
Through April 30, Celebrating The Art of Three
Paintings and mixed-media by Teri Haggerty, Dodi O’neill, and Linda Weber.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol


Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through April 23, Juried Student Exhibition
Showing the work of SSU Art Students, juried by Jeff Nathanson, Executive Director of the Museum of Sonoma County, and Inez Storer, artist and former SSU professor.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 30, We Are Still Here and The New Californians
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. Check website for related programs and events.

April 19 through April 30, 2023 A.R.T.S. Student Exhibition
The theme for A.R.T.S. this year is based on SVMA’s exhibition We Are Still Here, highlighting the work of contemporary Pomo artists and the incredible diversity that exists within California today.
551 Broadway, Sonoma


Upstairs Art Gallery
Through April 29, Russian River Seasons
*** Reception April 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. celebrate the show and see a pastel demo by Karen Miller and a monoprint demo by Gail Morgan.
Karen Miller presents Russian River Seasons, a collection of pastel paintings that capture the region’s seasonal passages. Meet the Artist: Miller will be hosting the Gallery on April 10, 15, 24, 29 from 11am to 2:30 p.m.

The Staircase Showcase hosts Gail Morgan’s Meditations, a collection of abstract monoprints that explore the idea of meditation through art, connecting mood and mind. Meet the Artist: Morgan will be hosting the Gallery on April 7, 11, 23 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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