Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in September 2017

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.

SoNapa, by P.K. Margis

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through October 2, National Juried Competition
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, September 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
This is the Guild’s first National Juried Competition. The jurors, Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of Seager Gray Gallery, selected the work from 370 entries.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

 

 

 

Scarlet and Cup, by Gronk

Calabi Gallery
Through October 14, Gallery Group Show
The Calabi Gallery Group Show features contemporary gallery artists as well as a selection of artwork from their vintage collection. On view are works by Douglas Ballou, Warren Bellows, Catherine Daley, Karen Green, Emmanuel Catarino Montoya, and Michael Ramos. Also showing work by Stuart Davis, Roy De Forest, Gronk, Charles Howard, Ray Jacobsen, Walter Kuhlman, and Robert Pearson McChesney.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
707-695-1011
christiemarksfineart.com

Chroma Gallery
Through September 27, Sightings
Juried photography show. Photographs that reveal the gorgeous or fascinating, but not often noticed, details of our world. Juror: Stella Monday.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 15, Tapas
Showing the work of Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, Hanya Popova Parker, with featured artist Sharon Kozel, and guest artists Branka Harris and Claude Smith.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2018, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
September 1 through September 30, Art Trails Mini Preview Show
*** First Friday reception, September 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Gallery at Corrick’s and My Daughter the Framer kick off the upcoming Art Trails Open Studios season by showcasing over 60 Art Trails artists.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Gallery One
September 5 through October 22, Art Trails Preview
*** Reception Saturday, September 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Preview of artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
707-778-8277
http://galleryone.webdaki.com

Graton Gallery
Through September 24, Anything Goes and Cigar Box Show
This third annual juried show features selected pieces, including work using cigar boxes.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

By Bill Shelley

Hammerfriar Gallery
September 16 through November 18, Bill Shelley and Shelley Spira Burns
*** Opening reception, Saturday, September 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Back from spending months in Berlin, Bill Shelley presents a collection of drawings he created while responding to this city. The drawings employ classical design conventions as well as invented interpretations and viewpoints. Also showing are sculptures by Shelley Spira Burns. An interest in geology, archeology and a background in psychology inform her work.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through September 17, Harvester
Photographs by Erik Castro.

September 22 through October 22, Art Trails Preview
*** Opening Reception Saturday, September 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Preview of artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Volcano.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
September 21 through October 9, Jordan Celso Large Scale Abstracts
*** Opening reception Saturday, September 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
This solo show by Laytonville artist, Jordan Celso, features Celso’s large scale acrylic abstracts paintings, silk scarves, and metal prints. Celso is a member of the Laytonville Art Angels and is co-owner of Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery.
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen
707-343-1931
www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery. com

 

IceHouse Gallery
Through September 4, Bill Kane–New Works; Emanations, Madonnas
The Emanation Series are contemporary works derived from traditional Buddhist deity images which are reduced into their basic component colors, blurred and stretched to 7 feet tall.

Opening in September, Adam Wolpert: Pond Series
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
September 5 through January 4, Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There
*** Opening reception Saturday, September 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Wildlife photography by Dave Strauss.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
September 17 through November 26, Unpacked: Contemporary Works From Private Collections of Northern California
*** Opening Reception Saturday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Welcome the new Executive Director, Jeff Nathanson. Free to the public!
Unpacked features contemporary works from private collections of Northern California. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists who have inspired established collectors.

History Museum
Through November 5, Equine Epochs: The History of Horses in Sonoma County
Equine Epochs recounts the role of the horse in Sonoma County. From the plow horse to the champion racer, explore the history and ongoing legacy of the horse in Sonoma County in this exhibition.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through October 1, Sea Creatures
Juried show of Sea Creatures, real and imagined.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through September 17, Words Matter
The Bay Area premiere of new paintings by Wosene Kosrof. Born in 1950 in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Kosrof uses the script forms of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures, creating a new visual language that draws upon the artist’s Ethiopian heritage, while incorporating his experiences of living in the U.S.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Herring Skeleton

Petaluma Arts Center
Through October 21, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above & Below
Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments, with particular emphasis on Sonoma County. Artists included are Peter Connors, Chris Dewees, Courtney Mattison, Richard and Judith Selby Lang, Julia Edith Rigby, and Holly Sumner. See website for related programs and workshops.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library
Through September 25, Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers
Showcasing personal images and public stories of a California Rivertown.
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Street)
707-778-4398
www.petalumamuseum.com

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through September 4, Close to Nature
Woodfired ceramics by two new artists—Jonathan Stewart of Pasadena, California and Katsuura Aki of Shigaraki, Japan, and new work by Mitch Iburg, Kelly Farley, and Bill Geisinger. 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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

Hokusai’s Bicycle. By Karen Spratt

Riverfront Art Gallery
September 6 through November 5, The 10th Anniversary Show
***opening reception on Saturday, September 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

 

 

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
September 18 through October 12, Art Faculty Show
*** Reception for the artists, Thursday, September 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

Sculpturesite Gallery
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
September 28 through October 22, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Thursday, September 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The preview exhibit features a piece of each participating artist’s work.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

 

Dancing Oaks, by J.J. Hewes

Sebastopol Gallery
Through September, Celebrating A Decade of Art And Community
*** Artist’s Reception Saturday, October 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Gallery features work of member and guest artists each month in the windows as part of the gallery’s 10-year-anniversary celebration. For September, work by member artist James Reynolds will be in the north window. Guest artist Stacey Schuett’s work continues in the south window until September 24, when member artist Jeremy Joan Hewes displays her featured exhibit Let’s Talk About Trees.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
September 7 through October 15, Art Studio Faculty Exhibition
*** Opening reception, Thursday, September 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
See what the SSU Art faculty is up to. The exhibition features the work of Emily Davis Adams, Shannon Benine; Jeremiah Barber, Clea Felien; Nathan Haenlein; Jenny Harp; Kurt Kemp; Cathy Lu; Jann Nunn; Kate Oltmann; Sasha Petrenko; Gregory Roberts; and Billie Stultz.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through October 1, Albert Paley: Thresholds
Albert Paley is an American modernist metal sculptor. This exhibition features Paley’s large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes, and explores his process. In addition to the museum exhibition, the City of Sonoma will witness a summer-long display of several of Paley’s larger-scale works in Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, at the Sonoma Community Center, and adjacent to the museum.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Skinny, by Chris Beards

Studio Gallery
Through September 24, Laughing Matters
We could all use a little humor and this artwork will make us smile or even burst into laughter! In addition to visual artworks, the show includes literary works such as poems, short stories and comics. All works are by Sonoma County artists. Curated by Christie Marks, and presented by the Wine Country Arts Council in cooperation with the 6th Street Playhouse.
52 6th Street, Santa Rosa, next to the 6th Street Playhouse.
www.winecountryartscouncil.com

 

 

Claude Smith

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
September 5 through October 29. Claude Smith: Paintings and mixed media
*** Opening reception Monday, September 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Graton-based artist Claude Smith works in abstraction with an emphasis on mark-making, scrawling, and writing-as-drawing.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

Upstairs Art Gallery
September 3 through September 30, Debbie Harding; Reason to Rejoice
*** Opening Reception Sunday, September 3, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in August 2017

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
August 2 through August 28, August Exhibition
*** Opening Reception; Saturday, August 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Featuring new guild members; Janie Coltrin, Cathleen Francisco, Andrea Leland, Suzanne Phillips, Julia Pozsgai, Julee Richardson, and Vasily Spirin. Also on view is the “William’s Pond” series, acrylic mixed-media paintings by Jenny Whitfield.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Calabi Gallery
Through August 19, 40 Years of Sonoma Valley Artist, Ray Jacobsen
Featuring oil paintings and watercolors by Ray Jacobsen (1938-2007).
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
707-695-1011
christiemarksfineart.com

Nepali Doors with Chickens by Stella Monday

Chroma Gallery
August 4 through September 27, Sightings
*** Artists Reception Friday, August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Juried photography show. Photographs that reveal the gorgeous or fascinating, but not often noticed, details of our world. Juror: Stella Monday.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 15, Tapas
Showing the work of Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, Hanya Popova Parker, with featured artist Sharon Kozel, and guest artists Branka Harris and Claude Smith.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2018, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
August 4 through August 31, Mostly Metal: 4 Sculptors
*** Artists Reception Friday, August 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This is a unique art show, featuring four local sculptors: Susandra Spicer, Jan Schultz, Mike Laflin, and Rick Butler.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Gallery One
Through September 3, Small Works Invitational
Artists include; Donna DeLaBriandais, Lynn Davis, Joyce Kelly, Judy Klausenstock, and Joanne Tepper.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
707-778-8277
galleryone.webdaki.com

Graton Gallery
Through August 20, Stormy Weather….Resist!
Featuring the paintings of Mylette Welch, and the sculptures of the late Richard Benbrook, as well as guest artists, Char Wood, Ron Sumner, Joanie Springer, and Kathryn Boggs.

August 22 through September 24, Anything Goes and Cigar Box Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.
This third annual juried show features selected pieces, including work using cigar boxes.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

by Lily Simonson

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through August 16, Beneath The Sea Ice
Paintings from Antarctica by Lily Simonson. The artist creates immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through September 17, Harvester
Photographs by Erik Castro.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
Schuett is drawn to using animals and insects as subjects for their form, grace and contrast, and makes pieces about local wildlife.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Installation view.

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. Curated by Susan Landauer.

History Museum
Through November 5, Equine Epochs: The History of Horses in Sonoma County
Equine Epochs recounts the role of the horse in Sonoma County. From the plow horse to the champion racer, explore the history and ongoing legacy of the horse in Sonoma County in this exhibition.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
August 4 through October 1, Sea Creatures
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Juried show of Sea Creatures, real and imagined.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through September 17, Words Matter
The Bay Area premiere of new paintings by Wosene Kosrof. Born in 1950 in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Kosrof uses the script forms of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures, creating a new visual language that draws upon the artist’s Ethiopian heritage, while incorporating his experiences of living in the U.S.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through August 5, Face of Petaluma: Portraits of our Town
A contemporary photographic portrayal of current Petaluma residents. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.

By Holly Sumner

August 19 through October 21, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above & Below
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments, with particular emphasis on Sonoma County. Artists included are Peter Connors, Chris Dewees, Courtney Mattison, Richard and Judith Selby Lang, Julia Edith Rigby, and Holly Sumner. See website for related programs and workshops.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library
Through September 25, Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers
Showcasing personal images and public stories of a California Rivertown. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center.
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Street)
707-778-4398
www.petalumamuseum.com

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through September 4, Close to Nature
Woodfired ceramics by two new artists—Jonathan Stewart of Pasadena, California and Katsuura Aki of Shigaraki, Japan, and new work by Mitch Iburg, Kelly Farley, and Bill Geisinger. 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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through September 3, Showin’ On The River
The gallery’s largest juried show to date, with 61 pieces on display.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

Sculpturesite Gallery
Currently on view; Steel Sculptor Richard Starks
Sculpturesite presents five outdoor sculptures by artist Richard Starks, who creates flowing abstract forms from sheets of metal.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

Fire in the Mountain, by Stephanie Hoppe

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through September 3, Fiber Art VIII and Korean Voices in Fiber
Main Gallery: Fiber Art VIII, International Fiber Arts Exhibition.
Biennial Juried fiber art exhibition. Jurors: Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen, and Eszter Bornemisza.

Gallery III; Korean Voices in Fiber: Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art. Curated by Mirka Knaster and Misik Kim, this show highlights the ancient heritage of fiber art in Korea as well as its vibrant modern transformation of both traditional and unexpected techniques and materials. See website for related events and workshops.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Keeping Watch, by Teri Sloat

Sebastopol Gallery
Through August, Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration
Featured this month is work by Teri Sloat and Stacey Schuett. Teri Sloat creates beautiful pastel landscapes, and Stacey Schuett’s paintings and mosaics are a rich, textured illumination of the natural world.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

Kristen Throop

SOFA Arts District
August 5 and 6, SOFA Artwalk
*** From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day is the SOFA art neighborhood’s annual open studio event. Artwalk has 24 participating artists as well as restaurants and cafes, all within easy walking distance. This year includes: a tin-type photographer, a French pastry chef, a jewelry maker, assemblage artists, painters and sculptors.
South A Street, Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through October 1, Albert Paley: Thresholds
Albert Paley is an American modernist metal sculptor. This exhibition features Paley’s large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes, and explores his process. In addition to the museum exhibition, the City of Sonoma will witness a summer-long display of several of Paley’s larger-scale works in Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, at the Sonoma Community Center, and adjacent to the museum.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Studio Gallery
August 18 through September 24, Laughing Matters
*** Opening reception Friday, August 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
We could all use a little humor and this artwork will make us smile or even burst into laughter! In addition to visual artworks, the show includes literary works such as poems, short stories and comics. All works are by Sonoma County artists. Curated by Christie Marks, and presented by the Wine Country Arts Council in cooperation with the 6th Street Playhouse.
52 6th Street, Santa Rosa, next to the 6th Street Playhouse.
www.winecountryartscouncil.com

Bob Nugent, Fragmentos de Paisagem 9

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through September 3, Bob Nugent: Dialogues with Nature
A selection of paintings inspired by natural forms observed in the Amazon River Basin by internationally-renowned artist Bob Nugent.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

 

By Lenona Winter

Upstairs Art Gallery
August 5 through August 27, Sonoma Impressions
*** Opening Reception Saturday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sonoma Impressions, oil paintings by Lenona Winter. A passionate plein-air painter, Winter frequently hikes the county’s hills, coastline, or rural backroads with her portable easel and backpack in search of inspiring scenes. Her oil paintings are known for their sumptuous color and sense of place.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Eye Fruit, The Colorful Art of Franklin Williams

Colorful, eye-popping, and quirky, Eye Fruit seems like the perfect title for this exhibition of work by Franklin Williams. Like a big bowl of succulent fruit, the colors catch your eye, beckon you to come closer, then you want to touch, but then again, maybe not …

Franklin Williams’ work defies easy categorization. What you’ll find in the gallery are stand-alone objects, soft sculptures that hang from the wall, as well as paintings and mixed-media works on canvas or paper. To create his complex and surreal compositions Williams uses acrylic paint, yarn, strips of paper, fabric, and other materials. In the resulting work he combines the sensibilities of folk art, craft, and decorative arts with his education and training in traditional fine arts such as painting and drawing.

Posture, 1966

The imagery that Williams portrays in his work is culled from deeply personal as well as universal narratives. Figurative elements are intermingled with abstract shapes that float in fields of repetitive patterns. The evocative and obscure stories contain symbols and layers of text, with hidden meanings that vaguely hint at contextual evidence.

This aggregation of ideas and processes reflects Williams’ journey through life. He came from a family of folk artists, crafters, and storytellers in Utah and learned to sew and stencil wall paper as a young child. Later, his education and travels brought in the influence of decorative patterns and motifs from other cultures around the world, including Islamic calligraphy, Chinese textiles, and Spanish ironwork. To summarize his work the artist states, “Everything I am is in my work.”

In an early piece, Blue Moment, from 1972, odd sea creatures swim among leafy, thorny branches in what looks at first to be mirror images, but are not. On the right side the blue decorative archway tilts, tossing the inner components askew. The central panels hang off the bottom edge, while the sides are flanked with thick blue borders containing red cell-like shapes embellished with bits of knotted yellow yarn.

 

 

Williams continues these motifs in later work. For example, in Self Portrait #5, 2015, the complexity of repetitive patterns remains but the fringe-like threads and stitching are now painted on, not actual yarn. Dot patterns reminiscent of Australian Indigenous artwork can be noted in the neck area, but also throughout the head shape suggesting the feel and look of textiles.

Franklin Williams, a Petaluma-based artist, is currently a professor of painting and drawing at California College of Arts in Oakland. His work has been recognized and exhibited in numerous locations throughout the country, including the seminal Funk art exhibition organized by Peter Selz at the Berkeley Art Museum in 1967.

 

Blue Grip, 1982

Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams, curated by Susan Landauer, continues through August 27, 2017.

Art Museum of Sonoma County
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Originally published June 13, 2017, on the Sonoma County Tourism website, www.sonomacounty.com/blog-topics/art.

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in July 2017

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.

Helen Mehl

Arts Guild of Sonoma
July 6 through July 31, July Exhibition
*** Opening Reception, Saturday July 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Spotlight on the paintings of Helen Mehl, one of the longest-term members of the Arts Guild. Other Arts Guild members will also be showing work in July.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

Earth Forms by Ray Jacobsen

Calabi Gallery
Through August 19, 40 Years of Sonoma Valley Artist, Ray Jacobsen
Featuring oil paintings and watercolors by Ray Jacobsen (1938-2007).
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

 

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
707-695-1011
christiemarksfineart.com

Chroma Gallery
Through July 22, Crossing Boundaries
Through paintings, sculpture and photography, the artworks by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists in Crossing Boundaries bridge the borders separating people, creating discourse across walls real or imagined. Themes include displaced populations, refugees, immigration, gender identity, personal and emotional boundaries.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 21, Sauté
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Mike Laflin and collage artist, John Hundt. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Pamela Heck is the featured resident artist.

July 22 through September 15, Tapas
*** Opening reception Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Showing the work of Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, Hanya Popova Parker, with featured artist Sharon Kozel, and guest artists Branka Harris and Claude Smith.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2018, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Gallery One
Through September 3, Small Works Invitational
Artists include; Donna DeLaBriandais, Lynn Davis, Joyce Kelly, Judy Klausenstock, and Joanne Tepper.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
707-778-8277
http://galleryone.webdaki.com

Mylette Welch, Resist Persist

Graton Gallery
Through July 9, Line and Color
Featuring work by Bruce K Hopkins and R B Ward and Guest Artists: Kate E. Black, Sukha Carfagno, Clark Mitchell, and Joane Taeuffer.

July 11 through August 20, Stormy Weather….Resist!
*** Opening reception, Saturday, July 15 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring the paintings of Mylette Welch and the sculptures of the late Richard Benbrook, as well as guest artists, Char Wood, Ron Sumner, Joanie Springer, and Kathryn Boggs.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through August 16, Beneath The Sea Ice, Paintings from Antarctica by Lily Simonson
Lily Simonson creates immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Gallery Talk with artist and guest Biologist Gretchen Hofman, Saturday, July 29, from 7 to 8 p.m.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through July 16, POP! The Power of Printmaking
A juried exhibition exploring the unique ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions through printmaking. Closing Tea, Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

July 22 through September 17, Harvester
*** Opening reception Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Photographs by Erik Castro.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
Through July 30, (Mostly) Petaluma Portraits
Large-scale portraits in charcoal by Kathryn Keller, who creates large, life sized charcoal drawn portraits of women whom she finds leading lives of quiet heroism. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center, and Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
Schuett is drawn to using animals and insects as subjects for their form, grace and contrast, and makes pieces about local wildlife.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. Curated by Susan Landauer.

History Museum
Through July 9, Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad
Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into the “Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how WWI touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.

Jack London with his stallion.

July 22 through November 5, Equine Epochs: The History of Horses in Sonoma County
*** Opening Reception Friday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Equine Epochs recounts the role of the horse in Sonoma County. From the plow horse to the champion racer, explore the history and ongoing legacy of the horse in Sonoma County in this exhibition.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through July 30, ROOTS
An exhibition of works by Sonoma County artists, juried by Susan St. Thomas. The theme of “Roots” is interpreted as personal roots, historical roots, ancestral roots, tree roots, seedling roots and other creative interpretations of roots.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through July 15, Chris Beards And After
A Solo Exhibition of New Sculptures that explores our imprecise perception and retention of the past. Inspired by personal loss, these sculptural works speak from the increasing distance of remembrance. Our narrative of the past becomes smoother – the sharp edges and painful thorns are softened and dulled. Rather than depicting a memory of an instance, these works give form to the idea of memory.

Wosene Worke Kosrof, “Ando’s Notebook”, 2017

July 22 through September 17, Words Matter
*** Opening reception Saturday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Bay Area premiere of new paintings by Wosene Kosrof. Born in 1950 in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Kosrof uses the script forms of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures, creating a new visual language that draws upon the artist’s Ethiopian heritage, while incorporating his experiences of living in the U.S.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

 

 

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through August 5, Face of Petaluma: Portraits of Our Town
A contemporary photographic portrayal of current Petaluma residents. Five photographers – Michael Garlington, Paige Green, Jude Mooney, Ramin Rahimian, and Michael Woolsey – have been making portraits and collecting stories from an array of local personalities, whose diverse and relevant stories are on view. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library
Through September 25, Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers
Showcasing personal images and public stories of a California Rivertown. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center.
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Street)
707-778-4398
http://www.petalumamuseum.com

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
July 21 through September 4, Close to Nature
*** Opening reception Saturday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Woodfired ceramics by two new artists—Jonathan Stewart of Pasadena, California and Katsuura Aki of Shigaraki, Japan, and new work by Mitch Iburg, Kelly Farley and Bill Geisinger. 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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

By Fuhlin Hsin

Riverfront Art Gallery
July 5 through September 3, Showin’ On The River
*** Opening Reception and Second Saturday Art Walk, July 8, 5 to 8 p.m.
The gallery’s largest juried show to date, the 2017 Fine Art Show will have 61 pieces on display.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

 

By Richard Starks

Sculpturesite Gallery
Currently on view; Steel Sculptor Richard Starks
Sculpturesite presents five outdoor sculptures by artist Richard Starks, who creates flowing abstract forms from sheets of metal.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

 

 

 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through July 23
Main Gallery: Blue Juror: Randolph Murphy. Blue oceans, blue skies, blue cars, blue eyes, cornflowers and blueberries, seeing blue.
Gallery II: Painted Words, Juried Calligraphy Exhibition. Juror: Carl Rohrs.
Gallery III: The Art of the Portrait, Printmaker Pieter Myers brings the classical medium of copper plate photogravure to portraiture. The result is a contemporary interpretation of the portrait, using a blending of photography and intaglio printmaking.

July 28 through September 3
*** Opening reception, Friday, July 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Gallery: Fiber Art VIII, International Fiber Arts Exhibition.
Biennial Juried fiber art exhibition. Jurors: Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen, and Eszter Bornemisza.
Gallery III; Korean Voices in Fiber: Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art
Curated by Mirka Knaster and Misik Kim, this show highlights the ancient heritage of fiber art in Korea as well as its vibrant modern transformation of both traditional and unexpected techniques and materials. This show is an opportunity to be introduced to a particular aspect of Korean artwork as part of our worldwide culture of textile arts. See website for related events and workshops.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
Through July 29, Birds of a Feather
*** Artist Reception Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Wildlife photography by Jim Cyb. Jim’s stunning images often incorporate time-lapse images of one bird composited in Photoshop to create a single photograph, recording the bird’s movement across a rocky terrain or the arc of its dive for food.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

 

Albert Paley, Double Cross, 2014

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
July 1 through October 1, Albert Paley: Thresholds
*** Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Saturday, July 1, at 2 pm, in the Plaza (near duck pond), Walking tour to follow. Members Reception, 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Museum.
Albert Paley is an American modernist metal sculptor. This exhibition features Paley’s large-scale sculptures, drawings, and maquettes, and explores his process. In addition to the museum exhibition, the City of Sonoma will witness a summer-long display of several of Paley’s larger-scale works in Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, at the Sonoma Community Center, and adjacent to the museum.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

 

Bob Nugent, Fragmentos de Paisagem 9

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
July 4 through September 3, Bob Nugent: Dialogues with Nature
*** Opening reception: Monday, July 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A selection of paintings inspired by natural forms observed in the Amazon River Basin by internationally-renowned artist Bob Nugent.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

 

Carolyn Wilson, Stonehenge

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through July, Pieces of Me
*** Opening Reception Saturday, July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Mixed aqua media and collage by Carolyn Wilson, Featured Resident Artist. Full of personal history and layers of meaning, Carolyn’s current series of collage pieces capture her experience living and traveling in England.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in June 2017

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
June 1 through July 3, The Next Generation
*** Opening Reception, Friday June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Next Generation exhibition continues the celebration of the Guild’s 40 years of continuous operation as an artists’ cooperative. The curated show features the diverse talents of guest artists; Oliver Estrada, Briona Hendren, Lorene Cruz Santiago, Hannah Skoonberg, Ryan Taylor, Yohance Washington, and Xia Zhang.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
Through June 10, Aging With Attitude, Fearless Fashion at 60+
A Photo Series by John Martin featuring portraits of 19 dynamic Sonoma County women. What the women have in common is that they use their personal creativity to dress in their own unique style.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
707-695-1011
christiemarksfineart.com

Refugees Await by Tia Factor

Chroma Gallery
June 2 through July 22, Crossing Boundaries
*** Opening reception Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Through paintings, sculpture and photography, the artworks by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists in Crossing Boundaries bridge the borders separating people, creating discourse across walls real or imagined. Themes include displaced populations, refugees, immigration, gender identity, personal and emotional boundaries.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 21, Sauté
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Mike Laflin and collage artist, John Hundt. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Pamela Heck is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2018, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through June, Art at the Source Community Showcase
*** First Friday reception, June 2 from 5 to7 p.m.
The month of June features artists from the Art at the Source program at the Gallery at Corrick’s and My Daughter the Framer.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Gallery at First
Through July 2, Illusion: Traditional Methods and Contemporary Conceptions – Three Oil Painters from the Russian River Atelier
Featuring the work of three oil painters, Jay Blums, Naomi Marino, and Linda Schroeter, who are a part of Russian River Atelier, a collaborative art studio in Sonoma County.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
707-542-0205
www.fpcsantarosa.org

Donna DeLaBriandais

Gallery One
June 12 through September 3, Small Works Invitational
*** Artist Reception Saturday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Artists include; Donna DeLaBriandais, Lynn Davis, Joyce Kelly, Judy Klausenstock, and Joanne Tepper.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
707-778-8277
galleryone.webdaki.com

 

 

By Bruce K Hopkins

Graton Gallery
Through July 9, Line and Color
*** Artists Reception Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring work by Bruce K. Hopkins and R. B. Ward, and Guest Artists: Kate E. Black, Sukha Carfagno, Clark Mitchell, and Joane Taeuffer.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

 

 

 

Turtle Rock, Antarctica, Lily Simonson

Hammerfriar Gallery
June 24 through August 16, Beneath The Sea Ice, Paintings from Antarctica by Lily Simonson
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lily Simonson creates immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Artist Talk (and a guest biologist); Saturday, July 29, from 7 to 8 p.m.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through July 16, POP! The Power of Printmaking
A juried exhibition exploring the unique ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions through printmaking. In the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, printmakers are encouraged to collaborate with illustrators, designers and other artists to create new works. Closing Tea, Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com

Hinman-Chaney Gallery
Through June 11, OVER THE THRESHOLD: The Continuum
Original paintings by Sonoma County artist Bernadette Howard. The paintings are inspired by Howard’s experiences as she connects with the emotional responses of her life’s journey–linking birth, aging, relationships, loss and love. Her images convey a state of mystery, and often with a sense of familiarity.
Located at Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
www.bernadettehoward.com

IceHouse Gallery
June 10 through July 30, (Mostly) Petaluma Portraits
*** Opening Reception Saturday, June 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Large-scale portraits in charcoal by Kathryn Keller, who creates large, life sized charcoal drawn portraits of women whom she finds leading lives of quiet heroism. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center, and Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
Schuett is drawn to using animals and insects as subjects for their form, grace and contrast, and makes pieces about local wildlife.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Sculpture Garden
Through June 2017, Root 101
On view in the new Sculpture Garden is the inaugural exhibition of recent work by Bruce Johnson. The work is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for over 50 years.
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
http://formandenergy.com/new/root101/

By Franklin Williams

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. Curated by Susan Landauer.

History Museum
Through July 9, Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad
Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into the “Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how WWI touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Roots.

Occidental Center for the Arts
June 2 through July 30, ROOTS
*** Opening reception on Saturday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.
An exhibition of works by Sonoma County artists, juried by Susan St. Thomas. The theme of “Roots” is interpreted as personal roots, historical roots, ancestral roots, tree roots, seedling roots and other creative interpretations of roots.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

 

 

By Chris Beards

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through July 15, Chris Beards And After
A Solo Exhibition of New Sculptures that explore our imprecise perception and retention of the past. Inspired by personal loss, these sculptural works speak from the increasing distance of remembrance. Our narrative of the past becomes smoother – the sharp edges and painful thorns are softened and dulled. Rather than depicting a memory of an instance, these works give form to the idea of memory.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture garden and meadows.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Jon, by Jude Mooney

Petaluma Arts Center
June 10 through August 5, Face of Petaluma: Portraits of our Town
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
A contemporary photographic portrayal of current Petaluma residents. Five photographers – Michael Garlington, Paige Green, Jude Mooney, Ramin Rahimian, and Michael Woolsey – have been making portraits and collecting stories from an array of local personalities, whose diverse and relevant stories are on view. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Petaluma Historical Museum & Library
June 10 through September 25, Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers
*** Opening reception Saturday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Showcasing personal images and public stories of a California Rivertown. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Face of Petaluma at the Petaluma Arts Center.
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma (Corner of 4th and B Street)
707-778-4398
www.petalumamuseum.com

Nakayama Tadashi – Horse Dashing in the Afternoon

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, Spring UP!
The new exhibition celebrates the season and the resilience of coming back to life. 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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through July 2, Late Spring Show
The Road Home, Paintings by Janet Doto. Beauties of Spring, Photographs and Paintings by Philip Wilkinson.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

Sculpturesite Gallery
Currently on view is Jeff Kahn‘s kinetic sculpture collection, titled “Unseen Forces,” which explores balance and gravity and the way almost imperceptible air currents interact with them.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

Stephanie Queen of the Nile, by Pieter Myers

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
June 16 through July 23
*** Opening reception, Friday, June 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Gallery: “Blue” Juror: Randolph Murphy. Blue oceans, blue skies, blue cars, blue eyes, cornflowers and blueberries, seeing blue.
Gallery II: “Painted Words” Juried Calligraphy Exhibition. Juror: Carl Rohrs.
Gallery III: “The Art of the Portrait” Printmaker Pieter Myers brings the classical medium of copper plate photogravure to portraiture. The result is a contemporary interpretation of the portrait, using a blending of photography and intaglio printmaking.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797  www.sebarts.org

 

Jim Cyb, Egrets

Sebastopol Gallery
Through July 29, Birds of a Feather
*** Artist Reception Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Wildlife photography by Jim Cyb. Jim’s stunning images often incorporate time-lapse images of one bird composited in Photoshop to create a single photograph, recording the bird’s movement across a rocky terrain or the arc of its dive for food.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through June 18, Memory & Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe
Joseph DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-Iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through July 2, Recent paintings by Suzanne Jacquot
A selection of recent works on paper and canvas by Suzanne Jacquot, widely known for her dynamic gestural paintings.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

The Spinster Sisters
Through June 5, s+oryprobl=m :: alternate route
Work by C.K. Itamura. Individually, delicate teacups and bowls handmade out of paper are fragile vessels that can easily be crushed or dissolved; bound together, they are transformed into a beacon of encouragement to proceed, evolve and boldly persist over, around and through innumerable ostensible obstacles placed along the path.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
www.thespinstersisters.com

Jan Thomas, Landscape In Blue & Gold

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through June 25, Jan Thomas and Dan Scannell
*** Opening Reception Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Colorful, Light-filled Pastel Landscapes by Jan Thomas. Influenced by strong shapes and contrast, Jan Thomas’s recent paintings reflect a keen awareness of abstraction in the landscape. Mixed Media Encaustics by Dan Scannell, who communicates a visual story of time and space through design, the placement of shapes, and quality of color.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in May 2017

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
May 3 through May 29, Small But Grand Works
*** Reception Friday May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Each year the Arts Guild of Sonoma, in collaboration with the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, distributes 50 canvases to Sonoma Valley’s high school art students, inviting them to exhibit their art in our annual Small But Grand Works event.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Robert P. McChesney

Calabi Gallery
Through June 17, Robert P. McChesney: Bay Area Master of Abstraction
The exhibition features a 60-Year retrospective of work by Robert McChesney, Bay Area Master of Abstraction.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

 

 

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, 2017, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Tracee, by John Martin

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery
May 5 through June 10, Aging With Attitude, Fearless Fashion at 60+
*** Opening Reception Friday, May 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Photo Series by John Martin featuring portraits of 19 dynamic Sonoma County women. What the women have in common is that they use their personal creativity to dress in their own unique style. Conversation With the Photographer, Thursday, May 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
312 South A Street, Suite #7, Santa Rosa
707-695-1011
christiemarksfineart.com

 

 

By Branka Harris

Chroma Gallery
Through May 27, Nature Unbound
This juried exhibition features artwork which interprets and reacts to the awesome powers of nature; the effects of weather and the elements, wildfire, glaciers, roots breaking rocks, erosion, and entropy. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, and photography from Sonoma County and greater Bay Area artists.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
May 20 Through July 21, Sauté
*** Artists’ Reception, Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Mike Laflin and collage artist, John Hundt. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Pamela Heck is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2017, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through May 31, Art at the Source Community Showcase
*** First Friday reception, May 5, from 5 to7 p.m.
The month of May will see artists from the Art at the Source program featured at the Gallery at Corrick’s and My Daughter the Framer.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

 

Gallery at First
Through July 2, Illusion: Traditional Methods and Contemporary Conceptions – Three Oil Painters from the Russian River Atelier
Featuring the work of three oil painters, Jay Blums, Naomi Marino, and Linda Schroeter, who are a part of Russian River Atelier, a collaborative art studio in Sonoma County.
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
707-542-0205
http://www.fpcsantarosa.org

Graton Gallery
Through May 28, Transparency – It’s All About Glass
Featuring work by Sally Baker and six Glass Artists: Valerie Adams, Branka Harris, Mark Freed, Laurence, Gandolfo-Salatino, and Carla Sarvis. With Guest Artists, Robert Ingram, Karren Reyburn, Helen Mehl, and Luann Udell.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
May 20 through July 16, POP! The Power of Printmaking
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A juried exhibition exploring the unique ability of printmakers to express concerns about the world around them and share thoughts, ideas and visions through printmaking. In the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, printmakers are encouraged to collaborate with illustrators, designers and other artists to create new works. Closing Tea, Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com

Hinman-Chaney Gallery
May 18 through June 11, OVER THE THRESHOLD: The Continuum
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Original paintings by Sonoma County artist Bernadette Howard. The paintings are inspired by Howard’s experiences as she connects with the emotional responses of her life’s journey – linking birth, aging, relationships, loss and love. Her images convey a state of mystery, and often with a sense of familiarity.
Located at Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
www.bernadettehoward.com

Tracey Rolandelli

IceHouse Gallery
Through May 10, Daily Patterns, Daily Prayers
Solo exhibition of new work by Tracey Rolandelli showing in the new IceHouse Annex rental gallery. Featuring watercolors, sketches, and oil/acrylic canvas paintings with a wide range of subject matter, including abstracts, live model life drawings, religious environments, and representational landscapes/surroundings.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
May 5 through August 29, FAUNA Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett
*** Opening Reception Saturday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Schuett is drawn to using animals and insects as subjects for their form, grace and contrast, and makes pieces about local wildlife.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Sculpture Garden
Through June 2017, Root 101
On view in the new Sculpture Garden is the inaugural exhibition of recent work by Bruce Johnson. The work is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for over 50 years.
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
http://formandenergy.com/new/root101/

Franklin Williams

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
May 13 through August 27, Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams
*** Opening Reception Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. Curated by Susan Landauer.

History Museum
Through July 9, Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad
Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into the “Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how WWI touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through May 14, Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal
The exhibit honors the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with artworks that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and the cold into warmth and light.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through May 21, Barry Masteller, Natural Occurrence
Masteller’s work reflects a keen understanding of painting as a three-dimensional terrain, formed by sedimented layers of pigment binder and varnish, and built up, like geological formations, over the course of time.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through May 20, theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore
This juried exhibition explores the current political climate as each individual artist envisions it, and includes work by 80 Northern and Central California artists in a variety of media.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

BlazingStar by Philip Wilkinson

Riverfront Art Gallery
May 8 through July 2, Late Spring Show
*** Reception and 2nd Saturday Artwalk, May 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Road Home, Paintings by Janet Doto. Beauties of Spring, Photographs and Paintings by Philip Wilkinson.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

 

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

Jeff Kahn

Sculpturesite Gallery
Currently on view is Jeff Kahn‘s kinetic sculpture collection, titled “Unseen Forces,” which explores balance and gravity and the way almost imperceptible air currents interact with them.
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

 

 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through May 7, Gallery II; Peter Krohn; From Grief to Gratitude: Peter Krohn’s Personal Journey.
Gallery III; One Thing Leads to Another; Paintings and Sculptures by Lisa Beerntsen.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
Through May 28, 10th Anniversary Windows Round Robin
To begin the celebration of Sebastopol Gallery’s 10th anniversary, they are featuring the work of one member artist in each window of the gallery during April and May. Artists showing during April are: Lucy Martin, Jeff Watts, Kalia Kliban, Paula Matzinger, Susan St. Thomas, Jim Cyb, and Teri Sloat.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Kristen Throop

SOFA Arts District
May 13 through May 28, A Search for a Road and a Search for Freedom: Six Series by Kristen Throop
*** Reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
How is a cuckoo clock related to a cow? Red rabbits, cows, black bears, light sculptures, Technicolor light boxes and cuckoo clocks appear to be unrelated, yet they share common underlying themes in the work of Kristen Throop. On three Sundays in May 14, 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. Throop will be discussing themes in her work in depth.
BackStreet Gallery on Art Alley
South A St. Santa Rosa
707-478-4739
www.kristenthroop.com

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through May 21, BFA Exhibition 2017
The exhibition features the work of 13 students in the Art Department who are graduating this Spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through June 18, Memory & Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe
Joseph DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-Iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Suzanne Jacquot

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
May 2 through July 2, Recent paintings by Suzanne Jacquot
*** Opening reception: Monday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A selection of recent works on paper and canvas by Suzanne Jacquot, widely known for her dynamic gestural paintings.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

 

 

The Spinster Sisters
Through June 5, s+oryprobl=m :: alternate route
Work by C.K. Itamura. Individually, delicate teacups and bowls handmade out of paper are fragile vessels that can easily be crushed or dissolved; bound together, they are transformed into a beacon of encouragement to proceed, evolve and boldly persist over, around and through innumerable ostensible obstacles placed along the path.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
www.thespinstersisters.com

Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in April 2017

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 ambiance, 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
April 5 through May 1, Fundraiser for Pets Lifeline
*** Opening Reception Friday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Guild provided 50 canvases to students at Presentation School in Sonoma, and asked them to draw, paint, or collage a picture of their special pet, or a cat or dog at the shelter. All proceeds from sales of children’s art will go to Pets Lifeline.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Calabi Gallery
Through April 15, We Shall Overcome
*** Closing reception Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Art of Defiance and Resistance to Illicit Governance and Corporate Malfeasance. This exhibition features works of art in all media which refer to power-gone-wrong and other social maladies, spanning a period from 1853 to 2017.

April 22 through May 28 Robert P. McChesney: Bay Area Master of Abstraction
*** Opening reception Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition features a 60-Year retrospective of work by Robert McChesney, Bay Area Master of Abstraction.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through September 10, It Was A Dark And Stormy Night
Charles Schulz brought his love of literature to his art, especially with his depiction of Snoopy as the “World Famous Author” sitting atop his doghouse using a typewriter. This exhibition explores Schulz’s love of literature, and highlights many Peanuts comic strips where books and writing appear in the lives of his characters.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Super Cell, by Serena Hazaed

Chroma Gallery
April 6 through May 27, Nature Unbound
*** Artist reception, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.
This juried exhibition features artwork which interprets and reacts to the awesome powers of nature; the effects of weather and the elements, wildfire, glaciers, roots breaking rocks, erosion, and entropy. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, and photography from Sonoma County and greater Bay Area artists.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through May 19, Marinate
For this exhibit guest artist, Gwen Rosewater, joins resident artists Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker, with featured resident artist, Laura Paine Carr.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2017, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
April 5 through May 31, The Birds & the Bees
*** First Friday Opening April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Showcasing work by Art Trails artists, focusing on the birds, the bees, and much more! Each artist is bringing his or her own approach to the subject.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

 

Glass Candelsticks, by Sally Baker

Graton Gallery
Through April 16, Spaces Retraced
Work by Susan Ball and Tim Haworth, with guest artists Lily Bobek, Carol Leif, Sasha Pepper, and Sandra Spiedel.

April 18 through May 28, Transparency – It’s All About Glass
*** Artist Reception Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring work by Sally Baker and six Glass Artists: Valerie Adams, Branka Harris, Mark Freed, Laurence, Gandolfo-Salatino, and Carla Sarvis. With Guest Artists, Robert Ingram, Karren Reyburn, Helen Mehl, and Luann Udell.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net


Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com

IceHouse Gallery
Through April 22, Body Language – Five Artists Interpret the Figure
The artists included in the exhibition are Michele Gregor, Mark Galt, John Goodman, Edmund Grant, and Susannah Israel. They work in lyrical modes evoking emotional responses with color and texture.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

 

 

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 27, Birds of the Laguna; Paintings by Diana Majumdar
This exhibit features local artist Diana Majumdar’s mixed media and encaustic paintings of birds and landscapes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. She combines various media into the finished painting, including watercolor, ink, graphite, collage, and chine collé.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Sculpture Garden
Through June 2017, Root 101
On view in the new Sculpture Garden is the inaugural exhibition of recent work by Bruce Johnson. The work is comprised of colossal wood sculptures made from salvaged old growth redwood, which he has been working with for over 50 years.
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
http://formandenergy.com/new/root101/

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through April 30, Outside Voice: Tarp Paintings by Marc Katano
Featuring Marc Katano’s most recent series of abstractions on 9 x 12 foot canvas tarps, and works on handmade Nepalese paper. Katano’s paintings are about mark-making and may remind the viewer of the visual language of Japanese kanji, based on Chinese characters.

History Museum
April 15 through July 9, Fighting the Great War at Home and Abroad
*** Opening reception Friday, April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Marking the 100th anniversary of US entry into the “Great War,” the History Museum of Sonoma County presents an exhibition exploring how WWI touched so many lives, both at home and abroad.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

 

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through May 14, Spring Equinox: When Day and Night Are Equal
The exhibit honors the sacred significance of the Spring Equinox with artworks that express the power and beauty of new beginnings, of life springing forth from the dark and the cold into warmth and light.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

By Barry Masteller

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through May 21, Barry Masteller, Natural Occurrence
Masteller’s work reflects a keen understanding of painting as a three-dimensional terrain, formed by sedimented layers of pigment binder and varnish, and built up, like geological formations, over the course of time.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

 

 

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Through April 2017, Geometric Reflections: Celebrating Ten Years of Voigt Family Sculpture
This exhibition celebrates ten of the highly regarded artists who have been an important part of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. The sculptors in this exhibition are Roger Berry, Dee Briggs, Riis Burwell, Robert Ellison, Peter Forakis, Charles Ginnever, Edwin Hamilton, Ned Kahn, Jann Nunn, and Doug Unkrey.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Stampede, by Laurie Henning

Petaluma Arts Center
April 4 through May 20, theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore
*** Opening reception Saturday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This juried exhibition explores the current political climate as each individual artist envisions it, and includes work by 80 Northern and Central California artists in a variety of media.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

 

 

After the Rain, by Robert DeVee

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through April 30, Remembering Robert DeVee
*** Reception Saturday April 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In celebrating the life of artist Robert DeVee, this retrospective exhibition features DeVee’s paintings, silkscreens and monotypes. 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
707-875-2922
www.renbrown.com

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through May 7, Showin’ on the River, Spring Show
Juried Photography Show.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

Sculpturesite Gallery
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
707-933-1300
www.sculpturesite.com

By Peter Krohn

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through April 16, Main Gallery: Exhibition 60+
Creative expressions by artists 60 and over.
Through May 7, Gallery II; Peter Krohn; From Grief to Gratitude: Peter Krohn’s Personal Journey.
Gallery III; One Thing Leads to Another; Paintings and Sculptures by Lisa Beerntsen.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

 

By Jeff Watts

Sebastopol Gallery
Through May 28, 10th Anniversary Windows Round Robin
To begin the celebration of Sebastopol Gallery’s 10th anniversary, they are featuring the work of one member artist in each window of the gallery during April and May. Artists showing during April are: Lucy Martin, Jeff Watts, Kalia Kliban, Paula Matzinger, Susan St. Thomas, Jim Cyb, and Teri Sloat.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through April 23, Juried Student Exhibition
SSU Art Gallery presents this year’s student show juried by Randy Colosky and Claudia Morales McCain.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Thrift Drone, c. 2014

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
April 15 through June 18, Memory & Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe
DeLappe has been working in the field of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights several key works, ranging from “dead-in-Iraq”, wherein he entered an online network for a defense department-funded and very popular video game to type in the names of fallen US soldiers from the Iraq war to his most recent explorations of the cost and consequences of drone warfare, including the recent project “Killbox”, the critically acclaimed computer game. These and other works represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance and embrace of new technologies.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Spring Lake Village Exhibit Gallery
Through April 28, Natural Visions
Showcasing Mixed-Media art by Simmon Factor.
Spring Lake Village Exhibit Gallery
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through April 30, Contemporary Bay Area Photography
A show of recent work by nine accomplished Bay Area photographers, Holly Anderson, Bill Baldewicz, Bob Cornelis, Barbara Elliott, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Maureen Lomasney, Michael Maggid, Austin Reynolds, and Colin Talcroft. Includes work using digital, analog, and alternative processes.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

The Spinster Sisters
April 4 through June 5, s+oryprobl=m :: alternate route
*** Artist reception Tuesday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Work by C.K. Itamura. Individually, delicate teacups and bowls handmade out of paper are fragile vessels that can easily be crushed or dissolved; bound together, they are transformed into a beacon of encouragement to proceed, evolve and boldly persist over, around and through innumerable ostensible obstacles placed along the path.
401 South A Street, Santa Rosa
www.thespinstersisters.com

 

By Donna Schaffer

Upstairs Art Gallery
April 8 through April 30, Yellow – Paintings by Donna Schaffer
*** Artist’s Reception, Saturday, April 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.
In capturing colors on her canvases, Donna Schaffer strives to infuse her oil paintings with emotion and a certain level of magic found in the color “Yellow”. Schaffer carefully selects scenes and objects that elicit the bright, cheery feel of the color.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

 

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