Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in January 2018

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
January 4 through 29, Annual Invitational Show
*** Artist Reception Saturday, January, 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
An eclectic show featuring work by 17 guest artists invited by members of The Arts Guild of Sonoma, on view along with work by Guild artists.
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 March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Drawing by Simmon Factor

Chroma Gallery
January 5 through February 4, 4th Annual Art of The Figure
*** Artists Reception Friday, January 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In a centuries old tradition, artists gather together to draw or paint from live models in art centers, galleries and homes. This annual exhibit showcases artwork created in local figure drawing and painting groups.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

 

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 19, Sweet
Group show with Resident and Guest artists.
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

Jardim Inhotim, by Bob Nugent

Erickson Fine Art Gallery
January 13 through February 13, Bob Nugent Brazil
*** Reception for the Artist and 20th Anniversary celebration of Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg, January 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-431-7073
www.ericksonfineartgallery.com

 

 

Graton Gallery
Through January 28, From Clayton to Graton
Print maker and painter, Rik Olson, and his guest, childhood friend, Fred Kling, will share the upfront part of the Graton Gallery in their show. Also featured at the gallery will be the work of the skilled art students of painter Michael Coy.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through January 31, 428 Collective
Recent work by Maura Harrington, Cristina Hobbs, Pat Lenz, Jessica Martin, Caitlin McCaffrey, Susan Preston, Flora Skivington, Alice Sutro, Carol Vena-Mondt, Victoria Wagner, and Chelsea Wills. This group of 11 Sonoma County artists brings awareness to innovative and boundary pushing art being produced in our area.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 13 through February 4, Members’ Exhibit: Expressions
*** Opening Reception, Saturday, January 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Representing a variety of artistic expression; painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, three dimensional and written word. Closing Tea, Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
Through January 13, Catch & Release IV
Quilts, Prints, Photographs, Drawings and more from the Robert Flynn Johnson Collection. Continuing through January 7, Vita Collage
Presenting Objects, Art, Arrangements; signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
January 9 through May 1, Rik OlsonNaturally
*** Artist Reception Saturday, January 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Showcasing prints and paintings by Rik Olson.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
January 9 through April 15, 3 Friends: Hudson, Stuppin, Shaw
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
3 Friends explores the work of contemporary artists Robert Hudson, Jack Stuppin and Richard Shaw, three artists who have worked for decades in California’s North Coast region. Colleagues, friends and sometime conspirators, the three artists have had influential careers shaping three distinct media—steel, canvas and clay. This marks the first time all three have been shown together in a combined museum exhibition.

History Museum
Through January 7, 29th Annual Artistry in Wood
The exhibition reflects the legacy of arts and crafts on California’s north coast.

January 21 through April 1, Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Although now extinct in the state, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

 

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 14, The River
Featuring artwork that evokes the river; real or imagined, through realism or abstraction.

January 19 through February 4, Salmon Creek Students’ Art Show
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows. The winery buildings were devastated by the fire, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 6, Members Juried Exhibition
This year PAC features the art of long-time member Jon Gariepy.

January 20 through March 24, Power of 10: Scaling Up
Curated by Llisa Demetrios.
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

SharonFeissel, Cosmic Convergence

Riverfront Art Gallery
January through February, Heaven, Earth & The Space Between
*** Opening reception on Saturday, January 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Winter Show with Featured Artists; Marilee Ford and Sharon Feissel.
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

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 5 through February, 11, Year of The Dog
*** Opening reception, Friday, January 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
2018 is the Chinese “Year of the dog”, a great inspiration for a woofing show. Jurors: Amy Owen, Curator, and Kara Q. Smith, Asst. Curator, at the di Rosa, Center for Contemporary Art.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 27, Rebeca Trevino and Jeff Watts — Creatures Big And Small
Rebeca is an assemblage artist who combines objects in unexpected ways. Jeff Watts is a painter who works in oils. His subjects are frequently portraits of people, flowers or animals.
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 January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors. Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)

January 20 through April 15, An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London
Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor.

Also on view: Libros de Artista: Artist’s Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Libros de Artista features about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American and Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

By Linda Yoshizawa.

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
January 2 through February 25, Linda Yoshizawa—Monotype Collage
*** Opening Reception Monday, January 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda graduated with a BA in studio art from Pomona College in 1978. She studied silkscreen printmaking at UCLA extension.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

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 December 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
Through December 31, December Exhibition, The Holidays are Here!
*** Opening Reception Friday, December 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Give an original artwork to be treasured forever. The gallery is filled with large and small art, ceramics, photography, textiles, and handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind cards.
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 March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery
December 1 through 31, 4th Annual Small Works
*** Opening Reception First Friday, December 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
On view are paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramics, no larger than a foot square.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
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

Graton Gallery
Through December 17, Inside Out
Featuring distinctive abstracted paintings, filled with color, line and form, by painters Susan Proehl and Sandra Rubin. Also showing is work of four Guest Artists: Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Linda Malone, Matt Proehl, and Connie Robeson.

December 19 through January 28, From Clayton to Graton
*** Artists Reception Saturday, December 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Print maker and painter, Rik Olson, and his guest, childhood friend, Fred Kling, will share the upfront part of the Graton Gallery in their show. Also featured at the gallery will be the work of the skilled art students of painter Michael Coy.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
December 2 through January 31, 428 Collective
*** Opening Reception and Holiday Party, Saturday, December 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Recent work by Maura Harrington, Cristina Hobbs, Pat Lenz, Jessica Martin, Caitlin McCaffrey, Susan Preston, Flora Skivington, Alice Sutro, Carol Vena-Mondt, Victoria Wagner, and Chelsea Wills. This group of 11 Sonoma County artists brings awareness to innovative and boundary pushing art being produced in our area.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

 

IceHouse Gallery
December 2 through January 13, Catch & Release IV
*** Opening reception, Saturday, December 2, from 5 to 8 pm.
Quilts, Prints, Photographs, Drawings and more from the Robert Flynn Johnson Collection.
Continuing through January 7, Vita Collage
Presenting Objects, Art, Arrangements; signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes. Curated by Victoria Swift, the show includes jewelry, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, vintage finds, photography, collage art, shrines, small furnishings, books and object collections.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 4, Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There
Wildlife photography by Dave Strauss, whose recent images isolate single creatures, people, or other elements for careful inspection with minimal distraction from foregrounds or backgrounds.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
December 3 through December 21, Art & Solstice
In this silent auction art sale, visitors are welcome to bid on artworks throughout the duration of the exhibition or purchase the piece at the “buy-it-now” price.
Art & Solstice Closing Party, Thursday, December 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. See website for details.

History Museum
Through January 7, 29th Annual Artistry in Wood
The exhibition reflects the legacy of arts and crafts on California’s north coast, as well as the local resonance between wood and the landscape. The work in the exhibition shows strong historical and regional influences, such as the distinctive style and philosophy exemplified by the woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. Beyond the more traditional forms of furniture and classic objects, Artistry in Wood is also known for work that pushes the boundaries of wood as an artistic medium.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 14, The River
Featuring artwork that evokes the river, real or imagined, through realism or abstraction, two- or three-dimensional. Exhibition juried by Marylu Downing.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through December 2017, Annual Holiday Group Exhibit
*** Reception, Sunday, December 3, From 6 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with artwork by over 40 artists from around the world.
Continuing through January 1, 2018, Cast Glass Sculptures by Ann Wolff
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

 

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows. The winery buildings were devastated by the fire, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 6, Members Juried Exhibition
This year’s exhibition is juried by Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University. This year PAC features the art of long-time member Jon Gariepy. Highlighting a featured artist accentuates the rich history and talent that resides in the PAC community.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through December 31, Passages
The show highlights mixed media work of Jill Mellick. In light of the devastating firestorms of Northern California, this is turns out to be an especially appropriate show. Mellick began to explore a dream she had of natural disasters using materials she gathered or found from across the world. For this show, she has selected pieces from her first group in the series, which she titled “Japan Dreaming”. 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 Henry White

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 7, Late Fall Show
*** 2nd Saturday Artwalk, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The two featured artists for the current show are painters Laura Tovar Dietrick and Henry White.
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

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Closing December 3, Got Glass!!!

December 8 through December 30, Members’ Show
*** Opening reception Friday, December 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Showcasing work by the talented SCA members. There will be a “people’s choice”, voted by the public, which will receive the annual Janet and Harvey Charnofsky award of $100. The winner will be announced at the end-of-show gingerbread and mulled wine party on December 30, from 3 to 4 p.m.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Rebeca.Trevino, Sardina de Plata (Silver Sardine)

Sebastopol Gallery
Through January 27, Rebeca Trevino and Jeff Watts — Creatures Big And Small
*** Artist reception Saturday, December 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Rebeca is an assemblage artist who combines objects in unexpected ways. Jeff Watts is a painter who works in oils. His subjects are frequently portraits of people, flowers or animals.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 10, Two-Scale
Showcasing large-scale and mixed-media ceramic work by Todd Barricklow, Woody De Othello, Victoria Jang, Nathan Lynch, Mark Messenger, and Nancy Selvin.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors
This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. These works challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists included are Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson and Diana Moore.

Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
This exhibition explores David Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide. Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through December 31, Susan Stover—Encaustics: New Work
Recent abstract work in encaustics by Graton-based artist Susan Stover.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

By Lenona Winter

Upstairs Art Gallery
*** Holiday Open House, Artist’s Reception Saturday, December 16, from 12 to 6 p.m.
December Featured Artists; Carolyn Wilson, Lenona Winter, Jill Keller Peters, Dan Scannell, Ron Sumner, and Cynthia Jackson-Hein.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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

Sonoma County – Strong!
Many galleries and artists have been affected by the recent devastating fires, check with the venues for any changes to schedules or programs. Go see art for a bit of solace, support each other, and support the arts.

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.

By Zaza Fetterly

Arts Guild of Sonoma
November 3 through November 27, November Exhibition
*** Opening Reception, Friday November 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featured Artist is Zaza Fetterly; her art reflects enthusiasm for life and the love of people and animals. Seeking to enchant and cheer viewers, she connects people to their natural inner goodness by provoking inner memories. Arts Guild members are also showing in November.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

Blasted Art Gallery
November 3 through November 12, Somewhere Else
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The gallery’s inaugural show features an installation by Chris Beards and Bill Shelley. The gallery will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through November 12.
Off Art Alley, SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa

Destruction, by Penny Wolin, ©2017

Calabi Gallery
November 4 through November 25, After the Fire
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In recognition of the recent horrific blazes and celebrating the rebuilding of our beautiful Sonoma County community, the gallery will show a selection of poignant fire imagery by photographer Penny Wolin. Also showing will be a selection of favorite Dia de los Muertos pieces, and art by immigrant populations and artists from other parts of the world.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery
Through November 4, Secret Identities; Masks and the Art of Concealment
Masks, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, and sculpture.

November 8 through November 18, Mixed-media paintings by Simmon Factor
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 17, Flavor
Group show of resident and guest artists.
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

By Ana Maria Pacheco

Gallery32
Through November 26, Ana Maria Pacheco – Prints
Showcasing prints by internationally acclaimed, award-winning Brazilian-born sculptor, painter and printmaker, Ana Maria Pacheco.
16190 C Main Street, Guerneville
707-239-0518
www.gallery32art.com

 

 

 

 

By Susan Proehl

Graton Gallery
November 7 through December 17, Inside Out
*** Artists Reception Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring distinctive abstracted paintings, filled with color, line and form, by painters Susan Proehl and Sandra Rubin. Also showing is work of four Guest Artists: Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Linda Malone, Matt Proehl, and Connie Robeson.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

 

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through November 18, Bill Shelley and Shelley Spira Burns
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

By Max Murray

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 19, Emerging Artists 2017
The 2017 Exhibit features seven artists; Nina Daley Barchilon, Andrea Bergen, Max Murray, Nicole Schlaeppi, Alex Shirwo, Sandra Silvoy, and Ivan Thorpe.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen
707-343-1931
www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery. com

IceHouse Gallery
November 17 through January 7, Vita Collage
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Presenting Objects, Art, Arrangements; signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes. Curated by Victoria Swift, the show includes jewelry, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, vintage finds, photography, collage art, shrines, small furnishings, books and object collections.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

Coyote, by Dave Strauss

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 4, Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There
Wildlife photography by Dave Strauss, whose recent images isolate single creatures, people, or other elements for careful inspection with minimal distraction from foregrounds or backgrounds.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

 

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through November 26, Unpacked: Contemporary Works From Private Collections of Northern California
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.

Make it a Double, by Michael Murphy

History Museum
November 18 through January 7, 29th Annual Artistry in Wood
The exhibition reflects the legacy of arts and crafts on California’s north coast, as well as the local resonance between wood and the landscape. The work in the exhibition shows strong historical and regional influences, such as the distinctive style and philosophy exemplified by the woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. Beyond the more traditional forms of furniture and classic objects, Artistry in Wood is also known for work that pushes the boundaries of wood as an artistic medium.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
November 4 through January 14, The River
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featuring artwork that evokes the river, real or imagined, through realism or abstraction, two- or three-dimensional.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

By Ann Wolff

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through December, Ann Wolff — Cast Glass Works
As one of the founders of the international Studio Glass Movement, Ann Wolff was at the center of attention as early as end of the 1960s. Today she works as a freelance artist in Sweden and Berlin.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

 

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows. The winery buildings were devastated by the fire, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

By Jon Gariepy

Petaluma Arts Center
November 11 through January 6, Members Juried Exhibition
*** Opening Reception Saturday, November 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This year’s exhibition is juried by Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and director of the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University. This year PAC features the art of long-time member Jon Gariepy. Highlighting a featured artist accentuates the rich history and talent that resides in the PAC community.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Memory Gate I, Japan, by Jill Mellick

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through December 31, Passages
The show highlights mixed media work of Jill Mellick. In light of the devastating firestorms of Northern California, this is turns out to be an especially appropriate show. Mellick began to explore a dream she had of natural disasters using materials she gathered or found from across the world. For this show, she has selected pieces from her first group in the series, which she titled “Japan Dreaming”. 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 Laura Tovar Dietrick

Riverfront Art Gallery
November 8 through January 7, Late Fall Show
*** Reception and Saturday Artwalk, November 11, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The two featured artists for the November show are painters Laura Tovar Dietrick and Henry White.
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

Tangerines, Kathleen Elliot

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through December 3, Got Glass!!!
Main Gallery: Got Glass!!! Convergence, Juror: Cassandra Straubing
The focus in the main gallery is on showing the diversity of the medium and the wide range of techniques such as blown, cast, cold work, fused, pate de verre, slumped and painted glass, lampwork, neon, and plasmawork.
Gallery II: Got Glass!!! Flamed Glass, Juror: Paul Stankard
A celebration of Flamework / Lampwork, objects that are formed from rods and tubes of glass.
Gallery III: Ed Kirshner Organized Chaos, Plasma Work
Artists included; Ed Kirshner, Mitch LaPlante, Roger Carr, and Mike Perrett.
See website for related programs and events.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
Through November 26, Let’s Talk About Trees
Mixed-media work by Jeremy Joan Hewes.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
November 2 through December 10, Two-Scale
*** Opening reception, Thursday, November 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a reading by Nathan Lynch at 5 p.m.
Showcasing large-scale and mixed-media ceramic work by Todd Barricklow, Woody De Othello, Victoria Jang, Nathan Lynch, Mark Messenger, and Nancy Selvin.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

By David Ligare

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors
This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. These works challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists included are Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson and Diana Moore.

Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
This exhibition explores David Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide. Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Diamonds, by Susan Stover

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through December 31, Susan Stover—Encaustics: New Work
*** Opening reception Monday, November 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Recent abstract work in encaustics by Graton-based artist Susan Stover.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November, Daniele Todaro
*** Opening reception on Saturday, November 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Daniele Todaro’s current show encompasses images of beaches, hills, outbuildings and other iconic scenes, rendered in pastel, monoprints and mixed media. Known for her exciting use of color and vibrancy of expression, Todaro’s work is worth a close look to appreciate the thoughtful and creative use of layering.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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

Art Trails Open Studios
Open Studios 2017 takes place on two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, and October 21-22. The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art Trails is the largest open studios event in Sonoma County, with art studios located from Bodega Bay to Sonoma; and from Petaluma to Geyserville. This is an outstanding opportunity to see where and how art is created. For more information call Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 707-829-4797, or go to www.sebarts.org, or www.SonomaCountyArtTrails.org

 

 

Arts Guild of Sonoma
October 4 through October 30, Ceramics of Lyn Swan
*** Opening Reception Friday, October 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ceramicist Lyn Swan combines simplicity, texture and glaze in each unique porcelain artwork. Lyn’s new series of Japanese-inspired porcelain creations are on view to the public for the first time.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

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 March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

ESP, by Simmon Factor

Chroma Gallery
Through November 4, Secret Identities; Masks and the Art of Concealment
*** Reception for the Artists Friday October 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A mask can be worn to liberate the wearer from inhibition, to beguile and entice the viewer, or to conceal and protect one’s true self. Masks, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, and sculpture.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 17, Flavor
Group show of resident and guest artists.
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 October 30, Art Trails Preview Show
*** First Friday reception, October 6, 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
Through October 22, Art Trails Preview
Preview of artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios.
209 Western Avenue, Petaluma
707-778-8277
http://galleryone.webdaki.com

Graton Gallery
Through November 5, Gather
A nature-based mixed-media show with Marylu Downing, Leslie Zumwalt, and Susan Miron.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

By Shelley Spira Burns

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through November 18, Bill Shelley and Shelley Spira Burns
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 October 22, Art Trails Preview
Preview of artists participating in Art Trails Open Studios.
9130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
Through October 9, Jordan Celso Large Scale Abstracts
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 in Glen Ellen.
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen
707-343-1931
www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery. com

Adam Wolpert, Pond Series

IceHouse Gallery
Through October 28, Adam Wolpert: Pond Series
On view are the paintings of Adam Wolpert, including the beautiful Pond Series, a collection of 70 paintings of one scene in different seasons, different times of day, different lighting, all mesmerizing.
405 East D St. Petaluma
707-778-2238
www.icehousegallery.org

 

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through January 4, Form & Color: It’s Wild Out There
Wildlife photography by Dave Strauss.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
Through November 26, Unpacked: Contemporary Works From Private Collections of Northern California
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

Kortum Trail Lilies, by Kathi Archer

Occidental Center for the Arts
October 6 through October 29, 6th Annual Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Show
*** Reception with the Artists Saturday, October 7, from 4 to7 p.m.
In addition to many contemporary art quilts, this popular annual exhibit features recent group challenges such as “Flowers” and “Black & White Plus”.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
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, by Julia Rigby

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

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

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through November 5, 10th Anniversary Show
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Russian River Art Gallery
October 6 through 29, Sandra Maresca, Autumn Settings
*** First Friday Art Walk reception, October 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
707-869-9099
16357 Main Street, Guerneville
www.therussianriverartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through October 12, Art Faculty Show
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
Through October 22, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
The preview exhibition featuring a piece of artwork by each of the 141 participating Open Studios artists.

By Janet Charnofsky

October 5 through October 22, Janet Charnofsky, 1933-2017
*** Reception on Friday, October 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating Janet’s art and work in supporting the arts in Sonoma County. Influenced by her childhood in Tennessee and her profession as a civil engineer, Janet was always interested in structures and weathered, aging surfaces. Janet and her husband Harvey were instrumental in the establishment of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and she was a founding artist in Art at the Source Open Studio.

 

October 27 through December 3, Got Glass!!!
*** Opening reception Friday, October 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Main Gallery: Got Glass!!! Convergence, Juror: Cassandra Straubing
The focus in the main gallery is on showing the diversity of the medium and the wide range of techniques, such as blown, cast, cold work, fused, pate de verre, slumped, painted, etc.
Gallery II: Got Glass!!! Flamed Glass, Juror: Paul Stankard
A celebration of Flamework / Lampwork, objects that are formed from rods and tubes of glass.
Gallery III: Ed Kirshner Organized Chaos, Plasma Work
Artists included; Ed Kirshner, Mitch LaPlante, Roger Carr, and Mike Perrett.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

By Jeremy Joan Hewes

Sebastopol Gallery
Through November 26, Let’s Talk About Trees
*** Artist’s Reception Saturday, October 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mixed-media work by Jeremy Joan Hewes.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through October 15, Art Studio Faculty Exhibition
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
October 14 through January 7, Forge and Stone: Work by Contemporary California Women Sculptors
This exhibition surveys sculpture by contemporary California women artists. These works challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists. Artists included are Alison Saar, Ynez Johnston, Gwynn Murrill, Gertrud Parker, Jane Rosen, Lisa Reinertson, and Diana Moore.

 

Also showing: David Ligare: Magna Fide (The Great Belief)
This exhibition explores David Ligare’s creative process by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide. Ligare is an American contemporary classicist painter.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through October 29, Claude Smith: Paintings and mixed media
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
Through October 22, Autumn Colors
*** Opening reception Saturday, October 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Sixteen resident artists display the best of autumn in Sonoma County with a group show of paintings, mixed media and artisan jewelry.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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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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