Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in April 2019

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.

33 Arts
Santa Rosa Out There Exposition – 2019
*** Saturday April 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.
On April 13 the Santa Rosa creative community comes together for the second year to revel in the arts, music, eats and drinks, local crafts, and subcultures that make Santa Rosa so “Out there. In the middle of everything”. Along with an incredible line-up of entertainment you’ll be surrounded by many of SR’s most amazing artists, truckloads of fine foods, and an assortment of your favorite local libations. Check the website for entertainment line-up, and directions.
3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa
OutThereSR.com/expo

Arts Guild of Sonoma
April 3 through April 29, Small But Grand!
*** Opening Reception Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
An Annual Exhibition of Student Art, supported by a grant from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. In Conjunction with Valley of Talent at the Sonoma Community Center, on view is work by Sonoma Valley Middle School and High School students.
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 May 20, Without Words
From “Good grief!” to “AAUGH!” Charles M. Schulz developed a lexicon that has become synonymous with the Peanuts comic strip. Yet the cartoonist’s approach to communication went well beyond words. The new exhibition explores Schulz’s pantomime comics and the artful techniques Schulz employed when telling stories using illustration alone.

Through August 4, Behind Peanuts: The Little Red-Haired Girl
Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, the Little Red-Haired Girl, was inspired by Donna Mae Johnson-Wold, the real-life first love of Charles M. Schulz. In this exhibition, learn the back story through original art, photographs, and personal interviews.

Through March 8, 2020, Peace, Love, and Woodstock
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival this summer, the Museum and Research Center presents a yearlong exhibition celebrating the smallest Peanuts character, Woodstock, named for the generation-defining music event. Check the website for related Public Programs.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
April 4 through April 28, Santa Rosa Arts Center Members Show
*** Artist Reception Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
All ages. Live music.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

 

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through May 17, Pursuit
Guest artists for this exhibit are painter Ken Berman, and fine milliner Amy Smith. Resident artists are Ralph Broussard, Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Featured resident artist is Terry Holleman.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

 

Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
April 5 through April, Empty Bowls
*** First Friday reception, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Empty Bowls art exhibit with featured local artists presenting bowls in a variety of media. Highlighting the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Ethereal, by Nature exhibit at My Daughter the Framer, featuring Damon Davies, together with Donna Main. Booksigning by local author Chantel Lucier: Something New Every Day.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

A New Day, by Jen Hirshfield

Gallery 300
Through April, New Beginnings
The Gallery to re-open on April 12, after the Barlow flooding. Come visit.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
707-332-1212
www.gallery-300.com

 

 

 

By MaryLu Downing

Graton Gallery
Through April 21, Roshambo
Juried group show featuring works of and on paper, made with scissors, or stone or stoneware.

April 23 through May 26, Round and Round We Go
*** Artists Reception Saturday, April 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Imaginative Mixed-Media Work by Marylu Downing, Hap Sakwa, and Susandra Spicer. Guest Artists Monica Lee Boutz, Janet Doto, Catarina Martinico, and Lorraine Stribling.
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
Through April 14, Animalia
*** Closing tea, April 14, 2 to 4 p.m., an opportunity for public and artists alike to discuss animals and art techniques. The word “Animalia” evokes images of all animals; birds, bugs, reptiles, furry friends and pets, fish and fowl. It brings to mind all the wild and wonderful ways that “Animalia” have been an integral and essential part our human experience.

April 20 through June 2, Reflectivity – Artists on Climate Change
*** Opening Reception Saturday, April 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Artists reflect on and respond to mankind’s most urgent global issue, Climate Change. Their vision is our looking glass that clarifies this pressing condition with the hope of inspiring solutions.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

 

IceHouse Gallery
Through April 13, Kindred Spirits
Artworks by Christine Shields and Jude Mooney.
405 East D St, Petaluma
707-778-2238

 

 

 

 

 

La Crema Estate
Through May 31, Jill Keller Peters
*** Artist Reception Sunday, April 14, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters creates artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate/

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 29, California’s Wild Gold
Mixed-media tapestries by Faith Rumm. These large collaged tapestries are a joyful celebration of the abundance of life and biodiversity found in California.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

By Evri Kwong

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
Through April 20, See Something, Say Something
The exhibition considers a common warning announcement often seen at bus depots, train stations and airports. The warning, “See Something, Say Something,” encourages citizens to stay alert and speak up if they notice something amiss. While the phrase originated to convey the threat posed by terrorism after the 9/11 attacks, in this exhibition the meaning of the phrase “see something, say something,” is expanded to encourage individuals to call out additional threats to society, such racism, sexism, economic disparity, and climate change. The three artists in the exhibition; David Huffman, Evri Kwong, and Linda Vallejo, are observant and expressive. Through their work, they identify and name various threats, and approach social issues with intelligence, sincerity, and wit.

History
Through June 2, Pacific World: The History that Binds Us to the Sea
*** Opening Reception Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featuring a collection of Ming Chinese porcelain traded across the ocean, art and objects of Oceania, and artifacts related to the Sonoma Coast, the exhibition traces the influences of the Pacific World on the history of Sonoma County and the North Bay Area. Learn how present day Sonoma County became a point of convergence; where the currents carried items of trade and brought immigrants, laborers, temporary visitors, and permanent settlers. The Pacific World exhibition also features a collection of antique maps of Asia and the Pacific, objects from nineteenth-century shipwrecks, as well as a children’s gallery with an interactive game and ship model.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through April 7, Wilder Bentley the Younger: A Retrospective
Wilder Mayo Bentley II passed away on October 11, 2018. A true renaissance man, he was talented in multiple art forms. This exhibition will feature a variety of his paintings, printmaking, poetry, stained glass, handmade books, calligraphy and brass jewelry.

April 12 through May 26, Garden of Dreams
*** Opening reception Saturday, April 13, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Juried by Teri Sloat.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Wynn Bullock, Child in Forest

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through May, Beyond Sight: In Search of Meaning
*** Opening Reception Friday, April 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Photographs of Wynn Bullock. In the mid-1950s, Bullock’s artistry came into the public spotlight when Edward Steichen chose two of his photographs to include in the 1955 The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Child in Forest became one of the exhibition’s most memorable images. By the end of that decade, his work was being featured in many exhibitions and publications worldwide.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
April 13 through May 27, The Inside Face of Outsider Art: New Perspectives from the North Bay
*** Opening reception Saturday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
This exhibit features artwork and performances by many of the 100+ clients of Alchemia in Petaluma, Cedars of Marin, and Marin Ventures. These three North Bay studios exclusively represent artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These bold artistic voices express a vision of the world in a variety of artistic mediums.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Hara Yoko

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through April, Up a Tree
The exhibition features work in various media by thirty different artists—all of which include trees. It is a joyous celebration appropriate for the start of spring, when new leaves beckon us to savor Nature. 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 5, Early Spring Show
*** Art Walk reception, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
On view: Words & Women by Christine Kierstead; and Wild/Free by Isabelle Truchon, paintings of semi-wild horses that roam in the Camargue region of France.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through April 11, Parallels
Artists; Holly Downing, Claire Keith, Deborah Kirklin, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, and Robert Poplack.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
April 5 through May 12, Favorite Things
*** Opening Reception Friday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Artwork by people of all ages that represents a favorite thing.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Lucy Martin

Sebastopol Gallery
Through May 25, The Understory
*** Artist Reception Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Painter Lucy Martin Reveals “The Understory” in new paintings that focus on the forest floor. Her gouache and watercolor paintings bring together mushrooms, lichens, and plants in compositions that, though meticulously detailed, also create a sense of mystery.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

 

Bazil Dean

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
Through April 19, La Primavera – A Burst of Spring by Bazil Dean
*** A Conversation with the Artist on April 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
An exhibit of watercolor paintings of birds by California native and artist, Bazil Dean.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
707-823-7691

 

 

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through April 21, Juried Student Exhibition 2019
Annual Juried Student Exhibition featuring over 35 works of art selected by two jurors who are from the professional art world. This year the jurors are Susie Kantor, Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and Taravat Talepasand, Department Chair of Painting, San Francisco Art Institute.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 7, Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang brings the recent work of these two masters of Bay Area clay, focusing on their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Also on view is Portals: A Space for Color by Phillip K. Smith III
American light artist Phillip K. Smith III, noted for large-scale installations, has installed three Portals in the Museum. Each artwork investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception.

Through April 7, Art Rewards The Student
Light | Space | Clay: Portals to Creative Explorations showcases work by Sonoma’s fourth and fifth grade students, exploring concepts of form, space, color, and change inspired by SVMA’s current exhibitions. Free Family A.R.T.S. Day; Saturday, April 7.

Jack Stuppin

April 20 through June 16, Sonoma Modern|Contemporary
*** Opening Reception Sunday, April 28 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Members Free | General Public $10
Celebrating the remarkable artistic legacy of Sonoma County, the exhibition features historic, as well as contemporary artists who have lived and worked in Sonoma County. Works by Chester Arnold, Jane Baldwin, Fletcher Benton, David Best, Bernice Bing, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Robert Hudson, Marc Katano, Nicole Katano, Mary McChesney, Robert McChesney, Frances McCormack, Bob Nugent, Deborah Oropallo, Hassel Smith, Jack Stuppin, William T. Wiley, Franklin Williams, and Dennis Ziemeinski, among others, are included in this exhibition.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Note
: The owners of Shige Sushi have decided to permanently close the cotati location in order to concentrate on a new restaurant they’ve opened in Sonoma.

*** Join Colin Monday, April 8, 6 to 9 p.m. for a Final Art Wall Fling.
Colin Talcroft Selections from the Museum Shadows Series, abstract photographs by artist Colin Talcroft, an ongoing series of shadow photographs begun in 2012 captured in museums and galleries around the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

Carolyn Wilson

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through April 21, African Adventures: Carolyn Wilson
*** Artist Reception Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
African Adventures is a new series of mixed media collage paintings by Wilson. Her paintings highlight her animal encounters, especially with her favorites, the elephants. The Small Works Showcase exhibit features works by Cynthia Jackson-Hein. Jackson-Hein’s oil paintings give the viewer a real feeling of the place, often a barn or beautiful country setting.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in March 2019

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 April 1, Member’s Exhibit
*** Opening Reception Thursday March 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Featuring work by 18 AGS Member Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

By James Spitzer

Calabi Gallery
Through March 9, A World of Art
The gallery is displaying an eclectic mix of art from various times and places, in many media. Included are works by Paul Beattie, Hans Burkhardt, Rafael Canogar, Easton, Claire Falkenstein, Karen Green, Sutter Marin, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert Pearson McChesney, Louis Earnest Nadalini, Louis Siegriest, the late great James Spitzer, Seymour Tubis, Elisabeth Vellacott, Zao Wou-Ki, and many others. The previous display of paintings by Carolyn Lord, Lucy Martin, and Carol Peek continues.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
March 17 through March 8, 2020, Peace, Love, and Woodstock
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival this summer, the Museum and Research Center presents a yearlong exhibition celebrating the smallest Peanuts character, Woodstock, named for the generation-defining music event. Check the website for related Public Programs.

Through May 20, Without Words
From “Good grief!” to “AAUGH!” Charles M. Schulz developed a lexicon that has become synonymous with the Peanuts comic strip. Yet the cartoonist’s approach to communication went well beyond words. The new exhibition explores Schulz’s pantomime comics and the artful techniques Schulz employed when telling stories using illustration alone.

Through August 4, Behind Peanuts: The Little Red-Haired Girl
Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, the Little Red-Haired Girl, was inspired by Donna Mae Johnson-Wold, the real-life first love of Charles M. Schulz. In this exhibition, learn the back story through original art, photographs, and personal interviews.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

By Linda Oritz

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through March 22, Healing the Environment
*** Meet the Artists Reception, March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The paintings, photography, sculpture and natural objects by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists are personal statements on the environment. The artwork is their visual commentary of how nature is being challenged by humanity, and how to protect and heal our common home.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 22, Place
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Luann Udell, and painter Timothy David Dixon. Featured resident artist is Ralph Broussard, showing digital collages.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through March, Confluence: Winter / Spring
*** First Friday opening reception, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The work of Tim Haworth and Donna Schaffer.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

By Jennifer Hirshfield

Gallery 300
Through March, New Work
Jennifer Hirschfield, Alejandro Salazar, Terry Sauvé, Lisa Thorpe, and Ron Macken.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
707-332-1212
www.gallery-300.com

Graton Gallery
Through March 17, Partners & Friends
Each of the eight partners at the Gallery has invited an artist friend to show work alongside their own. Featured Guests Artists are Kelly Burke, Ceylan Crow, and Sky Richardson.

March 19 through April 21, Roshambo
*** Reception for the artists Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Juried group show featuring works of and on paper, made with scissors, or stone or stoneware.
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
March 2 through April 14, Animalia
*** Opening Reception Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The word “Animalia” evokes images of all animals; birds, bugs, reptiles, furry friends and pets, fish and fowl. It brings to mind all the wild and wonderful ways that “Animalia” have been an integral and essential part our human experience. Closing tea, April 14, 2 to 4 p.m., an opportunity for public and artists alike to discuss animals and art techniques.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

 

By Jill Keller Peters

La Crema Estate
Through May 15, Jill Keller Peters
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters creates artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate/

 

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 29, California’s Wild Gold
Mixed-media tapestries by Faith Rumm. These large collaged tapestries are a joyful celebration of the abundance of life and biodiversity found in California.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

 

By David Huffman

Museum of Sonoma County|
Art
Through April 20, See Something, Say Something
The exhibition considers a common warning announcement often seen at bus depots, train stations and airports. The warning, “See Something, Say Something,” encourages citizens to stay alert and speak up if they notice something amiss. While the phrase originated to convey the threat posed by terrorism after the 9/11 attacks, in this exhibition the meaning of the phrase “see something, say something,” is expanded to encourage individuals to call out additional threats to society, such racism, sexism, economic disparity, and climate change. The three artists in the exhibition; David Huffman, Evri Kwong, and Linda Vallejo, are observant and expressive. Through their work, they identify and name various threats, and approach social issues with intelligence, sincerity, and wit.

History
Through June 2, Pacific World: The History that Binds Us to the Sea
*** Opening Reception Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featuring a collection of Ming Chinese porcelain traded across the ocean, art and objects of Oceania, and artifacts related to the Sonoma Coast, the exhibition traces the influences of the Pacific World on the history of Sonoma County and the North Bay Area. Learn how present day Sonoma County became a point of convergence; where the currents carried items of trade and brought immigrants, laborers, temporary visitors, and permanent settlers. The Pacific World exhibition also features a collection of antique maps of Asia and the Pacific, objects from nineteenth-century shipwrecks, as well as a children’s gallery with an interactive game and ship model.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

By Pieter Myers

Occidental Center for the Arts
March 1 through 17, The Bottom Line
*** Artists’ reception Saturday, March 2, from 3 to 6 p.m.
An exhibition of figure drawings from the Thursday Night Drawing group founded by the late and legendary, Bill Wheeler.

March 22 through April 7, Wilder Bentley the Younger: A Retrospective
*** Opening Reception Saturday March 23, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Wilder Mayo Bentley II passed away on October 11, 2018. A true renaissance man, he was talented in multiple art forms. This exhibition will feature a variety of his paintings, printmaking, poetry, stained glass, handmade books, calligraphy and brass inlaid jewelry.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

By Michael Cooper

Paul Mahder Gallery
Currently on view; Sculptural Masterworks by Michael Cooper
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through March 23, National Parks Painting Project
In the National Parks Painting Project by Mary Fassbinder and Guest Artist Davis Perkins there are 60 plein air paintings of each of the U. S. National Parks.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through March 17, Maniére Noire
Mezzotints by Mikio Watanabe. 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

Christine Kierstead

Riverfront Art Gallery
March 6 through May 5, Early Spring Show
*** Opening reception Saturday, March 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a poetry reading and a gallery talk by the artists.
On view: Words & Women by Christine Kierstead; and Wild/Free by Isabelle Truchon, paintings of semi-wild horses that roam in the Camargue region of France.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

 

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through March 28, Meanderings
Sabbatical Exhibition by Stephanie Sanchez

Through April 11, Parallels
Artists; Holly Downing, Claire Keith, Deborah Kirklin, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, and Robert Poplack.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu

By Sharon Madden Harkness

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through March 31, NOT JUST Landscapes
In the Main Gallery, International juried Landscape exhibition. Juror: Robin Dintiman. Artwork reflecting scenery from cityscapes to nature views and more personal and imaginary visions including futuristic, environmental and psychological.

Also on view in Gallery II: Suspended Moments
The figurative oil paintings of Valerie L. Winslow contain narrative overtones of personal anecdote and social commentary, including themes reflecting the current climate of the #Me Too movement.

In Gallery III: Light/spirit/Reflect
Laurence Elias exhibits imagery produced by digital printing, painting, and laser etching on laser cut mirrored acrylic sheets. Starting points include explorations of light, reflectivity, transparency, repetition, and geometric patterns and forms. Using artist-designed fixtures for off the wall attachment at unusual heights and angles, they present uncanny illusions of solid objects, as well as colorful abstract imagery.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
Through March 30, Michelle Hoting
Featuring the work of Michelle Hoting, who creates jewelry using repurposed metals. In her latest work, Michelle explores and recreates the ancient mixed-metal technique of makume gane. Layering, folding, and forming steel, copper and bronze to create a wood-grain-like pattern, she reimagines the metals into wearable sea creatures, landscapes, and touchstones. Also on view is photography by guest artist Bill Theis.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
Through March 9, Bertha Jean Schmidt
Bertha Jean Schmidt exhibits documentary photos depicting her native culture of the Cabo Verdean people on the islands of Brava, Fogo and San Vicente.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
707-823-7691

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through March 10, Then & Now – Alumni Exhibition
Work by 40 SSU Art Department alumni.

March 28 through April 14, Juried Student Exhibition
*** Reception Thursday, March 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Richard Shaw, Canton Lady, 2014, Image courtesy of Alice Shaw

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 7, Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang brings the recent work of these two masters of Bay Area clay, focusing on their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Also on view is Portals: A Space for Color by Phillip K. Smith III
American light artist Phillip K. Smith III, noted for large-scale installations, has installed three Portals in the Museum. Each artwork investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception.

March 20 through April 7, Art Rewards The Student
Light | Space | Clay: Portals to Creative Explorations showcases work by Sonoma’s fourth and fifth grade students, exploring concepts of form, space, color, and change inspired by SVMA’s current exhibitions. Free Family A.R.T.S. Day – Saturday, April 7.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

By Colin Talcroft

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
March 5 through April 28, Colin Talcroft
*** Opening reception, Monday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Selections from the Museum Shadows Series, abstract photographs by artist Colin Talcroft, an ongoing series of shadow photographs begun in 2012 captured in museums and galleries around the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

 

Marsha Connell

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through March 24, Dream Vessels & A Murder of Crows
*** Artist Reception Sunday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Poetry reading with Marsha Connell and Reba Connell, 2:30 to 3 p.m.
Artwork by Marsha Connell that articulates an artistic evolution initiated in collage and leading to the “Murder of Crows” series of still-life oil paintings. The arranging and rearranging of found images in collage-making laid the groundwork for assembling and staging objects in the Crow series. Spirit Birds and wings play a supporting role in the collages, while birds star in the still-life series.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in February 2019

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
February 6 through April 1, Member’s Exhibit
*** Opening Reception Thursday March 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Featuring work by 18 AGS Member Artists.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

 

By Zao Wou-Ki

Calabi Gallery
Through March 9, A World of Art
The gallery is displaying an eclectic mix of art from various times and places, in many media. Included are works by Paul Beattie, Hans Burkhardt, Rafael Canogar, Easton, Claire Falkenstein, Karen Green, Sutter Marin, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert Pearson McChesney, Louis Earnest Nadalini, Louis Siegriest, the late great James Spitzer, Seymour Tubis, Elisabeth Vellacott, Zao Wou-Ki, and many others. The previous display of paintings by Carolyn Lord, Lucy Martin, and Carol Peek continues.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

By Jules Jones

Chalk Hill Residency
Saturday, February 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Open Studio
Come for an afternoon of Art Live Performance, Paintings, and Video Sculptures with residency artists, Lea Walloschke (Berlin), Roberts & Ghirardo (New York), and Jules Jones (Massachusetts).
13427 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg
www.chalkhillresidency.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. Discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.

Through May 20, Without Words
From “Good grief!” to “AAUGH!”, Charles M. Schulz developed a lexicon that has become synonymous with the Peanuts comic strip. Yet the cartoonist’s approach to communication went well beyond words. The new exhibition explores Schulz’s pantomime comics and the artful techniques Schulz employed when telling stories using illustration alone.

Through August 4, Behind Peanuts: The Little Red-Haired Girl
Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, the Little Red-Haired Girl, was inspired by Donna Mae Johnson-Wold, the real-life first love of Charles M. Schulz. In this exhibition, learn the back story through original art, photographs, and personal interviews.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Healing the Environment

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
February 1 through March 22, Healing the Environment
*** Opening Reception Friday February 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The paintings, photography, sculpture and natural objects by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists are personal statements on the environment. The artwork is their visual commentary of how nature is being challenged by humanity, and how to protect and heal our common home.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 22, Place
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Luann Udell, and painter Timothy David Dixon. Featured resident artist is Ralph Broussard, showing digital collages.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
February 1 through March, Colors of the Heart
*** First Friday opening reception, February 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This show features two dozen artists from Art Trails reflecting on the hues and feelings of love and new life of the coming months. Valentine Card Making Event with Carole Watanabe. Saturday February 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.
Make your own hand-made Valentine cards. All levels welcome, Carole will provide free materials and creative guidance.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

Graton Gallery
Through February 10, 10th Annual Small Works Show
Jurors: Pamela Powell and Lisa Andrews.

February 12 through March 17, Partners & Friends
*** Artists Reception Saturday February 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Each of the eight partners at the Gallery has invited an artist friend to show work alongside their own. Featured Guests Artists are Kelly Burke, Ceylan Crow, and Sky Richardson.
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
February 1 through February 24, Collaboration
*** Opening reception Friday, February 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Annual young artists show featuring artwork by K through 6th grade students from numerous area schools.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

La Crema Estate
Through February, Jill Keller Peters
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters creates artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate/

By Faith Rumm

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 29, California’s Wild Gold
Mixed-media tapestries by Faith Rumm. These large collaged tapestries are a joyful celebration of the abundance of life and biodiversity found in California.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

 

By Evri Kwong

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
February 10 through April 20, See Something, Say Something
*** Opening Reception Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition considers a common warning announcement often seen at bus depots, train stations and airports. The warning, “See Something, Say Something,” encourages citizens to stay alert and speak up if they notice something amiss. While the phrase originated to convey the threat posed by terrorism after the 9/11 attacks, in this exhibition the meaning of the phrase “see something, say something,” is expanded to encourage individuals to call out additional threats to society, such racism, sexism, economic disparity, and climate change. The three artists in the exhibition; David Huffman, Evri Kwong, and Linda Vallejo, are observant and expressive. Through their work, they identify and name various threats, and approach social issues with intelligence, sincerity, and wit.

History
February 26 through June 2, Pacific World: The History that Binds Us to the Sea
*** Opening Reception Friday, March 1.
Featuring a collection of Ming Chinese porcelain traded across the ocean, art and objects of Oceania, and artifacts related to the Sonoma Coast, the exhibition traces the influences of the Pacific World on the history of Sonoma County and the North Bay Area. Learn how present day Sonoma County became a point of convergence; where the currents carried items of trade and brought immigrants, laborers, temporary visitors, and permanent settlers. The Pacific World exhibition also features a collection of antique maps of Asia and the Pacific, objects from nineteenth-century shipwrecks, as well as a children’s gallery with an interactive game and ship model.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
February 1 through February 24, Black History Month
*** Opening Reception February 2, from 3 to 6 p.m.
OCA Gallery is pleased to celebrate Black History Month featuring a juried exhibition of original works by Sonoma County artists, as well as the private historical collection of Raynetta James.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

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

Petaluma Arts Center
Through March 23, National Parks Painting Project
In the National Parks Painting Project by Mary Fassbinder and Guest Artist Davis Perkins there are 60 plein air paintings of each of the U. S. National Parks.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

By Mikio Watanabe

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
February 1 through March 17, Maniére Noire
*** Meet the artist reception Saturday, February 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mezzotints by Mikio Watanabe.
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 Brian Cluer

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through March 3, Different Perspectives
*** Reception and Artwalk Saturday, February 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Alexis Greenberg, Visual Rhymes, multiple exposure images juxtaposing human figures. Brian Cluer, Transitions, photographs of ice forming along a river bank.
Also on view are paintings by Michele Rosette.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
February 4 through February 14, Erik Castro, Photography
*** Reception Monday, February 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.

February 19 through March 28, Meanderings: Sabbitical Exhibition by Stephanie Sanchez
February 19 through April 11, Parallels
Artistis; Holly Downing, ClairE Keith, Deborah Kirklin, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, and Robert Poplack.
*** Opening Reception Thursday, February 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Artist’s Talk with Stephanie Sanchez at 3 p.m.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through February 17, Go Figure
Also on view; The Life and Art of William Bishop Wheeler

February 22 through March 31, NOT JUST Landscapes
*** Opening Reception Friday, February 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
In the Main Gallery, International juried Landscape exhibition. Juror: Robin Dintiman. Artwork reflecting scenery from cityscapes to nature views and more personal and imaginary visions including futuristic, environmental and psychological.

Also on view in Gallery II: Suspended Moments
The figurative oil paintings of Valerie L. Winslow contain narrative overtones of personal anecdote and social commentary, including themes reflecting the current climate of the #Me Too movement.

By Laurence Elias

In Gallery III: Light/spirit/Reflect
Laurence Elias exhibits imagery produced by digital printing, painting, and laser etching on laser cut mirrored acrylic sheets. Starting points include explorations of light, reflectivity, transparency, repetition, and geometric patterns and forms. Using artist-designed fixtures for off the wall attachment at unusual heights and angles, they present uncanny illusions of solid objects, as well as colorful abstract imagery.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

By Michelle Hotig

Sebastopol Gallery
February 9 through March, Michelle Hoting and Bill Theis
*** Reception Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Featuring the work of Michelle Hoting, who creates jewelry using repurposed metals. In her latest work, Michelle explores and recreates the ancient mixed-metal technique of makume gane. Layering, folding, and forming steel, copper and bronze to create a wood-grain-like pattern, she reimagines the metals into wearable sea creatures, landscapes, and touchstones. Also on view is photography by guest artist Bill Theis.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

By Bertha Jean Schmidt

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
February 4 through March 9, Bertha Jean Schmidt
*** Reception and artist conversation on Monday, February 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bertha Jean Schmidt exhibits documentary photos depicting her native culture of the Cabo Verdean people on the islands of Brava, Fogo and San Vicente.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
707-823-7691

 

 

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
35th annual ART FROM THE HEART benefit art auction
*** Saturday, February 2, silent art auction and party from 6 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery’s exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. There will be free previews of the artwork on Wednesday, January 30; Thursday, January 31; and Friday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

February 14 through March 10, Then & Now – Alumni Exhibition
*** Opening reception Thursday, February 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Featuring the work of 40 artists.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

By Wanxin Zhang

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 7, Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang brings the recent work of these two masters of Bay Area clay, focusing on their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Also on view is Portals: A Space for Color by Phillip K. Smith III
American light artist Phillip K. Smith III, noted for large-scale installations, has installed three Portals in the Museum. Each artwork investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through March 3, Deborah Salomon: Collages
Salomon uses printed papers, type fragments, handwriting, shorthand, diagrams, and pages from ledgers and discarded books as raw material along with hand-painted elements. Her creative process is spontaneous, unspoken, and unconscious. Her influences include architecture, technical drawings, mineralogy, language texts, and alphabets.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

By Carolyn Wilson

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through February 24, Art From the Heart
*** Artist Reception, Sunday February 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The February Window features heartfelt artworks by Linda Barretta, Donna Schaffer, Carolyn Wilson, 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 January 2019

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 3 through February 4, By Invitation Only
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The 2019 Arts Guild of Sonoma Invitational Exhibition. A diverse selection of work by over 30 artists invited by AGS members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Blasted Art Gallery
Art Alley, South A Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
707-888-1026
www.blastedartgallery.com

Mary Silverwood

Calabi Gallery
Through January 11, From the Russian River to Santa Fe
A showing of pastels and acrylics by Mary Silverwood, the exhibition features Silverwood’s luminous landscapes of Sonoma County and the Southwest.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. Discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.

Through May 20, Without Words
From “Good grief!” to “AAUGH!”, Charles M. Schulz developed a lexicon that has become synonymous with the Peanuts comic strip. Yet the cartoonist’s approach to communication went well beyond words. The new exhibition explores Schulz’s pantomime comics and the artful techniques Schulz employed when telling stories using illustration alone.

January 31 through August 4, Behind Peanuts: The Little Red-Haired Girl
Charlie Brown’s unrequited love, the Little Red-Haired Girl, was inspired by Donna Mae Johnson-Wold, the real-life first love of Charles M. Schulz. In this exhibition, learn the back story through original art, photographs, and personal interviews.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through January 19, Small Works 2019
Small masterpieces in a variety of media at affordable prices.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

By Jocelyn Audette

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 18, Render
Guest artists for this exhibit are painter Jocelyn Audette and mixed-media artist, Cat Kaufman. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Paul Maurer. Hanya Popova Parker, painter, is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

 

 

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

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

Graton Gallery
Through January 6, Abstract
New works from Susan Proehl, Guest Artists: Barbara Regan, Connie Robeson, Cynthia Sumner and Catherine Walters.

January 9 through February 10, 10th Annual Small Works Show
Artists Reception Saturday, January 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Jurors: Pamela Powell and Lisa Andrews.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
Extended through February 2, Adela Akers – Threaded Reflections
The artistic career of Adela Akers spans the entire history of modern fiber art. Using her loom and chosen materials of linen, horsehair, metal foil and acrylic paint, she celebrates the calm of geometric patterning and expressive lines. Born in Spain, raised in Cuba, Akers was influenced by Pre-Columbian designs, and paintings by women of the Mbuti, Congo. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Akers is Professor Emeritus at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, and her work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Erinn Pavese

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
January 5 through January 27, Perspective and Insight
*** Opening Reception Saturday, January 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual 2019 HCA Members Exhibition.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
405 East D St. Petaluma
www.icehousegallery.org

 

 

La Crema Estate
Through February, Jill Keller Peters
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters creates artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate/

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
Through January 27, From the Fire
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

History
Through January 6, 2019, Artistry in Wood
The 30th Annual Artistry in Wood continues the collaboration between Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. This major showcase of fine regional craftsmanship has evolved from a modest exhibition featuring the work of local woodworkers, into something much greater. It has become one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in the state.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 13, Small Works Exhibit
A juried exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists.

January 18 through January 27, Salmon Creek Students Exhibit
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through January, Annual Holiday Group Exhibition
Celebrating the holidays with artwork by over 40 artists from around the world.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through January 12, Members Show 2018
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

Michele Rosette

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through February, Water’s Edge Series
*** Reception and Artwalk Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Featured artist is painter, Michele Rosette.
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

 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
January 11 through February 17, Go Figure
*** Opening Reception Friday, January 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Also showing; The Life and Art of William Bishop Wheeler
*** Opening and memorial celebration, Thursday, January 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

 

Paula Matzinger-Seascape

Sebastopol Gallery
Through February 2, Reflections from Earth and Sky
The Gallery features three member artists; jeweler Joann Lustig, ceramicist Chris Boyd and painter Paula Matzinger. All three artists are deeply influenced by their coastal environment. Nature’s form, color and light are reflected in Joann’s colorful stones and sculptured settings, in Chris’s varied glazes and schools of pit-fired salmon, and in Paula’s glassy bays and cloud-brushed skies.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
35th annual ART FROM THE HEART benefit art auction
*** Saturday, February 2, silent art auction and party from 6 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery’s exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. There will be free previews of the artwork on Wednesday, January 30; Thursday, January 31; and Friday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
http://library.sonoma.edu

Richard Shaw, Canton Lady, 2014, Image courtesy of Alice Shaw

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
January 19 through April 7, Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang
*** Opening reception on Saturday, January 19, from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free to members / $10 for the general public.
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang brings the recent work of these two giants of Bay Area clay, focusing on their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Also on view is Portals: A Space for Color by Phillip K. Smith III
American light artist Phillip K. Smith III, noted for large-scale installations, will install three Portals in the Museum. Each artwork investigates the relationship between light, form, surface, and perception.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Deborah Salomon

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
January 2 through March 3, Deborah Salomon: Collages
*** Opening reception Monday, January 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Salomon uses printed papers, type fragments, handwriting, shorthand, diagrams, and pages from ledgers and discarded books as raw material along with hand-painted elements. Her creative process is spontaneous, unspoken, and unconscious. Her influences include architecture, technical drawings, mineralogy, language texts, and alphabets.
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 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
December 5 through December 30, Holiday Show
*** Opening Reception Thursday, December 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Work by over 25 AGS member artists! Original Paintings, Prints, Cards, Ceramics, Jewelry, and More.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Blasted Art Gallery
Art Alley, South A Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
707-888-1026
www.blastedartgallery.com

by Mary Silverwood

Calabi Gallery
December 1 through January 11, From the Russian River to Santa Fe
*** Opening Reception Saturday, December 1, from 4 to 8 p.m.
A showing of pastels and acrylics by Mary Silverwood, the exhibition features Silverwood’s luminous landscapes of Sonoma County and the Southwest.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. In Then Came the Dog, you can simultaneously trace Schulz’s life-long love for dogs and Snoopy’s life-long love for himself. As we journey from Schulz’s backyard into Snoopy’s, discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
December 7 through January 19, Small Works 2019
*** Opening Reception Friday, December 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Small masterpieces in a variety of media at affordable prices.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

By Jocelyn Audette

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through January 18, Render
Guest artists for this exhibit are painter Jocelyn Audette, and mixed-media artist Cat Kaufman. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, and Paul Maurer. Hanya Popova Parker, painter, is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

 

 

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
December 1 through December 30, Glass & Fiber Arts
*** First Friday reception, December 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse will present selections from their upcoming performance of the Broadway musical Annie, making this an extra festive night, in the midst of Corrick’s holiday shopping wonderland. Featured artists include weaver Abby Bard, fused glass artist Valerie Adams, and mixed media artist Luann Udell, as well as woodturner Rick Blundell.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Susan Hall

Erickson Fine Art Gallery
December 8 through December 28, Susan Hall
*** Reception for the Artist, Saturday, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Book Release and Signing, Paintings and Ceramics.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-431-7073
www.ericksonfineartgallery.com

 

Fulton Crossing Gallery
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

 

Susan Proehl

Graton Gallery
December 4 through January 6, Abstract
*** Artist Reception & Holiday Party: Saturday, December 8, from 2 to 5 p.m.
New works from Susan Proehl, Guest Artists: Barbara Regan, Connie Robeson, Cynthia Sumner and Catherine Walters.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

 

 

 

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through December 29, Adela Akers – Threaded Reflections
The artistic career of Adela Akers spans the entire history of modern fiber art. Using her loom and chosen materials of linen, horsehair, metal foil and acrylic paint, she celebrates the calm of geometric patterning and expressive lines. Born in Spain, raised in Cuba, Akers was influenced by Pre-Columbian designs, and paintings by women of the Mbuti, Congo. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Akers is Professor Emeritus at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, and her work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through December 30, Holiday Gift Gallery
*** Closing Reception Saturday, December 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This 17th Annual sale offers an opportunity for artists to share their work with the community, providing original, hand-crafted creations for people to share and enjoy.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

IceHouse Gallery
Through December 28, Imagined Expeditions
In collaboration with Vita Collage, an exhibition of wonderful collages by Cynthia Granados and Jane Murphy, along with selections from the Vita Collage collections.
405 East D St. Petaluma
www.icehousegallery.org

 

Jill Keller Peters

La Crema Estate
Through February 15, Jill Keller Peters
*** Artist reception Sunday, January 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sonoma County artist, Jill Keller Peters, is centered on creating artwork that uplifts the human spirit and emanates the vibrancy that she looks for in life. Her carefully selected hues present “an oasis of calm, a serene juxtaposition of color and balance” in her inspired geometric abstractions and impressionist scenes of nature.
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
2nd Floor Gallery
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate/

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 21, With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature’s Beauty
This exhibit represents some of the best of local photographer Brenda Tharp’s work from the past 30 years – from the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed to Yosemite, Utah to Michigan, Oregon to Alaska, and her own backyard in Santa Rosa. Brenda has traveled to Namibia, Botswana, Alaska, Cuba, Italy, Slovenia, and throughout the USA in search of images that express the beauty of this planet and the wildlife that inhabits it.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
Through January 27, From the Fire
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

History
Through January 6, 2019, Artistry in Wood
The 30th Annual Artistry in Wood continues the collaboration between Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. This major showcase of fine regional craftsmanship has evolved from a modest exhibition featuring the work of local woodworkers, into something much greater. It has become one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in the state. The exhibition is evaluated by expert judges for the Best of Show as well as awards of merit.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Bird at Rest by Bill McMillon

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through January 13, Small Works Exhibit
A juried exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through December, 2018 Annual Holiday Group Exhibit
Celebrating the holidays with artwork by over 40 artists from around the world.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
December 8 through January 5, Members Show 2018
*** Artists Reception Saturday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.
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

Lance Kuehne

Riverfront Art Gallery
Through January 6, Late Fall Show
*** Reception and Artwalk Saturday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Showing Recent Photographs by Lance Kuehne, paintings by Dan Kabanuck and Billy Korbus.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through December 20, Rising From The Ashes: Sonoma County Fires 2017
Pulitzer Prize Winning Coverage from the Press Democrat. Gullixson: Meanwhile, here’s what went on inside The Press Democrat. “My colleagues here at The Press Democrat have done a phenomenal job of telling the story during the past week of the greatest natural disaster to ever hit our home. They have told in detail the battles to save homes, businesses and lives from Sonoma to Geyserville to Calistoga. But what they haven’t done well, journalists rarely do, is tell their own story. In a nutshell, here is how this community nightmare unfolded for them. As usual, any fire story begins with one person — PD photojournalist Kent Porter, known for his remarkable fire coverage, especially during the Valley fire two years ago.”
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/gullixson-meanwhile-here%E2%80%99s-what-went-inside-press-democrat

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
December 7 through January 4, Members Show 2018
***Opening Reception Friday, December 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
An annual, non-juried event, the Member’s Show continues to shine. Experience the breadth of talent and creativity amongst fellow SCA members!
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Chris Boyd

Sebastopol Gallery
December 3 through February 2, Reflections from Earth and Sky
*** Reception Saturday, December 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Gallery features three member artists; jeweler Joann Lustig, ceramicist Chris Boyd and painter Paula Matzinger. All three artists are deeply influenced by their coastal environment. Nature’s form, color and light are reflected in Joann’s colorful stones and sculptured settings, in Chris’s varied glazes and schools of pit-fired salmon, and in Paula’s glassy bays and cloud-brushed skies.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through December 9, 40 by 40
The Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition, 1978 to 2018, features the work of 40 artists in celebration of 40 years of gallery exhibitions.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
Through December 14, Reflections: After the Fire
The Fall 2017 Firestorm expressed through painting, photography, video, and mixed media by 21 participants.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
http://library.sonoma.edu

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 6, From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community
From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The exhibition features 14 artists and 19 writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. Related events listed on website.

Also in the museum; 20 Sonoma Collectors: Celebrating SVMA’s 20th Year. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view contemporary art from important Sonoma collections, including works by Squeak Carnwath, Shepard Fairey, Roy De Forest, Tom Friedman, Jacob Hashimoto, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through December 30, Sherrie Lovler – Calligraphic Paintings
Ink paintings by artist Sherrie Lovler, who has a background in Western calligraphy.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

Joann Cassady

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through December 30, Handcrafted Art
*** Meet the Artists Open House, Saturday, December 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Creations by ceramicist Joann Cassady, glassmaker Branka Harris, and clay landscapes by Karen Norton are just some of the handcrafted local art being featured at the Upstairs Art Gallery this season. After all, a handcrafted work of art is a lifelong gift that offers years of pleasure.
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 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.

Donna Broder

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through December 3, Donna Broder
*** Opening Reception Thursday, November 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Featured Artist, Donna Broder, creates abstract art in different mediums, particularly printmaking with monotypes and wood cuts. Also showing are works by AGS members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115
www.artsguildofsonoma.org

 

Blasted Art Gallery
Through November 2, Nicole Irene Anderson and Avery Caauwe
*** Closing Reception with the Artists Friday, November 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Two Sonoma County artists explore contemporary issues, including the advancement of technology, the fate of the environment, and the shape of our future world.
Art Alley, South A Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
707-888-1026
www.blastedartgallery.com

By Emmanuel Catarino Montoya

Calabi Gallery
Through November 24, Art of Social Commentary
On view is work by artists, both past and present, responding to social and political issues of importance to them. Some of the works date back to the mid-19th century but remain frighteningly relevant today, and the contemporary artists offer fresh viewpoints on current issues.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

 

 

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. In Then Came the Dog, you can simultaneously trace Schulz’s life-long love for dogs and Snoopy’s life-long love for himself. As we journey from Schulz’s backyard into Snoopy’s, discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through November 17, Wonder and Whimsy
An exhibit of collage and assemblage, whimsical and wondrous art in unexpected combinations to delight, surprise, provoke, and blur the boundaries of the two- and three-dimensional.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 16, Nurture
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Caro Pemberton and painter Aldo Longo. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Ceramicist Jane Gardner is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Corricks Art Trails Gallery
November 2 through November 30, Collage & Mixed Media
*** First Friday Meet the Artists reception, November 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit features ten different Sonoma County artists, representing diverse combinations of materials and textures using collage, assemblage and mixed media.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

 

Fulton Crossing Gallery
*** Open Studio Event on Friday November 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Side by Side features artists Lynn Bell and Linda Guzzetta.
1200 River Rd, Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

Graton Gallery
Through December 2, From Clayton to Graton 2
*** Artists Reception Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring Rik Olson and Fred Kling, two friends from the first grade showing their Artwork together. Guest Artists include Janet Doto, Don Kuhn, Laura Mueller, and Francesca Scalpi.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
707-829-8912
www.gratongallery.net

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through December 29, Adela Akers – Threaded Reflections
The artistic career of Adela Akers spans the entire history of modern fiber art. Using her loom and chosen materials of linen, horsehair, metal foil and acrylic paint, she celebrates the calm of geometric patterning and expressive lines. Born in Spain, raised in Cuba, Akers was influenced by Pre-Columbian designs, and paintings by women of the Mbuti, Congo. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Akers is Professor Emeritus at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, and her work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
707-473-9600
www.hammerfriar.com

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through November 18, Emerging Artists
The Fifth Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition features artists ranging in age from 18-30 years old, either living in or have studied in Sonoma County, California or the greater Bay Area.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 21, With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature’s Beauty
This exhibit represents some of the best of local photographer Brenda Tharp’s work from the past 30 years – from the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed to Yosemite, Utah to Michigan, Oregon to Alaska, and her own backyard in Santa Rosa. Brenda has traveled to Namibia, Botswana, Alaska, Cuba, Italy, Slovenia, and throughout the USA in search of images that express the beauty of this planet and the wildlife that inhabits it.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

Museum of Sonoma County
Art
Through January 27, From the Fire
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

History
November 17 through January 6, 2019, Artistry in Wood
*** Opening Reception Friday, November 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.
General admission applies; members free.
The 30th Annual Artistry in Wood continues the collaboration between Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. This major showcase of fine regional craftsmanship has evolved from a modest exhibition featuring the work of local woodworkers, into something much greater. It has become one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in the state. The exhibition is evaluated by expert judges for the Best of Show as well as awards of merit.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through November 18, Myth and Magic
An exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists, juried by Jennifer Mazzucco.

November 23 through January 13, 2019, Small Works Exhibit
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through November 18, Lawrence Gipe
Lawrence Gipe’s work addresses themes of power, propaganda, with the goal of analyzing semiotics and codes of meaning in authoritarian visual culture. Gipe’s work encompasses painting, drawing, video, collaborative installations and curatorial projects.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

 

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
While the post-fire rebuilding takes place the three-acre sculpture garden, which includes the two-story-tall LOVE sculpture, has reopened to the public.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Petaluma Arts Center
Through November 17, Renewal through Art
This exhibition of work by artists affected by the fires is a celebration of the revitalizing power of art. Works were created specifically as a response to the fires, including some art that integrates rescued and reclaimed fire artifacts. These fascinating pieces demonstrate the capacity of art to bring forth the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
707-762-5600
www.petalumaartscenter.org

Pie Eyed Open Studio
*** Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, from 12 to 4 p.m. each day.
The Last Pie Eyed Show for 2018 features recent paintings from long-time artist friends, Lauri Luck and Ronnie Sampson. Both artists share an affinity for the overlooked and imperfect as Luck focuses on stray dogs and Sampson on throwaway chairs bringing unexplained and introspective narratives to life. Join us for exciting art, scintillating conversation and lots of fresh yummy pies!
2371 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol
Look for the ART + PIE sign and turn at the Giant Yellow Duck!

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

Kabanuck and Korbus

Riverfront Art Gallery
November 7 through January 6, Late Fall Show
*** Reception and Artwalk Saturday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lost in Creation, paintings by Dan Kabanuck and Billy Korbus; whose skills with pouring paint allow them to create dynamic, stunning visually-textured works. Also showing, Recent Photographs by Lance Kuehne.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through December 20, Rising From The Ashes: Sonoma County Fires 2017
Pulitzer Prize Winning Coverage from the Press Democrat. Gullixson: Meanwhile, here’s what went on inside The Press Democrat. “My colleagues here at The Press Democrat have done a phenomenal job of telling the story during the past week of the greatest natural disaster to ever hit our home. They have told in detail the battles to save homes, businesses and lives from Sonoma to Geyserville to Calistoga. But what they haven’t done well, journalists rarely do, is tell their own story. In a nutshell, here is how this community nightmare unfolded for them. As usual, any fire story begins with one person — PD photojournalist Kent Porter . . .”
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu

Robert McChesney

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through December 2, Reverberations
An exhibition of rarely-seen exquisite fine art selected from private collections paired with new poetry inspired by these artworks. Included are works by Pablo Picasso, Julie Mehretu, Francis Bacon, and Käthe Kollwitz, to name a few. See website for list of related events and programs.

Also on view; A Pilgrimage: The Sculpture & Photography of Genevieve Willson Barnhart
A retrospective exhibition by California artist Genevieve Willson Barnhart featuring bronze sculpture, jewelry, and black and white photography. This show charts an artistic career spanning more than 80 years.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery
150 N. Main St., Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
November 8 through December 9, 40 by 40
*** Opening reception, Thursday, November 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition, 1978 to 2018, features the work of 40 artists in celebration of 40 years of gallery exhibitions.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
Through December 14, Reflections: After the Fire
The Fall 2017 Firestorm expressed through painting, photography, video, and mixed media by 21 participants.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
http://library.sonoma.edu

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 6, From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community
From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The exhibition features 14 artists and 19 writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. Related events listed on website.

Also in the museum; 20 Sonoma Collectors: Celebrating SVMA’s 20th Year. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view contemporary art from important Sonoma collections, including works by Squeak Carnwath, Shepard Fairey, Roy De Forest, Tom Friedman, Jacob Hashimoto, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through December 30, Sherrie Lovler – Calligraphic Paintings
*** Opening reception Monday, November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Poetry reading and talk by the artist at 6 p.m.
Ink paintings by artist Sherrie Lovler, who has a background in Western calligraphy.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

 

Donna Schaffer

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through November 26, Donna Schaffer and Ron Sumner
*** Artist reception Saturday, November 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Donna Schaffer paints butterflies she entices to her garden by planting Zinnias, Salvia, Cosmos, Black-eyed Susans, and Milkweed. Ron Sumner’s poetic watercolor paintings of old barns, birds, landscapes, and water are featured in the Small Works Showcase.
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 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.

 Indicates exhibitions which specifically commemorate the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017.

Suzanne Phillips

Arts Guild of Sonoma
October 3 through October 29, Suzanne Phillips
*** Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Also showing are works by AGS members.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
707-996-3115

 

 

 

 

Blasted Art Gallery
October 5 through November 2, Nicole Irene Anderson and Avery Caauwe
*** Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Two Sonoma County artists explore contemporary issues, including the advancement of technology, the fate of the environment, and the shape of our future world.
Art Alley, South A Street
SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
707-888-1026
www.blastedartgallery.com

 

By Emmanuel Catarino Montoya

Calabi Gallery
Through October 6, The Fantastic Vision of Alejandro Salazar
Born and raised in Colima, Mexico, Salazar has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico and now maintains a studio in Santa Rosa, California.

October 13 through November 24, Art of Social Commentary
*** Opening Reception Saturday, October 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.
On view is work by artists, both past and present, responding to social and political issues of importance to them. Some of the works date back to the mid-19th century but remain frighteningly relevant today, and the contemporary artists offer fresh viewpoints on current issues.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
707-781-7070
www.calabigallery.com

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 10, Then Came the Dog
Charles M. Schulz had a lifetime affinity for dogs: beginning with his boyhood dog Spike, who inspired his first cartoon, to creating the world’s most famous beagle Snoopy, who inspired thousands more. In Then Came the Dog, you can simultaneously trace Schulz’s life-long love for dogs and Snoopy’s life-long love for himself. As we journey from Schulz’s backyard into Snoopy’s, discover the life of a man and his best friend through the lens of the Peanuts comic strip.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

 

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
October 5 through November 17, Wonder and Whimsy
*** Reception Friday, October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.
An exhibit of collage and assemblage, whimsical and wondrous art in unexpected combinations to delight, surprise, provoke, and blur the boundaries of the two- and three-dimensional.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
707-293-6051
www.chromagallery.net

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through November 16, Nurture
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Caro Pemberton and painter Aldo Longo. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Ceramicist Jane Gardner is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Corricks Art Trails Gallery / My Daughter the Framer
Through October 21, Art Trails Preview
*** First Friday Meet the Artists reception, October 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Corrick’s and My Daughter the Framer once again begin the Sonoma County Art Trails season by featuring the work of over 70 local artists at the 2018 Art Trails Preview Show!
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
707-546-2424
www.corricks.com

Bouverie Preserve, by Lucy Liew

 Fulton Crossing Gallery
October 5 through October 28, Resilience: From Wildfires to Wildflowers
*** Artist Reception Friday, October 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
On view are paintings by Lucy Liew inspired by nature’s signs of recovery from last October’s wildfires.
1200 River Rd., Fulton
www.fultoncrossing.com

 

Gallery ThreeHundred
6780 McKinley, Suite 130, in The Barlow, Sebastopol
707-332-1212
www.gallery-300.com

Graton Gallery
Through October 28, Abstractions, Distractions, Reactions
Featuring Bruce Hopkins and Susan Shore; Guest Artists: Judy Bianchi, Katie Kruzic, Cathy Locke and Phil Wright.
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
Through October 21, Figure Study
Jurors; Chris Blum, Janet Howell, and Vesna Breznikar. In this exhibit the human figure is portrayed realistically, abstractly or symbolically. The narrative possibilities are vast and universal as forty-two artists present their “Figure Study”.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
707-431-1970
https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

 Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery
Through October 14, Spirits Rising
Spirits Rising is a celebration of our collective healing and positive spirits after the 2017 Firestorm. Thirty artists will be showing work in fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, wood, and metal.
126 Matheson, Healdsburg
707-431-8861
www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery.com

 

 

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

Brenda Tharp

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through December 21, With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature’s Beauty
This exhibit represents some of the best of local photographer Brenda Tharp’s work from the past 30 years – from the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed to Yosemite, Utah to Michigan, Oregon to Alaska, and her own backyard in Santa Rosa. Brenda has traveled to Namibia, Botswana, Alaska, Cuba, Italy, Slovenia, and throughout the USA in search of images that express the beauty of this planet and the wildlife that inhabits it.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
707-527-9277
www.lagunafoundation.org

 

 Museums of Sonoma County
Art Museum
October 6 through January 27, From the Fire
*** Opening reception Saturday, October 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.
From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds commemorates the anniversary of the firestorm that devastated large areas of Sonoma County and the North Bay in October 2017. The exhibition examines the fires from personal, historical, and environmental perspectives, as well as highlight art’s power as a healing tool and creative outlet.

History Museum
October 9 through November 4, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
This annual exhibition features altars and artwork designed and created by Peter Perez, Mario Uribe, Rubén Guzmán, and Martín Zúñiga, and features curated items from Liz Camino-Byers’ collection of Mexican folk art. The exhibition also includes works by students who participate in the Memory Portrait Competition, and murals painted by students from ArtStart, Community Action Partnership, and museum volunteers from the Youth+Art summer program.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
707-579-1500
www.museumsc.org

Occidental Center for the Arts
October 5 through November 18, Myth and Magic
*** Opening reception Saturday, October 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
An exhibition of work by Sonoma County artists, juried by Jennifer Mazzucco.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
707-874-9392
www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Lawrence Gipe

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through October, Three New Exhibitions
New and selected paintings by Lawrence Gipe. Cage/Kafes, new outdoor sculpture by Mike Berg. Art Trails Preview with over 30 works from Sonoma County Artists.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
707-473-9150
www.paulmahdergallery.com

Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
During the devastating Tubbs Fire the winery buildings were destroyed, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed. While rebuilding takes place the three-acre sculpture garden, which includes the two-story-tall LOVE sculpture, has reopened to the public, and Marijke’s Grove sculpture garden will be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 28.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
707-528-9463
www.prwinery.com

Tawnya Lively

 Petaluma Arts Center
Through November 17, Renewal through Art
This exhibition of work by artists affected by the fires is a celebration of the revitalizing power of art. Artists from both Napa and Sonoma counties are featured. Works were created specifically as a response to the fires, including some art that integrates rescued and reclaimed fire artifacts. These fascinating pieces demonstrate the capacity of art to bring forth the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe.
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 4, Eleventh Anniversary Show
*** Art Walk Saturday, October 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Presenting the work of seven featured artists in a variety of media.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
707-775-4278
www.riverfrontartgallery.com

By Brett Grunig

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
Through October 4, Drawings By Brett Grunig
*** Artist Reception Wednesday, October 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.
This show includes a collection of story fragments based on themes from folktales and traditional fantasy, and a series of illustrations for a children’s book, Mike Eats the Cheese, by local author Dan Schieberl.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
707-527-4298
https://art-gallery.santarosa.edu/robert-f-agrella-art-gallery

 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through October 21, Art Trails Preview Exhibition
Art Trails is a juried, self-guided open studio event showcasing the art, creative processes and the working environments of 145 professional Sonoma County artists.

October 25 through December 2, Reverberations (Main Gallery)
*** Opening reception, Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
An exhibition of rarely-seen exquisite fine art selected from private collections paired with new poetry inspired by these artworks. Included are works by Pablo Picasso, Julie Mehretu, Francis Bacon, and Käthe Kollwitz, to name a few.

Albi, by Genevieve Barnhart (photo: Mike Chase)

Also on view; A Pilgrimage: The Sculpture & Photography of Genevieve Willson Barnhart
A retrospective exhibition by California artist Genevieve Willson Barnhart featuring bronze sculpture, jewelry, and black and white photography. This show charts an artistic career spanning more than 80 years.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
707-829-4797
www.sebarts.org

 

Diana Majumdar

Sebastopol Gallery
Through October, Peter Krohn, Diana Majumdar, and Clark Mitchell
Sebastopol Gallery welcomes new member artists Peter Krohn and Diana Majumdar, and guest artist Clark Mitchell.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
707-829-7200
www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

 

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through October 14, The Tyranny of Objects
Napa-based multi-disciplinary artist Stephen Whisler investigates issues related to surveillance, military weaponry, and the frightening power of nuclear bombs. The exhibition features a life-size sculpture of Fat Man—the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945—suspended from the Gallery’s ceiling. Also on view are numerous woodblock prints and pastel drawings of military drones and rockets. Whisler’s work is a rare combination of aesthetic beauty and the disturbing feelings associated with such sinister objects.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

By Alan Ahmad

 Sonoma State University, Library Gallery
Through December 14, Reflections: After the Fire
*** Reception, Wednesday, October 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The Fall 2017 Firestorm expressed through painting, photography, video, and mixed media by 21 participants.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
707-664-2295
http://library.sonoma.edu

 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through January 6, From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community
From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The exhibition features 14 artists and 19 writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. Related events listed on website.

Also in the museum; 20 Sonoma Collectors: Celebrating SVMA’s 20th Year. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view contemporary art from important Sonoma collections, including works by Squeak Carnwath, Shepard Fairey, Roy De Forest, Tom Friedman, Jacob Hashimoto, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Through October 21, Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape
Public art in Sonoma Plaza with works by Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. Each of these women sculptors play an important role in evolving the canon of California art and in the craft of sculpture.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
707-939-7862
www.svma.org

Suzanne Edminster

The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through October 28, Suzanne Edminster—Salt Mind
*** Opening reception Monday, October 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Paintings and mixed media work by Santa Rosa artist Suzanne Edminster, who has an interest in the history of alchemy and salt in particular. Edminster draws on history, a distinctive sense of color, and an intuitive, layered creative process to make art of substance. A vibrant palette and dynamic brushwork give her paintings immediate appeal.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
707-795-9753
http://ctalcroft.wix.com/artwallatshige/

Upstairs Art Gallery
October 1 through October 28, Shades of Autumn
*** Gallery reception Saturday, October 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.
With a focus on the shades of autumn, on view are paintings from various gallery member artists. Landscape paintings by Susan Greer are featured upstairs in the gallery.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
707-431-4214
www.Upstairsartgallery.net

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