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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

Lilies by Carolyn Jarvis

On display at Slice of Life Restaurant, July 20 through September 20

A fun and eclectic selection of artwork by inspired local artists awaits you at venues all around Sonoma County. While navigating around the vineyards and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming townships, be sure and stop in at a few of the numerous art galleries, art centers, and museums to catch a special exhibit. Local galleries and art museums often feature interesting curated exhibits of national and international artists, as well. You may even luck into an exhibit at a winery or eatery, where you can partake of local treats while perusing fine art.

Check our Calendar of Events for opening and closing receptions, special artist talks, and other art events.

Here are just some of the exhibits on show now and some that are coming up soon:


Wosene Worke Kosrof: Words Matter

July 22 - Sept. 17

Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg

Wosene Worke Kosrof is a contemporary Ethiopian-born artist whose use of the script forms of his native Amharic are a central part of his artwork, earning him international recognition.

Open Wednesday through Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Stories through Photography

July 22 - Sept. 17

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg

This not-to-be-missed exhibit at Healdsburg Center for the Arts highlights the power of photography in conveying a story. A second component of this exhibition features the results of a Photography Contest for Sonoma County Youth and Teens between the ages of 7 and 18.

Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 am. - 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.


Carolyn Jarvis

July 20 - Sept. 20

Slice of Life Restaurant, Sebastopol

Stop in at vegetarian restaurant Slice of Life and you’ll get to see ten of Sonoma County artist Carolyn Jarvis' paintings. Her oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes can be found in various places, but this is a good chance to see the award-winning artist’s work in a solo show.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below

Aug. 19 - Oct. 21

Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma

In both literal and conceptual approaches, this exhibit explores how art and science cross over through a series of responses to coastal environments, with an emphasis on Sonoma County.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Reason to Rejoice: Pastel Paintings by Debbie Harding

Sept. 3 - Oct. 1

Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg

Using her own photography to support her pastel art, Debbie Harding has an eye for capturing appealing compositions and translating them into pastel paintings. Her artwork is mainly landscape, floral, and wildlife and provides viewers a chance to appreciate the richness of what can be observed when we take time to slow down our usual pace.

Open daily, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Albert Paley: Thresholds

July 1 - Oct. 2

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma

American modernist metal sculptor Albert Paley’s works will be on display in the SVMA and also in Sonoma Plaza, Depot Park, and the Sonoma Community Center. Just next to the museum will be the largest public art installation ever seen in Sonoma. Learn about Paley’s process, see his large-scale sculptures and his drawings and maquettes. Take a docent-led walking tour of the public art installation and museum exhibition.

Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Laughing Matters, A celebration of Artful Humor

Aug. 18 - Sept. 24

The Studio Gallery, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

The Wine Country Arts Council presents a collection of art by Sonoma County artists that is sure to make you crack a smile. The show’s location, The Studio Gallery, is two doors down from the entrance to the 6th Street Playhouse and this exhibit coincides with the current production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” set to run Aug. 18 - Sept. 17. The hometown revival of the play is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway musical based on the famous “Peanuts” comic strip by Santa Rosa’s own Charles Schulz. See? You can’t help but smile.

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6 - 10 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.


Gallery Group Show

Aug. 26 - Oct. 14                                            

Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa

The annual Gallery Group Show features contemporary gallery artists as well as a special selection of artwork from the gallery’s vintage collection.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Unpacked: Contemporary Works from Private Collections of Napa and Sonoma Counties

Sept. 15 - Nov. 26

Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

This exhibit features more than twenty artists who have inspired established collectors to build private museums and gift their artworks to regional institutions. Unpacked examines the selections of collectors from various generations.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Form and Color: It’s Wild Out There

Sept. 5 - Jan. 4

Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa

The art gallery at the Laguna Environmental Center couldn’t be a more ideal place to view wildlife photography by Dave Strauss.

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., but call ahead to be sure you can view the art, as special events are held there.


Art Trails

Oct. 14-15, 21-22

For two weekends in October, artists will open up their studios to show their work and share their processes. Pick up, order, or download the Art Trails Collector’s Guide and plan your route. Sebastopol Center for the Arts will host a Preview Exhibit from Sept. 28 through Oct. 22 that features a work from each of the participating artists. (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.) Mini Preview Exhibits will be on show at Corrick’s/My Daughter the Framer in Santa Rosa (Sept. 2 - Oct. 22), Gallery One in Petaluma (Sept. 5 - Oct. 22), Stones Throw in Cotati (Sept. 15 - Oct. 29), and Healdsburg Center for the Arts (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22).


Reason to Rejoice

Sept. 1-30

Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg

This inviting gallery is located inside Levin and Co. Bookstore on the Healdsburg Plaza on the mezzanine level. In September, the pastel paintings by Debbie Harding will be the featured exhibit.

Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Sculpture Trail

May 2017 - May 2018

Cloverdale and Geyserville

The Northern Sonoma County communities of Cloverdale and Geyserville together house an annually changing exhibit of high quality sculptures. Follow the Sculpture Trail to see this year's collection of inspiring art placed in accessible places along the streets of these quaint towns.


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