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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

Sunrise in Sonoma County, paintings by Laura Roney.

On display at Upstairs Art Gallery, Jan. 2-29

Inspired local artists present a fabulous variety of genres at galleries 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 art exhibit. You may even luck into an exhibit at a winery or eatery, where you can partake of local treats while perusing fine art. Many art centers and galleries hold opening receptions with refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the artists. You can find these events on our calendar.

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


Sunrise in Sonoma County
Jan. 2-29
Upstairs Art Gallery
The latest paintings from Laura Roney focus on dawn, when the sun's impact is most intense and when the rhythm of life changes. Her depictions of dawn are based on her own observations rather than an idealized version of nature. Meet Laura at her reception, January 14, 2-5 p.m. Upstairs Art Gallery is indeed upstairs, inside Levin and Co. Bookstore, right on the Healdsburg Plaza.
Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Sandra Rubin and Thea Goldstine - New Paintings
Dec. 20 - Jan. 29
Graton Gallery
A fun art stop in a little West County town, Graton Gallery presents new paintings by Sandra Rubin and Thea Goldstine, along with guest artists Susan Berg, Matt Proehl, Daphne Wallace Gerlach, and Char Wood. 
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


4th Annual Children’s Art Show
Jan. 12-29
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
Delight in a little whimsy at an annual art exhibit of works by local elementary age students, housed in this beautiful, historic building in downtown Petaluma.
Open Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays noon to 3 p.m.


Jan. 6 - Feb. 12
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
This exhibit observes the evolution of mixed-media with a collection of the most outstanding work today from collage and assemblage artists around the world. This is a unique collection of work by national and international artists. Alongside this Main Gallery exhibit, you can also see “Reflections Within - the Reliquary Series” in Gallery II and “Stranger than Fiction” in Gallery III.
Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 1-4 p.m.


Altered Reality: Photoshopped or Not?
Jan. 11 - March 5
Riverfront Gallery
See if you can tell the difference in this beautiful collection of photographs by Lance Kuehne in the latest exhibit at this welcoming Petaluma gallery.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Jan. 20 - March 18
Occidental Center for the Arts
“OnSite” is an exhibition of paintings by three local artists, each offering their unique perspective on West County landscapes. Featuring the work of Charles Beck, Dave Gordon, and Bill Taylor. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Geometric Reflections
June 2016 - April 2017
Paradise Ridge Winery
Santa Rosa
An annually changing exhibit is installed each June in Marijke's Grove, the expansive sculpture garden at Paradise Ridge Winery. Among the ancient oaks in the four-acre grove, visitors can enjoy the convergence of art and nature. This year’s exhibition features ten artists of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. 
Visitors can roam the garden seven days per week.


Sculpture Trail
May 2016 - May 2017
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.


Check our Sonoma County Calendar of Events for other current art happenings.