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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

Arena #46 by Robert P. McChesney

On display at Calabi Gallery, April 22 - June 17 in the exhibit: Robert P. McChesney: 60 Year Retrospective of Bay Area Master of Abstraction.

This spring, a fun and eclectic selection of artwork by inspired local artists awaits you 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 exhibit. Local galleries 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.


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


Birds of the Laguna

Jan. 9 - April 27
Heron Hall
Laguna de Santa Rosa

The birds and landscapes of the Laguna de Santa Rosa are on display in lovely Heron Hall. The exhibit features mixed media and encaustic paintings by local artist Diana Majumdar. Explore the connections between people and birds in her works and then take a stroll just outside the hall and take in the inspirational setting.

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.


Yellow - Paintings by Donna Schaffer

April 1-30
Upstairs Art Gallery

This collection of paintings by Donna Schaffer is sure to bring on a bright, sunny spring mood. She has carefully selected scenes and objects that illicit the cheery feel of the color.

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


7th Annual Juried Photography Show

March 8 - May 7
Riverfront Gallery

A remarkably assorted collection of beautiful photographs is on display at this popular Petaluma gallery.

Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Youth Show: Let it Be… Kids

April 21 - May 7
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Young artists from local elementary schools are taking over the gallery with their own works of art. Go and see what is inspiring the kids. A fun contrast to the previous show of work by artists age 60 and over.

Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 1-4 p.m.


theNeuwPolitic:  Artists Explore

April 4 - May 20
Petaluma Arts Center

Works from 50 artists representing 12 counties in Northern and Central California explore the current political climate as each artist envisions it. Juried by art dealer Paul Mähder of the Paul Mähder Gallery in Healdsburg and art consultant Susan Larson of Sebastopol. Artists were asked to consider this question: “Now is the time for a much-needed dialogue surrounding politics; can art help start these conversations and facilitate the connections that are so needed?”

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


Nature Unbound

April 6 - May 27
Chroma Gallery
SOFA District, Santa Rosa

Take some time to view art that interprets and reacts to the power of nature, the effects of weather and the elements, wildfire, glaciers, roots breaking rocks, erosion and entropy. Juried by Satri Pencak.

Open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Robert P. McChesney: 60 Year Retrospective

April 22 - June 17
Calabi Gallery
Santa Rosa

This is a great chance to see a wonderful collection of paintings, prints, and drawings by Robert P. McChesney (1913-2008), one of the Bay Area's preeminent abstract painters through his long and distinguished career. The selected works include examples of all styles and periods. 

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


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