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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

John Warner, Seascape. From the Travelogue of Watercolors show at Upstairs Art Gallery, September show (Sept. 1-30).

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, as well as some special gallery and studio art events:

Aqua Areas Art Show
Sept. 9-18
Coddingtown Mall
Santa Rosa
The Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County (WASCO) present the 22nd annual “Aqua Areas” art show at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Exhibiting consistently high quality art, this juried and judged show displays some of the best watercolor and water media paintings in our area and has developed a faithful following of art lovers. Live watercolor demonstrations will take place Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding
July 2 - Sept. 25
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
SonomaTraditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in this exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day. Surf Craft chronicles the evolution of surfboard design featuring American makers and shapers of all kinds of wave-riding boards. It explains how meticulous hand craftsmanship can inform modern high volume commercially made surf craft. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anything Goes
Aug. 17 - Sept. 25
Graton Gallery
The 2nd Annual "Anything Goes" juried show features over 100 artworks by over 60 artists. Graton Gallery was selected by The Press Democrat in July as one of the Top 20 Hidden Spots in Sonoma County.

Travelogue of Watercolors by John Warner
Sept. 1-30
Upstairs Art Gallery
John Warner’s world travels are depicted in his watercolors, which will be featured during September at Upstairs Art Gallery. He paints quickly, often on location, capturing a true sense of time and place. While not all paintings are plein air, his studio work is from personal sketches and photography, making his paintings very personal to him.

Art Trails
Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16
Various Locations
Tour the scenic routes and backroads during this annual, self-guided open studio tour. You can view some of the best art Sonoma County offers and visit with the artists. Sebastopol Center for the Arts will host a preview exhibit featuring one piece of work from each participating artist from Sept. 23 - Oct. 16. Mini preview exhibits can be found at Corrick's / My Daughter the Framer in Santa Rosa, Gallery One in Petaluma, and Stones Throw in Cotati.

Emil Alzamora: New Works
Sept. 2 - Oct. 14
Sculpturesite Gallery
Glen Ellen
This exhibition of new works by Emil Alzamora is also in the latest Sculpturesite video in the series Inside the Sculptor’s Studio, featuring the artist at work in his studio in Beacon, New York. Emil Alzamora gave Sculpturesite Gallery an exclusive look into his intriguing creative process. Working as a full time sculptor since 2001, Alzamora has been exploring the human figure in a variety of novel ways. 

Masks, Puppets, Games
Sept. 1 - Oct. 16
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
The person seeing a mask vs. the person wearing it, the puppet vs. the puppeteer, players on opposing sides of a game – artists interpret the masks we wear, puppet people and games we play in real life and in the imagination. Masks Puppets Games is a national juried art exhibition. Join in the Opening Reception on Sept. 3, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs Sept. 1-Oct. 16, with a Closing Tea on Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m.

Sept. 2 - Oct. 30
Dallas A. Saunders Artisan Textiles
View an exhibition of limited edition jacquard tapestries by Squeak Carnwath, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Deborah Oropallo, and Kiki Smith at this fine art gallery in the Alexander Valley. 

Autumn Colors
Sept. 3 - Nov. 6
Towers Gallery
Two Cloverdale artists, A. Nash Kunkle and Mary Ann Wilson, have works featured in the fall show at this charming gallery housed in an 18th century Victorian home. 

Marsha Connell
Aug. 15 - Nov. 15
La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
La Crema and Healdsburg Center for the Arts present the first in a new, revolving artist exhibit at the La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard. The work of local artists will be displayed year round, changing quarterly.  Marsha Connell is the inaugural artist being featured.  View Marsha’s colorful abstract landscapes while tasting La Crema wines, and enjoying the spectacular panoramic vineyard views.

Nancy Ray Ricciardi
Sept. 14 - Nov. 15
Dutton-Goldfield Winery
Nancy Ray Ricciardi has been painting and teaching art in Sonoma County for over 30 years. View her breathtaking landscape paintings in the tasting room at Dutton-Goldfield, while tasting fine local wines.

Early Fall Show
Sept. 7 - Nov. 6
Riverfront Art Gallery
The Early Fall Show features the unique painting of Georgianne Fastaia and the vibrant photography of Gus Feissel. Delight in works from other Gallery artisans to include exceptional jewelry, pottery, sculpture, distinctive lamps, Western leather purses and wood crafts.

Sept. 17 - Nov. 17
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
This installment celebrates rich storytelling through sculpture and paint. Guest artists are Charles Churchill and Clay Vajgrt. Resident artists included in this exhibition are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Shane Gidcumb, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, and Paul Maurer. Hanya Popova Parker will be the featured resident artist.

Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington
April 30 - Dec. 4
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa
Peanuts and politics have brushed elbows many times. Pig Pen ran for class president, Lucy eyed the White House, and Spike served as president of his local cactus club. Fun “Snoopy for President” regalia became popular during elections of the 1960s and 70s. Schulz himself received multiple White House invitations, from President Johnson to President Clinton, and counted many commanders in chief as fans. The museum is open daily except Tuesday. 

Snoopy Presents: Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets Exhibition
June 30 - Feb. 19
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa
Snoopy served as “Head Beagle” in a Peanuts storyline from 1970, but many other dogs also served important roles as companions to the presidents themselves. At the Schulz Museum's exhibition, "Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets," visitors can learn more about the lives of presidential pets, and how Snoopy himself handles being elected to high office.

Geometric Reflections
June 2015 - April 2016
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.