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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

Art by Marylu Downing and Susan Miron.

On display, together with art by Leslie Zumwalt, at Graton Gallery

in Gather: A Nature-Based Mixed Media Show

from Sept. 26 through Nov. 5.

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:

 

Autumn Colors

Through Oct. 22

Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg

Experience the fall season in all its glory with this group show of paintings, mixed media, and artisan jewelry. In the small works gallery, you can also see the debut of abstract paintings by Tony Mininno.

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

  

Art Trails

Oct. 21-22, 28-29**

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).

**Due to the fires in Sonoma County, this event has been rescheduled to these two weekends.

 

Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below

Through 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.

 

Gather: A Nature-Based Mixed Media Show

Through Nov. 5

Graton Gallery, Graton

This unusual art show features gathered bits and pieces, sticks and stones, shells, leaves, paper, and paint transformed into art by Marylu Downing, Susan Miron, and Leslie Zumwalt. Works by guest artists will also be on display.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

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

Through 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.

 

Dia de los Muertos

Through Nov. 30

History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

The traditional and the modern are combined in this year's exhibit with altars, or ofrendas, in Oaxaca and Michoacan styles, artwork by Peter Perez, Martin Zuniga, Mario Uribe, and Ruben Guzman. Liz Camino-Byers has created an exhibit honoring 110 years of Frida Kahlo. 

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

 

Form and Color: It’s Wild Out There

Through 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.

 

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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