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:
Altered Reality: Photoshopped or Not?
Jan. 11 - March 5
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.
6th Annual Juried Small Works Show
Feb. 1 - March 5
Graton Gallery, Graton
This annual selection of small works consists of wall art that is no larger than 144 square inches and sculptural work that may not exceed 600 square inches.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jan. 24 - March 18
Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma
Five local artists have been selected for “Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County.” Their works reflect the diversity of our visual arts community, but they do share common themes and they express the local culture of providing a felt experience, rather than things of material value.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jan. 20 - March 18
Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental
“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.
Reflections and Shadows
Feb. 17 - March 26
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol
With art in a variety of mediums, this exhibition in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Main Gallery focuses on the duality of light and dark. In Gallery II, you can see “Birds: One Inspiration. Five Visions,” which features five artists’ works in a wide scope from whimsical to realistic. In Gallery III, Sherrie Lovler’s “Calligraphic Abstractions” features the marks and tools the artist uses in western calligraphy to make modern abstract paintings.
Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Guild Founders Exhibition
March 2 - April 3
Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma
In celebration of its 40th anniversary of art in the community, the Arts Guild of Sonoma presents an exhibit of works by founding members.
Open Monday, Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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. Check to see if one of their occasional Saturday Open Houses is coming up, those are a great chance to see the art and speak with staff.
New Works by Marc Katano
Feb. 12 - April 23
Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Painter Marc Katano’s most recent series of signature abstractions are on 9 x 12 foot canvas tarps, which are stretched across the gallery walls.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
June 2016 - April 2017
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.
May 2016 - May 2017
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.