Sebastopol Center for the Arts
The western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol is a haven for artists and art appreciators with the fabulous Sebastopol Center for the Arts at the heart of it all. In a bigger and better new venue, the Center is not to be missed.
They have taken over the Veteran's Memorial Building, virtually around the corner from Sebastopol's bustling Main Street. Built in 1958, the structure was in need of some TLC and the Sebastopol Arts Center jumped at the chance to use the space and honor the community landmark. It is pleasing to see the mid-century building freshened up and even more pleasing to find a gallery of fine art beyond the foyer.
The 17,800 square foot auditorium has been remodeled to house the Center's art programs. New lighting, acoustics, retractable walls and classrooms for art programs have transformed the vintage building.
After I checked out the current installments, Linda Galletta, executive director, kindly showed me the space. She explained that the display space is essentially divided into three galleries.
The Main Gallery displays changing juried, non-juried and invitational exhibitions featuring local, regional and international artists. The second and third galleries present individual and small group shows. The shows in the Main Gallery will rotate every five to six weeks.
Behind the gallery space is the auditorium, which has a renovated and extended stage. I got to peek in at the ceramics studio, which was in full swing, with heaps of sunshine pouring in the windows. Everyone's excitement at the possibilities of the entire new space is infectious.
Further to art exhibits, Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents musical performances regularly, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in March, a Garden with Sculpture Tour in May, the popular Art at the Source open studio tour in June, as well as readings and classes for children and adults. For listings of events at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, keep an eye on our Events Calendar.