Sonoma County has been a magnet for artists and art connoisseurs for many decades. During the 1950s artists from San Francisco began moving north lured by lower rents and more space, setting up studios in old barns and chicken coops.
In the 1960s, and even earlier, creative types from all over came for a freer lifestyle, establishing artist colonies and communes — some are still in existence today.
The sheer inspirational beauty, open space, and creative ambiance continue to draw people here today. The artist census includes everyone from “weekend painters and potters,” to emerging artists, professional artists, and those with international recognition. From casual art lovers to sophisticated art collectors, Sonoma County has something for everyone.
With such an abundance of art and creativity and so many choices, where to begin? This broad-brushstroke plan for exploring the art scene in Sonoma County is just one of many possibilities. Check our Sonoma County calendar of events for upcoming or annual art events such as Art Trails or find a Guide to current art exhibits here.