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 great upcoming art events.
Teri Sloat and New Artists
Through Oct. 31
Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol
In October, visitors can see the works of three new artists at Sebastopol Gallery. Diana Majumdar has mixed-media art on display, Peter Khron is showing his scanogrophy, and guest Clark Mitchell will present pastels. Teri Sloat's pastel paintings will be in the north window. Mixed media and mosaic pieces by guest artist Stacey Schuett will be in the south window.
Open daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nicole Irene Anderson / Avery Caauwe
Through Nov. 2
Blasted Art Gallery, Santa Rosa
See the work of two Sonoma County artists whose work addresses contemporary issues from the advancement of technology to the fate of the environment.
Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Salmon Creek Artwalk
Salmon Creek Village, Bodega Bay
The picturesque village of Salmon Creek is the site of a bi-annual open studio weekend, where local artists will exhibit creations of all sorts, ranging from photography and painting to wood turnings and wearable art.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
11th Anniversary Show
Through Nov. 4
Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma
In celebration of Riverfront Gallery's 11th Anniversary, a special collection of works by fine artists are featured: Marilee Ford, dramatic body of works in watercolor, oil and multimedia; Marion Hatcher, distinctive caractere in oil; Deborah Macias, stunning landscape oils; Laura Tovar-Dietrick, magnificent works of mixed media; and Henry White oils of colorful brilliance. Photography by world traveler Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz. Petaluma’s Janet McBeen shows unique, amazing wire sketches.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Pie Eyed Open Studio: Lauri Luck and Ronnie Sampson
Pie Eyed Open Studio, Sebastopol
The last in the series of Pie Eyed Open Studio events will feature host artist Lauri Luck’s own works alongside Ronnie Sampson’s.
Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Wonder and Whimsy
Through Nov. 18
Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa
An exhibit of works in collage and assemblage that explores wonder and whimsy with unexpected combinations of themes and mediums.
Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lawrence Gipe New and Select Paintings
Through Nov. 18
Paul Mahder Gallery
There is a striking balance of light and dark in Lawrence Gipe’s atmospheric paintings of the industrial age.
Open Wednesday through Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Through Nov. 18
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg
This 5th annual exhibit features artists ranging in age from 18-30 years old. All of the artists have lived or studied locally.
Open Sunday, Monday, Thursday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday
Reverberations: A Visual Conversation
Through Nov. 24
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol
A very special exhibit of impressive artwork from the private collection of local collectors, including such notable artists as Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Robert McChesney, Kathe Kollwitz, Odd Nerdrum, and Hung Liu. Each of the pieces is displayed with a companion poem, written by talented local poets.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Side by Side
Through Nov. 30
Fulton Crossing Gallery, Fulton
On the third Friday of each month, the artists at Fulton Crossing Gallery collectively open their studios and workshops for an open house event featuring live music and complimentary wine by Eric Demuth. November's featured artists are Lynn Bell and Linda Guzzetta.
Open Studios Event: Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.
Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Impressions of Nature
Through Jan. 2
Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa
See some of the best of local photographer Brenda Tharp’s work from the past 30 years – from the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed to Yosemite, Utah to Michigan, Oregon to Alaska, and her own backyard in Santa Rosa. Brenda has traveled to Namibia, Botswana, Alaska, Cuba, Italy, Slovenia, and throughout the USA in search of images that express the beauty of this planet and the wildlife that inhabit it.
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.
May 1, 2018 - May 3, 2019
Each spring, new exhibits are placed in downtown Cloverdale for the outdoor Sculpture Trail. For 2018-2019, 12 new sculptures have been installed for a total of 19 artistic expressions for everyone’s enjoyment and contemplation. An author-narrated audio guide is available on the free Otocast app. Take the self-guided walking tour and learn about the art as you go.
Visit their website for a map and guide.
Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.