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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

“Microcosms” - Paintings by Lucy Martin - On display at Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa from May 7 - Aug. 29, 2018.

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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 Eventsfor 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:

 

Connections

April 13 - June 3

Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental

A variety of artwork from local artists has been gathered to express all kinds of connections - to community, to family, to nature, and to each other. Rik Olson juried this exhibit.

Open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

 

Molly Perez Solo Exhibit

April 14 - June 16

Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg

Molly Perez is part owner of JaM JAr, a retail space in Santa Rosa’s Arts District and a leading Sonoma County artist who draws inspiration from nature and daily life.

She begins by salvaging material and collecting vintage books, newsprint, wallpaper, discarded art, and scrapbooks that she rips, tears, and cuts deliberately to construct an image.

Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Art Shapes the World: Youth Arts Exhibition

April 14 - June 16

Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma

Enjoy the thrill and inspiration of viewing children’s artwork at the Petaluma Arts Center’s annual exhibit of art by local youth in Kindergarten through 12thgrade. A variety of mediums are showcased.

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

 

Purely Abstract: Visions in Line, Form, and Color

April 28 - June 3

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg

From over 300 entries submitted by artists from around the country, Healdsburg Center for the Arts presents a juried exhibit of abstract art. Feast your eyes on a huge variety of colors and artistic expressions.

Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 am. - 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

 

“Flora and Fauna in Silver and Gold” and “Petits Bijoux”

May 1-31

Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg

Featured artist Dan Scannell presents a new series of paintings in “Flora and Fauna in Silver and Gold.” Inspired by 19thcentury Japanese screens, the paintings depict local Sonoma County flora and fauna. The backgrounds are finished using gold and silver leaf. In “Petits Bijoux,” Marsha Connell presents intimate scale paintings for the gallery’s Small Works Showcase. The paintings are wild and domestic landscapes from France to California. 

Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens

May 7 - Aug. 29

Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa

Lucy Martin’s botanical paintings focus on the mysterious beauty of mushrooms and lichens found in the forests in all seasons. Lucy collects subjects from forest walks or takes pictures if the objects are too large to transport.

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.

 

Feathers and Fur

May 8 - June 10

Graton Gallery, Graton

Whimsical, fun, colorful art by Mylette Welch, along with Lauri Luck and Suki Diamond, are on display in Graton Gallery. This lovely gallery in the little town of Graton is a great stop and the paintings in the Feathers and Fur exhibit are sure to delight.

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

 

There’s No Place Like Home

May 9 - July 8

Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma

A variety of art awaits in this show highlighting Dan Melville’s sculptural lamps created from found metal, Anne Monk's assemblage mirrors, Ed Price’s wildlife paintings, and Lucia Antonelli's conceptual abstract art.

Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Thomas Burgard Art Show

May 12 - July 12

Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg

Sonoma Coast resident Thomas Burgard’s beautiful landscapes of Sonoma County will be on display in the Moshin Vineyards tasting room. 

Open daily 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Art at the Source Preview Exhibit

May 17 - June 10

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol

Visit the Preview Exhibit for the upcoming Art at the Sourceopen studio tour taking place June 2-3 and 9-10. Each artist has one original artwork to show.

Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday 1-4 p.m. Extended hours on tour weekends, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Initiate

May 18 - July 20

Cloverdale Arts Alliance, Cloverdale

See the work of guest and resident artists in “Initiate,” with digital collage by Ralph Broussard, woven bronze sculpture by Virginia Harrison, and paintings by Pamela Heck. Pamela Heck is the featured resident artist. Also: Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker.

Open Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

 

Sculpture Trail

May 1, 2018 - May 3, 2019

Cloverdale

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. Visit their website for a map and guide.

 

Call and Response

June 8 - July 29

Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental

Paintings by Dave Gordon and Adam Wolpert, and sculptures by Victoria Wagner show three unique responses to the natural world.

Open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

 

Quiet Strength

June 1-30

Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol

Painter Teri Sloat is the featured artist at Sebastopol Gallery in June. Her pastel paintings are a colorful acknowledgement of our deep connection to nature and our need to find places for contemplation. Ceramics by Chris Boyd will also be on special display. Notice the Asian design influence in her mugs, bowls, covered dishes, and even decorative salmon.

Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Icarus Down

June 1 - July 6

Blasted Art Gallery, Santa Rosa

Icarus Down is an ongoing work by noted Sonoma County sculptor, Judson King Smith. The design of the piece is loosely based on the German U-Boats of World War II. It has been exhibited on the floor, on the wall, and even attached to the exterior of an art gallery. Smith changes the story of the piece with each installation, adding and subtracting components.

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Joy 2.0

June 4 - Aug. 12

The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa

Photographic artist Sara Downing presents an exhibition of 19 works at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa's SOFA Arts District.

Click here for details including restaurant hours. 

 

The Art of Wine and Vines

June 9 - July 15

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg

Located in the heart of wine country, the Healdsburg Center for the Arts will showcase the artwork of various artists that best illustrate the glorious world of wine: realistic, abstract, multimedia, sculpture, photos, labels, wine tasting, wine makers and representations of vineyard workers in the field. This show will be a visual taste and celebration of wine, wine making, enology, and viticulture.

Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 am. - 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

 

Migrations

June 9 - July 28

Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa

The art of Iva Hladis will be on display in Calabi Gallery, along with an eclectic selection of new gallery acquisitions and old favorites. Hladis creates various forms of art, including pencil drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, assemblages of used computer circuit boards, and needle felted jewelry. 

 

What We See

June 12 - July 15

Graton Gallery, Graton

Featured artists Tim Haworth, Antonio Sommers, and Susan Greer present works around the theme of scenes we see. Works from guest artists Marie Donaldson, Barbara Jacobs, Tamra Sanchez, and Ian Tait will also be on display. 

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

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.

 

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