A fun and eclectic selection of artwork by inspired local artists awaits you at venues all around Sonoma County. Stop in at some 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. At this time of year there are exhibits featuring pieces that are especially good for gifting.
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.
Xtreme Quilters Show: Colors and Wine - Primary and Secondary
Through Jan. 25
Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg
Stop in at the Moshin tasting room to see the latest works of the local Xtreme Quilters group. A sure hit for wine lovers and quilting enthusiasts alike.
Open daily 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Annual Members Exhibit: Perspective and Insight
Through Jan. 27
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg
This year, 27 artists are exhibiting, representing a diversity of media and materials that is inspiring to art lovers and artists alike. There are sculptures, oil paintings, prints, watercolor paintings, assemblages of felt, mixed media concoctions, and more.
Open Sunday, Monday, Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Reflections from Earth and Sky
Through Feb. 2
Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol
Three member artists will be featured in this winter show: jeweler Joann Lustig, ceramicist Chris Boyd and painter Paula Matzinger. Longtime residents of Sonoma County, all three artists are deeply influenced by their coastal environment. Nature's form, color and light are reflected in Joann's colorful stones and sculptured settings, in Chris's varied glazes and schools of pit-fired salmon, and in Paula's glassy bays and cloud-brushed skies.
Open daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Small Works Show
Through Feb. 10
Graton Gallery, Sebastopol
The annual Small Works Show celebrates its 10th year! Stop in at Graton Gallery to see small works by a wonderful variety of artists.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Through Feb 17
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol
A selection of artwork celebrating interpretations of the human figure are on display in the main gallery, juried by Sandy Frank. In Gallery II and III, you can see a commemorative exhibit of works by William Wheeler, an important and beloved local artist who passed away last year.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Annual Group Show
Through Feb. 28
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg
The holiday group exhibit at Paul Mahder Gallery features a stunning variety of works from represented and new artists.
Open Wednesday through Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
California's Wild Gold
Through April 29
Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa
Heron Hall Art Gallery presents a striking display of large, collaged tapestries by Faith Rumm. The tapestries celebrate the abundance of life and biodiversity found in California, and invite you to ponder the true meaning of "wealth." Gold is associated with wealth, and California's own history with the gold rush, but California is also wealthy in the abundance of life and natural resources, so what is to become of California's "Wild Gold?"
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.
Water's Edge + Different Perspectives
Through March 3
Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma
A trio of artists have beautiful works on display. Michele Rosett's "Water's Edge" series captures water's many moods. The series is peaceful in subtly shifting shades of greens, blues, and browns. Photographers Alexis Greenberg and Brian Cluer share the show "Different Perspectives," with Alexis having the subtitle "Visual Rhymes" for her multiple exposure images juxtaposing human figures and Brian's segment being subtitled "Transitions" to cover his photos of ice forming along a river bank.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Through May 3
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.