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Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

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. Keep an eye out for art exhibits in wine tasting rooms and restaurants. Local galleries and art museums often feature interesting curated exhibits of national and international artists, as well.

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.

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.

A World of Art

Through March 9
Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa
Calabi Gallery presents an eclectic mix of art from various times and places, in many media. Included are works by Paul Beattie, Hans Burkhardt, Rafael Canogar, Easton, Claire Falkenstein, Karen Green, Sutter Marin, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert Pearson McChesney, Louis Earnest Nadalini, Louis Siegriest, the late great James Spitzer, Seymour Tubis, Elisabeth Vellacott, Zao Wou-Ki, and many others. The gallery's previous display of paintings by Carolyn Lord, Lucy Martin, and Carol Peek continues.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Partners and Friends

Through March 17
Graton Gallery, Sebastopol
The eight artist partners of Graton Gallery have invited an artist friend to show a piece of art alongside their own in this special exhibit.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Healing the Environment

Through March 22
Santa Rosa Arts Center, SOFA Arts District, Santa Rosa
Sonoma County artists are exhibiting their paintings, photography, sculpture, and natural objects created as personal statements on the environment. Witness the artists' reaction to the planet's situation in this era of climate change and ecological crisis.
Open Thursday, 12-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The National Parks Plein Air Project

Through March 23
Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma
Sixty plein air paintings of each of the U. S. National Parks are the product of a 72,000 mile, 3 1/2 year journey by Sonoma County artist and gallery owner Mary Fassbinder. Guest artist Davis Perkins joins the exhibition, too, with landscape paintings from around the world.

Carolyn Jarvis Paintings

Through March 27
Balletto Vineyards, Sebastopol
Local landscape and still life paintings by Sebastopol oil painter Carolyn Jarvis will be on display in the Balletto Vineyards tasting room. This is a great chance to view Jarvis' colorful, vibrant works.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Re-Creation: New Works by Michelle Hoting

Through March 30
Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol
Michelle Hoting creates her jewelry using repurposed metals. In this exhibition of her latest work, she has worked the metals into wearable sea creatures, landscapes, and touchstones using the ancient mixed metal technique of makume gane, which involves layering, folding, and forming steel, copper, and bronze to create a wood-grain style pattern.
Open daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

NEST: Leather + Fiber, a love story

March 7-30
Gallery 212, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma
Keyaira Terry presents her debut solo exhibition, which shows hand-woven pieces made of a mix of leather, wool, and plant materials. Her fibers and materials are consciously sourced. Each piece reflects her fascination and passion for form, color, and sustainably sourced material.
Open daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Bronzes - Tapestries, Contemporary Works in Time Honored Media

Through March 31
Dallas A. Saunders Artisan Textiles, Geyserville
This unique gallery in northern Sonoma County presents textile art and fabrics for the home. The current display of art work by major American artists includes pieces by Chuck Close, Jim Dine, April Gornik, Alan Magee, Kiki Smith, and Gene Summers.
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

NOT JUST Landscapes

Feb. 22 - March 31
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol
A variety of art media will be on display in this international juried exhibition. The selection of artwork reflects scenery in any style, from cityscapes to nature views and more personal and imaginary visions including futuristic, environmental, and psychological.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Richard Shaw & Wanxin Zhang and Phillip K Smith III Portals: A Space for Color

Through April 7
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma
Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang, two giants of Bay Area clay, have focused their explorations of the cultural exchange between China and the West in this exhibit. Their work differs stylistically, but both use humor and satire to express their personal experiences and perspectives on global history and popular culture.

Amber Moshin Photography

Through April 12
Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg
Amber Moshin's latest photography work is on display in the Moshin tasting room. The photos are printed on canvas and depict evocative moments from Sonoma County wine country life.
Open daily, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Animalia

March 2 - April 14
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg
The word "Animalia" evokes images of all animals and brings to mid the wild and wonderful ways that creatures are intertwined with the human experience. This exhibit features artwork honoring all animals, from birds and bugs to furry friends and reptiles.
Open Sunday, Monday, Thursday, 11 a.m.  - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 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.

Sculpture Trail

Through May 3
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. 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.

 

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