Paul Mahder Art Gallery in Healdsburg
Paul Mahder Art Gallery in Healdsburg

Guide to Current Art Exhibits and Events in Sonoma County

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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. Here are just some of the exhibits on display now.

Check our Calendar of Events for opening receptions, special artist talks, and other art events.

Spring in the North Bay

Through April 18
Gallery One, Petaluma
Celebrate spring with a variety of fine artwork by local member artists of Petaluma's Gallery One.
Open Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

From Clayton to Graton: Fred Kling and Rik Olson

Through March 29
Graton Gallery, Graton
Two artists who have been friends from first grade are showing their art in a combined exhibit for the third time. View the paired works of old friends Fred Kling and Rik Olson along with guest artists James Freed, Timothy Dixon, Johanna Ottenweller, and Rob Douglas Smoot.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10th Annual Young Artists Show

Through March 29
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg
View the future of art at this showcase of artwork by the best young talent in Healdsburg, featuring work by students from various elementary schools.
Open Sunday, Monday, Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sonoma County Wild

Through May 5
Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center, Santa Rosa
Photography by Jerry Dodrill is on display in Heron Hall, where regular exhibits celebrate the natural world. Jerry Dodrill is an acclaimed landscape and adventure photographer whose images have been widely published in books and magazines.
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the various uses of the hall, please call in advance.

Richard Merchan: Paintings & Sculpture and Peter Voulkos: Clay (&c)

Through March 29
Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma
An exhibit of painting and sculpture by Richard Merchan will be on display through March 29, while Clay (&c), featuring the art of Peter Voulkos and the California Clay Movement will be on view until March 22.
Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Italian Affair & Time Into Space

Through May 3
Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma
The Spring Show at Riverfront Gallery features “Italian Affair” showcasing photography by Alexis Greenberg that captures the graceful aging of objects and the habits of daily life, and “Time Into Space” featuring paintings by Barbara Jacobs that are mostly monotpyes in black and white, some with a touch of color, and also some in full color.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 19th Amendment: Celebrating 100 Years

Through March 27
Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in the United States, Santa Rosa Arts Center presents an exhibit exploring the struggles and victories of the women's movements.
Open Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Windows and Doors

Through March 29
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol
A wide array of interpretations of "windows" and/or "doors" are presented in this exhibit, symbolically or figuratively.
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Through March 28
Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol
Sharon Eisley will show her lively and varied paintings from Feb. 3 to March 31 at Sebastopol Gallery. Her works incorporate a wide range of ideas, wit, and observation of contemporary life. Each month a member artist’s work is displayed in the north window of the gallery. For February, paintings by Stacey Schuett will be shown.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Judy O'Shea + Valentin Popov

Through April 5
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma
Installation artist Judy O'Shea's "Permutations" is a journey through a hanging, ethereal deck of 52 hand-cast paper cards that mutate from white to blue to brown until you reach a waiting room of baroque costume elements among backlit tapestries. Valentin Popov's exhibit "Modern Mixmaster" is a retrospective of his four decades of art making, featuring works from many of his best-known series.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine Country Winter

Through March 28
Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg
Local artist, Donna Schaffer, presents a collection of oil paintings expressing the special beauty that Sonoma County wine country takes on in its winter phase, such as the swaths of fog that don the valleys like misty veils. The gallery's Small Works Showcase is on display on the stairway, featuring Short Stories by Phyillis Rapp, a collection of small mixed media paintings depicting subjects from garden flowers to exotic animals.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.