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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 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 that are coming up soon:



Through Sept. 14

Cloverdale Arts Alliance, Cloverdale

The gallery of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance features a variety of works by resident and guest artists.

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


Peggy Sebera Art Show

Through Sept. 14

Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg

Petaluma resident Peggy Sebera’s beautiful oil paintings will be on display in the Moshin Vineyards tasting room. Don't miss a chance to see her gorgeous landscapes and stunning close ups of flowers - and do some wine tasting, as well.

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


Private Landscapes and Public Territories: Botanicals, Archives and Libraries in the Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains

Through Sept. 16

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma

In the gallery, the Amalia Mesa-Bains exhibit focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books and installations.

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


Open Studio

Sept. 21

Fulton Crossing, Fulton

Stop in during the monthly Open Studio event and see the works of a featured artist along with the work of several other talented artists at this collective site. 

Open Studio is the third Friday each month, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Anything Goes: Juried Show and Cigar Box

Through Sept. 23

Graton Gallery, Graton

It’s the 4thAnnual “Anything Goes” at Graton Gallery. Stop by and see what selections will be on display this year.  

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


Time and Place

Through Sept. 23

Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

Time & Place is an exhibition about the natural and built environments, human impact, and how a place changes over time. The artists were selected to represent various perspectives on the urban environment, the natural environment and how our decisions, actions, and inactions contribute to change, both positive and negative.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


James Reynolds: New Landscape Paintings

Through Sept. 29

Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol

The current featured artist is James Reynolds, whose new works take inspiration from the natural setting in the North Bay Area. The gallery’s north window will have assemblage work by member artist Rebeca Trevino on view.

Open daily 11 a.m - 6 p.m.


Pointless Sisters Art Quilts

Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental

Through Sept. 30

Seeing the innovative quilts by the Pointless Sisters art quilt group is always a treat. They use a variety of non-traditional quilting techniques.

Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment.


The Fantastic Vision of Alejandro Salazar

Through Oct. 6

Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa

Born and raised in Colima, Mexico, Alejandro Salazar has been widely exhibited throughout teh United States and Mexico since 2010 and now has a studio in Santa Rosa. Growing up in a small town with a conservative family, Salazar was unable to pursue art as a career and became a Computer Engineer. In the last few years, he has finally been able to follow his dream.

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


Art Trails Open Studios

Oct. 13-14 and 20-21

The studios of 145 professional artists are open to visitors for two October weekends during the annual Art Trails event. It is a fantastic opportunity to explore the backroads of Sonoma County and experience the variety of art to be found. Visit with painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, glass, fiber, mixed media, and woodworking artists! Maps and guides are avaible to download on their website. Preview exhibits take place at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Corrick's, Gallery One, and Paul Mahder Gallery


Contemporary Jacquard Tapestries

Through Oct. 15

Dallas A. Saunders Artisan Textiles, Geyserville

This destination textile gallery in charming Geyserville is currently featuring works by Chuck Close, Guy Diehl, Don & Era Farnsworth, April Gornik, Robert Kushner, Alan Magee, Kiki Smith & Tallulah Terryll. 

Open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Figure Study - Hidden Story

Through Oct. 21

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg

A collection of works around the theme of the human figure and its use as a subject for artistic expression through the ages. 

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


Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape

Through Oct. 21

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma

Sculptural work is displayed around the Sonoma Plaza for a second season. The pieces by sculptors Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar express the natural world and the human-animal interests concerning friendship, love, and the parent-child bond. Join in a free tour, offered on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 11:45 a.m. 

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 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, and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, Saturday ,11 a.m. - 8 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.


Sculpture Trail

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.


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