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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:


Icarus Down

Through 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.


There’s No Place Like Home

Through 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

Through 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.


What We See

Through 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.


The Art of Wine and Vines

Through 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.



Through 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. 



Through 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. 


Call and Response

Through 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.  


Joy 2.0

Through 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. 


Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens

Through 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.


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. Visit their website for a map and guide.


Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.


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