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3 new Sonoma County art exhibitions this Summer

Summer in Sonoma County is a perfect time to cool off and take in an art exhibit or three.

For summer visitors to Sonoma County who love art, here are three exhibitions worth a visit.

Hammerfriar Gallery

Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California

In Healdsburg, the Hammerfriar Gallery celebrates thirteen years of cutting-edge exhibitions, as the gallery transitions into the hands of new owners. Titled 13 YEARS and curated by Gallery founder Jill Plamann, this retrospective features the work of 41 artists who have shown their work in the gallery over the years. The exhibit includes paintings, photography, collage, mixed media, and sculpture. The Hammerfriar Gallery will continue under the direction of new owners, Charly Leys and Glenn Young. 13 YEARS will be on view through Aug. 25.

Hammerfriar Gallery, 132 Mill St., Suite101, Healdsburg, 707-473-9600

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

In Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents two enticing exhibitions. Currently on view inside the museum is Private Landscapes and Public Territories: Botanicals, Archives and Libraries in the Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains. In this exhibition, Amalia Mesa-Bains focuses on the importance of place and memory through botanical prints, mapping images, landscape shadow boxes, altars, folding books, and installations. The themes of family geographies and historical displacements of Latino and native peoples are represented through border maps, archival images, and native plants. The show continues through Sept. 16.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Amalia Mesa-Bains, in Sonoma County, California

Outdoors, in the Sonoma Plaza, SVMA presents a sculpture exhibition in partnership with the City of Sonoma. Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape is a public art display featuring the work of three women sculptors; Gwynn Murrill, Lisa Reinertson, and Alison Saar. Each of these sculptors plays an important role in evolving the standard of California art as well as the craft of sculpture. The artworks are unified with a shared concern for the natural world as well as human-animal interests concerning friendship, love, and the parent-child bond. Free tours of the outdoor exhibition will be offered on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 11:45 a.m. Visitors can meet the guides at the SVMA museum front doors and walk over to the square. On view in the Plaza through Oct. 21.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Alison Saar, in Sonoma County, California

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art551 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-939-7862

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Lastly, in Sebastopol, three galleries at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts offer a variety of art experiences. In the main gallery, Green, a national juried exhibition, showcases artwork that reflects on the color and concept of “green.” The work portrays various interpretations and nuances of the word, both as color and concept, through representational as well as abstract approaches. Also included are expressions of environmental concerns and ecological awareness. Jurors Chester Arnold and Kevin Elston gave careful consideration to all possible variances in selecting work for the show.

In Gallery II, Nature's Will by Robin Dintiman evokes a deep connection to nature. Whether she is working directly with objects found in nature or using nature as her subject, Dintiman strives to capture the intimate and emotional quality of certain natural settings, suffused with time, change and memory.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California

Gallery III presents a creative collaboration by two artists, Jill Keller-Peters and Nishi Marcus. Color Beyond Profusion: an Unexpected Collaborative Surprise celebrates their individual passion for color. The collaborative process encouraged exploration into new and expansive uses of color that produced surprises for both the artists and the viewers.

All three exhibitions continue through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol, 707-829-4797

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