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Fine Art as Gifts for the Holidays

Artison's Co-Op in Bodega is a great place to shop around for local art.

The winter holiday season is a perfect time to visit art galleries with gift shopping in mind — and at this time of year many Sonoma County art centers and galleries showcase members’ work, small works exhibitions, and holiday shows. It’s an excellent opportunity to select unique and original fine art as affordable gifts.

Choosing a work of art for someone else is not quite the same as buying an espresso machine or an antique clock. So how do we select a work of art for someone else?

graton art gallery sonoma countyHere are some suggestions. Think about the receiver’s personal tastes and interests. Are they classic traditionalists, or kind of wild moderns? Do they like animals, perhaps horses or dogs, or maybe they’re outdoor enthusiasts and favor landscapes or vineyards.

Talk with the gallery staff for ideas and help with understanding the various media such as painting, printmaking, and photography, as well as sculpture forms. If you’re more comfortable with usable art consider handmade jewelry, pottery, or woven fabrics.

In any case, when buying art from a gallery exhibit, make sure you can pick up the piece in time for holiday giving. Lastly, don’t forget about gift certificates, which can be used toward buying a work of art, or even an art class.

Here are a few selected venues to peruse around Sonoma County this season.

Petaluma:

Petaluma Arts Center

Members Juried Exhibition, through Jan. 6

230 Lakeville St., Petaluma

707-762-5600 www.petalumaartscenter.org

Ice House

vita collage ice house sonoma county artVita Collage, through Jan. 7

Signature work by designers and artists from Vita Collage in Point Reyes, includes jewelry, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, vintage finds, photography, collage art, small furnishings, books, and object collections.

405 East D St. Petaluma

707-778-2238, www.icehousegallery.org

Riverfront Gallery

Late Fall Show, through Jan. 7

Work by guest and member artists.

132 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma

707-775-4278, www.riverfrontartgallery.com

 

Sebastopol:

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

sebastopol art gallery sonoma countyMembers’ Show, Dec. 8-30

282 High St., Sebastopol

707-829-4797, www.sebarts.org

Sebastopol Gallery

Fine art and crafts by member artists.

150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

707-829-7200, www.sebastopol-gallery.com/

 

Santa Rosa:

Chroma Gallery

chroma art gallery sonoma coutny santa rosa4th Annual Small Works Exhibit, Dec. 1-31

312 S. A St., Santa Rosa

707-293-6051, www.chromagallery.net

Corricks Art Trails Gallery

Features some of Sonoma County's finest talent in a year-round setting.

637 Fourth St., Santa Rosa

707-546-2424, www.corricks.com

 

Healdsburg:

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

healdsburg plaza sonoma county Holiday Gift Gallery, through Dec. 30

This 16th annual event is an opportunity to purchase unique, handmade gifts, created by regional artists. The array of work includes ornaments, jewelry, cards, glass, photography, and paintings.

9130 Plaza St., Healdsburg

707-431-1970, https://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org

Upstairs Art Gallery

Art work and crafts by local artists.

306 Center St., Healdsburg

707-431-4214, www.Upstairsartgallery.net

 

Sonoma Valley:

Arts Guild of Sonoma

art guild of sonoma countyHoliday Show, through Dec. 31

140 E. Napa St., Sonoma

707-996-3115, www.artsguildofsonoma.org

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery

Work by local artists, hand-blown glass, ceramics, prints, and cards.

14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen

707-343-1931, www.hopscotchgiftsandgallery.com

 

Other Areas:

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery

Sweet, through Jan. 19.

Artwork and crafts by guest and member artists.

204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale

707-894-4410, www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Graton Gallery

Fine Art and crafts by regional artists.

9048 Graton Road, Graton

707-829-8912, www.gratongallery.net

Artisans Co-op

artisans co op bodega sonoma countyHoliday Sale! Dec. 16-Jan. 3.

Painting, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, weaving, crafts, and local wool.

17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega

707-876-9830, http://www.artisansco-op.com

Russian River Art Gallery

Gifts and art by current members and local artists.

16357 Main St., Guerneville, CA

707-869-9099, www.therussianriverartgallery.com

Images:

Artisans’ co-op, front

Sebastopol Gallery, front

Graton Gallery, gift display

Vita Collage, at Ice House

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