Fine Art as Gifts for the Holidays
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?
Here 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.
Members Juried Exhibition, through Jan. 6
230 Lakeville St., Petaluma
Vita 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
Late Fall Show, through Jan. 7
Work by guest and member artists.
132 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma
Members’ Show, Dec. 8-30
282 High St., Sebastopol
Fine art and crafts by member artists.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
4th Annual Small Works Exhibit, Dec. 1-31
312 S. A St., Santa Rosa
Features some of Sonoma County's finest talent in a year-round setting.
637 Fourth St., Santa Rosa
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
Art work and crafts by local artists.
306 Center St., Healdsburg
Holiday Show, through Dec. 31
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma
Work by local artists, hand-blown glass, ceramics, prints, and cards.
14301 Arnold Drive #2A, Glen Ellen
Sweet, through Jan. 19.
Artwork and crafts by guest and member artists.
204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
Fine Art and crafts by regional artists.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
Holiday Sale! Dec. 16-Jan. 3.
Painting, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, weaving, crafts, and local wool.
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega
Gifts and art by current members and local artists.
16357 Main St., Guerneville, CA
Artisans’ co-op, front
Sebastopol Gallery, front
Graton Gallery, gift display
Vita Collage, at Ice House