Sonoma County Art Exhibitions in April 2014

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Sonoma County Art Exhibitions in April 2014

Art abounds in Sonoma County, where inspired local artists work in a variety of media and genres.

While navigating around the vineyards and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming townships, be sure and stop in at some of the numerous art galleries, art centers, and museums to see a special art exhibition. Many wineries and eateries also have art on exhibit, where you can view fine art while enjoying great food and refreshments.

Here are some exhibitions on view right now:

*** Designates an opening reception.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through July 6, Evolution of the Comic Strip
See how Peanuts strips were transformed from the ink drawings Schulz created in his studio, to the comics pages of newspapers across the globe. Original printing plates, contact sheets, and documentary photographs illustrate the process of publishing syndicated comics before the digital era.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through May 16, Launching
This mixed-media group show features works from nine artists — Warren Arnold, Robin Burgert, Deborah Butterfield, Ruth Cardin, Laura Paine Carr, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker.
204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale

Graton Gallery
April 1 through May 11, Susan Ball and Rik Olson – New Works
*** Opening reception on Saturday, April 5, 2 to 5 p.m.
This show features a selection of new paintings and prints by Susan Ball and Rik Olson.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
Through May 4, Paintings by Gordon Onslow Ford, John Anderson, Robert Percy
Gordon Onslow Ford was one of the last surviving members of the surrealist group associated with André Breton in Paris during the 1930s. Onslow Ford and his studio assistants, Anderson and Percy, address themes of perceptual consciousness, dreams, and the spiritual impulse in their work.

Panel discussion with Dennis Calabi, B. Kalivac Carroll, and Robert Percy, Sunday, April 20, 3 to 5 p.m.
132 Mill Street, Ste., 101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through April 27, Emerging Artist Show
Featuring the work of nine young artists between 16 and 30 years old, including, Kendra Barajas, Meg Regelous, Hillary Gattian, Hadley Radt, Ariel Lockshaw, Drew Prestis, Will Elias, Kacie Gansel, and Isaac Lopez.
130 Plaza St., Healdsburg

Occidental Center for the Arts
Through April 27, Third Annual 'Pointless Sisters' Quilt Show
Described as 'Not your grandmother's quilt!' each unique piece will change your notion of quilting. Members of the group use a variety of non-traditional quilting techniques to produce stunning and innovative fiber arts.
3850 Doris Murphy Ct.,Occidental

Petaluma Arts Center
April 4 through April 27, Art Shapes the World
*** Opening reception on Saturday, April 5, 4 to 6 p.m.
Third annual Youth Art Exhibition offers works by more than 70 student artists in grades K – 12, professionally displayed in a gallery setting.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
April 12 through May 3, Ready or Not (Here We Come)
Artists' reception on Saturday, April 19, 5 to 8 p.m.
An exhibition of work by emerging teen artists, focusing on the power of youth, this teen-organized show aims to create an authentic depiction of this power through a variety of unique artistic perspectives.
282 High St., Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through April 26, From the Shadows, Out
This show features works from two new gallery members; paintings by Jeff Watts and photography by Mike Shoys.
150 North Main St., Sebastopol

Sonoma County Museum
Through May 4, Camellia Has Fallen: Contemporary Korean Artists Reflect on the Jeju Uprising
A contemporary art exhibition focuses on Sasam or the "4.3 Incident" on Jeju Island, South Korea. This 4.3 Incident is little known beyond Jeju and was a massacre that took place on the island under U.S. occupation starting in April 1948.
425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa

Sonoma State University
University Art Gallery
Through April 13, West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle
On display is a wide range of contemporary printmaking techniques and approaches, including etching, lithography, linocut, monotype, silkscreen, woodcut, digital, and tapestry by artists from the West Coast and beyond.
1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 27, Discovered: Exceptional Artists of Sonoma County
This features the work of four talented Sonoma County artists in the early stages of their careers, who exhibit exceptional creative excellence and individuality.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Written by Satri Pencak

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