Art in Sonoma County
Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in March
by Satri Pencak
Sonoma County has been a magnet for artists and art connoisseurs for many decades, and continues to attract sophisticated artists and art collectors, along with casual art lovers. Combined with the sheer natural beauty, and general creative ambience, the area readily entices visitors, as well as long-time residents, to explore the many and varied fine art offerings. With the addition of great food, drink, and outdoor activities, it’s easy to spend a day, a week, or a lifetime traversing through the vineyards, forests, and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming towns of Sonoma County.
The following is a partial list of local art exhibitions. Many eateries, wineries, and civic buildings also present changing art shows in their spaces.
*** Designates an Opening Reception.
As business openings are in the process of changing, please check with the venues for current status of hours, events and exhibitions.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through March 28, Artist Member Show and Jewelry Invitational
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Current online exhibition, Recent Work by Gallery Artists
The new online exhibition showcases our roster of artists. Open to in-person visits by appointment. The gallery is currently open by appointment 7 days a week and we will continue to post online exhibitions.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Current online exhibition, 70th Anniversary of Peanuts
The Museum celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Peanuts with a full season of online events. Charles M. Schulz published the first Peanuts comic strip on October 2, 1950. Since then, Peanuts has appeared in 2,600 newspapers, translated into 25 languages, and published in 75 countries worldwide. Other virtual exhibitions are available on website.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
All programs cancelled and gallery closed until further notice.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Through April 27, 2022, Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Ten new sculptures have been installed along the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail in downtown Cloverdale after a 3 month delay due to COVID-19. Cloverdale Boulevard between Citrus Fair Drive and 3rd Street is lined with an array of playful and provocative sculptures. What better way to spark our Imagination than with this impressive exhibit of public art? The current Trail will be available for viewing until April, 2022. For sculpture locations, download a map of the walkable Sculpture Trail.
Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Through March 2021, Heartfelt
Over 3 dozen local artists offer work in the themes of love, tenderness, and devotion. At the same time Corricks is highlighting the work of long-time Gallery member James Reynolds, and new-comer Luba Stolper.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through April 30, A Splash of Color
Paintings by Paula Strother, who says, “Having more time on my hands, thanks to the pandemic, I have been painting more than usual in my studio. These latest pieces are my most colorful and I think reflect a growing promise of a brighter and more hopeful future.”
1200 River Road, Fulton
Through March 26, Finding Beauty in a Strange Time
Works by Todd Barricklow and Lisa Beerntsen.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through March 31, Virtual Show #2
Online show of work by Graton Gallery Partners featuring artworks by Sally Baker, Tim Haworth, Bruce Hopkins Rik Olson, Sandra Rubin, and Mylette Welch.
March 6 through April 11, 2021, Guest Artist Show
Featuring Guest Artists; Marylu Downing, Susan Proehl, Connie Robeson, Ceylon Crow, and Damon Davies.
Also showing, Hither and Yon
On view are works by gallery partners, Sandra Rubin and Bruce Hopkins; as well as works by artists from the Sebastopol Center of the Arts open studios events. The Gallery is currently open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through April 11, Local Talent – Celebrating Cultural Heritage
Showcasing how an artist’s background or culture appears in their art-making. Juror: Evri Kwong.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St, Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 30, A Salute to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Watercolors by Julianne Sooley, a tribute to the Laguna Foundation, now in its 30th year. Virtual Gallery of artwork can be viewed here, laguna.julieswatercolors.com.
Gallery is open for in-person visits by appointment only due to COVID-19. Try some of our Learning Laguna activities at home! We hope explorers (of all ages) can find a way to stay connected to nature, even while sheltering in place.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museum of Sonoma County
While the indoor galleries are closed you are invited to visit the Sculpture Gardens and to engage with us online and explore Online Experiences for exhibit tours, artist interviews, and other projects.
Through March 2021. Two exhibitions will be presented in virtual form, with the ability to be viewed in-person when the Museum is permitted to reopen.
35: Thirty-Five Artists for Thirty-Five Years
Curated by Jeff Nathanson, on the occasion of the Museum’s thirty-fifth anniversary, the exhibition presents a sampling of artworks from the Museums art collection. Over the years, the MSC collection has grown to include artworks ranging from works on paper, to photographs, paintings, sculpture, ceramics and crafts, spanning over a century of art-making, from the 19th to the 21st Century. With this in mind, the artworks selected for 35: Thirty-Five Artists for Thirty-Five Years explore a broad range of media and styles. Of particular interest are themes that are recurring in MSC’s collecting practices, such as landscape and the environment, social commentary, mixed media experimentation, and abstraction.
2020 Artistry in Wood
For over thirty years, the Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) have collaborated to present an annual, juried showcase of fine regional woodwork. During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum continues the legacy of this long-running exhibition by presenting Artistry in Wood in slightly different form. This year’s exhibition combines new and previously completed works in a unique survey of fine woodwork from our region.
Window Gallery & Art Downtown
Enjoy works from artists featured in Open & Out, funded by Creative Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Committee which installed over 20 pieces in Downtown Santa Rosa during the summer of 2020, including those from artists featured in the window gallery. Many installations are still visible along 4th Street and around Old Courthouse Square.
Ongoing exhibitions; Santa Rosa History and Recent Acquisitions
Explore Santa Rosa’s rich history through objects from our permanent collection. Exhibits include objects from Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa’s Chinatown, images following the 1906 earthquake, and more. Take a self-guided virtual tour of the exhibitions.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
March 6 through March 27, Figure Drawing Exhibit
Invitational exhibition showing work from the Thursday Night Figure Drawing class. Founded by Bill Wheeler, this class continues in his honor and is coordinated by a dedicated group of local artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
Through March, Lawrence Gipe; New Paintings
The Great Fog and Other London Pictures by Lawrence Gipe. Gallery is open limited hours and by appointment. Easy social distancing in the large gallery. Please wear a mask for entry.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Petaluma Arts Center
Members Exhibition! view online.
Curated by Mary Fassbinder.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma
Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Currently on view, Year of the Ox
It’s a New Year, and new art on view to help you put hope on the top of your to-do list for this year. And who knows what the Year of the Ox will bring? Housed in a refurbished building with shoji and a small, serene Japanese garden, the gallery shows contemporary art by Japanese and regional Northern California artists.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay
Riverfront Art Gallery
March 12 through May 3, My Piece of Eden
The Early Spring show features painter Katie Kruzic. Her paintings are of scenes in Marin and Sonoma counties, where she is an avid hiker. She hikes with camera in hand and takes photos of things she might paint in the future.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
March 5 through April 30, 4th Annual Members Show
Online and in the SRAC Gallery. Members are the Center’s heartbeat. This exhibit showcases art created exclusively by Santa Rosa Arts Center members.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
The Robert F. Agrella Gallery is hosting an online Artist Lecture Series. These lectures are all free and open to the public. Go to the website for schedule and to register.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Sculpturesite, Glen Ellen
Our indoor space is now closed, but our outdoor SculptureWALK exhibition can still be viewed 7 days a week.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through March 28, The ART of Recycling
The selected work showcases art crafted from cast-off, discarded and re-purposed materials. This is a true celebration of artistic ingenuity and imagination and the importance of conserving our limited natural resources. Available to view online.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through March 28, Second Nature: Landscape Paintings
On view are Paintings by James Reynolds.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Sebastopol Library Forum Room
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Continues through March 14, Contemporary Murals of Sonoma County
March 1 to March 14, Art from the Heart
The 37th annual Art from the Heart benefit is a virtual auction this year. View and bid on your favorite artworks anytime March 1 to March 14. The link to the auction can be found on the art gallery’s website.
March 15 through April 18, ART@CSU
Reaching across the entire state, this exhibition brings together a selection of work by the talented art faculty of the California State University system.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Extended through May 30, 2021, Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
The exhibition will be open to the public as soon as allowed. and features prints and photographs by world renowned artist Ed Ruscha. Rarely seen black and white photographs from Ruscha’s frequent trips from L.A. to Oklahoma in the 1960s reveal inspirations for his iconic prints and paintings, including images of gas stations, diners and the streets of rural towns. Also featured are color lithographs from his well-known “word paintings” series that mix visual formality with playful language.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
March 1 through March 28, Variations on A Theme
Artist, Sally Cataldo, presents a collection of water-media works created through allowing the artistic process to play out to achieve the ultimate expression. Drawing inspiration from various sources; still life, landscape, figure, or abstraction, Cataldo allows the art to speak and then wield its magic. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Carolyn Wilson’s new small collage works, a collection that explores the natural world and landscapes, real and imagined. Many new works have a 3-D sculptural surface texture created with torn and repurposed papers.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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