Art in Sonoma County

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.
Please check with the venues for current status of health protocols, hours, events and exhibitions.

*** Designates an Opening Reception.

Arts Guild of Sonoma
February 1 through March 25, Arts Guild Artist Members Show
*** Opening Reception Thursday, February 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The work on view represents a wide range of media and styles.
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma

Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through July 14, 2024, Snoopy in Orbit
Into space with Apollo 10, aboard the International Space Station, and now around the Moon during the Artemis I mission—Snoopy is the first beagle on the Moon! See Snoopy, who served as the zero-gravity indicator for the Artemis I mission, now safely home to Earth, alongside more never-before-exhibited space-flown Peanuts artifacts!
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 15, Manifest
Guest artists for this exhibit are James Vaeilleux, Sculpture, and Kim Winter, Acrylic Painting. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Hanya Popova Parker, Jason Taylor Morgan, Clay Vajgrt and Jennifer Weiss. Terry Holleman is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Cloverdale, CA
Through April 25, 2024, Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Nine new sculptures have been chosen by the Selection Committee and are part of the 2022-2024 Sculpture Trail. The themes of these nine sculptures are diverse and show the creative thinking and craftsmanship of the sculptors.

Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Erickson Fine Art Gallery
Through February 5, Adam Wolpert –The Grove of Seasons
Wolpert devoted a full year to this Suite of Four 5’x7′ paintings; reflecting on the seasons.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Gallery 300
Through March 1, New Work, New Year
Free as a Bird, Jennifer Hirshfield
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130
The Barlow, Sebastopol

Graton Gallery
Through March 3, Clarity
Paintings by Sally Baker, with guest glass artists Valerie Adams, Mark Freed, Branka Harris, and Salatino-Gondolfo. Also showing work by guest artists Lucy Ames, Gail Anderson, Sheri Fox, Claire Halenbeck, Michon Sardello, and Suzanne Young.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
February 24 through May 9, Paper’s Edge: Mixed Media & Collage
*** Artist reception Saturday, February 24, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Featuring the work of Deborah Salomon, Colin Talcroft, and Molly Perez.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
February 1 through March 10, Follow your Heart to Art
Featuring a wide array wonderful art created by over 40 local artists.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg

IceHouse Gallery / Digital Grange
405 East D St., Petaluma

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 26, Robin Dintiman Water and Dreams
Robin Dintiman presents her large-scale analog photographs of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The work is about love of our natural environment and habitat. It is about the many hands working to restore and preserve this habitat. It is about seeing the dream for the future restored through the waters of the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Museum of Sonoma County
Through May 26, A Question of Balance
This juried exhibition of work by Pacific Rim Sculptors features sculpture that explores the varied and multiple meanings and interpretations of “balance” which is commonly defined as a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight or amount, or something used to produce equilibrium.

Through March 3, Tilden Daken: The Art of Adventure
Tilden Daken (1876-1935) was a California landscape painter known primarily for his oil paintings of the California redwoods, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and countryside scenes in both Northern and Southern California. He is closely associated with the California Impressionists, who painted during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Daken’s life, travels, and adventures paralleled many of the important stories of California – from the Gold Fields, to the growth of San Francisco and the rise of Hollywood, to the state’s connections across the southern border with Mexico.

Permanent Exhibition & Oral History Project, Sonoma County Stories is a permanent Sonoma County history exhibition that allows visitors to engage with the past through the power of storytelling. The exhibition captures Sonoma County’s rich history, defined by a confluence of cultures and people, and a powerful connection to the land. Featuring stories representing the many diverse histories and cultures of the county, this ambitious and innovative permanent exhibition has at its core the Oral Histories of Gaye LeBaron.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
February 3 through March 10, Figure First
*** Artist reception February 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Annual figure drawing show.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Oli Gallery
132 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
16215 Main Street, Guerneville

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through February 4, Annual Holiday Exhibit
Work by nearly 50 artists.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Through February 24, Souvenirs: A Reflection of Memory
This exhibition delves into how we document and convey our surroundings to maintain a sense of our own internal landscape in years to come. Artists in the Exhibition: Michael Acker, Karen Bolan, Paige Green, Carol Larson, Kathryn St. Clair, Jim Thomas, Henry White, Michael Woolsey, and Suzanne Young.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
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

Santa Rosa Arts Center
February 1 through March 30, Figures and Faces
Opening Reception Friday, February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Biennial Show of Figurative Art by local artists.

February 1 through February 25, Hearts Delight
*** Opening Reception Friday, February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Valentine Art by Sonoma County artists.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen
View over 30 outdoor sculptures by 15 artists throughout the beautiful grounds at Jack London Village, offering a selection of abstract and figurative sculptures, including wind activated kinetic works.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through February 4, Illuminating Perspectives: Exploring Light in Innovative Art
A juried art exhibition dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic interpretation and challenging conventional notions of light across various mediums, such as painting, drawing, video, digital, film, visual projection, photography, sculptural, and experiential.

February 8 to February 25, Masked/Unmasked Teen Student Art Show
*** Opening Reception February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Showcasing the talents of local teenagers, the Artwork features 8-12th grade students from Analy, Twin Hills, and Willowside schools.
282 South High St., Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through February 3, WATER: Chris Boyd and Paula Matzinger
The current featured show is shared by artists Chris Boyd, ceramicist, and Paula Matzinger, expressionist painter, and encompasses a selection of their past and current works.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library, Forum Room
Through March 17, Green Greenwald Paintings
*** Reception with the artist, February 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
February 22 to April 7, Print, Press, Play!
*** Opening reception, February 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Featuring selected prints from the SSU Art Collection, including many spectacular prints by well-known artists.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 28, Tsherin Sherpa: Different Worlds
The exhibition presents the captivating artworks of Tsherin Sherpa, a globally renowned contemporary artist. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tsherin Sherpa immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. The artist’s work is grounded in his personal experiences within the Himalayan Diaspora and his rigorous training as a thangka painter (traditional Buddhist art). Organized by Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through February 25, All You Need Is Love
*** Artist Reception Saturday, February 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Beverly Bird, Nancy Gray, Willow LaLand, Gail Morgan, Phylliis Rapp, Tosya Shore, Luba Stolper, and Ron Sumner present a collection of art that celebrates the love and beauty of Valentine’s Day. The color red stars here, harmonizing the show and linking the many expressions of the theme.

The Stairway Showcase presents Karen Miller’s Enchanted by Spring, a collection of small pastel paintings that capture the exuberance of the budding, leafing and flowering happening around us now. Meet the Artist: Miller will be hosting the Gallery February 4, 10, 14, 24, 28; 11 am to 2:30 pm.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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