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.

Art at the Source 2024
Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2, June 8 & 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organized by Sebastopol Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Art at the Source steering committee, this program supports established and emerging artists in the county. This year nearly 140 artists open their private studios and welcome visitors to see their artwork where it was created. It’s an opportunity for you to engage with the artists to learn about how their work is made. The selection of high quality work includes paintings, prints, photography as well as sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiberarts. You can support the artists by buying artwork directly from them. Prior to the open studios weekends you can visit one of the several Preview Exhibitions where you see examples of the artwork, decide which studios to visit, and pick up a catalog with maps and schedules.
For more information check their website,

Arts Guild of Sonoma
Through June 24, 8 x 8 Art Show
*** Reception First Thursday Artwalk, June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This 8 x 8 Art Show is a fundraising event benefiting AGS, one of the region’s longest-running arts collectives. Each artwork in the 8 x 8 Art Show will be available for purchase at $150, making it an accessible opportunity for art enthusiasts to own original pieces from esteemed artists.
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma

Calabi Gallery
Extended through June 29, Nature as Muse
The exhibition explores numerous approaches to nature, from traditional landscapes to contemporary visions of natural phenomena, to non-objective abstractions inspired by nature.
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!

Through September 11, Cowabunga, Peanuts!
Featuring original Peanuts comic strip art, animation clips, vintage toys, archival photos, and more, the exhibition dives into the rise of beach culture in the 1960s and follows Snoopy and the Peanuts gang as they head to the coast for their own sun-soaked adventures. The exhibition explores the cultural moment in the years soon after when beach life became a pop culture phenomenon and “California cool” pervaded music, movies, television, fashion, and realms beyond.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through July 19, Variation
The guest artist for this exhibit is Trudie Folsom: Fiber Arts/Weaving. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Jason Taylor Morgan, Hanya Popova Parker, Clay Vajgrt, and Jennifer Weiss who is the featured resident artist.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale

Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
Through June 29, Art at the Source Preview Exhibit
Celebrating the artists of Art at the Source, more than 50 local artists are featured!
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Graton Gallery
Through July 7, Circuitous Routes and Urban Elements
*** Artists Reception Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Featuring work by Tamra Sanchez and Ellen Gust. Guest Artists are Maury Lapp, Thomas Rothchild, Ceylan Crow, and Dan Rogers.

Also featuring artists from the S E B Arts Emerging Artist Incubator Program. Showcasing art by Alyson Dobbert, Shaina Dehart, Jennifer Lauck, Shelly Anthos, Brian Kellogg, Erica Dincalci, and Kaya Rose, and their mentors; Sally Baker, Joel Bennett, Yaba Judiyaba, Linda Loveland Reid, James Reynolds, and Teri Sloat.
*** Artists Reception Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
June 1 through September 14, ICONS by Ryan Carrington
*** Reception Saturday, June 1, from 3 to 6 p.m., with Artist Talk at 4 p.m.
Ryan Carrington’s multi media work pays a quiet homage to the modern-day craftsman and tradesman. His art bridges issues of labor, class, work ethic and economics with his own personal and family history.
132 Mill St, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through June 30, Gemini
Art inspired by other artworks.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg

Hotel E
June 14 through September 14, No Feeling is the Last
*** Opening June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The art of Linda Loveland Reid.
37 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

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

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through August 30, The Last Coho
Photography by Kaare Iverson combining large-scale portraiture of endangered salmon with editorial excerpts that collectively illustrate the incredible effort to rehabilitate Coho in the Russian River Watershed. Many of the portraits were shot on large format film using an heirloom land camera which the photographer inherited through a connection to Ansel Adams.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Museum of Sonoma County
June 15 through November 24, Cruisin’ – Sonoma County Lowriders and The Art of Justin Favela
 Opening reception Saturday, June 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Working in collaboration with the Sonoma County Lowrider Council, an organization that supports and promotes the creative car culture which is a significant part of the Sonoma County experience, the exhibition includes custom lowrider cars, fashion, photographs, artworks, and more as a representation and celebration of lowrider culture and lifestyle. A special feature is the artwork of Justin Favela, a nationally known mixed media artist who does large-scale installation sculptures in the piñata style, including full scale lowrider cars. His work references pop culture, art history, society, and cultural commentary. Favela is particularly known for his social practice in which he engages local students and community volunteers in the process of creating his unique works.

Through September 1, On Tap: Sonoma County Hops & The Beer Revolution
In 1977, using discarded dairy tanks and other cast-off equipment, New Albion Brewery started making beer in the town of Sonoma, launching the first modern microbrewery in the United States. Today, we take microbreweries and world-class beer for granted. Every year, thousands of people descend on Sonoma County for the release of internationally renowned beers. The exhibition explores the revolutionary beginnings of the county’s microbreweries, and the rich legacy of local hop culture that dates back to the 19th century.

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
Through June 2, Imaginative Eye: Theatrical Puppets
This special gallery exhibit celebrates the lifelong work of Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller and their incredible theatrical puppets! For over fifty years, Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop have presented stage performances of Shakespeare and other plays performed by their unique, nearly life-sized puppets. They have generously donated part of their puppet collection to OCA.

June 8 through July 14, Touch and Go
Printmaking and Photography by Sonoma County artists.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through July 7, View with an Appropriate Amount of Skepticism
Paintings and Drawings by Patrick Duegaw.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Through June 22, The Art of Materials and Tools As Art
This exhibition brings together artists who are working with paper, fabric, industrial felt, metal, steel, cement, clay, plastic, cork, and wood. The Art of Materials exhibition asks two major questions: why an artist chooses the material used in their artwork; and how the selection of that material reflects what the artist wants to say. Featuring work by Mari Andrews, David Duskin, Sofia Gonzalez, Brooke Holve, C.K.Itamura, Byron B. Kim, Lisa Kokin, Bebe Kuhr, Rachel Leibman, Jann Nunn, Shoji Uemura, Jonah Ward, and Susan Wolsborn.

The Art of Materials Panel Discussion
Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the PAC main gallery. Lisa Lightman, co-curator of the exhibition, will moderate the discussion, with ample time for questions from the audience. $10 PAC members, $15 non-members.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Redwood Café
Through August 13, 13 on the Wall
A group show by AWS artists: Enid Barnes, Susan Bradford, Linda Dove-Pierson, Katha Engblom, Sarah Hegarty, Lorna Ho, Carolyn Jarvis, Gail Mardfin, Sandi Maurer, Leah Ocean, Linda Loveland Reid, Honora Russell, and Kim Winter.
8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati

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
Through June 30, Collages
In the Small Works Gallery.

June 7 through July 28, Colors of the Rainbow
*** Artists reception Friday, June 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
SOFA Arts District
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 June 9, Art at the Source Preview Exhibition
Showing the work of all 137 Open Studio participants.

June 21 through August 10, Reverberations 2024
Art and Poetry Exhibition that brings together 56 rarely seen works of art from the homes of private collectors and Bay Area institutions, curated as a wide-ranging visual conversation among artists from the 20th century —Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud, Fernand Léger, Ruth Bernhard, Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha, Sonia Delaunay, and Hung Liu — to contemporary working artists including Saif Azzuz, Maria de los Angeles, Enrique Chagoya, Elizabeth Peyton, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Alicia McCarthy, and Emilio Villalba.
282 South High St., Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library, Forum Room
Through July 20, Reverberations
*** Reception Saturday, June 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Abstract paintings by Emily Florence and Babette Kemler.
7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol

Sonoma Clean Power
June 6 through October 12, Art @ SCP
*** Reception June 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. RSVP required, see website.
Showing 18 works by 12 local artists curated by Vicky Kumpfer.
431 E Street, Santa Rosa

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through September 8, Arthur Monroe: A Tow to Carry
This retrospective of the late Oakland-based artist Arthur Monroe draws from a seven-decade span from 1958 to 2011 and features more than 25 works. Monroe’s works reflect his traverses within several of the major cultural movements of the mid-century—the New York School of Abstract Expressionism; the literary scene of New York’s East Village; and the modern Jazz and Beat circle in New York and the SF Bay Area.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through June 30, Cats and Their Women
*** Reception Saturday, June 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Phyllis Rapp presents Cats and their Women, a collection of whimsical watercolor paintings of felines and their muses. Captivating and intriguing, colors and shapes dance in intricate patterns that capture the viewer’s imagination. Meet the Artist: Rapp will be hosting the Gallery June 5 & 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Stairway Small Works Showcase presents Linda Barretta’s Nature’s Edge, a collection of paintings that highlight Sonoma’s varied and beautiful natural assets. Vineyards, streams, forests, verdant meadows come alive in these works. Meet the Artist: Barretta will be hosting the Gallery June 7, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; June 17, 2:30 to 6 p.m.; June 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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