Art in Sonoma County

Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions for March, 2023

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
Through March 27, Heart of Creativity
Showing work by 24 Arts Guild Members.
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma

Café Frida Gallery
SOFA Arts District
300 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 12, 2023, The Spark of Schulz: A Centennial Celebration
Celebrate the centennial of the birth of Charles M. Schulz with an appreciative look at his creative impact. Through an array of original art from contemporaries and artists working today, we see that no one had a more significant impact on modern cartooning than Charles Schulz. Whether in comics, books, movies, animation, and more, Schulz’s influence continues to shine.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 17, Establish
Guest artist for this exhibit are Lewis Bangham, Oil on Canvas, and Jennifer Weiss, Jewelry. Resident artists are Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Hanya Popova Parker, Jason Taylor Morgan, and Clay Vajgrt. Terry Holleman, Fine Art Drawing 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
Through March, Wearable Arts!
*** First Friday “Meet the Artist” Reception March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Gallery features wearable artworks by weavers, jewelers and more!
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Finley Community Center
Through April 21, National Arts Program Exhibition
 Awards ceremony and reception, Sunday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program presents the 20th Annual National Arts Program Exhibition, featuring 160 works by artists of all ages and levels of experience.
2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa

Fulton Crossing Gallery
Through May 7, From One Source
*** Artist Reception Saturday, March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
New Paintings by Britta Kathmeyer, showcasing a series of paintings of imaginary bowls in a still-life setting exploring the emotional quality of objects, as well as light-filled abstract work celebrating color, movement, and stillness.
1200 River Road, Fulton

Gallery 300
Through March, Snake Nest
Work by Alejandro Salazar.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

Graton Gallery
Through April 2, It Might as Well be SPRING!
New art by Mylette Welch and Sandra Rubin, with Guest Artists Nancy Hage and Ceylan Crow.
9048 Graton Road, Graton

Hammerfriar Gallery
132 Mill St, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through March 12, Red
Highlighting the many shades and moods of Red, juried by Janet Howell of JHowell Fine Arts Gallery.

March 14 through April 9, The Art of Food
*** Opening reception, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual Young Artists Show features work by students from seven local schools. This year’s theme focuses on the bounty of Sonoma County’s produce and its epicurean delights.
334 Center Street, Healdsburg

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

Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through April 28, A Laguna Field Guide by Christopher Reiger
Artist, illustrator, and writer Christopher Reiger is exhibiting a selection of his popular Field Guide series! Each poster on view features the color column of a common or frequently observed bird species in the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Museum of Sonoma County
Through May 28, Art of Risk: The Innovative Sculpture of Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper’s work exemplifies the individualism, innovation, and eccentric creativity for which Sonoma County is known. Art of Risk is an exhibition that is of interest to not only the art community, but also to students and all who are interested in exploration of engineering, science, the environment, and to all who value creativity, invention, and originality. This solo exhibition of Cooper’s work at the Museum of Sonoma spans over four decades of the artist’s career.

2023, Sonoma County Stories is a permanent Sonoma County history exhibition that will allow visitors to engage with the past in a brand-new way: through the power of storytelling. The exhibition, scheduled to open in 2023, will capture 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 will have at its core the Oral Histories of Gaye LeBaron.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
March 4 through March 26, We’ve Come a Long Way
 Artists reception Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Women’s History Month Exhibit, an all media exhibition of works by Sonoma County artists honoring women’s struggles, perseverance and achievements throughout time.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Oli Gallery
*** Saturday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., Unexpected Bohemian
A celebration of the Unexpected and the Bohemian Contemporary genre we SoCo artists are creating in the art world.
16215 Main Street, Guerneville

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through March 26, Flirting With Desire / The Photography of Jan Saudek
Jan Saudek is considered a leading Czech photographer, best known for his depictions of nudes and youthful figures arranged in dreamlike spaces. Saudek’s artwork represents a unique technique combining photography and hand-coloring.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
Through March 11, Petaluma Collects and Multiplicities
Every collection tells a story. Petaluma Collects is an exhibition about what members of our community collect. The exhibition also describes why collectors collect and how objects are displayed – either repurposed in a new way or maintained as is. This curated group of collections provides fresh insights into different art forms, and, in some cases, the historical legacies that brought them into being.

Also; in the North Gallery, Multiplicities: Works by Marilyn Dizikes and Kris Ekstrand. This exhibit, featuring work by two PAC Artist Members, explores the assemblage and multiplicity of objects and textures in nature and in everyday life.
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

Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma

Santa Rosa Arts Center
March 2 through April 2, Annual Members Show
 Artists Reception Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Artwork by Supporters and SRAC Members.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

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

Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen
SculptureWALK: View over 30 outdoor sculptures by 15 artists throughout the beautiful grounds at Jack London Village, offering a generous selection of abstract and figurative garden sculptures, including wind activated kinetic works. From our website, you may download the map and sculpture list to use for your self-guided tour when visiting.
14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through March 26, The Color of Water
A visualization of water in all its forms; artwork juried by Lori Austin, owner of Lori Austin Galleries.
282 South High St., Sebastopol

Sebastopol Gallery
Through April 2, Landscape Improvisations: New Paintings by James Reynolds
*** Artist reception on Saturday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.|
These radiant, masterful landscapes and wildlife paintings encompass both vast views and delicate details. Reynold’s new work, with improvisational approaches to landform and light, catches the spirit of place in the Bay Area and beyond; a transient natural beauty that touches deep chords in the viewer.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
Through March 12, Art Faculty Exhibition, 2023
Showing work by members of the SSU Art Department faculty. A diverse range of art is on display, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation works by ten of Sonoma State University’s current studio art faculty.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 30, We Are Still Here and The New Californians
We Are Still Here: Pomo Artists and Our Cultural Landscape
 highlights contemporary artwork of Native Pomo artists and reflects the resilience of the Pomo Tribe and the strong connections to their land as a place for ceremonies, family events, gatherings, and religious observances.

The New Californians: Photographs by Judy Dater features Dater’s portraits of Californians that reflect the diversity and cultural richness that immigrant, indigenous, and itinerant residents contribute to our beloved state.
Check website for related programs and events.
551 Broadway, Sonoma

Upstairs Art Gallery
Through March 26, Weather or Not
*** Reception March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Carmen Sheldon presents Weather or Not, a collection of paintings that capture climate drama in all its moods. Inspired by our tempestuous winter and her recent cyclone experience, Sheldon translates these celestial machinations into works of strong design and emotional appeal. Working in oil, mixed media and watercolor, the exhibit presents a variety of interpretations from impressionistic cloudscapes to intriguing abstracts. Meet the Artist: Sheldon will be hosting the Gallery on March 18 and March 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Staircase Showcase presents Linda Barretta’s Casting Light, a collection of landscape oil paintings that feature the artist’s use of vibrant color. Meet the Artist: Barretta will be hosting the Gallery on March 2, 9, 17 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; and March 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg

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