Art in Sonoma County
Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions January
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
140 E. Napa St., Sonoma
Café Frida Gallery
Through February 16, Simmon Factor Paintings
Paintings inspired by years of living next to Santa Rosa Creek.
SOFA Arts District
300 South A Street, Santa Rosa
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
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
Through February 18, Your Love is King
Painting and sculptures by Jennifer Hirshfield.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow
Through February 19, Small Works 2023
*** Artists Reception Saturday, February 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.
A Show of small wonders, juried by Tim Haworth.
February 24 through April 2, It Might as Well be SPRING!
New art by Mylette Welch and Sandra Rubin.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
132 Mill St, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
February 2 through March 12, Red
*** Opening Reception February 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Highlighting the many shades and moods of Red, juried by Janet Howell of JHowell Fine Arts Gallery.
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, 2023, 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
February 4 through February 26, Body Language
*** Artist Reception Saturday, February 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Showcasing work by local figure drawing groups.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
February 4 through February, Flirting With Desire / The Photography of Jan Saudek
*** Opening Reception Saturday, February 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
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
Through February, Winter Blues
Viewing beauty in art or nature is a fine remedy for the Winter Blues. 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
February 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., Find the HeArts
Discover lovely heart art to share with loved ones.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through February 25, New Year, New Work : A Hopeful Show
In this show artists express their hope for the future, give thanks and express joy. This is an opportunity to share with the community our visions and hopes for 2023 and for fresh beginnings.
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
February 11 through March 26, The Color of Water
*** Opening reception February 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
A visualization of water in all its forms; artwork juried by Lori Austin, Owner of Lori Austin Galleries.
282 South High St., Sebastopol
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
February 1 through 3, Art from the Heart Preview Exhibition, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*** Saturday, February 4, 39th annual AFTH Party and Auction, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery’s exhibition, publication, and lecture programs—programs that educate and inspire our campus and surrounding community. This year’s auction promises to be an exciting evening of art, food, wine, and live music.
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.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
Upstairs Art Gallery
Through February 26, Color With Love
*** Reception February 14, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Nancy Gray presents Color with Love, a collection of heart paintings that throb with dynamic color and vibrancy. To share more heart, Gray invited other gallery members to contribute heart paintings to this month’s exhibit. Meet the Artist: Nancy Gray will be hosting the Gallery on February 6 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and February 27 from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Staircase Showcase presents Willow Laland’s, In Love with Sonoma, a collection that highlights the local landscape and natural beauty, capturing the essence of wine country. Meet the Artist: Willow LaLand will be hosting the Gallery February 4 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
306 Center Street, Healdsburg
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