Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in February 2018
presented by Satri Pencak, independent curator and reviewer
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.
Arts Guild of Sonoma
February 1 through February 26, Featuring Julia Pozsgai
*** Opening Reception Friday, February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Julia Pozsgai is inspired by nature, science, and her passion for life. She is known for her unique style of highly detailed paintings full of patterns and bright color. Also showing work by; Patricia Akay, Barbara Aliza, Donna Broder, Janie Coltrin, Irene Ehret, Zaza Fetterly, Christine Gonzalves, Susan Heeringa-Pieper, Kirk Hinshaw, Nancy Martin, Stephanie Moore, Linda Semple, Lyn Swan, Vasily Spirin, Toby Tover, and Mark Zukowski.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma
Blasted Art Gallery
February 2 through March 2, Arminée Chahbazian and Ben Lastufka
*** Opening reception First Friday, February 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sculpture and paintings by two artists.
In the Backstreet Building, Art Alley
SOFA Arts District, A Street, Santa Rosa
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through March 11, Mud Pies & Jelly Beans
It’s only fitting that a cartoon named Peanuts includes many puns about food. Patty and Violet are expert mud pie makers, Charlie Brown hates coconut, and Snoopy thinks about pizza, cookies, and the next meal in his dog dish.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
February 9 through March 25, Healing By Art: After The Fires
*** Artists Reception Friday, February 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An exhibition of art, sculpture and photography created in the aftermath of the recent October fires. Many of the works were created from salvaged materials, such as ashes, and burnt remnants. Others reflect the emotional traumas experienced by all those who fled. Sponsored by Santa Rosa Art Center.
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through March 16, Invoke
Group show with Guest artists; Carole Watanabe, painting, and Liza Pike, baskets. Featured artist, Terry Holleman, drawing.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale
Cloverdale and Geyserville
Through May 2018, SculptureTrail
The Trail is an exhibit of sculptures on the main streets in of Geyserville and Cloverdale in the Sonoma County Wine Country. The Sculpture Trail is a year-round exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months. You can download a map for your visit at www.101SculptureTrail.com.
Corricks Art Trails Gallery
Through February, Love Heals: Truly Madly Deeply
*** Opening reception, First Friday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
An Art Love Fest of paintings by Carole Watanabe, and fine art jewelry by Alison Morse. Arrive at 4 p.m. for a mixed-media collage demo and create your Valentine love cards for free. All materials provided. No experience needed.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
Through February 13, Bob Nugent | Brazil
Gallery in Healdsburg, January 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
324 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Through February 25, Juried Small Works Exhibition
Featuring 105 local artists with over 200 individual artworks, selected by Juror, Pamela Powell.
9048 Graton Road, Graton
February 10 through March 31, Art Moura; Mixed Media
*** Opening reception Saturday, February 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Moura discovered African masks in a Madrid Museum and drew them daily for months in 1985. His current work continues to be influenced by this experience.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through February 4, Members’ Exhibit: Expressions
*** Closing Tea, Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Representing a variety of artistic expression; painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, three dimensional and the written word.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg
405 East D St. Petaluma
Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
Through May 1, Rik Olson—Naturally
Showcasing prints and paintings by Rik Olson.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa
Museums of Sonoma County
Through April 15, 3 Friends: Hudson, Stuppin, Shaw
3 Friends explores the work of contemporary artists Robert Hudson, Jack Stuppin and Richard Shaw, three artists who have worked for decades in California’s North Coast region. Colleagues, friends and sometime conspirators, the three artists have had influential careers shaping three distinct media—steel, canvas and clay. This marks the first time all three have been shown together in a combined museum exhibition.
Through April 1, Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly
Although now extinct in the state, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts
Through February 4, Salmon Creek Students’ Art Show
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Paradise Ridge Winery Sculpture
Outdoor sculpture meadows. The winery buildings were devastated by the fire, but the vineyards and most of the sculptures remain unharmed.
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa
Petaluma Arts Center
Through March 24, Power of 10: Scaling Up
Power of Ten: Scaling Up showcases over 10 artists who are looking further and more deeply at issues of scale through painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, design and film. Curated by Llisa Demetrios.
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
Through March 4, Heaven, Earth & The Space Between
*** 2nd Saturday Artwalk reception, February 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Winter Show with Featured Artists; Marilee Ford and Sharon Feissel.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma
Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
February 20 through March 15, The Farthest Shore
*** Opening Reception Thursday, February 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Artists included; Kelsey Stephenson, Olesya Dzhuraeva, Jenny Robinson, and Nicole Pietrantoni, Curated by Hannah Skoonberg.
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Jack London Village
14301 Arnold Dr. Suite 8, Glen Ellen
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
February 16 through March 4, Wise and Sassy
*** Opening reception, Friday, February 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
A non-juried, salon-style exhibition for artists over 60.
282 High Street, Sebastopol
Through March 25, The Essence of Spirit
*** Artist’s reception Saturday, February 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Paintings by Susan St. Thomas, and jewelry by Michelle Hoting.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol
Seishin Studio, Santa Rosa
February 2 through February 19, Colin Talcroft, Conversations
*** Opening reception, First Friday, February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
A selection of 27 monotype collages will be on view.
Uribe’s Seishin Studio
SOFA Arts District, A Street, Santa Rosa
Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
February 1 and 2, Art from the Heart Preview Exhibition
At the previews (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) art patrons have a chance to view artwork in advance of Saturday’s auction in a more relaxed and unhurried setting.
*** Saturday, February 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Art from the Heart Art Auction
The 34th annual silent art auction and party at the University Art Gallery, is an exciting evening of art, food, wine, and music that has become one of the oldest continually-held fundraising events in the area and a “must” for novice and seasoned collectors alike.
February 15 through March 11, Morrie Camhi
*** Opening reception, Thursday, February 15
Approximately 50 black and white vintage photographs by the late Petaluma photographer, Morrie Camhi, have been donated to SSU by the artist’s estate. Self-described as a storyteller and a humanist, Camhi created a number of powerful series of photographs focusing on such diverse topics as the Jews of Greece, the California farm labor movement, and the California prison system. A number of his photographs include statements by the subjects themselves detailing the circumstances of their lives that were captured by Camhi’s camera.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through April 15, An Eye for Adventure: Photographs by Jack London
Jack London (1876-1916) is revered as the quintessential American novelist and short story writer, and in the Sonoma area he is a renowned native son. This exhibition will introduce an array of the writer’s photographs gathered from his adventures as a war correspondent and global sailor.
Also on view: Libros de Artista: Artist’s Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Libros de Artista features about 40 contemporary limited edition books created by Latin American artists, sourced from both the original artists in Mexico and from the Latin American and Iberian Collections at Stanford University Libraries.
551 Broadway, Sonoma
The Art Wall at Shige Sushi
Through February 25, Linda Yoshizawa—Monotype Collage
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda graduated with a BA in studio art from Pomona College in 1978. She studied silkscreen printmaking at UCLA extension.
8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati
Upstairs Art Gallery
306 Center St., Healdsburg