OPENING RECEPTION FOR EQUINE EPOCHS: THE HISTORY OF HORSES IN SONOMA COUNTY
Reception: July 21, 6-8pm
The sound is unmistakable: the thundering hooves of a running horse. Powerful, quick and, fueled by the grass it converts into energy, the horse was the vital machine that helped people traverse and transform Sonoma County's landscape beginning in the 1700s. Equine Epochs recounts the role of the horse in Sonoma County. From the plow horse to the champion racer, explore the history and ongoing legacy of the horse in Sonoma County in this exhibition. Click here for tickets and more information.
History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street
STOP THAT SHOW! THE ART IS MEDICINE SHOW / EL SHOW EL ARTE ES MEDICINA SUMMER TOUR 2017
Find the Imaginists at various parks for this free show, the one and only bilingual, bicycle powered EL SHOW EL ARTE ES MEDICINA. Click here for locations and times. The infamous President Corn and his bumbling sidekick Senator Cracker sabotage the Imaginists’ performance in order to perform their own agenda called “Let’s Make America Pretty Good Again Summertime Extravaganza” with an ode to the almighty dollar. What ensues is an all out theatrical show-down, thank goodness Mother Earth and her posse arrive to empower the artists & audience and give a much needed TIME OUT to the “malcriados”.
Various Santa Rosa parks
Exhibition open through July 22
Boundaries, real and metaphorical, are inherent in the human condition. In the global political climate in which we find ourselves today, monuments to division, whether physical – a “big, beautiful wall” – or ideological, such as racist and nationalistic policies, can become catalysts for creativity and activism. Through paintings, sculpture and photography, the artworks by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists in Crossing Boundaries bridge the borders separating people, creating discourse across walls real or imagined. Themes include displaced populations, refugees, immigration, gender identity, personal and emotional boundaries.
Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street
LIVE AT JUILLIARD: GATOR NATION
July 23, 5-7pm
There’s no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun at Live at Juilliard! Now celebrating its 24th season, this free concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Juilliard Park. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of our tasty vendors. We are proud to be 100% solar powered. Thank you Sol-Solutions!
Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue
MUSEUM NIGHT OUT: EXPLORING COLOR PENCIL WITH NATE HENRY-SILVA
July 28, 7-8:30
Enjoy a night out in our Art Museum drawing with color pencil and have a couple of drinks on us. Nate Henry-Silva will discuss the different types of color pencils that are available, sketching, blending, layering, burnishing, and watercolor effects with pencils. Register here.
Museums of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
August 4, 5-8pm
Downtown Santa Rosa art galleries and studios are open for the monthly First Friday event. Participating galleries include (Open 5-7pm): The Art Trails Gallery at Corricks, and Annex Gallery. (Open 5-8pm): Chroma Gallery, Christie Marks Gallery, Studios at 312 S. A and Backstreet Studios. Free musical entertainment in the garden behind Chroma Gallery.
Various Downtown Galleries
IN THE MOOD
Show runs through August 5
In the Mood is a musical adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Lear and produced by Shakespeare in the Cannery. This is an outdoor show, please bring your own chair or blanket. Picnicking is welcomed and concessions are also available onsite in this unique outdoor, urban ruins location! Beverages available at venue with proceeds to benefit non-profit Arlene Francis Center. Click here for more information and tickets.
Historic Railroad Square
7th ANNUAL SOFA ARTWALK
August 5 & 6, 11am-5pm
The SOFA ArtWalk includes 24 local artists in one corner of downtown Santa Rosa. The event features fine art and crafts in a variety of styles and media including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, assemblage artists and a French pastry chef. SOFA artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer your questions.
SOFA District, South A St. & Sebastopol Rd
40 YEARS OF SONOMA VALLEY ARTIST: RAY JACOBSEN
Exhibition open through August 19
Ray Jacobsen (1938-2007) was born in Englewood, Colorado and moved to Sonoma, California in 1947 where he lived for the remainder of his life. Ray showed an interest and talent in art from a very young age. After high school, faced with the draft, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Korea. After returning home, he worked several jobs, got married and started a family. By his late 20s he was living the artists dream, able to support his family through the sale of his paintings. Ray’s work is in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad, and he has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows.
Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street
JIM DAVIDSON: GLOBE TROTTER
Exhibition open through August 24
Jim Davidson is an LA native, with roots in Sonoma County through family and friends. He’s spent his photography career capturing images of everyday life, worldwide. From skater kids to animals, backyard dogs to street walkers, and travel companions to landscapes, his hand-developed photographs depict the raw honesty that form the fabric of life all over the globe.
City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue
EYE FRUIT: THE ART OF FRANKLIN WILLIAMS
Exhibition open through August 27
This exhibit is part of the Museum’s ongoing effort to highlight the artists living and working in northern California. Franklin Williams has been identified with at least five movements over the course of his fifty-year career: Funk Art, Nut Art, Visionary Art, Pattern and Decoration, and Gaudy Art. Viewed in its entirety, Williams’s oeuvre appears to have evolved out of a slow, accretionary process by way of intense introspection and meticulous technique. For more information, click here.
Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
Public Art Master Plan Adopted
After nearly 3 years of development including securing an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Santa Rosa City Council unanimously adopted The Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan on February 24, 2015. For more information about the development of the plan or email Tara Thompson, Arts Coordinator or call her at 707-543-4512.