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NEWS & EVENTS:

Art Trails

ART TRAILS KICK-OFF CELEBRATION 

October 3, 5-7pm

Come to Corrick's for the Sonoma County Art Trails Kick-off Celebration. This evening will feature live demonstrations by artists, including Cheryl and Mikio from Nichibei Potters who will be throwing and carving pots. Brooks Anderson will speak and demonstrate his process and many artists will be free to discuss their art in a one-on-one setting! View new work by over 70 of the county's finest artists.  Please join us! Come meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and watch and chat with the artists.

Corrick's, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

Mask-Arrayed

MASK-ARRAYED: THE ART OF MASKS TODAY

Opening Reception: October 3, 5-8pm

Original masks created by local and regional artists and students, as well as art which explores themes of concealment, secret identities and alter-egos. Masks are a universal and timeless invention, used throughout the world and in almost every culture to channel the powers of gods or nature, for protection, concealment, and to invoke fear or ecstasy. When placed before our face they serve as shields, allowing the wearer freedom of expression. A closing party will be on November 15th, during SOFA's annual WinterBlast festival.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street 

 

 

SOFA

SOFA: FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

October 3, 5-8pm

Art studios and galleries throughout the SOFA district open their doors to the public. Meet the artists, see art, enjoy refreshments. Experience the art and meet over 20 artists of the SOFA Arts District in their art studios to discuss art, see new works and discover meanings and connections with their work. Come, stay and chat a while! Event takes place every first Friday of the month.

SOFA District, Sebastopol Ave and South A Street Neighborhood

 

 

ArtStart

FIESTA PARTY FOR ART
Artstart's 11th Annual Fundraiser

October 4, 6-9pm

The Party for Art is an evening fundraiser with a silent auction, live auction, dinner, and cocktails, with all proceeds directly supporting Artstart. Attendees can bid on artwork donated by our apprentice artists, local professional artists, and local businesses. The live auction will include vacation destination packages to Mexico, Hawaii, and Africa, and our popular Fund-a-Need drive. Mexican buffet dinner, wine by Foppiano Vineyards, beer by Lagunitas Brewing, and live music by the Falcon Christopher Duo. All proceeds will support our goal to raise $25,000 to fund the program into 2015. Click HERE for tickets.

(Outside the Arts District, supporting Artstart)
Fulton X Gallery, 1200 River Road

 

 

Warcircus

WARCIRCUS

Extended Through October 4

The Imaginists investigate Euripides' The Trojan Women to re-imagine a new world. What if you had to perform your tragedy over and over for thousands of years so that history would not be repeated? What if it was repeated anyway? Would you start to resent having to perform your role? From out of the past come the archetypal women of Troy: Helen, the beauty, Cassandra, the truth-teller, Hecuba, the matriarch, Andromache, the rock, Polyxena, the future, and the Women of the Chorus, the time-travelers. Visit theimaginists.org for tickets.

The Imaginists Theatre, 461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

 

Addams Family

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Opens October 10, 8pm

It’s going to be anything but a normal night. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth Street

 

 

Vestigious

SYM.BI.OSIS: ART & SCIENCE INTERSECT

Through October 16

The exhibition, curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak, draws together work by artists who investigate and interpret the natural world through their art. By touching on a selection of natural sciences, such as biology, geology, genetics, chemistry, oceanography and physics, and using these as points of departure, the work in this exhibition allows the viewer to see how art and science can intersect and enlighten each other.

SRJC Art Gallery, 1501 Mendocino Avenue

 

 

 

Artistry in Wood

26TH ANNUAL: ARTISTRY IN WOOD EXHIBITION

Through October 20

Join us for the opening reception and celebration of the 26th annual Artistry in Wood Exhibition! See the best of this year's juried work organized by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association of fine craftspeople throughout our region. Music by The Bench Dogs! Wine and good company!

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street

 

 

 

Irizary

JESSE IRIZARY: KITCHEN SPACE

Through October 29

Kitchen Space is a collection of macro photographs created with items found in any kitchen or dining room. The images explore colors, textures and luminosity to evoke images of the cosmos. Kitchen Space transforms common foods and flowers into dynamic images of striking colors, shapes and reflections that tease the imagination. Irizary uses Nikon DSLR cameras to create his macro images, then prints them on aluminum. A local photographer, Irizary loves capturing images of all kinds from portraits to landscapes, large and small.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Feldenkrais

MOVEMENT FOR PAINTERS AND PAINTING FOR MOVERS

Classes Start October 29

A class designed to encourage the creative process through art and movement. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons and drawing/marking/painting on paper will be used to 1) Learn how patterns of movement influence your brain and your expression of painting/drawing 2) Move in new ways, exploring a sensory experience that refines or expands your physical practice, be it dance, theatre, yoga, or sports, and embody it in two-dimensional visual form. Click HERE for more information.

Church of One Tree, 492 Sonoma Avenue

 

 

Open Mic

OPEN MIC NIGHT!
at the HISTORIC CHURCH OF ONE TREE

Fourth Wednesday, through October: 6-9pm

Bring your guitar and your family to the Church of One Tree for Open Mic Night on the fourth Wednesday of the month, June through October. This is a fun program the whole family can enjoy together. The fee is only $5 per person and it includes participation in group beginning guitar lessons from 6-6:45, and entry during the Open Mic program, 7-9pm. Music, comedy, theater, poetry and other art performers, of all skill levels, are welcome. You may bring a brown bag dinner and we will have limited refreshments available for purchase. All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. As the evening progresses it naturally takes on more of an adult tome for the more serious artist. Click HERE for more info.

Church of One Tree, 492 Sonoma Avenue

 

 

Bodega Bay

HOLE IN THE HEAD GALA DINNER 

November 1, 6pm

In support of the Sonoma County Museum's history programs, Sonoma County Museum will host a VIP dinner and preview opening for the special exhibition Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay. The evening fundraiser will honor Bill Kortum for his work as an environmentalist, and Hazel Mitchell, who led the fight against the power plant. Speaking at the dinner will be naturalist Michael Ellis, and John Crevelli, who will talk about Bill Kortum, and Connie Aust, who will speak about Hazel Mitchell. Seating is limited, check HERE for tickets.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

 

Calabi Gallery

ART EXHIBIT: BEYOND BORDERS

Through November 3

This exhibition is essentially about diversity. We will showcase a wide variety of artists who worked in other countries or came here from other lands. Native Americans and artists from regional non-mainstream cultures will also be represented, as well as art whose content simply defies categorization.

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street

 

 

Apple in Hand

KAREN PREUSS: TWO PORTFOLIOS

Through December 18

Show opens September 2nd at Sonoma Clean Power, a small office with big dreams. "To encourage and develop artistic expression and to foster greater appreciation for art in our community, we want to showcase the artwork of local Sonoma County artists on our walls." Open to the public Monday through Thursday 9am – 4pm, and Fridays 9am – Noon.

Sonoma Clean Power, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605

 

 

Public Art Master Plan

CONSULTANT SELECTED FOR PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN

The City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program has selected a consultant to develop its Public Art Master Plan. Todd W. Bressi, partnering with Via Partnership and The Planning Center| DC&E, has entered into a Professional Services Agreement with the city for consulting services. Managing the project for the city is Arts Coordinator, Tara Thompson, partnering with the Sonoma County Museum. Click here PDF for the full press release.

 

 

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GRANT FUNDING ANNOUNCED
City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program Awarded NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia.  The City of Santa Rosa’s Arts Program is one of the grantees and will receive $50,000 to fund the development of a Public Art Master Plan. The full press release is available HERE.

 

 

 

Street Performer

STREET PERFORMER PERMIT

In 2010 the Santa Rosa City Council approved a new ordinance permitting Street Performers in Santa Rosa! Permit applications are available online and at the Finley Community Center. Permits are free, and you must apply in person at the Finley Community Center with a photo ID.

Application for Street Performer Permit

Guidelines and Information

Street Performers Ordinance

WHAT IS THE ARTS DISTRICT?

Since the 1990s, the City of Santa Rosa has strived to build a thriving public art program. In recent years, these efforts have paid off with tremendous successes, including the creation of the Santa Rosa Arts District.

Downtown Santa Rosa is now a designated Arts District. The Community is encouraged to bring art and cultural events to the district, benefiting the area and the entire region.

The goal of the Arts District is to create a beautiful and inspiring destination that maximizes the public’s opportunities to experience art.

On June 2, 2009, the City Council adopted the City of Santa Rosa Arts District Business Plan. Approved by the Art in Public Places Committee in May 2008, the Business Plan identifies and assesses Santa Rosa’s current art and cultural assets and maps out steps which can be taken to develop a rich and vibrant Arts District downtown. It addresses how the Arts District can support itself in the coming years and provides concrete action steps for meeting these goals.

Executive Summary PDF

Complete Business Plan PDF (4MB)

Arts in Santa Rosa Report 11/06 PDF

Arts District Progress Report 12/07PDF

Arts District Phase I Accomplishments & Phase II Focus PDF

The Arts District lies in the area bordered by College Avenue and Bennett Valley Road, and Brookwood Avenue and west of Railroad Square. Click here for a mapPDF.

With venues like Courthouse and Railroad Squares, Juilliard Park, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, SOFA District and The Sonoma County Museum, a wide range of arts and cultural experiences will celebrate the full spectrum of arts media and expressions. The goal of the Arts District is to create a beautiful and inspiring destination that maximizes the public’s opportunities to experience art.

The Arts District is overseen by the Recreation & Parks Department and the Art in Public Places Committee. Click here to find other Art in Public Places programs, like the Civic Artwalk, public sculpture installations and more!

 

 CONTACT US

Tara Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 
tthompson@srcity.org

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