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Bud Snow

DRAFT PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN NOW AVAILABLE!

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After nearly 3 years of development including securing an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan is nearing completion. The draft plan was presented to the Santa Rosa City Council at a Study Session on November 18, 2014. A final draft will be developed incorporating feedback and comments received from the Council members and other City boards and commissions who also received presentations. The final plan will be brought back to City Council for approval in the coming months. For more information about the development of the plan, please contact Arts Coordinator Tara Thompson at (707) 543-4512, or tthompson@srcity.org.

 

 

Marukami

NAOMI MURAKAMI: THINK LOUD

Through December 17

Multimedia artist Naomi Murakami considers everything she does to be art, but paintings are one of her favorite ways to enter her inner utopian world. Everyday incidents influence her art, as they do her dreams. She lets her surroundings and materials influence her decisions. Most often, what might be considered the smallest things (marks, scratches, a smudge, a drip, a shadow, a doodle, an intuition about an unknown, or even distractions) lead her into her world. These are the ways she enters her work, and then she constructs her "Pseudo-Realist" world.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

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

 

 

New World Ballet Holiday Spectacular

NEW WORLD BALLET'S 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

December 19 & 20, 7pm

Be prepared to see dancing like you've never seen in Sonoma County! At our 2nd Annual Holiday Spectacular you'll see your favorites from The Nutcracker as well as new never before seen dances from your favorite Christmas carols. Our Holiday Spectacular showcases all that we offer here at NWB - everything from classical ballet to jazz, hip hop to contemporary, young kids to adults! There's something for everybody in this family friendly show! TICKETS: $20 for Adults // $10 for Children 10 and under, and Seniors over 65. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets, at NWB Studios, and at the door! Get yours before we sell out!
 
Kid Street Theater, 709 Davis Street

 

 

Sax Quartet

SANTA ROSA SAX QUARTET 

December 20, 12-130pm

Come enjoy some fabulous music-making with Mark and Jordan Wardlaw, Nick Xinelus and company. This is an annual tradition donated by these fine musicians in the spirit of the season!They will be performing outdoors if the weather permits...indoor with mutes if not!!!!

Corrick's, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

Crumbs

CRUMBS, A CINDERELLA STORY

Through December 21

"Something’s gone wrong. Something's not right. Comfort still finds them somehow in the night. Keep a close watch." Upstairs, a landlady who controls everything. Downstairs, a household of creatures who work day and night. Far away, a Prince who has a radical idea- invite everyone to the Ball...Timeless and timely, just in time for the darkness, the old stories & songs get to the roots. We invite you to be listeners and to dance at the Ball. December 4th is "Pay-All-You-Can". Click HERE for tickets.

The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue 

 

 

Jolly Juliana

JOLLY JULIANA- AN ORIGINAL MELODRAMA & HOLIDAY VAUDVILLE

Through December 21

A delightful, heart-warming, extravaganza commemorating the roots of American theatre; sing-a-long, hiss, boo and cheer for a villain, hero and heroine. A merry company of players will bring you a menagerie of entertainment sure to be a highlight of your holiday season. Click HERE for tickets. .

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street

 

 

Curtis

JAMES CURTIS: "IN APPRECIATION OF LUTHER BURBANK" THE NINTH STREET MURAL SKETCH, 1979 

On Display December 22 - February 13

This exhibition showcases the final sketch for the mural "In Appreciation of Luther Burbank", which was under the 9th Street overpass for nearly 30 years. Having recently returned from display in Nebraska, this work is returning home to Sonoma County to be displayed for the first time in over two decades. Referencing Luther Burbank’s botanical innovations, and our own Sonoma landscape, this mural captures a special moment in our history while it serves as a living document of a mural that was once an integral part of the Santa Rosa landscape. Viewing hours by appointment. Please call (707) 543-3010.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Carriage Rides

COMPLIMENTARY HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES

Through December 24

Come treat your friends and family to the complimentary Horse & Carriage rides, a gift to the community from the business and property owners in Historic Railroad Square. The carriage rides have been a holiday tradition for 26 years! Every weekend in December from 11-4, plus Christmas Eve Day from 11-3, the rides will leave from the Depot (weather permitting).

Historic Railroad Square

 

 

Howard

 

EXHIBIT: POSTWAR MODERNISM OF THE WEST

Though December 27

The second half of the 20th century following the long traumas of the Great Depression and WWII, brought an explosion of creativity in the arts. The West especially abandoned old modes of expression in search of a new vocabulary. This show includes a broad array of diverse works exemplifying this exciting period.

Calabi Gallery, 456 10th Street  

 

 

Ken Berman

ART MECHANIQUE: KEN BERMAN'S WORLD

Through December 31

Award-winning artist, Ken Berman's mysterious architectural paintings have been described as schematics for industrial-punk widgets. His mechanical inspired artwork is influenced by his training as an architect and engineer. Additional information: www.bermansworld.net

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street 

 

 

Bodega

HOLE IN THE HEAD EXHIBITION

Through February 9

The exhibition Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement presents the dramatic story that involved a remarkable array of people. Not only would the battle initiate the anti-nuclear movement nationally and help usher in the age of modern environmentalism; it would transform the nature of civic engagement. A remnant of the proposed power plant remains today—a large hole dug into Bodega Head that is now filled with water. However, the battle has left a much greater legacy.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

 

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.

Since 2006, Downtown Santa Rosa has been 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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