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Public Art

SELECTED PROJECTS FOR DOWNTOWN CONNECT

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the projects selected for Downtown Connect, a public art opportunity in Downtown Santa Rosa. This is the kick-off project for work identified in the newly adopted Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan. The selected proposals include murals, tile installations and solar-powered sculpture. Click here for more information.

 

 

Raskin

ADULT BOOK SALE & COUNTERCULTURE TALK BY JONAH RASKIN

August 28
Book Sale at 7pm
Talk at 8pm

Jonah Raskin, Professor Emeritus at SSU, takes us back to the work of famed artists such as R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Spain and Skip Williamson, plus women cartoonists Lynda Barry, Aline Kominsky and Trina Robbins. Last Gasp Publishing in San Francisco is providing provocative, adult-themed books and comics for the adult book sale. Come early, mingle, and browse through the collection of books and comics that range from artistic to raunchy. Click here for more information.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

 Corey Keller

 

BRUNCH FOR ART

August 30, 11am-1pm

We'd like to invite you to a brunch fundraiser for the new Art Museum of Sonoma County! This is the Museum's largest fundraiser of the year in support of our exhibition and education programs. We look forward to a behind the scenes discussion of our exhibition planning and our goals for the future. Our featured speaker is Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SFMOMA. Please click here for more information and tickets.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

Mendoza

MI VALLE (MY VALLEY), A CALIFORNIA JOURNEY

On Display Through August 30

“Mi Valle (My Valley), a California Journey” features photographs by former Modesto Bee staff photographer, Adrian Mendoza. Mendoza’s work is informed by a life spent largely in California’s Central Valley, having grown up along the Tuolumne River where his father was a laborer for the short line railroad.

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery, 312 S. A Street, Suite 7 

 

 

Mieth and Hagel

LIFE, LABOR AND PURPOSE: The Photography of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel 

On Display Through August 30

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel left their homes in Germany together in 1927, both at the age of 17. Eventually making their way to the western United States in the midst of the Great Depression, they found their lives’ calling as photographers and became two of the most socially conscientious and perceptive chroniclers of their time. Their lives inextricably linked, the couple eventually made their final home on a ranch above Mark West Creek in Santa Rosa. For the first time, the History Museum of Sonoma County will present a significant exhibition of their work. Click here for more information.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

Asian Pacific American History

I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH: An Asian Pacific American Story

On Display Through August 30

In the first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian celebrates Asian Pacific American history across this multitude of incredibly diverse cultures, and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here for more information.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

Simmon Factor

LIKE NOTHING SEEN BEFORE

On Display Through September 13

Unique to Santa Rosa, Chroma Gallery continues to feature original contemporary art from local and Bay Area artists. Like Nothing Seen Before features mixed-media artwork made from virtually any object with the potential to inspire the creative mind such as photos, books, bicycles, Tarot cards, esoterica and ephemera. By cutting, painting and assembling, the artists have made art that is original, fresh, transgressive and challenging.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street

 

 

Williams

SLANG AESTHETICS! THE ART OF ROBERT WILLIAMS 

On Display Through September 20

Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

Wizard of OZ

WIZARD OF OZ

Show Runs Through September 20

After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of OZ, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who can send her home. Click here for schedule and tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth Street

 

 

 

Ocean Art

AN OCEAN OVER ME, LET TIME FORGET
featuring works by artist Damon Davies

On Display Through September 30

Damon has worked for Sally Baker at My Daughter The Framer for 12 years and has been a framer for 20+ years. Damon began designing and building sculptures and 3D models at a young age. His art is greatly influenced by his time living in Japan and contains themes of both future and fantasy. Aviation and aquatic elements can also be found in his artwork.

My Daughter the Framer, inside Corrick's at 637 4th Street

 

 

Chastain

 

MARCIA CHASTAIN: ART ENCHANTMENT

On Display Through October 8

Marcia Chastain is an artist specializing in oils, navigating through the academic, impressionist and modern styles merging the American and Brazilian cultures in her artwork. She is fascinated by colors and the magic possible when faced with a blank canvas and tubes of colorful paint for expressing the essence of her soul.  The result of viewing her artwork is a delightful and enchanting experience for the connoisseur as well as the general observer.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 10

 

 

Bud Snow

PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN ADOPTED
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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 City Council unanimously adopted The Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan on February 24, 2015. For more information about the development of the plan, click HERE or contact Arts Coordinator Tara Thompson at (707) 543-4512, or tthompson@srcity.org.

 

 

 

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

 Downtown Art Links