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Hollimon

GENDER AND NATIVE CALIFORNIA CULTURES BY DR. SANDRA HOLLIMON

Lecture: July 24, 7pm

Santa Rosa Junior College professor and archaeologist Dr. Sandra Hollimon will talk about gender in Native California cultures in Sonoma County. Hollimon is a fifth generation Californian who has worked as an archaeologist throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois and Virginia. She spent several years conducting archaeological research at Fort Ross, a multiethnic community that was part of the Russian Empire in the early 19th century. Click here to register for the lecture and for infomation about the lecture preview reception.

University of San Francisco's Santa Rosa Campus, 416 B Street

 

 

Bear Exhibit

BEAR
New works by Kristen Throop

July 26, 1-4pm

In preparation for “Bear” Throop spent a year studying bears: sketching them at the zoo, drawing their skulls at the Academy of Sciences, visiting their habitats in Pepperwood Preserve and Albion and filling four notebooks with exquisitely drawn studies. The resulting exhibition of 20 oil paintings follows the American black bear through richly hued dreamscapes, exploring what CG Jung referred to as “the bear with glowing eyes deep in the human unconscious”. More information at kristenthroop.com. Show continues through July, 1-4pm, or by appointment, call (707) 478-4739.

Backstreet Gallery on Art Alley, SOFA District

 

 

Art is Medicine Show

6TH ANNUAL: ART IS MEDICINE SHOW/EL ARTE ES MEDICINA

Through July 26

Free bilingual shows in Santa Rosa's Parks! The Imaginists create an all new original adaptation of the beloved short story, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez. Beautiful visuals, puppetry, masks and music accompany this magical tale. Show runs approx. 40 minutes. Visit www.theimaginists.org for a complete schedule.

The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

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LIVE AT JUILLIARD!
Ruckatan

July 27, 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 21st 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. Visit www.srcity.org/liveatjuilliard for the full season line-up and more details.

Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Alyssa Jirrels

HAMLET'S ORPHANS

Through July 27

An Original Drama by Dezi Gallegos & members of the 6th Street Playhouse Apprentice Theatre Company. Hamlet's Orphans explores the human desires to fix the ones we love, to know right from wrong, to be both innocent and worldly, and to connect with other people. It is performed by the same children who helped write the piece. Written primarily for adult audiences but suitable for children 11 and up, Hamlet's Orphans delivers an unflinching look at what it is to be a kid, and how our identities are often shaped by the people we love. Visit 6thstreetplayhouse.com for show times and tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street

 

 

 

Monty Monty

 

 

TWO DAY WORKSHOP
Industrial Scrap Magic with Monty Monty & Aileen Cormack

July 29 and 30

Workshop for Adults and Children 8+. Drill, cut, assemble and fabricate in this wild, mixed-media sculpture class geared for the adventurous beginner! Experience the transformation of previously discarded materials like wood, metal plastics, bicycle parts and plexiglass into extraordinary art.  Learn to safely use hand tools, various fasteners, nuts, bolts and sheet rock screws and experience techniques such as wood joinery with glue and clamps. Last day to register for the workshop is on July 28th at 5:00pm. Click HERE for more information.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

Chop's Artist

 

 

 

CHOPS' 6TH ANNUAL JURIED ART GALA 

July 31, 5-7pm

Join us for our 6th Annual Juried Art Gala
featuring teen art created during our Summer Artist Series. Enjoy appetizers and music prepared by our teens. This free event is open to the public. Please RSVP by July 24th. More info HERE.

Chops's Teen Club, 509 Adam's Street

 

 

Chroma Gallery

THE SOFA SHOW

On Display Through August 3

A showcase of art, photography and crafts by artists who have studios in Santa Rosa's SOFA Arts District. Encompassing the blocks along South A Street between Julliard Park and Sebastopol Avenue, SOFA is home to 38 art studios and galleries, the highest concentration of artists in Sonoma County, as well as restaurants, live theater, shops and cafes.

This show features many of the artists who will be having open studios in the August ArtWalk, the annual open studios event which will take place August 2 and 3. It's a chance for art patrons to get a preview peek of the work before hand. Wednesday thru Friday noon to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Chroma Gallery, 312 S. A Street

 

 

Shakespeare in the Cannery

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CANNERY
Presents ROMEO + JULIET

Through August 23

The Arlene Francis Center in association with Vacant Lot Productions is thrilled to present a new Shakespeare festival in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa. Directed by David Lear, Romeo + Juliet will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm July 18-August 23.

Railroad Square, pedestrian entrance at 6th St. Playhouse parking lot, click HERE for parking locations

 

 

Swearingen

TOM SWEARINGEN: FUN IN COLOR!

Through August 28

This exhibit features oil and acrylic paintings of familiar objects, including toys, letter blocks, and candy. Swearingen enjoys creating photo-real paintings that often include an element of Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye). He enjoys painting highly detailed subjects, while focusing on light and color. Put a smile on your face by taking in this fun exhibit. On display through August 28.

City Hall Council Chambers,
100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Open Mic

OPEN MIC NIGHT
at the HISTORIC CHURCH OF ONE TREE

Fourth Wednesday, June-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

 

 

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 Matheny-Schuster, 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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