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Imaginists

 

 

IMAGINISTS FALL WORKSHOPS
Imaginary Ensemble (ages 9-13)
Ensemble 461: Teen Ensemble (ages 14-18)

Now Accepting Students

Sign up now for workshops and productions that begin in September! No auditions, or prior experience necessary. In The Imaginary Ensemble, acting, improvisation, movement, voice and circus skills will all be explored. Ensemble 461: The Teen Ensemble focuses on advanced training in voice, movement, text, and performance through group process. Click HERE for more information, or call (707) 528-7554.

The Imaginists Theatre,
461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

Alexander

ART EXHIBIT: THE WORK OF ROBERTA SODERBERG ALEXANDER

Through August 21

Come see Encaustic Collage by Roberta Soderberg Alexander 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 showcase the artwork of local Sonoma County artists on our walls Monday through Friday, 9-4pm.

Sonoma Clean Power, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605

 

 

Fraser

POP UP EXHIBITION & FUNDRAISER: LOUISA KING FRASER

Opening Reception: August 22, 5-7pm

For decades Louisa King Fraser has been painting and drawing with a focus on realism and abstraction.  A longtime Sonoma County resident, many of Louisa's works depict regional landscapes while others reflect her travels to Europe and other places. This is a free event. 100% of Sales Benefit the Museum's Exhibition Program. Click HERE for more information.

Sonoma County Museum,
425 7th Street

 

 

Funny Girl

FUNNY GIRL

Opens August 22, 8pm

Her career spanned from comedienne to Vaudeville star. In The Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. This show is her story, made famous by Barbra Streisand star of both the film and original Broadway cast. Musical numbers include I’m the Greatest Star, Don’t Rain On My Parade, People, and You Are Woman, I Am Man. Click HERE for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse,
52 W. 6th Street

 

 

Raptor Art

RAPTORS: LIVE BIRD ART
Action Drawing with Jonqui and a live falcon

August 23, 1-3pm

Chroma Gallery will feature the art of bird activist/artist Jonqui Albin. Her wire sculptures and drawings of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are prominently featured. The public is invited to weekly classes, demonstrations and performance art during which live raptors will be present. Jonqui hopes to raise awareness about bird preservation by partnering with bird rescue organizations and donating 10% of her proceeds to their efforts. Click HERE for more infromation.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street

 

 

Shop Party

SHOP PARTY: CRAFT FAIR

August 23, 4-7pm

ShopParty is a juried collective of artists, crafters and creative minds. We put on events showcasing our creations. Please join us for a mini pop-up event! Talented artists and makers selling the fruits of their labor. Art by Benjamin Jacobsen and Angela Collver. Come eat your dinner with us! Food will be served by Gwendolynn Grace and Robin Petersen. Libations for the 21 and up. $5 donations help keep us going and support this awesome new venue.

The Yard, 769 Wilson Street

 

 

Shakespeare in the Cannery

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CANNERY
Presents ROMEO + JULIET

Last Weekend: 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 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

 Downtown Art Links