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Public Art

CALL FOR ARTISTS
Request for Proposals: Downtown Connect

The Public Art Program is seeking artists for a new public art opportunity in Downtown Santa Rosa. To find out more, click HERE. Deadline to apply is June 11.

 

 

ArtSpace

ARTSPACE PROJECTS COMMUNITY MEETING

May 27, 7-8:30pm

Artspace Projects, a national, nonprofit arts developer, and the City of Santa Rosa are working together to create a unique arts facility in Santa Rosa. The purpose of the meeting is to educate attendees about the work of Artspace, and gather feedback.

This community meeting is one of several that will be compiled in a feasibility study that will include such things as artist housing needs, affordability ranges, artist studio-only needs, location preferences, design requirements based on household sizes and arts disciplines, and arts organization space needs.

Person Auditorium at Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Avenue

 

 

Michael Ramos

SPRING SELECTION ART EXHIBITION

On Display Through May 30

Spring Selection features contemporary artists Michael Ramos, Alejandro Salazar, Jim Spitzer, and Christian Velastegui as well as many others. The gallery will continue to display a portion of our previous exhibition with additional selections of unusual antique, modern and contemporary artworks from our collection. We hope to see you there!

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street

 

 

Edminster

SUZANNE EDMINSTER: THE GOOSE GAME 

On Display Through May 30

The Goose Game is a series of new paintings and monoprints based on a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Goose Game is also a European board game based on the stages of the Camino. The opening night includes a chance to play the Goose Game in the gallery. Viewing dates are May 1- 30 by appointment.

Backstreet Gallery, Art Alley in the SOFA Arts District

 

 

Art at the Source

COLLABORATIONS IN THE ARTS: ART AT THE SOURCE PREVIEW SHOW

On Display Through May 30

Corrick's teams up with local artists, art supporters and enthusiasts to offer this Art at the Source Preview Show. With particular support from (and thanks to) the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Gallery at Corrick's and My Daughter the Framer will be hosting a variety of artists from the Art at the Source and Art Trails programs.

Corrick's, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

Shinga Shell

SHINGA SHELL: ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

Extended Through May 30

Chroma Gallery inaugurates Emerging Artists, a new series to promote undiscovered artists deserving gallery exposure. Our first show features the vibrant abstract paintings of Sonoma County artist Shinga Shell. In her work, graphic marks and icons overlay brilliant fields of color. Some of the paintings are contemporary echoes of the raw street art of Jean-Michael Basquiat.

Chroma Gallery, 312 S. A Street

 

 

Crazy for You

CRAZY FOR YOU

Show Runs Through May 31

You can't get more American that the amazing Gershwin musical, Crazy For You!  It is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930's playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby escapes New York, falls in love with the prettiest cowgirl in Deadrock, Nevada - and after a series of hilarious foils, mistaken identities, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers - he finally achieves his dream! It's a high energy, tap-dancing musical comedy that was an overnight American Classic when it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 1992. Click here for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth Street  

 

 

New Voices on the Vine

NEW VOICES ON THE VINE

Show Runs Through May 31

6th Street Playhouse once again joins forces with Redwood Writers to produce an exciting line-up of deserving, fully produced new short plays; three brand new full-length staged readings; and workshops and keynote playwright speakers - all of which will populate a two-weekend-long celebration of new works! Click here for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth Street

 

 

Robin Factor

METAMORPHOSIS: THE AR T OF CHANGE & REBIRTH

Show Opens: June 3
Artist Reception: June 5, 5-8pm

Paintings, sculptures, and photographs by Sonoma County and Bay Area artists in an exhibit that explores metamorphosis: physical and spiritual, personal and universal. The artist reception on June 5 coincides with the First Friday Open Studios when many of the studios and galleries in the SOFA (South of A Street) Arts District and downtown, open their doors giving the public an intimate view of these creative environments and the processes by which art is made.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street

 

 

Robert Wiliams

PREVIEW OPENING & DINNER WITH ROBERT & SUZANNE WILLIAMS

June 4, 6-9pm
 
Preview Dinner for SLANG Aesthetics with artist Robert Williams and his wife Suzanne.  Join us for a first look at the exhibition followed by a delicious dinner catered by Starks. Be the first to shop at the Last Gasp pop-up bookstore and get your exhibition catalog signed by Robert Williams. Event tickets are selling out fast! Space is limited to 100 people. Click here for tickets.  

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

Stella Monday

FIRST FRIDAY ART OPENING- STELLA MONDAY & BILL GEISINGER

June 5, 5-7pm

Local studio potter Bill Geisinger and photographer Stella Monday will be sharing their delightful work with us throughout the month of June, with an opening on Friday, the 5th. Don't miss this chance to enjoy good friends and neighbors, a glass of wine, and especially, the magnificent art being produced right here in our communities! Sponsored by The Living Room, a non-profit serving homeless women and children in Sonoma County.

Art Trails Gallery at Corrick's, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

Hot Rod Show

GRAND OPENING & HOT ROD STREET PARTY FOR SLANG AESTHETICS!: THE ART OF ROBERT WILLIAMS
 
June 5, 5-9pm

We are closing Seventh Street and bringing out the best hot rods in Sonoma County courtesy of Vern Tardel Hot Rods. There will be music, food & beverages! Check out the Pop-up bookstore by Last Gasp Publishing. $10 for pre-registering or $15 at the gate. Members are free. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

First Friday Art walk

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

June 5, 5-7pm

Art studios and galleries throughout the Santa Rosa Arts District open their doors to the public. Meet the artists and enjoy seeing new work. Event takes place every first Friday of the month. Participating venues in downtown Santa Rosa include: Calabi Gallery, The Annex Galleries, Art Trails and My Daughter the Framer Galleries at Corrick's, and Chroma Gallery along with the South of A (SOFA) Studios. Note that the SOFA venues will remain open until 8pm.

Throughout the Santa Rosa Arts District

 

 

Robert Wiliams

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST ROBERT WILLIAMS

June 6, 4pm

Enjoy a lively conversation with artist Robert Williams, who was an early contributor to Zap Comix and went on to found Juxtapoz Magazine. Williams will be interviewed on stage by Last Gasp publishers Ron Turner and Colin Turner. We will finish up with a book signing. Click here for advance tickets.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

Itamura

DRESS CODE(X): A SOLO EXHIBITION OF WORKS WITH WORDS BY C.K.ITAMURA 

On Display Through June 7 

Dress code(x) features two and three dimensional mixed-media works and works on paper, hand drawn, printed, and sculpted forms that resemble mysterious dresses, cocoons and other objects by Sonoma County artist C.K.Itamura. The Spinster Sisters host artists in their restaurant on a rotating basis.

Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street

 

 

Railroad Square Music Festival

RAILROAD SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 7, 11am-7pm

The North Bay Hootenanny presents a free day of music and attractions in Railroad Square. Bands include the Brothers Comatose, T-Sisters, Frankie Boots, and many more! Come on down and check out the grassroots craft fair, Shop Party! Support our local artisans and come home with some new crafts. Swing by the Luddart Drawing Rally tent where local visual artists will be drawing live at the event. There will be a silent auction for these one-of-a-kind pieces. Click here for more information.

Railroad Square, on Wilson St. between 3rd and 6th St.

 

 

Huth

GERALD HUTH: THE TIME IS NOW

On Display Through June 18

During the summer of 2013, Gerald Huth suffered an acute attack of vertigo. Unable to work for an extended time as he recovered, he thought of what he still wanted to say with his time as an artist. This collage/painting series (begun in November 2013) represents the clock, time passing on our lives, separated into quadrants relating to our creativity, our passions, our desire to create works of art, and the people or events in our lives that have inspired them. They are his love affair with oil painting and collage, and the need for an artist to mark his time here through his art.

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