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Catherine Richardson 

CATHERINE RICHARDSON: INCREASINGLY PRECIOUS

Reception: December 2, 5-7pm

Beneath the layers of civilization, with its man-made structures and organizations, here is the land; the living, pulsing sphere; the physical reality of an immeasurable force that we are interdependent with. Catherine Richardson’s artwork is a cultivation of her connections to the natural world. It becomes a practice of dissolving ego and allowing questions, musings and poetics to create dialogue with the art making process. This exhibit references the rapidly changing higher latitudes of our planet. The layered imagery suggests activity in the arctic ice-melt, mineral extraction and glacial mobility. This work is fueled by research, emotions, imagination and Catherine’s observations from flying over Greenland during her annual journeys between UK and California.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Olson and McWethy

McWETHY & OLSON AT CORRICK'S

December 2, 5-7pm

Tatiana McWethy & Rik Olson will be featured throughout December at the Gallery at Corrick's. Realist painter Tatiana McWethy is in her first year in Art Trails, and joins the Gallery at Corrick's with a selection of stunning trompe l'oeil, beautiful iconography, and more! Rik Olson, a part of the Gallery for several years, will be sharing with us about his fascinating printmaking process! Wine proceeds go to benefit local chamber choir Cantiamo Sonoma. Let's celebrate the arts together!

Corrick's, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

Ring the Bells

RING THE BELLS

December 2, 5-8pm

Ring in the season while strolling through the SOFA arts district located just behind Juilliard Park in Downtown Santa Rosa. Artist studios and galleries will be open with beautiful works of art, lit ambience, hot cider, carolers and musicians. South A Street artists invite guest artists to share their spaces. Please join us for this special evening of art community. You are invited to bring a bell to ring or jingle as you walk from studio to studio in the spirit of the holidays.

SOFA District, South A Street and Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

The Art of Cluster

THE ART OF CLUSTER

December 2, 5-8pm

Eco-Abstract Paintings by Mary Vaughan, Vintage Objects by Rachel DuFour & Nature Illustrations by Alina Neubel during Ring the Bells and First Friday Art Walk. A casual holiday studio event on South A Street. The Art of Cluster will also be open for viewing: Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 from 12 to 4 pm. Current, on-going work by Mary Vaughan will be open for holiday viewing on Friday, December 9 from 5 to 8pm (during Small Works Show at Chroma Gallery) and Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11 from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Cook House Studio, 327 South A Street

 

 

First Friday Art Walk

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

December 2, 5-8pm

Downtown Santa Rosa art galleries and studios are open for the monthly First Friday event. Participating galleries include (Open 5-7pm): The Art Trails Gallery at Corricks, and Annex Gallery. (Open 5-8pm): Chroma Gallery, Christie Marks Gallery, Studios at 312 S. A and Backstreet Studios. Free musical entertainment in the garden behind Chroma Gallery.

Various Downtown Galleries

 

 

Santaland Diaries

SANTALAND DIARIES

Opens December 2, 8pm

David Sedaris' one-man tale of an out-of-work, anti-hero who decides to become a Macy's elf during the holidays in order to make ends meet. An amazingly hilarious, unadulterated, naughty Christmas bedtime story that has been warming hearts with spiked egg nog for almost a decade. Continues through December 18. Click here for more information.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street

 

 

Holiday Open House

LUTHER BURBANK HOME & GARDENS 37TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

December 3 & 4, 10am-4pm

Tour Luther Burbank's Home, decorated for the holidays, enjoy spiced tea & cookies in the greenhouse and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Shop for the holidays in the Carriage House Gift Shop, and choose from a wide variety of unique gifts for everyone on your list! $3 admission, children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the educational and preservation programs of this National, State and City Historic landmark, home of renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank. (Free rides on "Rosie the Trolley" between our event and the Handmade Holiday  Crafts Fair at Finley Center).

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa Avenue at Sonoma Avenue

 

 

Ringgold

MOIRA ROTH TALKS ABOUT FAITH RINGGOLD: FRIEND, FELLOW TRAVELLER AND COLLEAGUE

December 4, 3:30pm

Moira Roth, who has written extensively on Faith Ringgold, as well as traveled with her to France and Morocco, will present a “picture” of Ringgold in her many roles as artist, activist, writer and performer. Roth has frequently written on Faith Ringgold, and has also traveled with her to Paris and North Africa. She edited Ringgold's autobiography, published in 1995: We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold. The meet-the-speaker reception begins at 3:30pm. The talk begins at 4:00pm. Click here for tickets.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

Small Works Show

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SMALL WORKS SHOW

Deadline to Submit Work: December 4, 11am-2pm

This is a non-juried show open to artists from all Bay Area counties. Small Works is limited to wall-hanging work in any media, no larger than 12″ on any side. For this show we are not accepting work requiring a pedestal or stand. Artists may enter one or two pieces of art. Fee: $15 per entry. Drop-off dates begin November 18, and end December 4. Click here for specific dates, and more information.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street

 

 

The Magic Circle Cycle

THE MAGIC CIRCLE CYCLE

Show Opens December 9, 8pm

The Imaginists present early showings of their latest work in development, The Magic Circle Cycle, a collaboration with musician/composer Kalei Yamanoha (Oddjob Ensemble, Crux), inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. The Magic Circle Cycle is a response to the historical moment in which we find ourselves, a new spin on an age-old story in which two women compete to inhabit multiple personalities in a ritual of revolution. “There was once a woman made mother by love, not blood,” the Old Story begins, “but her world was ready for blood, not love.” As with all of The Imaginists' work, it offers audiences the experience of myth and magic and asks a question both ancient and urgent: Where is our responsibility? Recommended for mature audiences. Click here for tickets and more information.

The Imaginists,  461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

The Beat Goes On

OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE BEAT GOES ON: PEACE, LOVE AND ROCK 'N' ROLL IN THE NORTH BAY

December 10, 5-7pm

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibition, The Beat Goes On: Peace, Love, and Rock 'n" Roll in the North Bay. Music by Matthew Mendonsa, appetizers, and cash bar.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

The Music Man

THE MUSIC MAN

Show Runs Through December 11

There’s trouble in River City! When smooth-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in a small, tight-knit town in Iowa, he expects to dupe its residents with his elaborate moneymaking scheme. But when the stern (and pretty) librarian catches his eye, he struggles to keep his scheme afloat. For tickets and information, call (707) 527-4307 or visit us online here.

Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Avenue

 

 

Dubois/Leifer

GALLERY 8: ‘SEEING THE UNSEEN’ BY DUBOIS/LEIFER

On Display Through December 17

The two artists, Helena Leifer and Max DuBois will show artwork in collaboration. Two artists team up with their artwork to produce a rich, diverse celebration of their once solitary efforts. Including over 20 rare and original works of wide ranging expression. Leifer’s work is primarily handcut art and DuBois’ monotypes pair well in this show. These carefully selected associated groupings will engage anyone’s unknown, deeper thought processes.

Gallery 8, 312 South A Street

 

 

A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 

Show Runs Through December 23

A Christmas Carol was an immediate tradition for Playhouse patrons last season, and we are bringing it back! This riveting, serious, funny and ultimately joyous new stage version of the story banks on Dickens’ original story’s beauty and durability, but moreover it’s blazing theatricality.  Veteran actor Charlie Siebert will once again bring the famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge to life on the stage for the whole family this Holiday Season! Click here for information and tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 west Sixth Street

 

 

Carriage Rides

HOLIDAY HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES

Open Weekends Through December 24

Bring your friends and family to the 29th annual Railroad Square Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides, a gift to the community from the Railroad Square Association. Between 11-4, the complimentary rides leave from the Depot every weekend starting Nov 26 through Christmas Eve. (weather permitting). On Saturdays enjoy carolers, a photo booth and tours of the Hotel La Rose lobby’s ‘Magical Forest’, plus hot cider at the California Welcome Center. On Saturday, Dec 3, visit all the shops during their annual Holiday Merchant Open House. Step back in time in Historic Railroad Square, where the past and present come alive.

Depot Park, Wilson & 4th Street

 

 

Area Arts

JACQUES BARTELS

On Display Through December 24

New York artist Jacques Bartels’ Original Oils, Mixed Media, and Gouache Paintings are currently exhibiting at the Area Arts Gallery.  Influenced by his fascination of the European Secession and Art Nouveau Movement, his thought-provoking work is not to be missed.Also on display is the original artwork of Grace Slick, Tom Everhart and John Lennon.

Area Arts, 105 Fourth Street

 

 

(Native’s) View of Angel Island by Sutter Marin, 1975

THE BEAT WENT ON: LATE WORKS BY SUTTER MARIN

Now Extended! On Display Through December 31

Known as a beat era artist and poet, Sutter Marin’s extraordinary paintings of the 70’s and 80’s were far out of the visual arts mainstream. Marin’s paintings will be exhibited and accompanied by works by other artists of his milieu including Paul Beattie, Dorr Bothwell, Roy DeForest, Howard Foote, Madeline Gleason, Charles Howard, Robert Howard, Harry Jacobus, Jose Ramon Lerma, Mary Fuller McChesney, Robert Pearson McChesney, Louis Nadalini, Deborah Remington, Reese Thornton, and Julius Wasserstein. A new selection of antique, modern and contemporary artwork in all media from the gallery collection will also be on display.

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street 

 

 

Ringgold

FAITH RINGGOLD: AN AMERICAN ARTIST

On Display Through January 29

Faith Ringgold: An American Artist, features storyquilts, works on paper, tankas, soft sculpture, and original illustrations. An African American artist, Ringgold is also a celebrated writer and educator.  She is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where she taught art from 1987 until 2002. Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

Artspace

ARTSPACE AND CITY OF SANTA ROSA MARKET SURVEY

Attention all artists & creatives! Imagine an affordable mixed-use live/work project for artists & creatives of all disciplines. You can help bring creative space to Santa Rosa - Please take and share our survey to provide input: http://www.srcity.org/Artspace

 

 

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