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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.

 

 

Tom Holland

TOM HOLLAND ON TOM HOLLAND

May 5, 6:30pm

Tom Holland, whose work is featured in Tom Holland: Five Decades of Work, will talk about his work, changes and growth in the five decades, his inspiration, and his thoughts. This is a unique opportunity to hear the artist and understand his process. Tom Holland has been called one of California's most important contemporary artists and was featured in Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–1980: An Illustrated History. His work has been labeled exhilarating and visually challenging, playing games and distorting the three dimensional space. Meet-the-speaker reception begins at 6:30pm. The talk begins at 7:00pm. Click here for details.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

The 16th

THE 16TH

Show Opens May 5, 8pm

We all enter the big race, like it or not, until we're scratched. Whether you’re born into this mess Standard, Arabian or American we all check at the post and race two furlongs past the same pole. Its changing the odds that make it exciting. Shaking up the fix and reporting the biggest cracker jack prize we could shake out. The Capital Foundation was looking to us, the Agency Agency, to override the Main Frame by mining stories from the external quadrants. Scouring the 15th sector for the brave few who stepped out to help us with surveys and testimonials was a bad job. We all knew the 16th would be much worse. Click here for tickets.

The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

Elliott

BARBARA ELLIOTT: SELECTED WORKS

Opening Reception: May 6, 5-8pm

Elliott’s work is contemporary yet nostalgic as if coated with attic dust. One senses a haunting humor while recognizing an understated elegance. Her subject is always the human form, whether alive or inanimate. She photographs old dolls weathered by time, mannequins missing limbs, or live female models wrapped in spiraling cellophane. Her photographs of dolls seem to come alive while living beings seem to be suspended in time.

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery, 312 South A Street, Suite #7

 

 

First Friday Artwalk FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK

May 6, 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

 

 

National Gallery

FILM SCREENING: NATIONAL GALLERY

May 6, 6-9pm

Kristen Throop will be showing the documentary “National Gallery” (2014) by Frederick Wiseman in Backstreet Studio “C” in Art Alley in the SOFA neighborhood. The film is three hours long, though you can watch a small segment or the whole thing and it will still makes sense. The film is a series of vignettes showing behind the scenes at London’s National Gallery. The screening is the same day SOFA’s First Friday Artwalk.

Backstreet Studio C, SOFA Neighborhood

 

 

My Fair Lady

MY FAIR LADY

Show Opens May 6, 8pm

The musical by which all others are measured!  Based on Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is triumphant.  With “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”,” With a Little Bit of Luck”,” The Rain in Spain”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” it’s no wonder everyone — not just Henry Higgins — falls in love with Eliza Doolittle. Click here for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street

 

 

James Ford Grant

JAMES FORD GRANT AT CALABI GALLERY

Reception: May 7th 4-7pm

Calabi Gallery will be exhibiting mixed media sculptures, acrylic paintings with mixed media materials on canvas and panels, digital monoprints and photographs by James Ford Grant. In addition, a wide array of artwork will also be on display from the gallery collection including antique, modern and contemporary inventory in all mediums. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 7th from 4-7pm. Refreshments and light bites will be served for your enjoyment.

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street

 

 

Twelfth Night

TWELFTH NIGHT

Show Runs Through May 8

April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. To honor him, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Theatre Arts Department is presenting one of his most popular comedies, Twelfth Night. True to the period, an all-male cast will bring to life the tale of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated in a shipwreck. For safety, Viola disguises herself as a pageboy (so there’s a man playing a woman playing a man) and then things get really complicated! Huzzah! Continues through May 8. Click here for more information and tickets.

Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Avenue

 

 

Tom Holland

TOM HOLLAND: PROVISIONAL PIONEER

May 12, 6:30pm

In this lecture, Art Critic Mark Van Proyen will examine the career of Bay Area artist Tom Holland in the light of how his work has anticipated the recent resurgence of Abstract Painting that has gained prominence in the Artworld since 2007. Mark Van Proyen is a Bay Area based artist and art critic. He has been writing about the art of northern California for over 40 years. He is Associate Professor of Painting and Art History at the San Francisco Art Institute. Meet-the-speaker reception begins at 6:30pm. The talk begins at 7:00pm. Click here for details.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street

 

 

New Voices on the Vine

NEW VOICES ON THE VINE

It is an ever evolving mission here at the Playhouse to foster and nurture playwrights and their newest, freshest works that are ready to be seen by an audience.  The results of that evolution is that our annual New Play Festival has grown and has a name that evokes the joy of new works being revealed in our community! 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 more information.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street

 

 

Codding

BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM: SONOMA COUNTY AFTER THE WAR

On Display Through: May 15

The foundations of today’s Sonoma County were laid, literally and figuratively, in the period after World War II. Even though it was at the fringes of Bay Area wartime industry, the war directly added thousands of soldiers and sailors to Sonoma County. After the war, cheap land, a lack of regulation, and the GI Bill afforded unprecedented opportunities to entrepreneurs. Developers and their financial backers altered the political power structure and what had been farm country gave way, over time, to a diverse modern landscape of cities and suburbs.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

Maria de Los Angeles

ARTISTS RECEPTION: MARIA DE LOS ANGELES

On Display Through: June 2

Maria de Los Angeles’ subject matter explores the immigrant’s experience; the conflict between imagined dreams and the reality of the undocumented alien’s life. With spring colors, washes of pinks, and an inherent desire to make beautiful images of those who sleep, are voiceless, in silence, in fear, and are waiting for change, de Los Angeles paints vignettes of bodies, landscapes, and border patrols. On display through June 2.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

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