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Opening Reception: September 18, 4-6pm

The exhibition, curated by Debra Lehane and Satri Pencak, draws together work by artists who investigate and interpret the natural world through their art. By touching on a selection of natural sciences, such as biology, geology, genetics, chemistry, oceanography and physics, and using these as points of departure, the work in this exhibition allows the viewer to see how art and science can intersect and enlighten each other.

SRJC Art Gallery, 1501 Mendocino Avenue



Shoji Talk

with Jay van Arsdale

September 18, 6pm

Traditional Japanese shoji doors and windows are elegant and delicate constructions of wood and paper seen in both Asian and Western interior architecture.  Jay van Arsdale of Laney College in Oakland, teaches how to use Japanese woodworking tools and to construct Japanese joinery.  He also practices the art of Japanese joinery at the Daiku Dojo in Oakland, a workshop for the training of Japanese carpentry. His book, "Shoji - How to Design, Build, and Install Japanese Screens" was published in 1988 by Kondansha International in Tokyo. Museum members $8/ public $13. Purchase tickets here.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street



Arlene Francis Center

Featuring the Songs of Donovan

Two Performances:
September 21, 2pm and 7:30pm

In this original production, written by Nicholas Alva, the life of St. Francis of Assisi represents an individual’s profound realization of positive change. The story is presented in the form of a narrative collage of poetry, prose, song, instrumental music and dance. The songs of Donovan are interlaced with written works of art from India, Persia, the Middle East, the Gospels, Ancient and Medieval Europe, as well as contemporary and original works. Performance includes actors, singers, wind instruments, hand percussion, acoustic bass guitar and a dancer.

Arlene Francis Center, 99 West Sixth Street



Raptor Art

Action Drawing with Jonqui and a Live Falcon

Through September 23

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. Next performance with live falcon is September 20th. 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 information.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street



Maria de LosAngeles

at the Bennett Valley Senior Center

First Class: September 24, 10am-12pm

Sonoma County Museum is hosting a free workshop series of 4 classes for people from other countries and their families. Several artists will work with participants and their families to create life-size paintings of themselves. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome (children under 14 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent). No previous art experience needed. All art materials and a snack will be provided for free. Please RSVP, call Cynthia Leung at (707) 579-1500.

Bennett Valley Senior Center,
704 Bennett Valley Road



Art Walk


September 27, 11:30am–12:30pm

This is a Free event along Santa Rosa Creek and the Prince Memorial Greenway. Come enjoy a guided Art Walk! See and learn about the many sculptures, mosaics, and murals in downtown Santa Rosa. The Art Walk is part of the City of Santa Rosa’s 5th Annual Creek Week celebration and is scheduled during Creek Week’s Family Fun Day from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, September 27. Come early and join the Downtown Underground tour or stay late for the Insect Exploration, Fish Spotting, and Turtle Talk activities. For a complete list of Creek Week and Family Fun Day events, visit srcity.org/creekweek. Meet at the fish statue. Free parking will be available across the street at City Hall.

Prince Gateway Park, 171 Santa Rosa Avenue





Through September 28

The Imaginists investigate Euripides' The Trojan Women to re-imagine a new world. What if you had to perform your tragedy over and over for thousands of years so that history would not be repeated? What if it was repeated anyway? Would you start to resent having to perform your role? From out of the past come the archetypal women of Troy: Helen, the beauty, Cassandra, the truth-teller, Hecuba, the matriarch, Andromache, the rock, Polyxena, the future, and the Women of the Chorus, the time-travelers. Visit theimaginists.org for tickets.

The Imaginists Theatre, 461 Sebastopol Avenue 



The Glass Menagerie


Through September 28

In this revival of the great Tennessee Williams classic, newly envisioned by Playhouse Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller, Tom Wingfield is a homeless man living under a fire escape in modern-day St. Louis. Haunted by his past, we witness beautiful, humorous, and touching hallucination-like memories unfold before our eyes as a tormented man faces his demons and struggles to take responsibility for having abandoned his sister, Laura, and mother, Amanda, shattering the illusion that had made their lives bearable. Click HERE for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth Street






Through September 29

Judson Monroe is a landscape and genre painter who follows in the footsteps of the Macchiaioli with his alla prima approach to Realism. Sarah Webley Monroe is an animalier and still life painter who depicts everything from dried seahorses to taxidermized swans in the Academic Realist tradition.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street




Artstart's 11th Annual Fundraiser

October 4, 6-9pm

The Party for Art is an evening fundraiser with a silent auction, live auction, dinner, and cocktails, with all proceeds directly supporting Artstart. Attendees can bid on artwork donated by our apprentice artists, local professional artists, and local businesses. The live auction will include vacation destination packages to Mexico, Hawaii, and Africa, and our popular Fund-a-Need drive. Mexican buffet dinner, wine by Foppiano Vineyards, beer by Lagunitas Brewing, and live music by the Falcon Christopher Duo. All proceeds will support our goal to raise $25,000 to fund the program into 2015. Click HERE for tickets.

(Outside the Arts District, supporting Artstart)
Fulton X Gallery, 1200 River Road



Artistry in Wood


Through October 20

Join us for the opening reception and celebration of the 26th annual Artistry in Wood Exhibition! See the best of this year's juried work organized by the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association of fine craftspeople throughout our region. Music by The Bench Dogs! Wine and good company!

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street






Through October 29

Kitchen Space is a collection of macro photographs created with items found in any kitchen or dining room. The images explore colors, textures and luminosity to evoke images of the cosmos. Kitchen Space transforms common foods and flowers into dynamic images of striking colors, shapes and reflections that tease the imagination. Irizary uses Nikon DSLR cameras to create his macro images, then prints them on aluminum. A local photographer, Irizary loves capturing images of all kinds from portraits to landscapes, large and small.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue





Classes Start October 29

A class designed to encourage the creative process through art and movement. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons and drawing/marking/painting on paper will be used to 1) Learn how patterns of movement influence your brain and your expression of painting/drawing 2) Move in new ways, exploring a sensory experience that refines or expands your physical practice, be it dance, theatre, yoga, or sports, and embody it in two-dimensional visual form. Click HERE for more information.

Church of One Tree, 492 Sonoma Avenue



Open Mic


Fourth Wednesday, through 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




Calabi Gallery


Through November 3

This exhibition is essentially about diversity. We will showcase a wide variety of artists who worked in other countries or came here from other lands. Native Americans and artists from regional non-mainstream cultures will also be represented, as well as art whose content simply defies categorization.

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street



Apple in Hand


Through December 18

Show opens September 2nd 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 want to showcase the artwork of local Sonoma County artists on our walls." Open to the public Monday through Thursday 9am – 4pm, and Fridays 9am – Noon.

Sonoma Clean Power, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605



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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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


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


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!



Tara Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 

 Downtown Art Links