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Stella Monday


On Display Through July 2

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






July 3, 5-8pm

Calabi Gallery’s 2015 “Summer Selection” features works by Douglas Ballou, Eva Belishova, & Bob Dreier, as well as many other gallery artists. On a special note – we will be celebrating the birthday of our dear friend John Starkey! Please come on down & join in the fun!

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street



Buck Nickels and Loose Change

Buck Nickels & Loose Change

July 5, 5-7pm

There’s no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun at Live at Juilliard! Now celebrating its 22nd season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Juilliard Park. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of our tasty vendors. On July 5, enjoy Buck Nickels & Loose Change. This date will also feature the Sonoma County Travelling Fair! Visit srcity.org/liveatjuilliard for more info.

Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue



Robin Factor


On Display Through July 10

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



Denim & Daisies Gala


July 11, 5-73:0pm

You are invited to attend an informal Garden Gala at Luther Burbank's Chosen Spot! Cost: $100 per person. Reservations must be in by July 1. Event to include hearty hors d'oeuvres by Palooza, Rosso, & Sam's For Play Café; wine, beer & cider; martini bar; raffle, silent auction; live music by Court 'n' Disaster. Help us raise funds for educational programs, preservation work, and capital improvements at our historic site. To make reservations call 707-524-5445 or make reservations online.

Memorial Garden at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue



Buddy Holly


Show Runs Through July 19

Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, and “Oh Boy”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”. The incredible legacy of the young man in his famous horn-rimmed glasses continues to live on in Buddy! Click here for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth Street



Art is Medicine Show


Tour Runs Through July 25

The Art is Medicine show rides again!
Celebrating 7 years of free, bilingual, bicycle-powered theatre!
The Butterfly's Evil Spell/ El Maleficio de la Mariposa, by Federico García Lorca is a poetic comedy of insects and includes a cast of characters who are usually in danger of being stepped on; poet-beetle, a mysterious wounded butterfly, a curandera beetle, fireflies, and a bad-tempered scorpion beetle. This traveling play is full of surprises, puppets, masks and music. It celebrates the creative spirit, the power of poetry, and insects too! Visit www.theimaginists.org for a full schedule.

Various Public Parks, Santa Rosa





On Display Through August 13

There is a joy, a sense of gratitude and satisfaction when you grow and raise your own food. It’s that joy which I express in this current watercolor series, Glean & Grow. Each painting is a “portrait” of the fruits and vegetables I have gleaned from neighbors or that I have grown in our little backyard neighborhood garden in downtown Santa Rosa. My hope is that you enjoy my family of portraits as much as I’ve enjoyed painting them.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 10



Mieth and Hagel

LIFE, LABOR AND PURPOSE: The Photography of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel 

On Display Through August 30

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel left their homes in Germany together in 1927, both at the age of 17. Eventually making their way to the western United States in the midst of the Great Depression, they found their lives’ calling as photographers and became two of the most socially conscientious and perceptive chroniclers of their time. Their lives inextricably linked, the couple eventually made their final home on a ranch above Mark West Creek in Santa Rosa. For the first time, the History Museum of Sonoma County will present a significant exhibition of their work. Click here for more information.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street



Asian Pacific American History

I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH: An Asian Pacific American Story

On Display Through August 30

In the first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian celebrates Asian Pacific American history across this multitude of incredibly diverse cultures, and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here for more information.

History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street





On Display Through September 20

Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable.

Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street



Bud Snow

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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


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.

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!



Tara Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 

 Downtown Art Links