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Public Art

SELECTED PROJECTS FOR DOWNTOWN CONNECT

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the projects selected for Downtown Connect, a public art opportunity in Downtown Santa Rosa. This is the kick-off project for work identified in the newly adopted Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan. The selected proposals include murals, tile installations and solar-powered sculpture. Click here for more information.

 

 

Chop's Art Gala

CHOP'S TEEN CLUB 7TH ANNUAL ART GALA

July 30, 5-7pm

The Gala will feature teen art created during our summer Side by Side Artist Series. Teaching Artists were Klaus Rappensperger, Joey Castor, Jimmie Hughes, Gale Bongiovanni, Bob Ankers & Barbara Kelley. This is a juried show featuring judges Suzie Friedman, Nick Mancillas & Mike Montague. Enjoy appetizers prepared by our Chop's Catering Crew and music provided by the Chop's Acoustic Musicians. For more information call 707-284-2467 or click here.

Chop's Teen Club, 509 Adams Street

 

 

Mendoza

CHRISTIE MARKS FINE ART GALLERY OPENING

July 31, 12-5pm

The Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery is reopening in Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District. The Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery (CMFA), is known for exhibiting cutting edge art and photography by Bay Area emerging and mid career artists. Formerly located in Healdsburg, the gallery’s new space is in Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District. The opening exhibition in the gallery’s new location is entitled “Mi Valle (My Valley), a California Journey”. The show features photographs by former Modesto Bee staff photographer, Adrian Mendoza.

Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery, 312 S. A Street, Suite 7

 

 

Howlett

BRIAN HOWLETT: GLEAN & GROW

Artist Reception: July 31, 5-7pm

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

 

 

Shakespeare in the Cannery

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CANNERY:
TWELFTH NIGHT

July 31 & August 1, 7pm (Gates at 5pm)

Bring your picnic for a pre-show meal.
Beverages available at venue with proceeds to
benefit non-profit Arlene Francis Center. Please be sure to bring your own chair or blanket and dress in layers because it tends to get cold after sunset! Click here for tickets and more information. Continues through August 15.

Railroad Square Cannery Lot

Pedestrian and ADA Parking entry through Sixth Street Playhouse Parking Lot at 52 W. Sixth Street

 

 

SOFA Art Walk

5TH ANNUAL SOFA ARTWALK

August 1 & 2, 11am-5pm

This free event features fine art and crafts for sale in a variety of styles and media including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. SOFA artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer your questions. There are 25 working artists studios and multiple galleries all within a one-block radius featuring special exhibits: Gallery 300, Chroma Gallery, A Street Studios, Seishin Studios, Backstreet Gallery, Jeremiah’s Photo Corner and the new Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery. This event is adjacent to Juilliard Park where the Honey Dippers will be playing a free concert at 5pm on Sunday!

SOFA, S. A Street & Sebastopol Road

 

 

The Honey Dippers

LIVE AT JUILLIARD!
The Honey Dippers

August 2, 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 August 2, enjoy The Honey Dippers (Blues, Rock, Soul). Click here for more information.  

Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

First Friday

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK

August 7, 5-8pm

All downtown Santa Rosa art galleries and studios are open for the monthly First Friday event. Participating galleries: In the downtown center (5-7pm): The Art Trails Gallery at Corricks, Calabi Gallery, and Annex Gallery. In SOFA- the South A Street Arts District (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

 

 

RRSQ Sidewalk Sale

RAILROAD SQUARE SIDEWALK SALE & MUSIC IN THE PARK

August 8 & 9

It's back! Railroad Square's annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The shops spill onto the sidewalks with wonderful items for sale. Come to shop, but stay for lunch or dinner or relax with a glass of wine after a day of fun shopping. On Saturday, enjoy Kyle Martin, a Singer-songwriter/guitarist from Santa Rosa and the leader of a creative and collaborative group of music artists known as The Kyle Martin Band. They will be entertaining in Railroad Square’s Depot Park from 11:30am-1:30pm on Saturday.

Railroad Square and Depot Park

 

 

Oink

Bull

SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY AT THE SONOMA COUNTY FAIR

On Display Through August 9

Oink by Jeff Schomberg and Bull by Bryan Tedrick will be on display at the Sonoma County Fair. Both artists are known for their large scale Burning Man installations. Oink will be on display just inside the main Fair entrance, and Bull will be corralled on the Fair’s Main Street. This special exhibit is made possible by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation.

Sonoma County Fair Grounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road

 

 

Dreier

SUMMER SELECTION 2015

Exhibition Open Through August 15

Calabi Gallery’s 2015 “Summer Selection” features works by Douglas Ballou, Eva Belishova, & Bob Dreier, as well as many other gallery artists. Check here for more information about the exhibition and Calabi Gallery.

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street

 

 

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

 

 

Williams

SLANG AESTHETICS! THE ART OF ROBERT WILLIAMS 

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

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