Past Exhibitions

Exhibition
October 12 to December 30, 2012

The Art of Handmade Paper features some of the best examples of handmade paper today. Extraordinary selections from North American and Asian artists, include rare 20th century Japanese papers and paper-making implements from a private collection. The impressive variety, dexterity, and adventurousness of both eastern and western artists will delight the viewer.

Exhibition
October 12 to December 30, 2012

Recent drawings, paintings and prints from a series of work inspired by the Northern California coast will be seen in this solo exhibition of one of today's most treasured Bay Area artists. His fascination with the natural world portray a coastal environment that is a place of dynamic evolution about which he says, "coming together of the earth with the water, where one becomes the other, that zone of natural activity that dissolves the edge of the continent through the ever-active pounding of the surf."

Exhibition
June 23 to September 23, 2012

Throughout his creative life, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) has drawn inspiration from themes that have inspired artists for centuries. This exhibition will focus on some of the major areas of inspiration in Ferlinghetti’s work, reflected in writings, paintings, and graphic works.  The four themes include: 1) Her-Woman, the Sea, Liberation/Pacifism and Art and Literature.  With assistance from City Lights publishers, poems and text will accompany the visual art.

Curated by Diane Roby. 

City Lights bookstore.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Cherie and Keith Hughes.

Exhibition
May 24 to June 10, 2012

A.R.T.S. Explores Color Theory is a student exhibition presented alongside the exhibition Color Theory: The Use of Color in Contemporary Art . Sonoma's 4th- and 5th-grade students worked all year to master the principles of color theory and create over 25 collaborative art projects that demonstrate their emotional, environmental, and symbolic associations with color. Initiated in 2000, Art Rewards the Student (A.R.T.S.) places teaching artists in 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms throughout Sonoma Valley at no cost to the schools. A.R.T.S. is funded by grants from The Cochran Family Fund of the Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.

Exhibition
March 31 to June 10, 2012

Color is the essence of landscape, of mood, of our whole perception of the physical world. Whether taken from a palette, deployed as propaganda, or opening the doors of perception, color is central to art not only as an element but also as an idea. The work included in this exhibition celebrates the definitions and debates around the history, meaning and use of color in contemporary art.

Exhibition
January 14 to March 18, 2012

Sonoma County is rich in innovative artists that practice creativity and inspiration in diverse and dynamic ways. Michael Schwager, Gallery Director and Professor at Sonoma State University and Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director for SVMA, have chosen five artists who live and work in Sonoma County whose work has not been seen in galleries or museums and who have not been given the attention they deserve. Cathy Ellis, Peter Hassen, Ryan Lely, William Smith and Esther Traugot will present their work in this lively exhibition.

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