Past Exhibitions

October 12, 2012 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.

June 23, 2012 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.

May 24, 2012 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.

March 31, 2012 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.

January 14, 2012 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.

February 19, 2011 to May 15, 2011

Fashion conceals an uncomfortable truth. Today’s textile industry destroys natural habitats and shortens people’s lives. The industry is one of the world’s biggest and uses more water than any other apart from agriculture. It spreads toxic chemicals and produces substantial carbon dioxide emissions. Far too many people in the industry work under inhumane conditions, deprived of a decent wage and the right to trade union membership.

But there are alternatives to today’s environmentally harmful clothing. Organized by the Swedish Institute, Eco Chic—Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion, showcases Swedish fashion designers who take an environmentally friendly and ethical approach to their work, without sacrificing an ounce of fashion.

In the past, it was apparent which clothes were ethically produced by their appearance. Now, as Eco Chic shows, ethical fashion looks no different from conventionally produced clothing. What sets ethically produced fashion apart today is implicit in the values and attitudes of individual designers. The ecological and ethical production of clothing begins with the design of a garment, and continues right through to the finished product. Fashion companies need to be transparent about their production processes and the materials they use.

The fashion industry faces major challenges. Yet it is possible to change our attitude to fashion and consumption. Sustainable development is not simply an empty phrase, and fashion is not just about appearance.


For more information on how you can enhance your “Eco Chicness,” check out these web sites:

February 19, 2011 to May 15, 2011

Working in both urban and agricultural watersheds McCormick responds to environmental issues using a problem solving design process to give aesthetic weight to ecological solutions.  His body of work becomes a “citizen science” inquiry into water quality.  McCormick is an interdisciplinary artist creating ecological sculptures that work with natural systems.  He looks beyond witnessing and documenting environmental change to create art that becomes positive interventions.  McCormick’s sculptures are often ephemeral and temporal–when these interventions are completed and a restoration cycle is established, he intends that the artist’s presence is no longer apparent.


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