Current Exhibitions

Exhibition
September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019

STREETCOLOR is an internationally known textile artist known for her "yarnbombing," a clandestine and affirmative form of pop-up art, and for her interactive textile installations in museums. She yarnbombed the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in 2014.

This site-specific, interactive textile installation was created by the artist and the community of Sonoma. A sea of blue and aqua, comprised of a total of 44 strands of pompoms, commemorates the 44 people who lost their lives in the fires of October 2017. The color blue produces a sensation of calmness and relief; the floating lines of pompoms offer an opportunity for reflection, movement, and the gradual return of joy.

Visitors are invited to help complete this installation by writing their thoughts, encouragements, and inspiration for their communities on a card and tying it to a pompom. The installation is both inside and outside the museum.

Exhibition
September 29, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Each art collection, like each picture, tells a story. 20 Sonoma Collectors brings the story of 20 art enthusiasts and their collections to SVMA. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view contemporary art from important Sonoma collections, including works by Squeak Carnwath, Shepard Fairey, Roy De Forest, Tom Friedman, Jacob Hashimoto, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Come join us to celebrate SVMA’s 20th anniversary!

Exhibition Sponsors:

Holly and Stephen Sorkin

   

 
Exhibition
September 29, 2018 to January 6, 2019

From Fire, Love Rises commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Many artists in these regions have relied on their artistic practice to recover from their losses and help restore the community around them. The exhibition features artists and writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. 

We are moved by the community effort that has transpired since the fire and with this exhibition, and pledge to continue the Museum’s work in helping to rebuild safe spaces, preserve our collective memories, and create new artistic visions and dreams as we move forward from the fires in the years to come. Our interest in featuring artists and writers who were directly and indirectly impacted by the fires and its aftermath, was to highlight the restoration of emotional resolve, the ability to find beauty among the wreckage, and the knowledge that, in this community, it’s love that burns brightest.   

Participating artists and writers include: John Arntz, Lori Barron, Erick Benitez, Mima Cataldo, Arisbet Camacho, Ed Coletti, Sam Coturri, Alan Crisp, Ethan Davis, Camille Dungy, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Erick Dunn, Brian Fies, Carole Flaherty, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, Peter Hassen, Katherine Hastings, Brenda Hillman, Kylie Hopp, Maya Khosla, Maurine Killough, Laura Kimpton, Ada Limón, Fran Braga Meininger, Gwynn O'Gara, Norma I. Quintana, Gregory Roberts, Mary Lee Rybar, Kala Stein, Bryan Tedrick, Bob Van Breda, Adam Wiedmann, Valerie Woods, and Breyanna Wright.

SVMA is not the only Sonoma institution paying homage to the impact of the fires. RE-COLLECT, recalling Sonoma one year later, which opened in Gallery 212 at the Sonoma Community Center on September 29, is a partner exhibition showing work by Luba Zygarewicz, Mike Acker, and Barbara White Perry. The exhibition runs through October 14, 2018; the opening reception is October 4 at 5:30pm.

 

Exhibition Sponsors:

Holly and Stephen Sorkin

Laura Kimpton

KSVY 91.3

(Arts Response Grant)

   

 
Exhibition
September 29, 2018 to January 6, 2019

SVMA is excited to announce that we have installed Laura Kimpton's "LOVE" sculpture in front of Sonoma's City Hall as a part of our From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared from the Artist Community exhibition. The internally lit steel letters embody "the love in the air is thicker than the smoke" spirit witnessed during the Northern California fires of 2017. The installation aligns with the one year anniversary of the fires, and pays tribute to the resiliency and strength of the Sonoma community. We wish to acknowledge our partner, The City of Sonoma, and our sponsors, Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg, for their extraordinary support.

Sponsors and Partners

Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg

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