Past Exhibitions

September 7, 2013 to December 1, 2013

Paintings and Works on Paper by Wayne Thiebaud and Joseph Goldyne

Food has always been a subject of great fascination for artists. Contemporary artists Wayne Thiebaud and Joseph Goldyne skillfully capture the intrinsic beauty and essence of food. These paintings and prints by Thiebaud and Goldyne will highlight the playful aspects of food.

Two Flavors (Ice Cream Cone), Wayne Thiebaud 2003

June 28, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Photographer Nicole Katano and painter Marc Katano share a creative life in the arts. Although their work at first glance is very different from each other’s, there is great synchronicity between them. Marc’s compositions are inspired by Japanese calligraphy and the simple act of mark-making. Nicole’s photography draws out the moods and textures of details she captures with the camera. Seen together, this exhibition will reveal the synchronicity between the two. Nicole Katano also works with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance to photograph mentors with their mentees. Alongside the exhibition of the Katano’s artwork, will be an exhibition of these poignant photographs. 

April 6, 2013 to June 16, 2013

In a fascinating collection of paintings and lithographs that meld pop art with a derivation of ukiyo-e prints, Roger Shimomura depicts snatches of memories from the years he was incarcerated in a World War II concentration camp. Minidoka On My Mind sharply addresses sociopolitical issues of ethnicity and discrimination, taking visitors head-on into the racial conflicts of World War II and the unjust imprisonment of an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans. With this exhibition, Shimomura is determined to never let us forget one of the ugliest events in American history.

This exhibition also provides the foundation for the Museum's Art Rewards The Student (A.R.T.S.) program. Since January, 4th- and 5th-grade Sonoma Valley students have been learning about this period in history, the work of Roger Shimomura and the arts and crafts created by those living in the Camps. An exhibition of the students' work will open to the public on May 17.



January 19, 2013 to March 24, 2013

“Nothing in Cuba is what it appears.” For more than a quarter century, Darius and Sarah Anderson have been traveling to Cuba and in that time have developed a passion for Cuba and Cuban Art. Their diverse collection demonstrates that passion with objects as diverse as paintings, sculpture, cigar boxes, baseballs, posters and more. A culture is expressed through its art, and the works in this exhibition provide a profound and realistic assessment of revolutionary to present-day Cuba. Some of the works are powerfully moving, like a series of near life-sized paintings of everyday Cuban people doing everyday things, but all under water. The impact comes when you find that every one of these people of all ages—men, women, even children—have died attempting to cross over by sea to Florida. This personalizes an ongoing tragedy still relevant today.

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.

October 12, 2012 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."

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.


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