News & Events
FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
The Wine Country Fires of 2017 remind us that natural disasters are indiscriminate in who they impact individually, yet also of the depth of our inherent instincts to help collectively. Recovery will be a long and difficult journey, but will surely also be filled with miracles of many shapes and sizes. Creative Sonoma has developed new resources for our creative community members who have been affected by the fires, together with ways you can help. Click here to see Creative Sonoma's list of resources, or visit CreativeSonoma.org
RAILROAD SQUARE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES
Rides begin November 24, 11am-4pm
Bring your friends and family to the 30th annual Railroad Square Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides, a gift to the community from the Railroad Square Association, generous donors and major sponsors: Rabobank and Teevax Home Appliance. The complimentary rides leave from the Depot between 11-4 starting on Friday, November 24th and then every weekend starting November 25 through Saturday December 23rd (weather permitting). Special Christmas Eve hours are 11am-3pm.
Depot Park, 9 West Fourth Street
WINTER LIGHTS: DOWNTOWN SANTA ROSA TREE LIGHTING
November 24, 4-8pm
On the day after Thanksgiving, downtown Santa Rosa’s annual tree lighting event – Winter Lights – brings together the community to celebrate the holidays with activities for all ages. This beloved celebration is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
Old Courthouse Square, 25 Old Courthouse Square
AFTER THE FIRE
Exhibition open through November 25
In celebration of the end of the recent horrific blazes, and the rebuilding of normalcy in our beautiful Sonoma County community, Calabi Gallery is rehung with several mini shows including a Pop Up of poignant fire imagery by photographer Penny Wolin. Also on view is a selection of favorite Dia de los Muertos material, art by selected immigrant populations and artists from other parts of the world. Calabi Gallery will be donating 10% of all sales for the duration of this show to relief funds for Sonoma County artist fire victims.
Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street
On display through November 26
Unpacked debuts contemporary works from private collections of Northern California. More than 15 artists are included, providing a rare look into the inspiration for established collectors to build private museums and gift their art to regional institutions. It is the first exhibit of an ongoing initiative to showcase works of private collections to the public. In its inaugural edition, Unpacked exhibits works from the collections of both Debbie and Eric Green and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.
Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION
Exhibition open through November 30
The Día de los Muertos exhibition is a visual feast that combines the traditional with the modern, featuring ofrendas (altars) in the styles of Oaxaca and Michoacán artwork by Peter Perez, Martín Zúñiga, Mario Uribe and Rubén Guzmán and honoring 110 years of Frida Kahlo (created by Liz Camino-Byers). Click here for more information.
History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street
RING THE BELLS ART WALK
December 1, 5-8pm
Ring in the season while strolling through the SOFA arts district. Artist studios and galleries will be open with beautiful works of art, hot cider, festively attired carolers and musicians. The resident South A Street artists will be inviting guest artists to share their studios, doubling your viewing pleasure. The public is invited to bring a bell to ring or jingle as you walk from studio to studio in the spirit of the holidays.
SOFA Arts District, Sebastopol Avenue and South A Street
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Show opens December 1, 7:30pm
A spectacular production featuring dazzling dancing, gorgeous costumes, a heartwarming story and all your favorite songs beautifully performed by a truly talented cast. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical tells the story of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean" and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas." Click here for tickets.
6th Street Playhouse, 56 West Sixth Street
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT LUTHER BURBANK HOME & GARDENS
December 2nd & 3rd, 10am-4pm
You are invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 38-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. Enjoy complimentary spiced tea and cookies, provided by Chops Teen Club. Shop for unique Burbank and Santa Rosa related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Get a limited supply copy of Santa Rosa: A Nineteenth Century Town, autographed by the authors Gaye LeBaron, Dee Blackman & Joann Mitchell. FREE PARKING is available at First & “D” Streets, and enjoy FREE RIDES on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, corner of Santa Rosa Avenue & Sonoma Avenue
CHRIS MCKEE: THE WONDER YEARS
Exhibition open through December 14
Chris, born in Santa Rosa is a Sonoma State and local Junior College alumni and has studied in Egypt and Paris. He employs older more traditional methods of making his paints using raw materials. He also works in sculpture, printmaking, drawing and photography to find which medium will suit each finished piece. He often infuses his work with nostalgia. He feels that that which could normally condemn art to kitsch can be made instead to convey a deeper subtext of struggles and triumphs. His result is a multi-faceted view into personal yet approachable works of art.
City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue
OPENING RECEPTION FOR ARTISTRY IN WOOD Exhibition open through January 7
For twenty-nine years, the Museums of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) have collaborated to present Artistry in Wood, a major showcase of fine regional craftsmanship. While firmly grounded in Sonoma County, Artistry in Wood has developed a broader reputation as one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in the state. All entries are juried by the SCWA Guild and are evaluated by expert judges for the Best of Show, as well as awards of merit. For more information click here.
Art Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street
Public Art Master Plan Adopted
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 or email Tara Thompson, Arts Coordinator or call her at 707-543-4512.