When I was invited to have my portrait made for the new “You’re Perfect” exhibit at Santa Rosa’s Gallery of Sea and Heaven, I was reticent.
Until I was reassured that the likenesses wouldn’t necessarily be lifelike.
That was a relief.
The show features portraits of 28 local people, painted by artists from Becoming Independent,a countywide nonprofit organization serving about 1,100 disabled people, and by other community artists, including Ryan Douglas, Ginny Stanford, Jack Jones, Sandra Rubin, Jack Leissring and Richard Ernst.
The models included: Sonoma County Supervisors Valerie Brown, Efren Carrillo, David Rabbitt, Mike Maguire and Shirlee Zane; State Assemblymen Wes Chesbro and Tom Ammiano; Brent Farris of KZST Radio; author Jonah Raskin, columnist Michele Anna Jordan and philanthropist Jeannie Schulz, among others.
So go at your risk.
The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sautrday, April 30, and runs through June 18 at the The Gallery of Sea and Heaven, 312 S. A St., Santa Rosa. Portraits will be created during the reception by Ryan Douglas and Travis Kenzy. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m.
Information: (707) 578-9123; www.becomingindependent.org.