Thomas Cole

Sonoma County art lovers who favor scenic vistas have two choices this month, with exhibits of landscape paintings on display at two local museums:

(1) Sonoma County Museum’s two exhibits of work by 19th-century American master Thomas Cole — “Thomas Cole: Peace at Sunset” and “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting” — continue through Jan. 13 in Santa Rosa.

“The California Landscape: Conservation & Collections at the Sonoma County Museum” is also running in conjunction with the Cole shows.

Address: 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa.  Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7; $5 for students, seniors and disabled; free for children 12 and under. Information: 579-1500,

(2) “Larry Thomas: Coastal Echoes,” featuring landscape paintings by the Bay Area artist, runs through Dec. 30 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Address:  551 Broadway, Sonoma. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission: $5; 12 and under free. Information: 939-7862,