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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Eilertsen named artistic director of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Kate Eilertsen, executive director of the Sonoma Museum Valley Museum of Art since 2009, has been appointed to the museum’s newly created post of artistic director. In her new role, Eilertsen will focus primarily on the downtown Sonoma museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. “This is a dream come true, to really concentrate on developing the artistic programs for this museum,” Eilertsen said in a statement issued Monday. This past winter, Eilertsen curated the first retrospective exhibit of work by Eleanor… Read More »

Art Trails open studio tour continues Oct. 18-19

If you love the visual arts, there’s nothing better than a chance to meet local artists and see how they work. Continuing through next weekend, art aficionados can visit the work spaces of some 160 artists during Sonoma County Art Trails. That’s a slightly different name for the county’s oldest annual open studio tour, formerly known as ARTrails and founded in 1986. With the new name comes a new sponsor, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, taking over from the… Read More »

Santa Rosa artist included in Northwest Watercolor Society exhibit

Santa Rosa artist Hal Wright has been invited by the Northwest Watercolor Society to show one of his paintings at its 74th annual International Open Exhibition, running from April 19 to June 6 in Tacoma, Wash. Wright’s painting, “Bosc and D’Anjou Discover the Portal to Secret Valley,” was chosen for the exhibit at the American Art Company by the show’s juror, internationally recognized artist Donna Zagotta. “I’m happy to have Hal’s whimsical work in this annual show,” said Zagotta in… Read More »

Sonoma County artist Jack Stuppin spotlighted at San Jose art fair

As a pioneer of the Silicon Valley high-tech boom, who turned full-time painter decades ago, Jack Stuppin sees a fateful pattern in this bit of news: Stuppins’ colorful, imaginative Sonoma County landscapes will be shown April 10-13 at the Silicon Valley Contemporary and Fine Art Fair at the San Jose Convention Center. “It’s unique for me in this respect: I was one of the forefathers of Silicon Valley,” Stuppin said. “In 1966, I helped start a company called American Micro… Read More »

Lauri Luck’s ’60X60′ art treasure hunt a big success

Longtime radio newsman Paul Harvey used to have a regular feature he called “The Rest of the Story.” That always seemed like a good  idea, since once a story is initially reported, we don’t always hear how it eventually turned out. Last month, I wrote a feature story about Forestville artist Lauri Luck, who decided to celebrate her 60th birthday ( March 27) by creating 60 small pieces of art — paintings and dog statues made of wood — and… Read More »

ARTrails open studio tour to resume

The annual ARTrails open art studio tour, sponsored by the Arts Council of Sonoma County for 28 years until the council’s demise last year, will be restarted this fall under the auspices of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. The new name for the program is not finalized yet, but it probably will be something along the lines of Sonoma County Art Trails, said Linda Galletta, executive director of the art center in Sebastopol. The dates for the two-weekend. countywide… Read More »

Kathleen McCallum Gallery opens in Montgomery Village with more than 20 artists

Santa Rosa photographer, arts activist, event organizer and former art teacher Katheleen McCallum will celebrate the opening of her art gallery with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The Kathleen McCallum Gallery, housed at 760 Village Court in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, opens with a roster of more than 20 established artists, including Joel Bennett, Sterling Hoffman, Hanya Popova Parker, Winifred Potenza, Ron Rodgers, Bill Thies and Martha Wade. The reception will feature live music by… Read More »

New David Best sculpture installed at Paradise Ridge Winery

Best-known as the legendary and iconic temple builder of the annual Burning Man arts encampment on the Nevada desert, Sonoma County artist David Best has created his first permanent steel structure. Sponsored by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, his new 32-foot-tall work, Permanent Temple of Remembrance, will be dedicated with a ceremony and celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. “David Best is renowned for his… Read More »

Artist Todd Barricklow and his GolemDrones come to A Street

Santa Rosa artist Todd Barricklow, whose old-fashioned, big-wheeled bicycles were always a hit at the Handcar Regatta, presents a new project this weekend. “GolemDrone,” an installation of ceramic figures, tiles and woodblock prints, will be featured 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, during the Artwalk weekend in the Santa Rosa’ A Street arts district. The exhibit continues through Aug. 31 at Gallery 300, 300 S. A St., Santa Rosa. Information: 707-332-1212, www.gallery-300.com. In Jewish lore, a rabbi created… Read More »

Sonoma County Museum gets $160,000 outreach grant

The Sonoma County Museum received a $160,000 two-year grant from the  James Irvine Foundation, a California-based philanthropic nonprofit. The grant will support the museum’s community outreach efforts to increase active involvement in the arts among Sonoma County’s low-income, culturally diverse immigrant families through art workshops in non-traditional venues. The museum plans a series of four multi-part art and storytelling workshops working with Sonoma County artists Mario Uribe, Linda Schroeter, Fred Vedder and Paul Gaudreau. The workshops will involve multi-generational families… Read More »