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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

Santa Rosan’s Americas Cup photos on exhibit

Photographs of the Americas Cup sailboat race on San Francisco Bay, taken by Santa Rosa photographer Stuart Kiehl, will be shown throughout August at the Depot Gallery in downtown Mill Valley. A former New York City fashion photographer, Kiehl also will offer framed, signed prints of his Americas Cup photographs for sale. The show runs Aug. 1-30 at the gallery, 87 Throckmorton Ave., with a wine and cheese opening reception planned for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Information:… Read More »

New art gallery opens in Sebastopol

The new CounterCulture ArtHaus Gallery will hold its grand opening celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29,  in Sebastopol. The gallery is in Suite 100 at the recently opened Barlow complex at 6780 Depot St. The gallery’s artists include Stanley Mouse, Ron Rodgers, Michelle Carnes, DebraLea Comstock, Heather Caulfield, Jud Smith, Craig Mitchell, Sivitri Delphia, Brino Ism, Tuareg Jewelry, Kerry Lidstrom of Gypsea Jewels, Rachel Dropp of Raw Elements, Erika Klohe and Stephanie Salva. Art includes jewelry, glass, sculpture and… Read More »

Tom Everhart’s Snoopy paintings on display in Healdsburg

The characters from Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strips have appeared in many media, from animated films to plush dolls. Among the most interesting  “Peanuts”-inspired projects are the paintings and silkscreen prints of Southern California artist Tom Everhart. The new Norcal Modern gallery at 115 Plaza St. in Healdsburg is showing some of Everhart’s fanciful depictions of Snoopy and his friends, featuring 11 new silkscreen editions and six original paintings, through the month of April. After meeting Schulz in 1980, Everhart… Read More »

Graton Gallery opens 7th annual ‘Invitational Exhibition’

One of of the more interesting art exhibits in Sonoma County every year is the “Invitational Exhibition” at the Graton Gallery, in tiny but lively downtown Graton. Owned and operated by a partnership of nine local artists, the gallery picks the best among the owners’ working artistic peers in the area for an annual show. The seventh annual “Invitational Exhibition” features 34 of Northern California’s most well-known and admired master painters, printmakers and sculptors. The show opened Jan. 15 and… Read More »

‘The Last Hurrah’ at Quicksilver Mine Co.

When Khysie Horn, owner and founder of the Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery in Forestville, titled her current exhibit “The Last Hurrah,” she meant it. As she announced last summer, Horn will close her gallery at the end of this year. “I have been doing this for almost 30 years, half my life,” Horn said then. “And I am in ready for, and in need of, a change.” “The Last Hurrah” features the work of nearly 100 artists and craftsmen… Read More »

Robert Chavez art exhibit comes to Santa Rosa

Los Angeles artist Roberto Chavez has worked for decades as both a painter and a teacher. Now, at age 80, he is recognized as a major force in California art. The Santa Rosa Junior College will display 60 of his paintings and drawings, including several very large pieces, Nov. 15 through Dec. 13 in the Agrella Art Gallery in the Doyle Library on campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave. The exhibit, “Roberto Chavez, Paintings and Drawings,” opens with a reception from 4… Read More »

Sebastopol Center for the Arts moving to new site

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is on the move, and that is not meant metaphorically. The center, housed for years at 6790 Depot Street, is moving to the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Building, 282 High St., next to Ives Park. “We agreed to a 30-year lease on the building,” said Linda Galletta, executive director of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. “We have a remodeling budget of $800,000. We are remodeling the auditorium to create a gallery space in the… Read More »

Sonoma County Museum is both subject and site of coming art show

You’ve heard of NIMBYs. Those are the folks who show up at public hearings to say they don’t oppose the construction of the latest big facility of some sort, as long as it’s “not in my backyard.” Now it’s time for the “IMBYs.” “In My Back Yard” is a concept promoted by Sonoma County artist and curator Pat Lenz. What it means is that art photographers take pictures of arts display spaces, such as galleries and museums, from all angles,… Read More »

Ragan Fine Art in Healdsburg opens new show at new location

As event titles go, it’s a little long, but it’s bound to have broad appeal. This weekend, Richard Ragan Fine Art & Oriental Rugs and the Hudson Street Wineries present “The Integration of Fine Art and Fine Wine.” The event celebrates the recent relocation of Ragan’s Healdsburg gallery, which opened last year on Healdsburg Avenue, to Old Roma Station, home of the Hudson Street Wineries, at 420 Hudson St. in Healdsburg. An exhibit of paintings by Sylvia Verange of Corte… Read More »