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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 »

Local museums join national free Museum Day program on Saturday

If you’ve been curious about the “Artistry in Wood” woodworking show at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa or the “Kitchen Memories” kitchen memorabilia exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, Saturday (Sept. 28)  is your day. Both museums will offer free admission as part of the nationwide Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual “Museum Day Live.” Saturday hours at both museums are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission at Sonoma County Museum is for “Artistry in… Read More »

Axis Dance Company of Oakland to perform in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park

Sonoma County’s contemporary dance fans have two chances to see local performances by the internationally recognized Axis Dance Company of Oakland. Axis, known for choreography that integrates dancers both with and without physical disabilities, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Axis dancers, and a workshop class with dancer Bernadette Alverio of the Studio Gray dance studio in Santa Rosa.… 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 »

Books, lecture and exhibit on painter Richard Deibenkorn

The late Richard Diebenkorn, a leader in the San Francisco Abstract Expressionism art movement, will be the the topic for discussion in Berkeley this month. The name is not only world-famous, but familiar to longtime Sonoma County locals on another level, as well. Diebenkorn lived in Healdsburg from 1988 until his death in 1993. Sonoma painter Chester Arnold and art critic Peter Selz, founding Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, will examine Diebenkorn’s early work at… Read More »

Napa Valley Museum displays artwork by Miles Davis

“Miles Davis: The Art Of Cool,” an exhibit of more than 35 pieces of original artwork by the famed jazz trumpeter, opens Saturday, June 8, and runs through July 28 at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville. The exhibition was inspired by “Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork,” a new book by Scott Gutterman with Miles Davis, with a foreword by Quincy Jones, scheduled for release on October 10. Davis died in 1991. There will be a reception at the museum… Read More »

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County plans June 1 festival

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County invites the public to its future home at 1835 W. Steele Lane in Santa Rosa, next to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, for its “Groundbreaking Festival” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Long in the planning and fund-raising stages, the Children’s Museum is scheduled to open in mid-2014. In the meantime, the organization has been serving children and families since 2005 with its traveling “Museum-on-Go” program, which will be present at… Read More »

Sonoma County Museum opens ‘Mail Call’ exhibit

For generations of soldiers serving overseas, the next best thing to going home was getting mail from home. “Mail Call,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., celebrates the history of this of treasured correspondence. The show opens upstairs at the Sonoma County Museum with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and runs through April 21. The exhibit also is augmented with items from the Sonoma County Museum collection and… Read More »

New ‘Peanuts’ graphic novel release party at Schulz Museum

The “Peanuts” comic strip characters always have had a large and loyal fan base in Japan. Tourists from Japan are often among the visitors at Santa Rosa’s Charles Schulz Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the late creator of the strip. Now Charlie Brown and the gang return the favor in the new graphic novel, “It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!” The story follows Charlie Brown and Snoopy and their beleaguered baseball team as they represent the United States in… Read More »

Landscape paintings at Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley museums

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… Read More »