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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

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 »

‘Peanuts’ animated feature film scheduled for 2015

A new feature film starring the late Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip characters is scheduled for release in 2015. The Iconix Brand Group Inc., based in New York, announced today (Oct. 9) that the animated film, as yet untitled will be produced by Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz of Santa Rosa. “The screenplay is almost done. We’re working on rewrites today. Obviously, the story is top secret,” Schulz said. Craig Schulz’s son, Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano have written the screenplay for… Read More »

Billie Jean King to visit Schulz Museum

Famed former tennis pro Billie Jean King will appear Jan. 15 at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Her visit will come during the “Leveling the Playing Field,” an exhibit of 86 original “Peanuts” strips by Schulz, celebrating women in sports. After meeting King, Schulz  highlighted the issue of females in sports with a multi-day storyline in 1979. And he continued to focus on the issue. Schulz died in 2000 after writing and drawing his comic strip for nearly… Read More »

It’s all a game, Charlie Brown

See good ol’ Charlie Brown and the whole “Peanuts” comic strip gang at play in “Games Children Play,” an exhibit of 50 original cartoons by Charles Schulz, opening Wednesday, July 13, at the Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For the nearly 50 years that Schulz drew the strip, the kids built sand castles, jumped in piles of leaves, made mud pies and played hide and seek. (And they did it mostly without adult supervision, since grownups never appeared,… Read More »

Cartoonists get sketchy at Schulz Museum

Here’s an event you might call sketchy, but in this case, that’s a good thing. Well over a dozen cartoonists will converge on the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip with a sketch-a-thon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Each cartoonist will draw an original sketch to commemorate the event for the Museum’s archives. Visitors can meet, watch and talk to guest cartoonists including Dan Piraro, creator… Read More »

Where’s Woodstock? Only Lucy knows

The popular “Peanuts on Parade” project returns to Santa Rosa this summer, with 30 four-foot-tall, polyurethane statues of that fabulous fussbudget, Lucy van Pelt, to be decorated by local artists and distributed around town. But this time there will be a little hidden bonus. Woodstock, the fluffy little yellow bird character, already has his own series of statues,  introduced back in 2006, but he’s sneaking back into the act this year. “We’re going to incorporate a ‘Where’s Woodstock’ theme, where… Read More »

Art or not? What do you like?

One of my father’s favorite jokes was to take a cliche and turn it upside-down: “Everybody’s crazy except you and me, and sometimes I’m not so sure about me.” Or: “Things will get worse before they get worse.” Or, appropriate to today’s topic: “I know a lot about art, but I don’t know what I like.” In the past week or so, readers of this blog have participated in a loose, ongoing discussion of public art. Readers gave mixed reviews… Read More »

Is it art, Charlie Brown?

Responses to my recent “Art or Not?” blog, about public art on display in Sonoma  County, suggested an interesting sidelight. People really seem to like those “Peanuts” character statues scattered around Santa Rosa. “I enjoy seeing the Charlie Brown statues everywhere, each with their respective theme connecting them to whatever business or dwelling they sit outside of;  it lends itself to whimsy and fun, and also highlight the connection Sonoma County has to Charles Schulz and his life’s work,” one… Read More »

Schulz Museum welcomes red-haired girls

All fans of the “Peanuts” comic strip recall how good ol’ Charlie Brown pined in vain for the cute little-red haired girl. He sat alone on the playground at lunchtime, choking down his peanut butter sandwich and wishing he had the courage to speak to her. Alas, his ardor went unrecognized and unrequited, but we all cherish a tragic love story. The Charles M. Schulz Museum will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14, by offering free admission to all… Read More »