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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Early Oktoberfest alert for Oct. 8

Raise a stein. Don your lederhosen. The days of beer and polka have arrived, and Oktoberfest celebrations abound , offering  food, wine, beer and live music: There are three spirited community events on Oct. 8 alone: Cotati — Noon-6 p.m. La Plaza Park, corner of Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Ave. Karl Lebherz and his Bavarian band; wiener dog and beer stein races; costume contest. 795-5508. Cloverdale — 2-8 p.m. Cloverdale Plaza downtown. Poyntless Sistars; kids’ activites and games;… Read More »

Local Folkal gallery opens in Cloverdale

The new Local Folkal gallery and shop opened in Cloverdale without fanfare in mid-April, but this weekend the artists’ co-op is raising its profile. There will be a grand opening celebration Saturday, May 21, at the gallery, 117 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The gallery has some 30 member artists who make paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, fabric art, photographs, fused glass, metal sculpture and more. Also featured are purveyors of locally produced  olive oil, honey, gourmet vinegar, organic apple juice and small-batch… Read More »

Santa Rosa sculptor in Paris show

Sonoma County residents are using to seeing the monumental steel sculptures of Boback Emad. His “Shadows of Eternity,” stands at Thyme Square, 301 S. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale. His “Whole Some” is a familiar sight at College and Mendocino Avenues in downtown Santa Rosa. This month, French art lovers are getting a good look at his work. His first European solo show, “Memory: Windows into Remembering,” opened April 8 and continues through Wednesday, April 20, at the Cloître des Billettes… Read More »

Cloverdale Library hosts spring art show

Cloverdale Regional Library opens its “Spring Library Show,” featuring three area artists, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22. The exhibit includes woodcuts by Edward Ryden, woven sculpture by Virginia Harrison and oil paintings by Jeanette LeGrue. Ryden has been cutting traditional and contemporary wood block prints for 50 years years. Harrison’s jewelry art has evolved into bronze sculptures. LeGrue’s paintings offer glimpses of Tomales Bay and rich still lifes. “The goal is to select the… Read More »

Art in the heart of Cloverdale

Art lovers in Sonoma County are fortunate. There are galleries everywhere, so an impromptu day trip is always easy and rewarding. But in your travels, don’t overlook Cloverdale. The current exhibit at Cloverdale’s First Street Gallery features wall art by Denver Tuttle of Boonville and sculpture and other work by Debra Tsouprake of Santa. Titled “New Beginnings,” the show runs through March 13 at the gallery, 105 E. First St., just off Cloverdale Boulevard in    Cloverdale. Information: www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org, (707)… Read More »

Cloverdale dedicates an outdoor sculpture

Santa Rosa sculptor Boback Emad likes to do things in a big way, and Monday, Oct. 25, is a big day for him. The City of Cloverdale will dedicate Emad’s large steel sculpture, “Shadows of Eternity,” at a celebration running from 4 to 6 p.m. at Thyme Square, 301 S. Cloverdale Blvd. Denizens of downtown Santa Rosa are already familiar with Emad’s work. His “Whole Some” stands at College and Mendocino Avenues in downtown Santa Rosa. The new Cloverdale sculpture… Read More »

Scrooge comes to Cloverdale

There is no shortage of actors shouting “Humbug!” onstage this year, but here’s one more sample: Scrooge is coming back to Cloverdale, in a return engagement of  Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which played to near-capacity audiences last year. Steven David Martin (above) stars as the old miser, who has trouble getting a decent night’s sleep, what with all the spirits coming and going. The production, directed by Jim de Priest, plays the Grange Hall Theatre, 201 Commercial St., for… Read More »

Culture booms in Cloverdale

Longtime local culture watchers know that wherever Jim de Priest goes, interesting things happen. So you might want to keep an eye on Cloverdale. “Cloverdale is becoming a real center for the arts,” de Priest said. “The arts are thriving here.” At 73, the actor, teacher and theater director is as restless and ambitious as ever, settling into his current role as artistic director of the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. The performing arts center has been operating for a year… Read More »