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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

‘Dog Treats’ art show opens in Graton

Fans of local art have long known that Santa Rosa’s  Mylette Welch is one of the North Bay’s most popular painters. In the recent Press Democrat Readers’ Choice poll, she tied for best artist with Sebastopol junk sculptor Patrick Amiot and Santa Rosa artist and arts activist Mario Uribe. Followers of her whimsical pet portraits won’t want to miss her new show, “Dog Treats,” opening Wednesday, July 11, at the Graton Gallery, 9048 Graton Road, Graton. The show also features… Read More »

Watercolors and words at Graton Gallery

Busy Sonoma County artist Sally Baker opens a new show of her colorful watercolors Dec. 6 at the Graton Gallery. And this show, titled “A Picture Is Worth 500 Words (or Less),” has an interesting twist. Each of Baker’s watercolors will by accompanied by a poem or a piece of prose created by a Bay area writer. Toni L. Wilkes, Gregory W. Randall and Colleen Craig helped Baker curate the written submissions for the exhibit. Writers have been invited to… Read More »

‘Gimme Shelter’ art show opens in Graton

People who love pets, and fans of Sonoma County artist Mylette Welch’s whimsical animal paintings, both have a reason to go see her new “Gimme Shelter” exhibit, opening today (Tuesday, July 5) at the Graton Gallery. Welch subtitles her show “Paintings of Shelter Dogs and Cats Who Dream of a Forever Home,” and it runs through Aug. 19 at the gallery, at 9048 Graton Road in Graton. The opening reception runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Gallery… Read More »

30 artists show work at Graton Gallery

The Graton Gallery will exhibit work by 30 of Northern California’s master painters, printmakers and sculptors during its Fifth Annual Invitational Exhibition, running Jan. 18 through Feb. 7. There will be a public reception for the artists from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 22. Featured artists include Chester Arnold, D. A. Bishop, Ned Kahn, Monty Monty, Stanley Mouse, Bob Nugent and Micah Schwaberow. The Graton Gallery is at 9048 Graton Road in Graton. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.… Read More »

Graton Gallery opens new show

Looking for good art and a nice outing? Don’t overlook the Graton Gallery in the center of tiny downtown Graton, where member artists stage rotating exhibits, including work by guest artists, and offer an outdoor sculpture garden. The Graton Gallery opens an exhibit of new paintings by Susan Ball with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 The show runs through Jan. 16 at the gallery, 9048 Graton Road, Graton. Information: (707) 829-8912, www.gratongallery.com. Hours are 10:30… Read More »

‘It’s for the Birds’ at Graton Gallery

Spring may be here at last. Birds are beginning to roost at the Graton Gallery. “It’s for the Birds,” an exhibit of art with an avian theme, opens today (Tuesday, April 13) and runs through May 23 at the gallery, at 9048 Graton Road in Graton. The show includes watercolors by Sally Baker, multi-media paintings by Lynda Nugent, crafted gourds by Carla Marie Bratt and needle-felted wool sculptures by Nancy Lorenz (shown above.) Lorenz, a former Press Democrat graphic artist… Read More »

Graton Gallery goes to the dogs

Want to see good art by local artists? Have you thought about a trip to Graton? The  Graton Gallery is housed in a quaint storefront on the tiny town’s central block, defined by a stop sign at either end, just off Highway 116, just north of Sebastopol. Run by a small core of partners, all artists, the gallery likes to feature the county’s best, while having some fun with its exhibits. Case in point:  ‘Good Dog, Bad Dog,’ a show… Read More »