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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Monty Monty art show coming to Finley Community Center

Graton artist Monty Monty, one of Sonoma County’s most popular artistic mavericks, is known for his whimsical creations assembled from found objects and long-lost curios. His latest exhibit, titled “Monty Monty’s Traveling Air Show and Aeronautical Wonders,” opens Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Finley Community Center at 2060 W. College Ave. in Santa Rosa. The show will continue from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 7. Monty reassembles broken… Read More »

Towers Gallery opens in Cloverdale

The new Towers Gallery, an artists’ cooperative in Cloverdale, opens Friday, June 10, showing both art and antiques. The featured artist for the opening exhibit, which runs through July 31, is the Santa Rosa assemblage artist Monty Monty, who creates his whimsical sculptures from tools, toys and other antiques. The gallery also lists nearly 30 other artists, including Cathy Thomas photographer, collage artist and Towers Gallery director. The official opening reception will run from 5 to 9 p.m. June 25,… Read More »

Napa recycled art show stars locals

Two Sonoma County artists who make art out of cast-off odds and ends — Chris Blum of Healdsburg and Monty Monty of Santa Rosa — are featured in a new exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum. “It’s Not What It Use to Be: Fresh Art from Found Elements” opens Saturday, Feb. 12, and runs through April 30. The show also features work by Daniel Hale and Burges Smith of St. Helena and Susan Leibovitz Steinman of Oakland. There will be… Read More »

Monty Monty art show in Forestville

The whimsical toys created by irreverent assemblage artist Monty Monty wouldn’t necessarily be safe to play with, but they sure are fun to look at. His latest exhibit, “Dangerous Toys,” opens Friday, Oct. 1, at the Quicksilver Mine Co., 6671 Highway 116, Forestville. “I am excited to be sharing over 34 works of assemblage art in this show,”  he said. The show runs through Nov. 14. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday. For more… 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 »