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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Russian River’ film screens in Sonoma

The documentary film “The Russian River: All Rivers,” a close look at the condition of the 110-mile waterway, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Commnunity Center. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with the filmmakers, William Sorenson and Stella Kwiecinski. There also will be a pre-show reception at 7 p.m. The presentation is part of the “Films for the Future Series,” co-produced by the center and by Transition Sonoma… Read More »

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin opens in Sonoma

So Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, both young and not yet famous, walk into a bar… That is the premise of the Steve Martin play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The Experiential Theatre Company will open the show at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Directed by Gerrett Snedaker, the production stars William “Rusty” Thompson of Santa Rosa as Einstein and Nestor Campos Jr. of… Read More »

New artist in residence at Sonoma Community Center

Ceramicist Julia Feld will be the new Artist in Residence at the Sonoma Community Center. Originally from Russia, Feld holds a BFA from San Jose State College and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. in Sonoma, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Feld will teach an eight-week class at the center titled “Sculpture for All Levels,”… Read More »

Sonoma ceramic sculptor opens new show

Sonoma artist Marsha Klein has returned to sculpture after 20 years of painting, and the result is an unusual new show coming this month to the Sonoma Community Center. “Unwrapping” features a series of ceramic sculptures the artist began in 2010, to be shown together in public for the first time. The images deal with metamorphosis, and show symbolic torsos and other forms caught in the midst of transformation. Accompanying the ceramic pieces is a series of handmade translucent paper… Read More »

‘Trashion’ fashion artists wanted in Sonoma

Once again, it’s time to dive into the dumpster in search of inspiration. Artists are sought to create an eco-friendly version of haute couture out of trash for the Sonoma Community Center’s second annual “Trashion Fashion Show.” The event is scheduled for April 21 at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma. You’ll be doing some nice for the planet, and you could come out of this with some “green” of your own —  $1,250 in cash will be awarded, including… Read More »

‘Trashion’ show opens in Sonoma

A fashion show means impossibly skinny models sporting clothes no one you know could ever afford, right? Not this time. The “Trashion” fashion show features stylish clothing and accessories created by artists and designers from recycled materials and cast-off junk. The event beings at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, with cocktails, live music and a runway fashion show in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. After the fashion show, the party moves upstairs to… Read More »

A ‘trashion’ show in Sonoma

Sonoma artist Margaret Hatcher designs costumes from unusual materials, like old shopping bags. It’s a choice. She’s into recycling. So when word gets out that she’s involved in putting on a “Trashion” show, that’s of interest.  And she’s looking for other designers who want to get in on the act. In conjunction with the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and its forthcoming exhibit, “Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion,” running Feb. 19-May 15, the Sonoma Community Center is sponsoring a… Read More »