Sebastopol’s Center for the Arts is that hidden building on that lonely dead-end street, but it’s behind some of West County’s most exciting events. Tucked away behind Goodwill, the SCA has hosted the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, the WordTemple poetry series, Art at the Source, Sebastopol’s Summer Music Series and 18 gallery exhibitions, which, its website points out, have displayed 825 works from 550 artists.
On Dec. 7, the center celebrates a grand opening in its much more visible new location, the Sebastopol Veterans Building. Executive director Linda Galletta says the new, 17,800-square-foot space will allow the center to expand its performing arts program and children’s programs, with Ives Park and pool next door. She also points out that the much-lauded Documentary Film Festival will be able to show two films at the center, as opposed to one in recent years, while also partnering with the Rialto.
This week’s grand opening features a first glimpse at the new Members Show, as well as ceramic, painting and drawing demonstrations, paired with wine, hors d’oeuvres and a live show by local Latin jazz group Batacha. A silent auction will also be held, to help in the arts center’s ongoing effort to raise $800,000 toward refurbishing the new space. Be there for the first sneak peek on Friday, Dec. 7, at 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6–9pm. $20–$25. 707.829.4797.