Sonoma County artist and gallery owner Mary Fassbinder spent over three years and traveled more than 70,000 miles to create her latest collection of paintings. Now she displays her works in a new exhibit, ‘The National Parks Painting Project,’ that features dozens of plein air paintings of each of the U.S. National Parks. Showcasing the vast natural beauty in the United States, this timely show aims to promote preservation and conservation of the country’s resources. Running through March, “The National Parks Painting Project” opens with a reception on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma. 5pm. Free. 707.762.5600.