Visit These Art Receptions in Sonoma County This Weekend

Several Sonoma County art spaces are opening their doors to debut new exhibitions this weekend.

In Santa Rosa, the Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association (SCWA) collaborate each Fall for the annual “Artistry In Wood” exhibition. Over the years, “Artistry in Wood” has evolved from a modest exhibition featuring the work of local woodworkers into a show that draws participants from across the state, and is now one of the most respected annual exhibitions of woodwork in North America.

While an in-person show was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the SCWA members still presented a stunning selection works online. This year, the exhibit is back on display at the Museum of Sonoma County, and the 33rd annual “Artistry in Wood” exhibition opens on Saturday, November 13, and runs through January 9, 2022.

For the show’s opening on Saturday, Nov. 13, the entire museum will be open free of admission, 11am –5pm, and will host art activities for all ages. Several exhibiting artists from the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association will also be in attendance throughout the day to discuss their works. In accordance with Sonoma County Mandates and Guidelines, masks will be required indoors for all visitors and capacity is limited. museumsc.org.

In Healdsburg, the contemporary art gallery Legion Projects debuts “The Points That Connect” duo show with Bay Area artist Eileen Noonan and Australian artist Kasper Raglus, co-curated by Legion Projects owner Sydney Pfaff and San Francisco gallery Glass Rice.

Noonan’s abstract paintings contain playful designs that boast curvy lines, brightly colored highlights and other evocative expressions. Raglus, on the other hand, uses straight lines and fractal patterns in his abstract work, creating Prism-like shapes and objects done in a varied palette of color.

Legion Projects opens “The Points That Connect” on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1pm. legion-projects.com.

In Petaluma, the Riverfront Art Gallery hangs works from one of the local artists that the gallery represents. For 14 years, founding gallery member Henry White has shown his work at Riverfront Art Gallery. This month, his art is featured in the exhibit, “Paints & Pencils, Canvas & Paper: Paintings & Drawings by Henry White.”

The show will feature White’s penchant for creating art in different mediums and of subjects, such as portraits, landscapes, and still-life works in oils, as well as historical drawings and portraits done with pencils or pastels. These subjects include figures and scenes depicting the Big Sur and Monterey area, as well as several familiar Sonoma and Marin scenes.

White will be in attendance for the show’s opening on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 4pm. riverfrontartgallery.com.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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