The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents “Labyrinth of Forms: Women and Abstraction, 1930-1950,” opening with a reception at 5pm, Saturday, May 13. Organized by the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, the exhibit celebrates the groundbreaking abstract art made by women in the first half of the 20th century. A significant number of American abstractionists were women, and their efforts propelled the formal, technical and conceptual evolution of abstract art in this country. A few, such as Lee Krasner and Louise Nevelson, have been duly recognized, but most remain overlooked despite their contributions. This exhibit helps correct that oversight. The event is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required and can be made at bit.ly/svma-lab. The museum is located at 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Visit svma.org for more information.
Centered on themes of community and cultural identity, the Petaluma Arts Center’s latest local artists-driven exhibit revs up with a creative response to—and love of—the automobile. Dubbed “Auto-Mobility: Cars and Culture in Sonoma County,” the exhibit jumpstarts with an opening at 5:30pm, Thursday, May 18, at the Center’s 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma, location. Attendees can expect wines from Adobe Road Winery, a race car display from race car driver Kevin Buckler and classic car appearances from local collectors. Continuing through May there will be a “Cruisin’ the Boulevard” wall painting event at 4pm, Saturday, May 20, with other related events through the summer. Visit petalumaartscenter.org for more information.
Live music comes to the Sebastopol Grange at 7pm, Thursday, May 11, in a lineup that features the Towne Dandies, the Undone, the Roast Ranchers and a band that promises to ensure headaches to local copy editors for the typographical travesty that is its name, ?!Interrobang?!. Enough already. All are welcome (ditto donations) to the free gig. The venue is located at 6000 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol.
PeaceNovato will hold a vigil honoring mothers and Mother Earth at 5:30pm, Friday, May 12, at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave. “With this vigil, we decided to go for a more celebratory tone, timing it to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend,” says PeaceNovato chair Julie Manson. “We are also acknowledging Mother Earth, our collective mother, a planet under siege. In these disturbed and disturbing times, it’s important to remember, celebrate and be nourished by the good, and then return to the work of repairing and redressing the world’s many ills.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their own signs to display to passing vehicles. For more information about PeaceNovato, call 415.883.8324.