Sonoma Academy Gallery

Camille Seaman

Through December 8, 2014

Camille Seaman will have her photographs in the gallery from October 10-December 8th. Her work deals with climate change, glaciers, and storm chasing

Here are some links. 

Cuban Art Show

Through October 10, 2014 

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Hillary Younglove, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, has curated a delightful show of Cuban Art from the Sarah & Darius Anderson Collection. From vintage political posters to contemporary sculpture and painting from the Pre-Revolutionary to Present Day era, some highlights from the Collection are currently on display.

“Nothing in Cuba is what it appears,” says Darius Anderson, and he should know from his over twenty-five years traveling to that fascinating island.

The Sonoma Academy Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Call 707-545-1770.

Paintings by Charlotte Cain

May 5 through July 5, 2014  



Charlotte Cain, grandmother of Sasha '14 and Autumn Racherbaumer '15, will show her work in our SA Gallery during the next two months. The show will be up from May 5 through July 5.

Says Charlotte, “My paintings are places where I re-enact forms encountered in life to express devotion to all of life. While traveling or at home, as well as in meditation and dreams, inspirations arise from human-made or natural forms that resonate intuitively…. My desire is to evoke a sense of perfection that can lead to silence. To achieve this effect and thereby complete each picture, I keep adding or subtracting one element after another. I follow inner vision while remaining open to chance, thereby capturing any happy accidents that nature unfolds. I combine and refine elements and arrays of elements into layered fields until each work gains a wholeness that, however imperfectly, echoes the infinite perfection I sense underlying all existence.”

Please take some time to view the work, and remember, our gallery is open to the public!


Art Show by Sarah Frieberg

March 3 through April 27, 2014

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Thank you to everyone in the SA community for helping to create this art show. Your responses were beautiful, diverse and wonderfully varied, providing a meaningful conversation on love. Please feel free to view this show that was inspired by you and is for you.

Art works will be on display from March 3 through April 27, 2014, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm in the SA Gallery.

Works by Alexa Mietz

September 5 to October 20, 2013



"My work touches on subjects pertaining to kitsch, class, femininity, and the home. It embodies, glorifies and celebrates the power of women as consumers, and homemakers, while it explores the working-class décor of kitsch and taste," says the artist.

Alexa was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA. Alexa received her B.F.A. in printmaking from Sonoma State in 2008. In 2009 Alexa moved to Edmonton, Alberta to join the University of Alberta’s M.F.A. program. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking in November of 2011.


The Art of Crystal Galindo

June 17 to July 31, 2013

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"My work currently consists of rich, colorful paintings displaying realistic portraits, contemporary hybrids of pre-Columbian architecture and symbols, and personal iconography. The paintings express a mixture of identities while maintaining a strong Chicana presence," says the artist.

Crystal Galindo was born and raised in a small agricultural town in Central California. Her drive to create started as a child, though she began studying and pursuing art as a career at 21 years of age. She recently graduated Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in Chicano Studies.

Boback Emad is Artist in Residence
Now through April 30, 2013


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During his residency, Boback will continue his exploration into the dialogue between space, shape, form and light. The residency will culminate the “Memory” Series recently installed in public spaces in Paris, France; Seattle, Washington; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.   


Mixed Media by Maja Ruznic
January - February 2013

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Sculpture by Roberto Santo
November 13 - December 23



Photographs by Caitlin McCaffrey
August - October 31, 2012

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From the artist: These images are of Greek and Roman statuary at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Getty Villa, Malibu. My intention is to interpret moments of connection between an observer and these curiously familiar and remote objects. It is a mysterious dialogue—yet nonetheless present and complex—as real and as distant as any portrait subject.

The large pigment prints are derived from scans of the tintype originals. The scale, and detail of the enlargements, and the contrast range of the black inks render the images with emphasis.


Mosaics, Encaustics & Frescoes from the inaugural Lost Art Techniques of the Ancients Class at SA
May 23 to August 15, 2012


Works by BLT, an ongoing collaborative painting project of Bob Stang, Lisa Beerntsen, & Tony Speirs
March 1 to May 18, 2012

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Each painting begins when one member paints a colored &/or textured ground-- the base coat-- and then passes it on to another painter, who takes a turn, often adding rhythmic or abstract elements. Gradually, the painting gains more specific & narrative imagery, and the juxtaposition of disparate elements begins to suggest themes. This exchange goes on with each member free to incorporate, or obscure, or even bury the previous members' turns. When a painting begins to feel like it's reaching a resolution, the three members convene and discuss what might be needed to complete the piece. They then decide who wants to-- or is best equipped to-- make those finishing touches on any given painting.

Paintings and Work by claire b cotts
January 3 to February 29, 2012


Russian Icon Paintings in egg tempura and fresco from the collection of George O'Hanlon & Tatiana Zaytseva
November 4 to December 31, 2011

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Worldscapes in oil by Laine Justice and Sea of Suddens by Rusty Kassen and Laine Justice. September 1 to October 29, 2011

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Paintings by David Tangney
March 1 to April 29, 2011


Paintings and Drawings by Bob Nugent
January 1 to February 27, 2011



Myths & Goddesses
Sculpture by Duddley Diaz
November 1 to December 31, 2010

Mixed Media by Bianca Kolonusz-Partee
September 1 to October 29, 2010

Shown above "Outward Inward 2"
Recyclable materials, colored pencils, adhesives, map tacks

Photographs & Oral Histories from the series "Coal Hollow" by Ken Light
May 1 to June 30, 2010


Light and this series of photographs, taken in Appalachia, were featured in The New York Times of April 28 (access article here).

Paintings from the series "Forgotten Land" by Myong Stebbins
January 4 - February 27


The “quiet realms of awareness” are the focus of artist Myong Stebbins, whose works will be on display at Sonoma Academy’s Byatt Claeyssens Gallery from January 4 through February 27. The exhibit is entitled “Forgotten Land.”Stebbins, from Berkeley, composes her work from multiple layers of erasure and addition until she reaches what she describes as “a singular voice” for each piece.

Stebbins teaches advanced painting at the Richmond Art Center. She holds a BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and she also studied art at Oregon State University in Corvalis. In 2008, Stebbins won the Alameda County Art Commission Purchase Award. She is represented by Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto.

Linocuts and Wood Engravings by Rik Olson
March 1 - April 30


Linocuts and wood engravings by Rik Olson will be on display at Sonoma Academy’s Byatt Claeyssens Gallery from March 1 through April 30.

A California native, Rik received his B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He has studied under such masters as Barry Moser, John DePol, Richard McLean, and Ralph Borge. He has lived, studied and exhibited in Italy, Germany and the U.S. He cites one of his artistic influences as “the beautiful countryside of Sonoma County, California.”

Olson recently recently took part in a fundraising event that featured the works of ten artists, whose over-size prints were printed by an actual steamroller.


The Sonoma Academy Gallery is looking for original artwork that takes an innovative approach and shows a sophisticated execution. Established and emerging artists interested in showing are encouraged to look over these guidelines.

Exhibiting at the Sonoma Academy Gallery.pdf  

Gallery hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.