Art Gallery

Current Show: Jody Alexander

The Sonoma Academy Art Gallery is currently featuring what it was, a show by McNeely Family Artist in Residence Jody Alexander. 

From the artist: 

Memory is a powerful faculty. It can recall happiness, sadness, pleasure, and pain. A memory can be clear as the sound of a bell or fuzzy and faded as if looking through a rainy window. Sometimes one wants to forget but other times memories can bring solace.

Upon her return from Japan in January 2020, Jody began the what it was series to retain a “certain feeling” she gets when in Japan – mostly regarding the aesthetics of Japan – both generally and specific. Shortly after she began the series COVID-19 locked down the world. At first it didn’t seem to make sense to continue the series, but then it felt
completely relevant as working on these pieces during this difficult time felt reassuring.

This series explores the protective nature of memory and experience. Working with imagery and textiles gathered in Japan, as well as concepts and aesthetics gleaned during four trips there, the pieces in this series combine, abstract, blur, fragment, and jumble together recollections - just as one’s mind might. The imagery repeats, takes on different forms, sometimes fades but is ultimately stitched together to form the essence of memory and experience.

Community Workshop
Printed Tie-On Pocket with Book – Community Project
There are a few pieces in Jody Alexander’s what it was exhibit that are artistic interpretations of historical tie-on pockets. Tie-on pockets were made by women before their clothing had pockets and were concealed between their petticoats and skirts and held any number of items including: money, jewelry, food, books, tools, spices, etc. They are vital historical objects of material culture that tell us what people carried and what was important to hold close to them.

In this workshop participants will learn stencil and block printmaking techniques to decorate fabric, and then will use that fabric to hand-stitch their own tie-on pocket that will be part of a community project. The final step of the workshop will be to create small handmade books to write,
print, or draw in to be placed in the pocket. Other items that represent the maker can also be included in the pocket. When the community project is installed the pockets will be joined to one another reflecting the individually and connectivity of the community.

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper and found items to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques,
reuse, and interesting stories. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists, 500 Handmade Books, and Books: Exploring the Book
as Art.

Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and was the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA. Jody teaches nationally and internationally.

The Art Gallery

We believe that exposure to the arts is an inherent part of education, and therefore, expose students to a variety of artists and styles that are not typically shown in Sonoma County through exhibits, guest lectures, demonstrations and community art projects. Since the school opened in 2001 we have shown a diverse group of artists from all over the world including: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Sweden, Germany, England, France, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Bosnia, the Philippines, Iran, and Cuba as well as local Bay Area artists. 

We have partnered with the San Francisco Art Institute and the Chalk Hill Artist Residency and continue to work with Chalk Hill.

Through our McNeely artist in residence program, we are now able to bring artists to stay for a period of time to work with the school community.

Upcoming Shows

August 2022 through October 2022:
Jody Alexander

April 2023 through June 2023:
Kahn & Selesnick

Gallery Guidelines

The Sonoma Academy Gallery looks for original artwork that takes an innovative approach and shows a sophisticated execution. Chosen artists should enhance the arts curriculum. Established and emerging artists interested in showing are encouraged to look over these guidelines.

Shows are generally up for two months unless another arrangement has been made between the artist and the school. In exchange for showing and taking no sales commission we require all artists to give a lecture or class demo. A stipend of $100 is provided for a class demo or short lecture.

Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down their own shows after 3:30 pm on weekdays or on the weekend as arranged between the artist and the school. Please bring your own hanging supplies. A dolly is available to transport the work from your car up to the gallery.

It is suggested that artists create their own labels, which include the name of the piece, medium, date, price, and artist contact information. Otherwise a binder with the same information can be left on the gallery table.

If something sells, the purchasing party will contact the artist directly to arrange the sale. The school takes no commission.

Gallery Size
Dimensions of the wall space: 
  • Two walls are 6' 8” 
  • One wall is 10’ 5”
  • One wall is 8’ 7”
  • One wall is 33’ 10”
  • One wall is 3’
Please submit a link to your website or blog for consideration and send it to Hillary Younglove. Shows are booked one year in advance.
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770

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