Art Gallery

Current Show

The Sonoma Academy Art Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of new works by artist Seiko Tachibana, entitled Fractal

The artist states: 
Many great minds have been captivated by the concept of a single unifying principle  that governs the all that is our universe, a principle in which all things are connected by  a universal truth. While we often associate this inquiry with the sciences and  philosophy, it is also an important influence in the arts. I have long been intrigued and  inspired by the concept of a unifying principle and have been creating artworks in which  the concept is interpreted through shape, color, and spatial relationships. I create works  in which elements function like organic building blocks: atoms form a molecule,  molecules form a compound, compounds form a cell, cells form an organism, and so  on. The marks, lines, shapes, colors, and textures that are the basic language of my  work form a kind of network structure—a system of interconnected nodes that seem  energized by their interaction within the network. In the interdependence, synergy, and the flow of meaning and significance within these networks, there is subtle and profound  beauty. 

I have been fascinated by similarities found in the patterns and shapes of the natural world, patterns repeated all around us in structures microscopic to galactic. Many organic structures seem to be formed of self-similar fractal patterns, in which patterns  develop and recur at successively larger (or smaller, depending upon perspective)  scales. Once organized, a fractal pattern can be recreated at any scale in any number  of progressive iterations. I have discovered a connection between fractal patterns and  the central theme of my artwork as described in the preceding paragraph. In Fractal, I explore this relationship through the use of representative fractal elements inspired by  self-similar pattern replication found in the structures of many plants.

The Art Gallery

Since the inception of the school, before we even had a proper gallery space, we have had professional artists showing, lecturing, and giving class demonstrations. 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. Over the last 14 years we have shown a diverse group of artists from all over the world including: Pakistan, Tibet, Sweden, Germany, England, France, Russia, Mexico, 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 will be showing some of the artists selected through their program.

Upcoming Shows

September/October 2021

Seiko Tachibana

November/December 2021

Turquoise Mountain

January/February 2022

Liz Steketee

April/May 2022

Kahn and Selesnick

June/July 2022

Esther Elia

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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