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Arts

Art Gallery

Current Show

The Sonoma Academy Art Gallery is currently featuring a special exhibition of traditional arts and crafts from Afghanistan, brought to us by the NGO Turquoise Mountain. Turquoise Mountain was established in 2006 by HRH the Prince of Wales to revive historic areas and traditional artforms, while also providing jobs, education, healthcare, and a renewed sense of pride. In recent years, their work has expanded from Afghanistan to include Jorgan, Myanmar, and Saudi Arabia. 

The gallery exhibition includes carpets, wood sculpture, calligraphy, and more from Turquoise Mountain artisans. During the duration of the show, our community will have opportunities to gain insight into the lives of the artists through talks, demonstrations, and conversations. The overarching goals of the exhibit and events are to explore the centuries of exceptional skill and design of Afghan craftsmanship, bringing new perspectives on Islamic art and Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, and shine a light on the stories of Afghan women weavers, master artisans, and designers.

The connection between Turquoise Mountain and Sonoma Academy goes back over fifteen years. In 2007, several students at Sonoma Academy started a club, “Schools for Kabul,” raising funds and awareness to support Turquoise Mountain’s educational projects in Afghanistan. More than twenty students kept this project going for eight years, raising $200,000. Several of those former students went on to volunteer, intern, and work full time with Turquoise Mountain, including Percy Stubbs ‘11, now the Director of Advancement for the organization.  

The exhibition runs through January 10. Highlights include:

• Handwoven carpets from Afghanistan, both contemporary and
traditional
• A “geodesic sphere” of interlocking lattice woodwork
• Turquoise ceramics, and calligraphy made by students and graduates of
the Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul – and some
pieces made by artisans in Myanmar and Jordan
• Images and stories of artisans and the Old City of Kabul
• Interactive opportunities (including a “pen pal” table to write to Afghan
artisans and students)

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

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 
inbox@sonomaacademy.org
 

Sonoma Academy Is...

...the only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, our students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.

Sonoma Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.