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Current & Upcoming Shows

We are delighted to present the Mariel Bayona show Santo Criollo February 1 through March 31, 2019.

Santo Criollo is a continuation of the series TESCUANI which explores the on-seeking issue of identity in a fragmented contemporary culture; particularly in the US-Mexico border. The issue is conversed through an installation containing analogies of undetermined animal hybridity represented as religious relics and inhabiting a chapel-like environment where viewers can identify and relate despite of their background.

These fantastic and surreal creatures – or Tescuanis– will reflect and contain imagery of relationships and moments of the artist’s recent experience living in Mexico City, childhood nostalgia, as well as memories of growing up at the US-Mexico border in a harmonious nature. The final outcome will consist in the creation of a small “chapel-like” space where these relics will inhabit in, for the audience to visit and identify.

About Mariel Bayona
Border Child and female artist. Mariel Bayona came to the Bay Area in 2012 to pursue her MFA in Sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute where she graduated in 2014. A practicing artist since. The same year she graduated SFAI, Mariel co-founded an art gallery, Bass & Reiner, now part of Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. She left her partnership in 2018 to pursue her endeavour as a tattoo artist where she completed her apprenticeship and studies in Mexico City.

Mariel is currently navigating between California, Mexico City and the border; exhibiting her artwork and practicing as a tattoo artist. She has work showing presently in the US/Mexico Border and an installation in Sonoma Academy, which will be up until March 29th. Mariel also recently joined Black and Blue Heart Tattoo Studio in San Francisco as a guest artist.

Upcoming Shows

April-May 2019
Phyllis Beals Hat Sculptures and Student Work

June-August 2019
Hilary Williams
Silkscreen Prints
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 recently partnered with the Chalk Hill Artist Residency and will be showing some of the artists selected through their program.

In addition, student show—including artwork from high schools in Japan, China, and Afghanistan—have been displayed and continue to be shown through our partnerships with the Joshibi School in Tokyo, Japan, SOLA in Kabul, Afghanistan and Beijing #4 in Beijing, China.

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 $60 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

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The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.