Can we visit the art studios and galleries?
Yes! Galleries and retail businesses such as JamJar Art and Jewelry, and Chroma Gallery, have regular hours, but the individual art studios are open when the artists are there working, and during special events or by appointment. The best time to visit is during one of our many events: First Friday Artwalk happens the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm, year round. Check the ‘Events’ page for more dates, such as Sonoma County Art Trails (October), Winterblast (November), Fool for Art (April), and Ring the Bells (December). When the front door at 312 South A Street Studios is open, you are welcome to wander through and see the art displayed in the hallways.
Are all the art studios within walking distance?
Yes! Everybody is within a block. Park once, visit everybody. Park on South A Street, Sonoma Avenue, Sebastopol Avenue, or on Juilliard Park Drive. You can also park at the Santa Rosa Mall, just a few blocks away.
I was there yesterday and only saw one artist
Artists are as unique as…well, snowflakes! Some of us have day jobs or family commitments. Some of us are at our studios during the week, others during the weekend. If you are interested in the work of a specific artist, contact them from the Artists page on this website to arrange a meet-up.
Is there a good place to eat at SOFA?
Oh, yes! Atlas Coffee offers great coffee, a range of beverages, and bakery goods. Criminal Baking Co. has a breakfast and lunch menu. And The Spinster Sisters does it all, with spirits to boot. On the other side of the block, you simply can’t go wrong with Taqueria Las Palmas (b/l/d) and Dierk’s Parkside Cafe (b/l). All of them are wonderful!
I’m an artist. Can I get a studio in the neighborhood?
There is high demand for studio space in SOFA, and most vacancies get filled by word-of-mouth. The best approach is to attend First Friday or one of our other open studio events, and get to know the resident artists. The various studio cooperatives each have their own managers. Ask around to find out who they are, and how to contact them.
I want to get involved with SOFA. Who’s in charge?
Good question, and the answer is, no one! We are a loose-knit coalition of artists and small business owners with no membership organization or governing body. As stated above, the best way approach is to attend First Friday or one of our other events, and get to know the residents. Volunteers are always needed at the Winterblast festival (Nov 19, 2016). This is a great way to get involved.