Three great shows on First Friday Feb. 3, 2017

February’s First Friday will be extra special, with three shows opening simultaneously in the SOFA district. Chroma Gallery presents the third annual Art of the Figure, works in all media by Sonoma County artists participating in life drawing groups. Artists throughout the SOFA District will be displaying Small Works in their studiosbig talent in small packages, at affordable prices. Backstreet Galley and Studios presents The Art of Resistance, a pop-up show by artists responding to current events.

See all three shows, Friday Feb 3, 5-8pm. Refreshments and live music.

Chroma Gallery and Studios on South A Street, 312 South A Street

Backstreet Gallery and Studios, Art Alley off South A Street

Concert Dec 10: Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’

The Gaia String Ensemble returns to Chroma Gallery for a repeat performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Extraordinary musicianship combined with the gallery’s superb acoustics promises to make this an uplifting, informative and memorable evening. Complimentary hot cider & cookies will be served at intermission. $15 at the door. Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa. gaia-2

This collection of four violin concertos was written in Venice around 1723. They are among the most popular pieces of classical music, beloved by audiences for their moving portrayals of bird songs in Spring, a thunderstorm during Summer, a wild peasant dance in Autumn, and shivering in front of the fire in Winter. Vivaldi wrote a series of descriptive sonnets to accompany the music, which will be recited between pieces by Janet Barocco.

Richard Heinberg, the solo violinist, will also explain and demonstrate how Vivaldi imitated the sounds of nature and daily life in his music. Richard has played with the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma County Philharmonic, along with Duo Giuliani and the Gaia String Trio. He will be joined by the other members of the Gaia String Trio – David Hill, viola, and Andrew Willbanks, cello – along with violinists Tim Zieminski and Mary England.

Ring the Bells Friday Dec. 2, 2016


Ring in the season while strolling through the SOFA arts district. Artist studios and galleries will be open with beautiful works of art, lit ambience, hot cider, carolers and musicians. South A Street artists invite guest artists to share their spaces. You are invited to bring a bell to ring or jingle as you walk from studio to studio in the spirit of the holidays.

Rain does not cancel Winterblast

Winterblast WILL go on even in the rain. Bear with us as we adjust for the weather and bring your rain gear. The parades will go in light rain; heavy rain will postpone or cancel. The art studios and galleries will be open, food, beer & wine available, so c’mon down to the Sofa District tonight. Please support the event by purchasing raffle tickets, eats & drinks, and artistic gifts large or small from our resident artists.



Parking suggestions for Winterblast

Parking can be a challenge at this popular event. There is no parking on South A Street between Sebastopol Ave and Sonoma Ave. Streets will be closed off at 4pm.

The best approach to the festival is on Santa Rosa Ave. Crazy Rudolph’s Christmas trees at the corner of Santa Rosa Ave and Sebastopol Ave is generously allowing public parking inside their fence. If the inner lot fills up there is more space around the edges, just outside the fence. From there it’s a short walk to the festival.

Other options include:

•City hall parking lot

•Parking lot where Sonoma Ave dead ends at the freeway – fits about a dozen cars

•The downtown mall parking lot near Sears




Art Loving Friends,

I have soooo many wonderful new pieces that I have been keeping under wraps for Art Trails this year! 
My year has been filled with amazing influences that have added depth and interest to my artwork; I took a wonderful clay sculpture class from Barbara Hoffman this summer, I went to Europe for the first time and was blown away by the art in the Pompidou Museum, and I obtained amazing new materials to work with from many sources.
You will also love the beautiful work by the other Art Trails participants in my neighborhood this year as well.
Mary Vaughan‘s nature-influenced abstract paintings are always accompanied by some quirky object or frame.  Her pieces are as fun and unusual as they are beautifully painted. 
Luann Udell creates pieces like no one else in Sonoma County.  She creates beautiful jewelry and artwork from sculpted artifacts that look to me like ancient amulets that would have been found in a cave.  I love them!
Christie Marks is new to Art Trails this year.  Her mixed media painting style reflects a hauntingly melancholy feeling.  She is just across the hall from me, and we are all within a short stroll from amazing restaurants, coffee and gifts in our SOFA neighborhood. 

I’m not going to post photos of my new pieces until after Art Trails – so you’ve got to come to my studio to see them in person.  I am really looking forward to sharing my experiences and yours from this past year. See you in the next two weekends!