Artists of Sonoma

The Intimate Diebenkorn

The Intimate Diebenkorn. Sonoma Valley Museum of ArtThis summer the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is showing:

“The Intimate Diebenkorn”

This is an exhibit of the works of Richard Diebenkorn, known as one of the founders of the Bay Area figurative school.

June 6, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
551 Broadway
Sonoma CA  95476

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Art at the Source – The Open Studios Season

Art at the Source Catalog for June 2015“Discover the artistic abundance and natural beauty of Sonoma County …

The 21st annual Art at the Source Open Studios Tour features 157 artists in 98 studios locations, and the diversity includes painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, photographers, glass and fiber artists.”

This program is run annually by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Western Sonoma County.

Dates: June 6-7 and June 13-14, 2015.

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Creative Sonoma – A Strong Identity

prints by Micah Schwaberow

There is a great description of Sonoma’s cultural identity, in the  “Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan” written by the Sonoma County, Economic Development Board. I like the premise of the Action Plan so much:

Creative Sonoma starts from the point of view that arts and culture are among a community’s most powerful assets.”

I especially like their “Findings” on the Sonoma Arts Culture. According to the “Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan”, the art of Sonoma County is strongly associated with the beauty of our landscape, our wineries and agricultural heritage:

Sonoma County has a broad, shared sense of its cultural identity. Stakeholders express a clear sense of the county’s cultural identity and broader quality of life. Theirs is an expansive definition of culture and creativity, including art forms (e.g., visual art, music, theater) as well as participatory arts experiences, ethnic cultures, and contemporary artistry expressed through technology. Culture in Sonoma County encompasses a strongly independent and entrepreneurial spirit, especially among younger people. There is an emphasis on self-reliance, DIY (do-it-yourself) and an inclusive definition of creativity, such as non-arts expressions of creativity through technological and conceptual invention. Creativity spans those participating in the alternative Burning Man Festival to “maker fairs.”

Sonoma County’s distinct character goes beyond arts and creativity to the beauty of the landscape, the agricultural heritage along with its current vital resurgence, and of course the world-renowned wine industry. There is a value placed on a more casual way of life than neighboring Napa and Marin counties. Stakeholders share a pride in the county’s existing arts and cultural assets, such as its museums, performing arts venues, art galleries, artist communities, the SOFA district, outdoor sculpture collections, community arts centers, festivals, and events, among many others. At the same time, some express a desire to elevate the level of artistic quality and interest, in part in recognition of the standards set by San Francisco and the Bay area. There is a strong but less publically visible collection of ethnically specific cultural communities and artists, including a large and diverse Hispanic population.”

To read more go to: “Creative Sonoma Arts Action Plan“, June 2014.

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Turning 50

two people, oil painting, by Irene Rowley

Well now that I reached the halfway mark to 100, I want to be more giving and productive.  I also got bumped on the head two times today, and so if this sounds a little crazy you’ll understand! Here is my own fine art portfolio … which has been offline for 5 years while I pursued my “career” in less important things. I’ll make new photos with higher quality very soon:

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Over 250 Artists

David Antonio

David Antonio is one of our fine artists.

We’ve just added a large batch of artists to the directory, and we are now working on their introductions.

We’d welcome artists sending us their brief bios and giving us feature ideas.

Sonoma County is brimming with talented artists, many working on holiday ideas.

A lot of the inspiration comes from nature, our wine country or apple orchards. Other inspiration from spirituality and inner wisdom.

I appreciate artists who nurture their inner wisdom. They have the strength to create objects of beauty, despite misunderstanding or sometimes financial hardships. Way to go, artists!

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