Our numerous and extensive exhibitions vary throughout the year. We offer juried, invitational, curated and open submission opportunities for local, regional, national and international artists.To learn more about our exhibits please visit Events calendar.
Our exhibitions are often augmented with lectures, panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and musical performances. We strive to stimulate, inspire and educate; further enhancing our patron’s engagement with the arts.
International Juried Exhibition
A collaboration of Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA) & Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
January 11 – February 16, 2020
This exhibition shows ART QUILTS: art objects that reference stitched layered structures, using modern and/or traditional quilting techniques.
Gallery III “Innards” by Karen Lockert
Gallery II SAQA trunk show
An art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure”.
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco put on a Fair to end all Fairs. We will ‘virtually’ visit this amazing event. The Suffragettes will be there along with Lotta Crabtree and John Philip Sousa. We’ll view art in the Palace of Fine Arts, visit the Yellowstone Park exhibit, see the Montessori School in action, and even go on the Aeroscope ride 285 feet in the sky. We’ll meet Fatty Arbuckle, Henry Ford and Edison. How did the Expo help the Bay Area recover from the Quake? Who were the politicians, designers and artists behind the Expo’s tremendous success? Come on down for the fun…there will be popcorn!
Impressionism emerges as the major style in American art. California artists painted the beauty of our state’s many vistas: ocean, desert, redwoods, vineyards, and eucalyptus trees. They include Guy Rose, Grandville Redmond, Joseph Raphael, and Colin Campbell Cooper, with visits from William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam. Theodore Wores painted Chinatown. In a fight to move toward modernism we will review the Society of Six led by Selden Gile. Architect Julie Morgan designs Hearst Castle.
America was reeling from the Crash of 1929. WPA artists painted the American scene: Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and photographer Dorothea Lange gave the painted voice to those struggling. The county was unsettled with over 1000 strikes. Coit Tower murals were painted during the San Francisco Maritime Strike. Another fair, the Golden Gate World Exposition celebrated two new bridges. Artists like Millard Sheets worked in new California Style. Ansel Adams advanced photography to new and exciting highs.
Artists Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko exploded onto the California scene and pushed painters out of their comfort zone. Abstract Expressionism became the norm. An association called Sanity in Art declared modern art a Communist movement. Bay Area artists rebelled. Figurative Art emerges as a Bay Area tradition. Artists will include: Hassel Smith, Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.