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I’m amazed that I just discovered this photo of myself and my catalog painting on Satri’s Sonoma County Arts Blog. Thank you, Satri! I do appreciate your selecting my artist photo at the coast with sketchbook and my oil painting “Pond and Wild Iris” to represent the wonderful community of Sonoma County Art Trails artists!

The October 2014 Open Studio weekends may be over, but look for us again October 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2015, our 30th year! And we invite our friends’ interest and support year round as we continue to exhibit and to teach and to create new work in our studios and en plein air.

Here’s the very fine article Satri wrote about Art Trails, and links back to her blog pages, where you can also regularly find out about many other Sonoma County art events and profiles on artists. Having been the visual arts coordinator at Sebastopol Center for the Arts for many years, Satri’s circle is wide and knowledgeable.


Art Trails Open Studios 2014

Marsha ConnellMarsha Connell

Autumn in Sonoma County means harvest time — grapes, apples, pumpkins, and all sorts of luscious things. It’s also when Art Trails Open Studios is happening over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12 and 18-19, with studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In its 29th year, this is the largest open studios event in Sonoma County. Art Trails is a great opportunity to visit artists in their studios, talk with the artists, and see where and how art is created. It’s also an excellent time and place to buy art directly out of the studios for holiday gifts, or to add to your own collection.


For the first time, Art Trails Open Studios is sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and will complement the Art Center’s long-standing annual Art at the Source Open Studios event that takes place in western Sonoma County during June.

Art Trails Open Studios encompasses the entire county and features the work of 161 artists. A number of the artists are offering free demonstrations throughout the weekends where you can talk with the artists, observe, and learn about traditional and experimental materials and techniques.

The best way to begin is to visit the main preview exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where a piece from each of the artists is on display. This gives you an opportunity to look carefully and decide which studios you want to visit. You can also visit one of the five satellite preview exhibits presented throughout the county.

Then at any of the venues pick up a catalog with maps, schedules, and details, and hit the road, following the blue signs for an easy self-guided tour through beautiful Sonoma County.

For more information call Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 707-829-4797, or go to www.sebarts.org, or http://sonomacountyarttrails.org/.

Locations and dates of Art Trails exhibitions:

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 South High St., Sebastopol
Through Oct. 19

Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 1-4pm. Extended gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the tour weekends.

637 Fourth St., Downtown Santa Rosa
Through Oct. 31

Gallery One
209 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA 94952
707. 778.8277
Through Oct. 21

Cloverdale Arts Alliance
204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Through Nov. 13

Ice House Gallery
405 East D St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Through Oct. 19

Fulton X Gallery
1200 River Road
Fulton, CA 95439
Oct. 8 – Nov. 2
Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m.