Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Arts in Sonoma County, California

Gallery 300 moves to The Barlow
The studio/show space vibe of Gallery 300 has found a new home in The Barlow, a 12.5-acre culinary and arts center in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County.

A venue for painters, a milner, and other artisans, the gallery displays contemporary work focusing mostly on mixed media paintings, but also featuring hats, laser cut lights, jewelry, and other handmade wearables.

Gallery 300 and its artists were part of the founding of the South A Street Arts District (SOFA) in downtown Santa Rosa. The gallery has evolved into a participant in international art fairs in Miami alongside Art Basel.

The opening exhibit in The Barlow space displays works from Jennifer Hirschfield, Terry Sauve, Lisa Thorpe, Amy Smith, Alejandro Salazar, and Ron Macken.

Gallery 300
6780 McKinley, Suite 130, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Hammerfriar founder retiring – art gallery under new ownership
A retrospective exhibit of 41 artists celebrates the first 13 years of Hammerfriar Art Gallery, marks the retirement of its founder Jill Plamann, and heralds new owners Charly Leys and Glen Young.

“Firing Pine to Clear My Throat”
Stepping down after 40 years of presenting art, Plamann curated this final show, which highlights work by 41 different visual artists. Founded in 2005, Hammerfriar Art Gallery and Framing Services exhibits contemporary art with a vision. An important part of Sonoma County’s visual arts community, Hammerfriar represents both established and emerging artists from the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Business partners Leys and Young took ownership of Hammerfriar in August 2017; together they provide more than 30 years of experience in museum-quality framing and art preservation. Leys learned her craft by apprenticing with Young, who is well known in the art preservation world for his technical expertise, design skills, and his study of innovative techniques.

Hammerfriar Gallery and Framing Services
132 Mill St., Suite 101, Healdsburg, CA 95448

With the summer season under way, Sonoma County is a busy and active place, with new events, restaurants, boutiques, and more for visitors to discover and explore. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s new in Sonoma County in June 2018.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit or call 707-522-5800 or 800-576-6662. For a complete calendar of upcoming events, visit

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