Monday, November 16, 2009

SCA Members Show (A Show of Our Own)

Hi Blog visitors, The Annual SCA Members Show is coming right up. This is a nonjuried show with a focus on sales of artwork for the holidays. If you are not a current member you can sign up when you bring your piece in. There is a size limit so you will want to get the prospectus and read it carefully. You can get a prospectus on our website,, or request one via e-mail to, or come into the Gallery and pick one up. The deadline is Monday, November 30, 3 to 6 pm.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dualities Exhibition -- Slide Show

Here is a sampling of work in the Dualities exhibition, which continues through November 29.

Friday, October 16, 2009


The Dualities exhibition is opening on Thursday, October 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Expect the unexpected and be sure to check out the Yangtze River. I will post photos from the installation next week.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dualities Take-in & Jurying

We took in almost 200 works for the Dualities exhibition. Juror, Claudia Chapline, selected 60 pieces. There is some really interesting work and it should be a great show. If you entered work into the show and would like to know if it was selected, please go to the SCA website,, and then to the Visual Arts page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Call to Artists for DUALITIES

Our next juried exhibition is DUALITIES. For this exhibition we are seeking artwork that depicts both sides of a duality, e.g. birth/death, yin/yang, war/peace, serious/foolish, light/dark, movement/stillness, soft/hard, etc. Open to all media including video and installation.

The juror, Claudia Chapline, is an international multi-media artist, writer, and curator. She was the recipient of the 2006 Northern California Women’s Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. She is owner of the Claudia Chapline Gallery, and she is currently President of Art at the Cheese Factory.

I'm looking forward to all the creative and imaginative work that will come in for this show. You can download a prospectus from our website, Deadline to enter is Monday, October 5, 3 to 6 pm.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Portraits and Vessels in Wood

Here is a slide show from the current exhibitions. Portraits in Main Gallery. Ancient Shapes: Vessels in Wood in Gallery II.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ancient Shapes: Vessel in Wood

Ancient Shapes: Vessel in Wood, work by Robert Gauthier, opens in Gallery II with a reception on Friday, Sept. 11, 6 to 7:30 PM. Gauthier's work is stunning and photos don't capture their exquisite detail and alluring presence, so you have to come in and see them in person.

Portraits exhibition opening

Portraits, an exhibition of over 70 pieces opens with a reception in the Main Gallery on Friday, Sept. 11, 6 to 7:30 PM, and will run through Oct. 18. Come in and see who you know, or would like to know. Next week I will post a slide show of the installation and some of the pieces.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Our next juried exhibition is all about portraits, actually it's called "Portraits", and will be juried by Lucinda Barnes, who is chief curator at the Berkeley Art Museum. We are looking for artwork that expresses the likeness, character and uniqueness of a person in any media including video and installation. We are looking for traditional portraits as well as not so traditional. You can get complete guidelines on the prospectus which is available on the SCA website, or in the gallery, or we can e-mail one to you by sending a request to

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wide Open: National Juried Exhibition

Wide Open, a national exhibition juried by Philip Linhares, chief curator of art, Oakland Museum of California, will continue through September 6. Mr. Linhares selected Where's Mom, by Inez Dorfman, as Best of Show, and Merit awards went to Drill it, Pump it, Bury it, Carry it, by Allegra Burke, Treasure Maps, by Gael Fitzmaurice, and Apple Orchard, by Alicia Oceguera. The show coordinators selected three pieces by Rebecca Graham, Last, Volpe, and Lupo, for the Coordinators award. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the artists who entered their work for this exhibition.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wide Open -- Jury Results

On Tuesday, Philip Linhares spent several hours here at the Art Center giving careful consideration to the 370 submissions for the Wide Open exhibition. At the end of the day he had selected approximately 72 pieces for the show. There were a lot of hard choices, and there were many more that he would have liked to include if we had the room to display them.

This is the first exhibition for which we are doing online posting of jury results, so we hope you will be patient with us as we try to make this a smooth process. The prospectus stated that the results would be here, however, since then we have been able to post them on our website, which is a better way to do it. So, for jury results go to, Visual Arts, and follow the instructions for Jury Results. That should do it. I hope. Let me know how it works.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Gallery Talk with Donna Seager

This Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM, Donna Seager will be here to give a talk on The Book As a Medium for Art. Donna was the juror for the Bibliophoria exhibition, currently on view in the gallery. This will be a great opportunity to meet Donna and hear what she has to say about book art. Admission is $5 for SCA members and $7 for nonmembers. Hope to see you here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bibliophoria: through July 26, 2009

We had a fun opening for the show, it's always nice to have people come from a distance to attend the openings, and we always love our regulars. Here are some photos of the installation. But come see the show, if you haven't already, and plan to take some time looking at the books.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bibiophoria -- Opening

Bibliophoria, a juried book arts exhibition, with nearly 70 pieces juried by Donna Seager, opens Thursday, June 18 6 to 7:30 pm. The show includes work by artists from around the country, but most from Northern California and many from Sonoma County. Here are a couple of the pieces in the show, next week I will post some installation shots.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Call to Artists -- Bibliophoria

Our next juried show is Bibliophoria, a national book arts exhibition. Deadline for submitting entries is Monday, June 1, 3 to 6 pm. Go to our website to download a prospectus, or send me an e-mail at and I will send you one. Or, you can always come into the Art Center to pick one up.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Art at the Source -- Preview Exhibition

Opening this Friday, May 22, 6 to 8 PM is the Preview Exhibition for the Art at the Source Open Studios. The open studios event will take place on two weekends, June 6 & 7, and June 13 & 14. Excellent opportunity to see and talk to artists in their studios and buy work directly from them. The Preview Exhibition is a great way to see samples of their work and plan your tours.

Art in Iron -- a wild and fun 2-day event

The Art in Iron 2-day exhibition in the gallery was an amazing event, May 16 & 17. A dozen hand-made, one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles filled the gallery and made it sparkle with all the chrome and metalic paint. Also, on the walls we had the iconic work of Stanley Mouse, who was there on both days signing posters and greeting his fans. Take a look at the slide show in the side bar, because if you missed the event you wouldn't believe how beautiful the gallery looked.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Art in Iron

The galleries are currently closed for cleaning & repairs, but hold on to your seat, and hat, because on Saturday, May 16, we will hold our annual benefit auction event -- "Art in Iron".

This year we have added an outstanding new twist with an exhibition of custom motorcycles! These are truly one-of-a-kind works of art. Some of Northern California’s hottest custom builders have been invited to show their work in this special exhibit, paired with the counter-culture art of Stanley Mouse, creative genius behind the artwork for The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and others.

This two-day event will begin on Saturday May 16 with a motorcycle ride that starts in the morning at Michael’s Harley-Davidson in Cotati and concludes at the Art Center, kicking off the Gala Event where all are welcome from 2 to 5pm. This event includes a silent and live auction, custom motorcycle exhibition, raffle, food and music. Tickets for the Exhibition Gala and/or Ride are $20 advance/ $25 door.

The motorcycle exhibition will also be open for public viewing on Sunday, May 17 from 10am – 4pm. Admission on Sunday is $3.

For information or tickets contact: Linda Galletta, 707-829-4797, at, or

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Out of A Box is closing

The Out of A Box exhibition will be closing on Sunday, April 19. If you haven't seen it yet or want to bring someone to see it, now is the time.

Also, if you have a piece in the show, please come pick up your work on Monday, April 20, 12 noon to 5 PM.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Out of A Box -- Slide Show

Here is a mini slide show with some of the wonderful work in this exhibition. Enjoy, and then come see all the intriguing pieces. The show continues through April 19.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Out of A Box

Out of A Box, mixed-media exhibition opened on March 19 and will run through April 19. Juror, Lisah Horner, executive director of ACCI gallery in Berkeley, selected 58 pieces for the show. Best of Show Award went to Monty Monty for "Photo Block Set".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Art Residencies Within Reach

Tonight, March 12, Archana Horsting, of the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, will present a discussion of local, national and international residency opportunities for artists. The event is free and begins in the Gallery at 7 pm.

If you missed this informative talk, you can get information on the subject by going to the Kala Art Institute website,

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Out of A Box; Jury Results

Listed below are the pieces selected by the juror for the Out of A Box exhibition. If your name is not on the list, we thank you very much for taking the time to submit work to this exhibition. Work not selected can be picked up at the gallery beginning Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15, 1 to 4 p.m. If you submitted work by slides, they will be returned in the SASE you provided. Please check the Visual Arts Calendar on our website: for upcoming juried shows.

If your name is listed below, please click here for additional information.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Take in for Out of A Box

Take-in of artwork for Out of A Box juried mixed media exhibition is Monday, March 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. You can download a prospectus from the SCA website: Visual Arts / Calendar.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Impressions 2009

Two pianos have been a wonderful temporary addition to the gallery allowing for several concerts to take place during the Impressions 2009 printmaking exhibition, which continues through March 15, 2009.