June fast approaches and with it comes the beloved Art at the Source Open Studio Tour, now in its 18th year. Always the first two weekends in June, this West Sonoma County tour opens the doors of 96 working studios and offers a glimpse at the work of 155 artist members of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. It’s a chance to see stunning art in its homestead, meet the artists and learn about their craft, all while meandering along some of the most beautiful routes in Sonoma County.
Start gearing up for the tour now at one of the previews at a variety of galleries and wineries. The Art at the Source Catalog (download here) is a year round guide, but apart from the Open Studio weekends you’ll need an appointment to visit the studios. They even provide a list of Artists by Medium to help you plan your perfect route. With a breadth of genres including painting, sculpting, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fiber art, and more, it’s incredibly useful to plot a course with such a list in hand.
Each participating artist has work on display now at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts through June 10. The gallery is located right in downtown Sebastopol, regularly open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, with an extended Saturday and Sunday opening 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on tour weekends.
Santa Rosa’s Finley Community Center is now displaying work from more than 70 artists through June 14. The exhibit covers the gamut of mediums you can find on the tour. Stop by Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. or Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Pelican Art Gallery in Petaluma provides a southern Sonoma County gateway into this artist collective with a special display of pieces from over 40 participating artists now through June 30. This fine gallery is regrettably closing soon, so do stop by for this last exhibit. They’re open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Tantalize your palate with a wine tasting and art preview. Art at the Source and Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County have paired up to bring art from more than 44 participating studio tour artists to 34 tasting rooms and lodgings in Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. This list can be found in the catalog or can be downloaded here.
Visit the Art at the Source website for details on artists’ demonstrations being offered during the tour and for information on studios holding midweek open houses on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
With your comprehensive Art at the Source catalog in hand and 96 studio doors open to you, the road awaits however you approach it. Enjoy the art, the scenery, and the atmosphere.
Art at the Source Open Studios Tour
June 2-3 and 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts