Art Trails Open Studios


Eve Lindi

Artists install the Main Preview Exhibit for Art Trails Open Studios at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Mark Fernquest, Staff Writer

Art Trails Open Studios once again makes its annual appearance in Sonoma County for two weekends on Oct. 13-14 and 20-21. This year features 126 returning artists and 18 new artists working in a plethora of mediums that include sculpture, glass and kinetic sculpture. All participating artists are juried and will show in their individual studios.

The Main Preview Exhibit at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, will showcase one original representative piece by each artist. Admission is free, and all artwork is for sale. The artists themselves formed work teams to install the exhibit,.

For those who can’t make the trek to Sebastopol, additional smaller exhibits are located at Corrick’s, at 637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa through Oct. 29; Gallery One, at 209 Western Ave., Petaluma through Oct. 21; and new this year, Paul Mahder Gallery, at 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg through Oct. 21.

The Open Studios program started in 1985 and is the longest-running open studios program in the country. Organizers printed 50,000 Sonoma County Art Trails Collector’s Guides with maps for the event and distributed them throughout the county. Attendees are expected from across Sonoma County, the greater Bay Area and as far away as other states.

Highly visible blue Art Trails signs are already up on the main roads into Sebastopol, and will soon appear at participating studios throughout Sonoma County. More information can be found on the Sebastopol Center for the Arts website, at: