Current Exhibition

Tidal Response:  Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below.

Curator:  Carin Jacobs
Exhibition Dates:  August 19 – October 21
Opening Reception:  August 19, 5-7pm.

Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments.   Some of these marine impressions are more literal– in Peter Connors’ case, displaying formerly living sea creatures as a medium in his delicate algae pressings; in Chris Dewees’ case, using sea inhabitants as part of his actual process of Gyotaku printing. Other works are more conceptual, as Richard and Judith Selby Lang re-purpose objects found at the water’s edge to express both environmental philosophy and sense of place.

Collectively these artists,  Peter Connors, Chris Dewees, Courtney Mattison, Julia Edith Rigby, Judith & Richard Selby Lang, Holly Sumner, and The Hydrous – some trained in fine arts, some in biology– enter into a dialogue with nature, and with each other, breaking down disciplinary silos and allowing for a more holistic and perhaps richer exploration of a complex ecosystem.

Thanks to our community collaborators:  Bodega Marine Lab, Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary, Mission Blue, and Point Blue for their shared passion and advocacy.

Please check our Events Page for additional programming and workshops

Argus Courier

Sonoma State University

UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab

Exhibition Sponsors


The Petaluma Arts Center would also like to thank our generous community sponsors:

Garth Bixler and Steven Barclay
Mike Frost and Katherine Plank
Carin Jacobs
Kristie Sheppard and Kieran Robinson
Paul Siri and Kate Bolton
Brutocao Cellars
Izakaya Kitaru
Second Street Flowers























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  • Current Exhibition

    Current Exhibition

    Exhibition Dates
    August 19 - October 21
    Opening Reception
    Saturday, August 19, 5-7pm

  • Upcoming Exhibition

    Upcoming Exhibition

    Call for Entries open from
    Sept. 11- Oct. 16.
    Opening Reception Saturday,
    Nov. 11, 5-7pm.

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