Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below
Curator: Carin Jacobs
Exhibition Dates:  August 22 – 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, with particular emphasis on Sonoma County. 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 repurpose 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.


Members 2015 Featured Artist: Hella Merrill

Inaugural PAC Members Juried Exhibition
Coordinator: Kim Chigi
Exhibition Dates:  November 14 – January 6
Opening Reception:  November 11, 5 – 7pm


The Members Exhibition, on view from November 14, 2017 through January 6, 2018 will highlight the works of  PAC’s talented artist members.  Works ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, assemblage, clay and mixed media will be featured in this incredibly eclectic and diverse exhibit.   This year’s exhibition will be juried by Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Sonoma State University, where he also directs the University Art Gallery.

“The members’ exhibition is eagerly anticipated,” said Val Richman, Executive Director of PAC. “Petaluma is a hotbed of talent and we are thrilled to showcase artists whose work represents a large variety of techniques, mediums and innovative designs. Many people do their holiday shopping at this exhibition; original art makes a wonderful gift.”

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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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