Petaluma Arts Center In the News

Upcoming Petaluma Art Center exhibit explores fine art of doll-making

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Don’t expect baby dolls or Barbies at the upcoming doll exhibit at the Petaluma Arts Center. The two-month display highlights handcrafted, one-of-a-kind artistry that challenges visitors to test their very perceptions of dolls.

Opening July 23, “Journeys Through Light & Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories” is a showcase for local and internationally acclaimed doll makers whose works range from whimsical and fanciful to puppet-form, fantasy sculptures and creature- and fairy-like figures. Read more!


Petaluma Arts Center ‘Idea Lounge’ series explores out of the box concepts

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What do the most beloved movies of all time have in common with the life of a sailboat captain for hire?

That very question was pondered last month by an engaged audience at the debut of the Petaluma Arts Center’s “Idea Lounge,” a six-month series held at Lagunitas Brewing Company that’s part of the center’s new “Out of the Box” initiative to help complete its mission of putting the “s” in arts, and not just visual arts, Executive Director Val Richman said.

The Idea Lounge, an hour-long event that takes place on the third Thursday of the month, pairs two speakers—one who discusses an artistic concept and the other who speaks about a seemingly random subject. In the inaugural evening held in a new cozy lounge space Lagunitas created for nonprofit events at its brewery, Petaluma Arts Center board member and filmmaker/screenwriter Eric J. Adams outlined the hero’s journey as seen through films such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Up” and “Casablanca.” Bradford Rex then spoke about some of his (mis)adventures as a sailboat captain for hire for motley crews of leisure fisherman… Read more!

Getting Their Hands Dirty – Mud Buddies

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The Petaluma Arts Center’s “Mud Buddies” program was formed from scratch as a way for community members to get their hands dirty with the creation of clay sculptures, tableware and other ceramic works,

About four years ago, the potter’s wheels began to turn. Now, Mud Buddies has proven to be incredibly successful in terms of participation and work produced. Candace Birchfield, Mud Buddies’ supervisor, has been a part of the program since the beginning — watching as more and more people in Petaluma take interest in pottery and have a wonderful time doing so… read more!

4th Annual “Art Shapes the World, Youth Arts Exhibit” at Petaluma Arts Center:  March 14 – April 5, 2015

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Petaluma Arts Center is proud to present its 4th annual Youth Arts Exhibit, opening March 14th, 2015. The energy and creativity of over 75 budding young artists fills the Arts Center this spring, featuring  artwork by talented and expressive Petaluma-area young people in grades K – 12.  Read more…

KDFC Radio Interview:  February 23, 2015


Click here to listen to the KDFC interview with Petaluma Arts Center’s Executive Director Val Richman & Sculptor Llisa Demetrios.


Southern Sonoma Country Lifestyle

Arts For ALL — Expanding the Dimension of Petaluma Arts Center

My first employment as a newspaper reporter in the wilds of the East Anglian Fens in England introduced me to several
communities, some large market towns and one of the smallest cities in the UK.  Read more…



A former train storage and repair building in Petaluma is now a thriving home for the arts in Sonoma County.

“Housed in the historic Railroad Station freight building, next to the Petaluma Visitors Center, the Petaluma Arts Center hosts art exhibits, concerts, cultural performances, art classes for people of all ages, literary and film lectures, and community events.” Read more…

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    April 14 through June 16
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