Current Exhibition

Face of Petaluma:  Portraits of Our Town
Co-Curated by
Jude Mooney & Stefan Kirkeby
Exhibition Dates:  June 13 – August 5
Opening Reception:  June 10, 5pm

Companion Exhibition:
Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers: Personal Images & Public Stories of a California Rivertown  at Petaluma Historical Museum & Library  June 10 – September 25, 2017

Face of Petaluma: Portraits of Our Town is a photographic portrayal of people who live in this historic town. Five photographers – Paige Green, Michael Woolsey, Jude Mooney, Michael Garlington and Ramin Rahimian – have been making portraits and collecting stories from an array of local personalities, from all walks of life, some of whom are hidden within our unique community, and whose diverse and relevant stories need to be shared in these transitional times. The exhibition is co-curated by Stefan Kirkeby, owner of the San Anselmo-based gallery, Smith Andersen North and partner in the Casemore Kirkeby gallery in San Francisco.

The Petaluma Museum Association presentation of Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers is an exhibition of photographs drawn from the collection of the PHL&M and the Sonoma County Library. According to Paula Freund, curator of the exhibition and art historian, “As the availability and popularity of camera portraiture grew in the 1850’s and 60’s, so did the booming frontier town of Petaluma, California. The pioneers took full advantage of the services offered by their town’s entrepreneurial photographers, preserving for us the opportunity to observe their faces and demeanor in rich intimate detail and connect them to the stories of their accomplishments and experiences.”


Both exhibitions may be viewed June 10 – August 5. The PHL&M exhibit runs through September 24.
Admission to the Petaluma Arts Center exhibit is $3-$5.  Admission to the PHL&M exhibit is free.

Participate in the exhibition
and join in on the fun with
pop-up photo sessions for
Face of Petaluma

Community members are invited to participate in four free portrait weekends.
Drop by PAC and be photographed individually or with family members.
Portraits will be exhibited in the gallery, growing over the weeks the exhibition is up.

June 3, 12pm – 4pm.

Laura Schneider is a classically trained musician turned lifestyle photographer. A lifetime of wandering led her from the mountains of Virginia to the coast of Northern California where “home” found her in the vibrant creative community of Petaluma. She starts her day by teaching High School Jazz Band and spends the rest of it unapologetically capturing life as it happens, when it happens, with whatever camera happens to be within arm’s reach. When she’s not behind the camera, motivating high schoolers, or editing photos in her favorite onesie with her trusted cat assistant, you’ll find her getting lost on the Pacific Coast Highway with friends, playing in the dirt with tiny humans, or most likely, precariously balanced in a yoga pose of the inverted variety.

June 10, 12pm -4pm.

Jim Johnson  After a successful career in the fashion field, Jim became intrigued with the art of photography. For more than 25 years, Jim’s professional eye and technical knowledge, coupled with his comfortable, friendly style, have pleased thousands of people.





June 17, 12pm – 4pm. 

Originally from Los Angeles, Erik Castro began his career as a documentary photographer in Seattle during the late 1990s focusing on issues concerning low-income residents and those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.

Castro has won multiple National Press Photographers Association Awards for his multimedia work and for his wildfire coverage in Lake County, California in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin where he also received a Hearst Award for his photo essay on a prison rehabilitation program.

His images have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Seattle and Northern California and he is the sole photographer for a book about a new generation of winemakers titled, “The New California Wine” published by Ten Speed Press, 2013.

Castro is currently working on long term projects about immigrant labor titled, HARVESTER and on the homeless crisis in Santa Rosa, California where he resides.

June 24, 12 – 4pm.  Casa Grande High School






News and other press

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Exhibition Sponsors

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

Miranda Austin
Paula Freund
Mike and Pat Gorman
Carole Leslie Harper
Scott Hess
David Powers and Beverly Schor





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