The Face of Petaluma: Portraits of Our Town

“Jon” Photographer: Jude Mooney

The Face of Petaluma:  Portraits of Our Town
Curators:  Jude Mooney & Michael Woolsey
Co-Curator:  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

The 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 the
pop-up photo booth events for
The Face of Petaluma

Have your portrait taken by one of the exhibiting portrait photographers and displayed in the North Gallery at the Arts Center.

June 3, 12pm – 4pm, Photographer:  Laura Schneider

June 10, 12pm -4pm, Photographer:  Jim Johnson

June 17, 12pm – 4pm,  Photographer:  Erik Castro

June 24, 12pm – 4pm, Photographer:  Casa Grande High School

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