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Here at the Journey Center we believe that the arts and creativity have an important role in spirituality, so we are pleased to have an art gallery in our Center featuring the beautiful work of local and Bay Area artists. We also offer a variety of art-related classes and workshops that allow you to explore your God-given creative gifts as a spiritual practice on your journey.

Special Event

Summer Festival:
An Evening of the Arts

Friday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Please join us for a spontaneous evening with the arts featuring local musicians, paintings by Maria Crane and poetry readings.You are welcome to bring your instrument, poetry that you like, and even your dancing shoes! In short, come and bring your creativity as we’ll embark on having fun making collaborative art and music together. We’ll be serving some appetizers and beverages to round out the evening.

Please RSVP using our online registration form or call the Journey Center at (707) 578–2121.

Suggested donation: $5-$15, what you can give
Location: Journey Center Main Room

View the Evening of the Arts poster

Art Gallery

We invite you to stop by our gallery whenever the Journey Center is open (M-F, 10 am-4 pm). Call for evening and weekend hours, which vary. Admission is free.

photo of Kalia Mussetter and quilts

Kalia Mussetter Opening Reception - "The Light and the Water: Spirit and Feeling Pieced Together in Quilted Art"

Artist's Reception, Friday, September 7, 2012; 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through October.

Kalia Mussetter has been a visual artist all her life, working in many media. Fourteen years ago, an elder woman in one of Kalia's tribes taught her to quilt, and she was soon after taken under the wing of master quilter, Betty Anne Guadalupe, and apprenticed in the old way for three years. More>

View Kalia Mussetter's Opening Reception poster


John Hanses photo of path

Opening Reception “Into the Landscape: Large Format Photography by John Hanses”

Friday, November 2, 2012; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through mid January.

John has been shooting landscapes with a large-format, 4" x 5", film camera for over 20 years. His work has been shown in the US, Australia, & Japan. He concentrates mostly on simple scenes, exquisitely composed, with fine lighting and highly detailed. More>

View the Thomas Jackson Art Opening poster

View the “Into the Landscape: Large Format Photography by John Hanses” poster

The artistic process starts with vision. As I start painting, the vision of the image grows. At some point I decide it is finished. Some techniques can be repeated, however one never really knows how a painting will turn out. No two are ever the same. Visit the artist’s website at www.resslerartstudio.com

Strange and Wonderful Things Opening Reception: Featuring local artists

Friday, September 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Meet the artists; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through October.

Strange and Wonderful Things is an art show with five local artists who are collectors by nature. At the heart of their effort is the need to rescue stuff that has been forgotten or thrown away and to make art that is about grace and introspection. The unrelated objects in each piece make the viewer look and look again, bidding them to raise an eyebrow and lean in for a closer look. Participating Artists: Rebeca Trevin, Paula Strother, Anne Shaheen, Ron Harding and Mark Brudzinski.

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the 'Strange and Wonderful Things' Opening Reception poster


URBAN AMBITION Opening Reception, featuring local artist, Bailey Farren

Friday, August 28, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission.
The show runs though October 25.

“From skyscrapers in New York, to handmade huts in Uganda, to exquisite cathedrals in Rome, I’ve witnessed people’s unique use of ingenious creativity to inspire one another. URBAN AMBITION is a vibrant celebration of humanity’s successes and shortcomings, achievements and dreams, through a series of paintings and sketches combining realism and abstraction to exemplify a tiny fraction of the life that surrounds us.” Visit the artist's website at: www.baileyfarren.com

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the URBAN AMBITION Opening Reception poster


The Land, Water and Sky of Bill Gittins Opening Reception, featuring local artist, Bill Gittins

Friday, July 10, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission.
The show runs through August 23.

Bill Gittins began painting 30 years ago as a means of relaxation. His studio and plein air paintings now hang regionally, nationally and internationally among private, business and permanent collections. “I must paint what feels emotionally good to me...to find a calming entrance into the painting before I start and a continuing feeling of belonging there as I paint the scene. As a symbol of that, you will often find simple paths, trails or roads in my work...leading somewhere... just as life does.” Visit the artist's website at: www.billgittins.com

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the Bill Gittins Opening Reception poster



WONDERFUL GIFTS IN SMALL PACKAGES Our Annual Holiday Art Show featuring beautiful small works of art by local artists

Opening reception: Friday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Open house: December 6 & 13, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Artwork is available for purchase through December 15.

Looking for that very special gift for someone you love this holiday season? Here is how you can support the work of local artists and the mission of the Journey Center. Beautiful works of art by local artists make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family, and include small paintings, jewelry, cards, textile art, hand-painted silk scarves, pocket journals, handthrown pottery, glasswork, bookmarks and other special items! Priced to fit your budget ($5-$100) and credit card payments are accepted. Artwork may be purchased through December 15. Artists: Mandy Bankson, Maria Crane, Nancy Faris, Lorna Ho, Karin Lambert, Patricia Masters, Linda Dove Pierson, Joanie Springer, Katherine VanderSluis.

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the Holiday Art Show and Sale Open House poster


ABUNDANT EARTH featuring local artist, Cyndi Gonzalez

Opening Reception, Friday, January 8, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission.
The show runs though the end of February.

“Abundant Earth” features Cyndi's oil paintings, illustrating her appreciation of the rural life aspect of Sonoma County. She feels that we should cherish and nourish what God has provided for us and her most recent paintings are of farms, vineyards, livestock and produce. Cyndi says "I am a Sonoma County artist who takes advantage of the sun and beauty of California's Wine Country. My works are primarily in oil paint, either using brushes or painting knives, but I also enjoy creating elaborate sculptures from found and recycled materials. Drawing and painting have been a passion of mine for most of my life, My love of nature, color and whimsy are apparent in my artwork. I have great faith and I consider creating art to be one of the best means of having closer contact with the Almighty Creator." Visit the artist's website at: www.cyndigonzalezmiracleart.com

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the Cyndi Gonzalez Opening Reception poster


CONTRASTS & EQUILIBRIUMS Opening reception featuring local artist, Nancy Dempster

Friday, July 8, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Meet the artist; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission.
The show runs though September 12.

Nancy completed her Studio Art B.A. at Sonoma State in 2007 and has participated in Open Studios through Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Sonoma Arts Council. She has also juried shows in Marin County, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and outdoor art events such as Day on the Green at Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa. Her art can also be seen at the Santa Rosa Symphony’s administrative offices where a large selection is being shown. Visit the artist's website at: www.nancyhdempster.com.com.

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa.

View the CONTRASTS & EQUILIBRIUMS Opening Reception poster


6x6 SMALL ART EXHIBITION: A fundraiser event for the Journey Center

Art preview week:
Monday–Thursday, September 19-22, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Art preview, raffle ticket sale and grand drawing:
Friday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

6x6 Exhibition and art sale:
Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Modeled after the Rochester Contemporary (RoCo) Art Center's international small art phenomenon, which has been in existence for 7 years, this wonderful exhibition will feature hundreds of small (6x6 inches) works of art created and donated by….everyone! Bay Area and local artists, college/high school/elementary students, and many members of the community who wanted to try their hand at expressing their creativity will be featured! Each piece is exhibited anonymously, all will be sold for $10 each, and the identity of the artist will be revealed after purchase. To view a video about the original Rochester event, go to www.roco6x6.org

Location: The Journey Center, Santa Rosa. Free admission to all events.

View the 6x6 Small Art Exhibition poster


CALLING ALL ARTISTS OF ALL AGES:
WE WANT YOUR ART FOR THE 6x6 SMALL ART EXHIBITION!

If you are interested in creating and donating art pieces for our second annual 6x6 SMALL ART EXHIBITION, we would love to feature your work! You can help us create a wonderful showcase of fantastic small art pieces as you explore your creativity in your own unique style. Each piece will be 6x6 inches square, signed on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries that meet our simple guidelines will be accepted for the show and offered for purchase to support the Journey Center. Your 6x6 pieces should be delivered to the Journey Center Monday-Wednesday, September 12-14, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or by arrangement. For a complete packet of information, including artist guidelines and labels for your pieces, please email .

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View the exhibition guidelines

View the artwork entry form


The Hearts of the World–A Celebration of a World Peace Project Completed! Opening reception featuring local artist, Potenza

Friday, October 7, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Meet Potenza and enjoy this exhibit of her art, images and stories; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission.
The show runs though November 13.

Twenty–four years ago, Potenza was inspired to begin the Hearts of the World project. She created a series of paintings that honor every nation in the world by using the colors and elements of each country's national symbol, the flag, to create another universally recognized symbol – the Heart. It is the intention that each image is presented to its respective country in recognition of the Heart of its People and to expand relationships within each country and between Peoples across the world, in essence "to bring the Hearts of the World together". More>

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Fountains of Blessings
Opening reception featuring local artist, Maria Crane

Friday, July 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet Maria and enjoy her art and stories.
Appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs though September 8.
Raffle tickets will be on sale ($5 each) for a chance to win one of Maria's paintings.

Maria Crane has passionately pursued art since childhood. As a self-taught artist she enjoys creating images that inspire others, uplift the soul and beautify our community. Maria has done this locally, in the Bay Area, and internationally in Guatemala, Jamaica, Mozambique, Brazil, and Nepal often involving community members and local artists to create public murals and art.

She uses a variety of mediums and is diversified in her subject matter. Maria calls herself “an eclectic blend” and is always exploring new techniques, mediums and styles. Maria hopes her art elates your soul and calls you to a place of rest and beauty even for a few moments. More>

View the Fountains of Blessings opening reception poster

Imaginary Voyage
Artist Opening Reception featuring local artist Gerald Huth

Friday, September 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (show runs through November 10)
Please join us to welcome Gerald Huth and enjoy an evening of fine art paired with appetizers and beverages. Raffle tickets will be on sale ($5 each) for a chance to own one of Gerald’s gorgeous works of art.

Gerald’s art, which is very personal in its nature, deals with the “human condition”-events from his life, his family history, and from what is happening in the world around him, mostly using the human figure as a means of expression. Much of what he does also reflects the influences of the arts of other cultures and civilizations, encountered during his extensive travels throughout the world. He feels that there is a caravan that started many thousands of years ago, and each of us gets a chance, if not to be on the caravan, to at least contribute something into the contents of the saddlebags. More>

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WONDERFUL GIFTS IN SMALL PACKAGES
Our annual holiday art show and fundraiser featuring
beautiful small works of art by local artists

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the artists; appetizers and beverages will be served. Free admission. The show runs through December 15.

Open House: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
As with all our Artist Opening Receptions, we invite you this event with our compliments. We’ll be serving holiday treats and beverages (for a small donation).

You can also view and purchase: Mon. - Fri., 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through December 15.
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View the Holiday Art Show poster

and the list of participating artists will be announced on Monday, October 2.