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Art centers offer a resource for arts education, music, film and literary venues, for salons, art shows, musical events and lectures, rehearsal and performance spaces. Although Santa Rosa is the largest city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, until recently it has been lacking a center for these services.
Artists and the former owners of Village Art Supply in Montgomery Village, Robin and Simmon Factor created Chroma Gallery in 2014. Through the years, it became the de facto community art center and the nucleus for the Santa Rosa arts district known as SOFA (South of A). It provided artists of various experience levels the opportunity to exhibit their work in a beautiful and professional gallery setting. It sponsored numerous art shows, live music concerts, benefits, classes and lectures.
With a vision to expand the Chroma Gallery programs and to further community involvement, in September 2017 Simmon founded the Santa Rosa Arts Center with the fiscal sponsorship of Inquiring Systems, Inc. a 501c3 California not-for-profit organization located in Santa Rosa. Currently, SRAC shares the space in the South A Arts Building with Chroma. In 2019 it will be the sole tenant after Chroma ceases operations there.
In October, disastrous wildfires destroyed homes, lives and communities in and around Santa Rosa. This horrible event inspired SRAC to call on the local artists to create work to help heal the wounds of the disaster. Healing By Art: After The Fires was the successful result. This exhibit was well received, viewed by hundreds of people from Sonoma County and the Bay Area. There were several newspaper articles written about it and it was featured on KCBS and KRCB radio.
A powerful documentary film was made about the show:
An advisory group of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County artists meet bi-monthly planning events and creating an arts education program for children and adults.
SRAC is actively seeking members, volunteers, grants and donations.
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS:
Healing by Art: After the Fires February and March 2018
1st Annual Members Show April and May 2018
Healing by Art 2: Landscape and Memories June and July 2018
Healing by Writing, a free creative writing program June 2 and 16, 2018
Highway 101 in the Neighborhood: Memories Across Fractured Landscapes July 13-27, 2018 (a collaboration with Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Arts Center and Museums of Sonoma County)
The Controlled Accident, (abstract art) August and September
Wonder and Whimsy, (collage and assemblage) October and November
Small Works, December