The best art galleries in North Bay feature what the region is known for, its wine country. It boasts good food, pastoral drives, the Pacific Ocean shoreline, rural charm and music. How about topping off your culinary experience or beach trip with a stop at an award-winning art gallery? Regional and national artists capture the Pacific panorama including aspects of everyday warmth and charm of life. If you wish to try your hand or even emulate Ansel Adams, join a workshop led by a native to the most magical, entrancing California wine country locations and beyond.

Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 775-4ART (775-4278)
riverfrontartgallery.comSee a list of upcoming shows.

This award-winning gallery in Petaluma features glorious wine-country color and light emanating from 20 diverse painters and photographers. Artists show their personality and view with uplifting images while demonstrating ingenuity through innovative techniques. Have you ever seen photopainting where you use a computer to compose the image? Jerre Jerne Morago merges these two art forms. Check out the individualistic, warm spirit of paintings by artist Christine Kierstead. Photographic fireworks of color explode in photo collages crafted by Cathy Thomas. Karen Spratt’s whimsical, story-starter paintings are sure to spark your imagination or humor. As an appeal to your nostalgic side, her earliest works were in crayon. If you have a taste for the macabre and mischievous, Lee McLaughlin photographs with a haunting and magical touch.

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California Photo Adventures
Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 583-4631
lancekuehne.comSee tour schedule.

Would you like a guided tour of the most beautiful places in California to photograph? Lance Kuehne, a native of northern Californian and co-founder of the Riverfront Art Gallery, teaches on location. Join him and a few like-minded creative souls in November, not only in the Petaluma gallery but also in wine appellations including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, The Carneros and Napa Valley. Kuehne is well versed in digital work and film. Hop on board a trip to one of the many beautiful spots in the area while learning from the best.

Lee Youngman Gallery
1316 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-0585
leeyoungmangalleries.comSee a list of upcoming shows.

Lee Youngman Gallery features Plein Air paintings, created on location outdoors, of vineyards and landscapes with original work in oil, watercolors and pastels. Although Calistoga means a luxurious mud bath to many, if you wish to try your hand at some good clean fun, the gallery offers photography workshops on location. Paul Youngman allows for Plein Air and studio painting with time to explore the Napa Valley.  The gallery features some culinary and still-life creations among many other styles, including some lovely everyday scenes such as a woman on a bicycle peddling in the town of one artist’s ancestors in Lucca, Italy.

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Local Color Artist Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road
Bodega Bay, CA 95923
(707) 875-2744
localcolorgallery.comSee a list of upcoming shows.

Bodega Bay offers more than sailing, surfing, salty air and the location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The wind, land and sea inspire not only the upcoming show by that name but also painting, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, photography, paper mâché, glass art, sculpture and gourd art. Come out to the gallery to view a bit of inspired art in all mediums.

Blue Heron
6525 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2044

Blue Heron Gallery presents wine country paintings and photography in addition to some unique bronze sculptures. Horse and music lovers will find a few appealing pieces. If you like your rural serenity, take a look at the vineyard landscapes through the seasons, romantic still life images and depictions of vibrant equestrians. The painters use some soft, feminine and cool colors of spring and summer with pink, blue and lavender and some the warm, vibrant and rustic colors of autumn in orange, yellow and red.

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