The Arts Guild of Sonoma is showcasing the artwork of featured artists, K.C. Winston and Lyn Swan as well as many other guild artists’ work during August’s exhibition with the opening reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.

Artists, friends and the community are invited to attend this lively social gathering. Local wine and appetizers will be served.

The show runs from July 30 to Sept. 1.

In her paintings, Winston attempts to give physical form to the sensory and emotional experiences of landscape and built environments. She extracts, deconstructs, reconstructs and re-positions the visual and sensory elements by using form, color, texture, transparency, time and symbolic representations to convey her own perception of the subject.

Swan is a master of brilliant color in her porcelain ceramic work, which is at once fun, whimsical and functional. Each piece is hand-built one at a time and each seems to inherit its own sense of style and personality. The pieces are designed to stand alone or work as a unique grouping of useful vessels with distinct shapes, colors and patterns.

The guild was founded in 1977 to exhibit and advance the creative efforts of Bay Area artists. Located right off the Plaza, it is a contemporary art gallery with changing monthly exhibits showcasing the work of local artists.

Opening receptions are held on the first Friday of each month and exhibit pieces in acrylic, encaustic, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, mixed media work, ceramics, photography, metal sculpture and more, including smaller objets d’art, prints and note cards. View guild members’ artwork at

The Guild also participates in a wide range of community outreach programs to encourage art appreciation and inspire direct participation in the arts. One such program is Artescape, an art school in Boyes Hot Springs, which holds classes, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and other continuing programs.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email, or call, 996-3115.