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Sonoma’s new ‘art walk’ returns

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“Art is everywhere in Sonoma,” said Mark Bodenhamer, CEO of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. And, he says, to celebrate Sonoma’s “collaborative creativity,” local arts and business organizations partnered to create the “Sonoma Art Walk.”

The inaugural Art Walk took place on Sept. 6, and the event returns this Thursday, Nov. 1.

The new monthly series pairs local businesses and other community venues with an art exhibit of their choosing. Currently, more than 20 venues are participating.

“Many local businesses are already displaying amazing works of art on their walls or are otherwise helping to showcase the work of the local artisans,” said Bodenhamer. “This event is a monthly opportunity for the participating businesses to shine an extra spotlight on Sonoma’s creatives, and it provides the residents a new experience around the Plaza.”

The Art Walk is a partnership between the City of Sonoma, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma Community Center, Arts Guild of Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and a number of other organizations contributing to the planning of the monthly walk. Participating in the art walk is free and information about the artists and an interactive map and list of venues can be found at www.SonomaArtWalk.org.

Some of the current venues participating include Adastra Wines, Artifax, Arts Guild of Sonoma, Bump Wine Cellars, Fairmont Gallery, Frenchie Picnic & Provisions, H. Frank, Jean Edwards Cellars, Lake Sonoma Winery, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Rancho Maria Wines, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, the Sonoma Community Center, Sotheby’s Realty and Tiddle E. Winks. Corner 103 will join the tour in October.

The artists on display range from painters, photographers and other fine artists to more interactive demonstrations such as music, poetry or culinary arts. Many of the artists will be on hand to greet people and discuss their work.

“We didn’t want to restrict how each host venue wanted to participate,” said Linda Keaton, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. “As a ‘creative’ event, we thought it was best to let each venue interpret Sonoma Art Walk however they like and encouraged them to celebrate in a way that worked with their business.”

The Art Walk runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the various venues around the Plaza.

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