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Sonoma Art Walk returns on Thursday

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The monthly Sonoma Art Walk is back – pairing artists with local businesses and nonprofits in downtown Sonoma. It will continue indefinitely, say event organizers.

The 2019 series runs on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at locations throughout Sonoma. The event features a rotating “kickoff gathering” from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at one of the participating venues.

A highlight of this Thursday’s event is the second annual Valley of Talent Show which launches with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. A panel of jurors selected the works by the participating artists.

The Art Walk opening reception is being held at the Sonoma Community Center, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The center will be pouring wine and serving light bites throughout the evening.

More than 25 venues are participating, including Adastra Wines, Alley Gallery, Artifax, Arts Guild of Sonoma, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Bump Wine Cellars, Chappellet Grower Collection, Fairmont Gallery, H. Frank, Jeff Cohn Cellars, LaHaye Art Center, Lake Sonoma Winery, Lisa Kristine Gallery, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Rancho Maria Wines, Scott Lyall Clothing for Men, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Wine Shop and La Bodega, Sotheby’s Realty, the Passdoor, Terra Firma Gallery and the Frame Factory.

The artists range from painters and other fine artists to more interactive demonstrations such as music, poetry or culinary arts.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to see this program succeed,” said Linda Keaton, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, via a press release. “There has always been a great appreciation for art in Sonoma Valley but it’s great to see programs like this expand the awareness and appreciation for the Sonoma creative community.”

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is one of several organizations that collaborate on the project including the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Sonoma, the Arts Guild, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Visitors Bureau and others. The Art Walk received grants from the county arts-advocacy program Creative Sonoma and the Sonoma Tourism Improvement District, which will be used to assist with marketing the art walks.

The walking map can be downloaded at sonomaartwalk.org.

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