October 14, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Magna Fide (The Great Belief) and Forge and Stone: Works by Contemporary California Women Sculptors on October 14, 2017. The exhibitions will be on view through January 7, 2018.

Magna Fide (The Great Belief) will explore the creative process of American contemporary clacissist painter David Ligare by focusing on the steps it took to create his 2014 artwork, Magna Fide. Deeply influenced by the Neoclassical painters of the 17th and 18th century, David Ligare makes narrative oil paintings, still lifes, and landscapes based on classical Greco-Roman themes. “What I wanted more than anything was to search for the center or the source of Western art,” he has said of his practice. “I sought to understand the underlying principles of Greek culture...” Finding the contemporary art world saturated with a certain type of “looking”, Ligare turned to classicism to re-imagine ideas of light, balance, symmetry, and harmony. On view in the exhibition will be numerous studies, sketches, and photographs by the artist, allowing visitors to investigate Ligare’s methods for completing Magna Fide. David Ligare is represented by Winfield Gallery and Hirschl and Adler Modern.

Forge and Stone: Works by Contemporary Women Sculptors surveys sculpture by contemporary California female artists. Sculpture as a medium is dominated by men, but in the past few years, various exhibitions have featured solely female sculptors. These works will challenge traditional views, and highlight the creativity and versatility of female artists, which include: Ynez Johnston Diana MooreGwynn MurrillGertrud ParkerLisa Reinertson,Jane Rosen, and Alison Saar.

"I am very pleased that the Museum will be hosting an exhibition of David Ligare's art. He is a virtuoso and his themes are timeless. David's paintings will be a great fit with the work from 7 California women sculptors in Forge and Stone, since the art in both shows refers to Classical themes." ––Linda Keaton, Executive Director

Upcoming Programs:

Sept. 10, 2017 from 1-5pm
Playing with Fire: Metal Sculpting and Fabrication with Jim Callahan

Sculptor Jim Callahan leads this hands-on workshop, introducing students to metal sculpting fabrication. Learn basic metalworking techniques and explore Callahan’s creative process: torch work and bending, welding, soldering, tapping and drilling techniques.

Four hour workshop - space is very limited!
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Sept. 16-17, 2017 from 3-5pm
Martin Munson Workshop: Kinetics, Mobiles and Stabiles

Join a sculptural investigation into three dimensional form, mass and motion with artist Martin Munson. Hone your sculpting process, technique, and conceptual development. 

Two days of two hour sessions.
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Oct. 7, 2017 from 5-7pm
Wall to Wall: Affordable Silent and Live Art Auction
SVMA will host a live and silent auction featuring artworks donated by our community.

You have the opportunity to bid on these photographs, prints, paintings and more to give your home a makeover! All proceeds will contribute to the success of SVMA. Join us for live music with Rich Little, drinks, eats, and the fun of choosing your next masterpiece.

Wall to Wall depends on your donations Do you no longer have space in your home for your once-cherished art? Did you fall out of love, but still keep it in storage? Make some room!

Deliver your artworks to SVMA on the following dates:
Saturday, September 23 from 9-4pm
Friday, September 29 from 9-4pm
Saturday, September 30 from 9-12pm

Oct. 14, 2017 from 5-7pm
Opening Reception: Magna Fide (The Great Belief) and Forge and Stone
Join us to celebrate the opening of our two fall exhibitions. Drinks and light bites will be served.

About the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art:
Established in 1998, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is a membership supported 501(c) 3, non-profit organization that provides seasonal exhibitions of contemporary and modern art and educational and public programming for children, youth and adults. Its mission is to “build community through art.”

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located at 551 Broadway, one half block up from Sonoma’s historic Plaza. Regular Museum hours are 11am–5pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults. Children k–12 are admitted free, as are SVMA members. Additional information is available at www.svma.org or by calling (707) 939-7862.