Horizon, Melinda Cootsona, Juror

Exhibit Dates: May 1, 2021 – June 13, 2021

For centuries Artists have been the scribes of humanity, expressing what is happening both in the world around them and in their unique inner landscapes. 2020 was an unprecedented year worldwide marked by a pandemic, as well as cultural, political and racial divisions. 2020 may possibly be seen as paradigm shift going forward. How is our rapidly changing world shaping the art you create? Please submit current work that expresses your experience of this extraordinary time.

Calling artists in all mediums to submit images and works responding to these “Unprecedented” times. (No entries larger than 48″x48″ or heavier than 50 lbs., please). The show will be juried by Melinda Cootsona. See Melinda’s bio below. 

Entries are due to Entry-thingy on the HCA website by April 14, 2021. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. Entry fee: $20 for HCA members; $30 for non-members. To go directly to the Calls for Artists page and EntryThingy application, click here:

Delivery of art will occur on April 27 & 28, 2021. Show opens on May 1, 2021 and closes on June 13, 2021. Pick up of art work is on June 13 & 14, 2021.

Artists shipping work must arrange for delivery by April 28. 130 Plaza St. Healdsburg, CA 95448. Attn. S Sweet. Shipped work must include a prepaid return label.

Due to potential COVID-19 related restrictions and therefore limited gallery access, there will not be an opening reception. HCA is open Thursday through Monday, 11am to 3pm with social distancing. The exhibit will be also available for viewing on the HCA website. Please direct any questions regarding the exhibit to Susan Sweet at susansweetartist@gmail.com or 707-367-0672.

Juror Bio:
Melinda Cootsona is a native of Northern California where she was influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition. Melinda has painted all subject matter for close to forty years, however her paintings now focus on the strength of the female form.Having taught in person classes since 2000, she developed her first Ecourse in 2012. Melinda continues to mentor and educate students around the globe, helping them to find their voice and to create personal, meaningful work.Cootsona has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in California, The San Francisco Art Market, The Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon, and Art Basel Miami, as well as many group and solo shows throughout the U.S. Cootsona received her BA from the California College of the Arts. Her work can be found in collections in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China.

Holiday Gift Gallery

Each holiday season, Healdsburg Center for the Arts features a bounty of artist made goods. The Gift Market offers an opportunity for artists to share their work with the community, providing original, hand-crafted creations for people to share and enjoy.

Here are some of the great gift items available at HCA’s HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY:

Emerging Artists – THE NEXT GENERATION

The Next Generation” asks who is the next generation of artists and how will they shape the new art world? Artists between the ages of 17 and 30 y/o are encouraged to submit their work for consideration by September 25.

Exhibit Dates: October 10 – November 15, 2020, in HCA’s gallery and online

2020 marks the 7th year, Healdsburg Center for the Arts has featured artists at the beginning of their career.

Online Gallery:

EXHIBIT JURORS: Magda Fraga, Clay Howard, Skylaer Palacios:

Magdalena (Magda) Fraga is the Creative and Marketing Director of MUSA, a startup that connects local artists to community spaces. Magdalena graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree with honors in history of art. Having worked closely with art museums, art galleries and non-profits, Magdalena is now interested in working with artists of all types to promote the arts in the public space. In her free time, Magdalena creates lamps, DJs, rock climbs and is learning how to surf.

Clay Howard is a multimedia artist, designer, and founder of Slippery Dirt which is a brand and fine art practice. Clay studied Rhetoric and Media and Fine Art at Lewis and Clark College. He worked at a small independent magazine in Portland OR called Beacon Quarterly and went on to intern at the Aperture Foundation in New York. He has experience curating exhibits and has shown his own work in a number of galleries.

Skylaer Palacios is a prodigious creator, performer, teacher, and social justice advocate. In 2015, at the age of 20, she earned her B.A in Liberal Studies and Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she was accepted by audition to attend a summer intensive with Dance Theater of Harlem, the first Black classical ballet company in existence. Soon after, she began to focus her artistic efforts, whether in the disciplines of dance, music, or theater, on projects whose narratives are based around social justice issues. Now, she is running for city council in her hometown of Healdsburg, CA to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and create more economic vitality for local artists.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Presents

Due to social distancing requirements the HCA gallery is closed. Please enjoy Endangered through the catalog of the show.

English Young Artists’ Catalog

Spanish Young Artists’ Catalog

You are welcome to download and/or print this catalog.

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts hosts the 2020 Young Artists’ Show from Feb. 28th – March 29, 2020. The month-long exhibition features collaborative artwork by students from 7 different elementary schools and Healdsburg Center for the Arts’ Youth Education Program. Through the exhibit, students hope to raise awareness about the need to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats. 

Participating schools include:

Alexander Valley School

Healdsburg Center for the Arts

HUSD/Fitch Mountain School

HUSD/Healdsburg Elementary School

Sonoma Country Day School

St. John’s Catholic School

The Healdsburg School

West Side School

For more information, please visit healdsburgcenterforthearts.org or call 707-431-1970. Be sure to follow and like the Healdsburg Center for the Arts on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Art Unleashed

The HCA 2020 Members’ Show
January 11 – February 23

Artists will “unleash” their creativity and imagination in this annual exhibit featuring artists who support Healdsburg Center for the Arts with their donations and membership.

Opening reception, Saturday, January 11, 5:00 – 7:00PM

Please complete the submission form below with an image of the piece you will be bringing. Each member artist may submit up to two pieces. Each artist is guaranteed one piece in the exhibit, the inclusion of a second piece is at the discretion of the exhibit committee based on space available.

Work must be delivered to Healdsburg Center for the Arts January 5, 2020 between 12noon and 4PM or January 6, between 12noon and 5PM. Work not delivered by 5PM ON January 6 will not be included in the exhibit.

2020 Exhibits

  Jan. 11 – Feb. 24, 2020

    “Art Unleashed” the Members’ Exhibit

  Feb. 28 – Mar. 29, 2020:

    10th Annual “Young Artists Show”

  Apr. 4 – May 17, 2020

    “Figure it Out” 

  May 23 – Jul. 5, 2020

    “All Creatures Great and Small”

  Jul. 11 – Aug. 23, 2020

    “Feast: Bountiful Sonoma”

  Aug. 29 – Oct. 4, 2020

    “Outside the Box”

  Oct. 10 – Nov. 15, 2020

    “The Next Generation” Emerging Artists

  Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2020

    19th Annual Holiday Gift Gallery

2019 Holiday Gift Gallery

November 22 – December 30

Each holiday season, Healdsburg Center for the Arts searches for a bounty of artist made goods. This 18th Annual Gift Gallery offers an opportunity for artists to share their work with the community, providing original, hand-crafted creations for people to share and enjoy.

When you purchase your gifts from HCA, you not only support the ongoing programs offered by Healdsburg Center for the Arts, you support local artists.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 29, 5-8PM

Free & open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Featuring live local music by the Healdsburg Ukulele Club!

Beginning Nov. 21, HCA will be open Wednesday through Monday! 

Sunday, Monday & Wednesday: 11am– 5pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 6pm

18th Annual Gift Gallery is sponsored by:

Book Reading & Signing

Sunday Dec. 1, 2PM

An inspirational narrative of one woman’s perseverance, creativity and stamina to overcome the cultural norms of patriarchy through years of controlling abuse and moving on through the learning curve of personal growth.

Featured Gift Gallery Artists

2019 Emerging Artists Exhibition

The Emerging Artist Exhibition is an annual juried show that showcases the talent, skill and creativity of young emerging artists in Northern California. The exhibit is fully sponsored by the Merede & Barbara Graham Memorial Fund from the Namaste Foundation. The opening reception will take place at HCA on Saturday, November 9th, 5-7pm. The opening is free & open to the public. Wine and light refreshments will be available.

Wine sponsor:

2019 Emerging Artists

Bianca Caston, Vallejo • Clay Howard, Healdsburg • Audra Miller, San Francisco • Alexis Jean Moore, Ukiah • Lousk (Jaydon Richardson), Healdsburg • Lexie Rosenquist, Cloverdale • Camile Selhorst, Healdsburg • Ryan Torano, Hopland • Cam Urquhart, Santa Rosa • Leah von Ehrenkrook, Oakland

Exhibit Catalog

Juror/Exhibit Coordinator

Nicole Schlaeppi brings first hand knowledge of the HCA Emerging Artist exhibit, being one of the selected emerging artists in 2017.

Nicole is a Portrait Photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Seattle University with a BFA in Photography Nicole went on to pursue her dream of being a Professional Fashion and Fine Art Photographer. Being recognized in top fashion magazines and having her work shown in Gallery Showings across the United States Nicole has found her passion by creating lush, vivid, and emotionally infused images that inspire others. 
Her work can be viewed at www.nssphoto.com

Merede Graham
Apr 26, 1966 – Nov 27, 2011

Merede had many associations with non-profit organizations including the Beldon Fund in Washington DC, the Center for Commercial Free Public Education in Oakland, and the Threshold and Namaste Foundations in San Francisco. She also had a huge love and appreciation for art.
This love of art and appreciation of non-profit organizations brought her to Healdsburg Center for the Arts as a volunteer at the annual Opera in the Garden event. That event, combined two of her passions: art and gardens. She was the owner of the Working Gardener in Healdsburg from 1999 to 2004. Sadly, Merede died of cancer in 2011 at the young age of 45.

Merede’s family chose to honor her by the annual sponsorship of the HCA Emerging Artists exhibit.

Emerging Artists 2018 Photo Gallery

2018 Emerging Artists

Holiday Gift Gallery

Each year, Healdsburg Center for the Arts searches for a bounty of artist made goods to fill the gallery during the holiday season. 2019 will mark the 18th Annual Gift Gallery and this years collection of gift items will not disappoint.

GIFT GALLERY: 22 November – 30 December.

Artist Reception: 5 – 8, Friday November 29.


Artists interested in applying for inclusion in the 2019 Holiday Gift Gallery click HERE

Clay & Glass

July 20 – August 25, 2019

Blurring the lines between craft and fine art, this exhibit brings focus to the endless possibilities of clay and glass as creative media.  Artists combine ancient techniques and high tech knowledge, they are storytellers and futurists that show us how to look close and also think big.

This juried exhibit follows a 2 year absence after five years of curated Clay and Glass exhibits. Bringing the theme back as a juried exhibit expands the number of artists and variety of work.

Once again Michele Collier is presenting a free demonstration on sculpting with paperclay (July 26 7-9pm), as well as a two day workshop: Spontaneous Clay (July 27 & 28). More information and registration HERE

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 20, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Clay&Glass REDUX Catalog


Hannah Ballinger
Ellen Coffey
Hellenmae Fitzgerald
Vicki Gunter
Branka Harris
Theresa Jorgensen
Nancy Krinsky
Angela Kwan
Ramona Minjoe
Vince Montague
Leslie Moody Cresswell
Shoshana Parry
Meg Perine
Romy Randev
Charlene Doiron Reinhardt
Stephanie Reyes
Mary Richardson
Cynthia Sumner
Adon Valenziano
Robert Weiss
Mary Bayard White
Ian Zapico

Exhibition: July 20 – August 25, 2019

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Exhibit: Robert and Patricia Weiss
Reception Wine: 

Clay & Glass REDUX Jurors

Charlene Doiron Reinhart

Lisa Spinella & Paulo DeLima, Studio Bel Vetro

Robert Weiss

Mary White