Arts and Culture
More than twenty fine art galleries are scattered throughout the town and feature local artists. Intricate glassware, singular pieces of jewelry, paintings and photographs all reflecting the California and Sonoma County lifestyle. Year-round shows and special events keep the creative juices flowing.
Check out the Healdsburg Galleries for listing of galleries and calendar art events through out the year! Most popular event is the Healdsburg Art Walk.
Performing Arts Groups
The historic 500-seat Raven Theater hosts musical artists, comedy troupes, performance artists, and a myriad of other performers ranging from internationally renowned artists to community groups. The theater is home to the Raven Players acting troupe.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Healdsburg Center for the Arts is a non-profit, community gallery and arts center dedicated to enriching the artistic life of the community through art classes for youth and adults, gallery shows and social events, and support of local school art programs. Not only do they showcase local artists (nearly 100 artists exhibited in the past year), but also provide financial, facilities and volunteer support to the area schools.Healdsburg Center for the Arts is much more than a gallery. Their support extends to music, drama and literary arts as well as to visual arts education programs. They now have four well-established annual fundraising events, each of which provides direct financial support to the local schools. Apart from their financial goals, they seek to present unique events to enhance the artistic life of the community. A great example is Opera in the Garden. They are proud to have been able to attract professional opera singers this far north of the city. In addition to having established a strong financial base, they are proud of having developed an all-volunteer organization with nearly 60 dedicated volunteers. The Board feels a strong sense of responsibility to their supporters for effective financial stewardship. For this reason, they publish an annual financial report, which is available to all who would like a copy. email@example.com
Our historic downtown Plaza has always been enjoyed and used as an event and performance site. Families pack a picnic and attend the Tuesdays in the Plaza, 6-8pm throughout the balmy summer. There's something for every musical taste: Latin, Jazz, Big Band sounds, Rhythm and Blues, and Cajun. Art exhibits through the summer and the annual Soroptomist Beer Fest in October also make use of the Plaza.
Founded in 1976, The Healdsburg Museum is housed in the refurbished former Healdsburg Carnegie Library building. This beloved local landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just a short walk from the Plaza, the Museum houses an impressive range of artifacts and documents related to northern Sonoma County history. Some outstanding examples include Pomo Indian basketry, nineteenth century weapons, tools, textiles and crafts. An extensive archival library includes 8000 original photographs. Special exhibits change about three times a year. The ever-popular annual toy and doll exhibit during the Christmas season is designed to delight children and the young-at-heart.
The Russian River Chamber Music Society presents nationally and internationally known artists throughout the year. This music series offers world class performances that are comparable to those offered in cities like New York and San Francisco.
Healdsburg is home to professional and established ballet, ethnic and jazz-tap dance troupes, such as Healdsburg Ballet, and Aire Flamenco.
Photos of cork board, Foss Creek horse sculpture, and woman with dog by Kim Carroll