Sonoma Community Center to Present Series of Four Art Workshops

at Jack London State Historic Park, May 1, 8, 15, and June 5, 2021


Glen Ellen, CA – Sonoma Community Center is partnering with Jack London State Historic Park to offer a series of four one-day, in-person, socially-distanced art workshops within the park.  Each workshop focuses on a different creative approach which is perfectly matched by the park’s natural beauty and historic setting. 


“These workshops will give people the opportunity to stretch their legs and expand their creativity. We are delighted to partner with Jack London State Historic Park to offer immersive art-making experiences where participants learn new art techniques as they learn about the natural surroundings,” said Jill Valavanis, fine arts coordinator at Sonoma Community Center.


“We are actively seeking new ways to reach and support our community partners by inviting them to bring their programs to the park for inspiration from nature. It’s a winning strategy for reintroducing group gatherings safely by holding them outdoors. These art classes with Sonoma Community Center are a natural fit,” said Matt Leffert, executive director of Jack London State Historic Park.


The instructors are accomplished and recognized local artists. 


Alina Nuebel has been painting across a range of media for more than 15 years and has been training and practicing in the arts for more than 20 years.  Primarily focused on natural history, didactic, and still life painting, Nuebel is also a Certified California Naturalist with a BS in Ecology.  She works as a Lead Artist at Artstart, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit providing arts mentorship to youth through professional and public arts opportunities.


Kelly Autumn is an Oakland-based multi-disciplinary artist originally from Santa Rosa.  She received her BA in Fashion & Textiles Design from San Francisco State University and has spent the last two decades living and working as a Bay Area creative.  In 2019, she received certification in the field of Printmaking Arts from Diablo Valley College.  In 2020, she completed a pop-up printmaking residency at the Sonoma Community Center.  Autumn is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Oakland Arts Association.


The Sonoma Community Center is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1953 and housed on the campus of the historic Sonoma Grammar School.  For more six decades, the Center has worked to inspire creative expression and enhance quality of life by bringing world class programming to the Valley of the Moon, and to preserve and restore its grand, historic building. The Center’s campus was built in 1916 and resides just two blocks east of the historic Sonoma plaza.

Jack London State Historic Park is operated and funded by Jack London Partners, the first non-profit organization to take up management of a state park on behalf of the people of California.  The vast majority of funds to protect and keep the park in operation are received from visitors, annual passholders and donors.  For more information, visit  Learn more about the Park on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.