Sonoma Community Center will continue it’s annual tradition of providing a month of cultural based art classes, online art exhibit, and a Public Altar in observance of the Dia de los Muertos Holiday. 

The month kicks off with a free virtual Gallery Opening and Artist Talk Monday, October 5th at 5:30pm with Sonoma Community Center newcomer, Diego Rios, whose work has been featured in International museum and public collections.  The public is invited to join and be a part of the discussion with Rios as he reveals the issues that inspired the intricate and colorful masks and woodcuts featured in, “Fine Art of DIEGOMARCIALRIOS.”  The online exhibit will be available online during the month of October with the option to reserve a time to visit Gallery 212 in person.

Rios will also be an Instructor for 2 out of the 4 bilingual Day of the Dead cultural art classes being offered on a “pay-what-you-can” sliding scale, including a Mexican Sugar Skull Art Class, Oct 13th and a paper mache decorated Sacred Heart and Mask Making Class on October 19th.

Local favorite and Mexican born Bay-area artist, Ernesto Hernandez-Olmos, returns to teach the art of cut paper flags with a Papel Picado Class, Oct 10th as well as the history and art of Altar Making, Oct 24th.  “I find pride in the fact these classes are truly affordable to everyone, and that these two Instructors go beyond the crafting to also teach the historical knowledge of how the craft evolved to what it is today,” Creative Programs Manager, Eric Jackson commented.

In following tradition, the Center will erect its 12’ Public Altar, designed by local sculptor Jim Callahan, at the end of October to be decorated in lights, golden butterflies, and portraits of Sonoma Valley’s passed loved ones and lost “heroes.”  The community is invited to participate in the celebration of those who have passed.  Anyone who would like to contribute to the altar’s portraits can do so by submitting a scanned photograph, dates of the person’s birth and death, as well as a brief description of the person’s life and/or contributions to the Sonoma Community Center.  Photographs submitted by the deadline of October 14th will be included in the installation of the altar.  Photos can be addressed to “Sonoma Community Center / Public Altar, ℅ Eric Jackson” and mailed to 276 East Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476.  High resolution photos may also be submitted online.

To learn how to join the free October 5th Artist Talk and Gallery Opening, to register for a virtual class, and for further details on the Center’s Public Altar please visit online HERE, or call the office (707) 938-4626 x1, Monday through Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM.

Brightening lives through the arts, education, and community centered activities.

For over six decades, Sonoma Community Center has worked to inspire creative expression and enhance the quality of life by bringing world class programming to the Valley of the Moon, and to preserve and restore our grand, historic building.