Digital Grange in Petaluma is a fine-arts service that specializes in (surprise!) digital imaging and graphic design. Their clients include the de Young in San Francisco and the Art Institute of Chicago, and now the collective opens its own gallery in the ivy-covered Burdell Building next door to their offices. IceHouse Gallery will feature Digital Grange’s impressive roster of artists, such as Chester Arnold (whose art is pictured below) and modern surrealist Don MacDonald. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, “Landscapes,” opens with a reception April 18 at IceHouse Gallery, 405 East D St., Petaluma. 6pm. Free. 707.778.2238.
April equals art in Napa Valley, and all month the region celebrates with private collections open to public viewing and exclusive events at dozens of venues. For its part, the Napa Valley Museum presents Napa Valley Collects, displaying significant works from various Napa Valley collections, and featuring works by Joan Brown, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. This week, the museum kicks off the festivities with the Napa Valley Collects Preview Gala. Live music and fine wines accompany the outstanding art, and proceeds benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley. The Gala takes place on April 3, at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Cir., Yountville. 6pm. $50-$60. 707.944.0500.
Already displaying his own one-man art exhibition, “Beyond Geometry,” at the Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery, artist and writer John Langdon appears for a presentation of art and haiku. The multifaceted talent of Langdon expresses a poignant vision within an abstract geometrical form; his work is here with the poetic talent of Rebecca Foust, whose words have appeared in a wide array of literary journals. “A Time of Poetry, Art and Stories” takes place on Sunday, March 23, at Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery, 18856 Hwy. 1, Marshall. 3pm. Free. 415.663.1006.
In the age of digital, there is something so fundamentally cool about being able to hold an art print in hand, crafted in paint and paper, etched or layered or stenciled. This week, Sonoma State University and the Southern Graphics Council together collect a huge array of works by printmakers from up and down the West Coast, representing a wide range of styles and techniques. Highlights of the exhibit include the contrasting contemporary woodcutting of Seattle’s Chris Papa, the wooly blanket art of L.A. artist Chris Johanson and the fine prints of Santa Rosa artist and teacher Kevin Fletcher. “West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle” opens with a reception on Thursday, March 13, at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4pm. 707.664.2295.
Twenty-foot murals, drawings that span two rooms, installations that respond to the history of the space itself—such are the works in “Emerging Artists of the Bay Area,” the new exhibit at the Marin Museum of Modern Art. Artists Justine Frischmann, Al Grumet, Carl Heyward, Phillip Hua and Jennifer Kaufman are as varied in approach as they are in message, from found objects commenting on the human condition to imaginative musings on structure. “Emerging Artists of the Bay Area” opens March 8, with a reception at 5pm, and runs through April 13 at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. Wednesday—Friday, 11am—4pm; Saturday—Sunday, 11am—5pm. Free. 415.506.0137.