Marin Art Directory
“Creative San Rafael is a collaborative effort from arts and business organizations located in downtown San Rafael to enrich and enliven the area as an arts destination.”
Headlands Center for the Arts is dedicated to supporting artists and runs an Artist in Residence program located in a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings in the Marin Headlands. The centers supports artists of all disciplines from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers.
San Anselmo Artist Studios (SAAS) was established twenty-five years ago in the old Isabel Cook Elementary School, which now houses a community center and the artist studios. SAAS artists participate in a variety of community service activities, donate art to local non-profits and offer studio tours to schools.
The Marin County Watercolor Society celebrates 45 years of painting in Marin.
Marin Society of Artists is a non-profit association that offers art classes in many media, and runs a main gallery with monthly exhibits. The Societys gallery showcases paintings, sculpture, fiber art, ceramics, photography, jewelry, wood, and other media. The group is now renting studios in their new location in San Rafael. The society also operates a rental gallery for Marin art lovers and home stagers.
A county-wide arts service organization dedicated to empowering all the arts in Marin County “visual arts, theater, film, music, literature, festivals, workshops, family events and more.” In late 2014, MarinArts.org became Marin County’s official State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council. Their first project is a comprehensive art and cultural calendar.
The Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Fied houses over forty working artists in 3 buildings, the Marin Museum Of Contemporary Art, a museum store and classrooms. The Center also leads the First Sunday Open Studios, welcoming visitors into artist studios each month.
The Art Society of Inverness is a society in Western Marin, California that provides classes, workshops, talks, demonstrations and other services to the art community. The Art Society is celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2014. “Members come from all over the Highlands and beyond, and include a wide spectrum of artists, from professionals to leisure painters.”
Mission: To provide students with high quality experiences and instruction in the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community with cultural events. Through artist residencies, professional performances, school and community events, and intensive out-of-school programs for teens, we help young people develop skills and confidence to share their unique creative voices.
BayWood Artists is a group of professional landscape painters who are dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy, founded in 1997 and now celebrating their 20th Anniversary. Each year the BayWood Artists partner with an environmental organization in the Bay Area to produce a fine art show and donate fifty percent of the sales proceeds to that organization.
Art on the Farm was a volunteer run, community-based partnership between artists and Marin Organic farmers. Artists would visit, create, and draw inspiration from organic farms. “Art on the Farm ended in 2015 when Marin Organic closed operation…. Thank you to everyone who participated. Please feel free to browse this blog for photos and stories of local Marin artists and producers.”
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located in the Novato Arts Center, brings nationally-recognized artists and their work to Marin County, and creates educational opportunities for children and families by providing easy access to all forms of artistic expression. MOCA is having the following events: Current Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions
The San Anselmo Arts Commission was established in July 1996 by Town Council with the goal of adding to the cultural character of Ross Valley through any form of artistic expression. The objectives include providing a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.
The Point Reyes Open Studios Group (PROS) was established in 1997 to promote the work of artists living around Tomales Bay, California. PROS has over thirty members including ceramicists, photographers, sculptors in stone and wood, painters, printmakers, fiber artists and artists who work with recycled materials located in Point Reyes Station, Inverness Park, Inverness, Olema and Marshall. Next Open Studios: To be announced
Marin Open Studios (“MOS“) is an annual art event, featuring a tour of Marin and its vibrant arts scene in April and May. Here is an event description from MOS: “Over 250 artists open their studios in this annual two-weekend arts festival honoring the talented fine artists who live and work in Marin County. Artists’ throughout Marin County, California open their facilities in cities, towns and hamlets to exhibit their fine works of art. Affording the visitor to personally meet the artist and learn about the influence and meaning of their art works.”
The printed MOS Tour Guide is valued as a year round catalogue to the artists in Marin and distributed in Marin Magazine to 38,000 residents. Their relaunched website also shows the artists in an online gallery.The next self-guided Open Studios event will be May 5-6 and May 12-13, 2018.
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The Tiburon Art Festival has been on hiatus since 2014: “We’ve gone on a journey of self discovery and hope to be back refreshed and better than ever in 2015.” – Tiburon, California
The mission of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts (OHCA) is to provide programs, studio space, exhibitions, and experiences that honor individual creativity, develop artistic practice, and build community. For current events and info, see:
OHCA – Event Calendar
The Mission of Marin Handmade is to collectively promote and encourage the handcrafted, locally made work of North Bay artisans.
Art Works Downtown is San Rafaels non-profit art center. “Art Works Downtown exists to broaden and deepen our communitys engagement with art. We work to connect artists and the public by providing affordable studio, housing and exhibition space; business opportunities and professional support for artists and arts organizations; and education and outreach for the public.”
The ICB Artists Association is “a large, vibrant and diverse community of talented artists in Sausalito, California.” Twice a year, the ICB opens their studios, known as the Sausalito Artists Open Studios. “Every year since 1968 we have collectively opened our doors to the public and allowed folks to come look at our artworks in their “native habitat”. The advantage of such events is that you really get to get a peek into the art making process in a way that museums and galleries cannot provide.”
The ICB Artists Association is “a large, vibrant and diverse community of talented artists in Sausalito, California.” Twice a year, the ICB opens their studios, known as the Sausalito Artists Open Studios.
“Every year since 1968 we have collectively opened our doors to the public and allowed folks to come look at our artworks in their “native habitat”. The advantage of such events is that you really get to get a peek into the art making process in a way that museums and galleries cannot provide.”
Every year in Winter, the ICB holds their Annual Winter Open Studios in Sausalito, California.
Every year in May, the ICB Artists also participate in the Marin Open Studios and their studios are open to the public, in Sausalito, California.
The mission of the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation is to encourage, promote and support the arts for the community. The Sausalito Art Festival, a waterfront event, is held annually on Labor Day Weekend. The 66th Annual Sausalito Art Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September, 2018. The deadline to apply is Thursday March 15, 2018.
The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival began as The Arts Festival in 1957. Since 1962, it has taken place in the historic Old Mill Park. The Mill Valley Festival “reflects the spirit of Mill Valley and its purpose of supporting established independent artists and emerging student artists.” It includes entertainment by Bay Area performers, and showcases new and emerging artists.
The 62nd Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will be held at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2018. Apply now through April 23rd.
The Marin Art and Garden Center (“MAGC”) is a nonprofit organization with 11 acres of historic gardens in Ross, California, open to the public. According to the MAGC.org website, “the Center was incorporated in 1945, its primary mission to promote appreciation and education of the arts, horticulture and environmental conservation.”
“The Marin Art and Garden Center had its origin in the 1940’s as a vision of two members of the Marin Conservation League, Caroline Livermore and Gladys Smith. Using the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park as a model, they envisioned a self-supporting colony of artists and crafts persons creating and selling their wares within a park-like setting.”
The Center also houses the Ross Valley Players theater, the Tamalpais Conservation Club, and other resident groups. For current events and concerts at MAGC, go to their Event Calendar.