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Gallery Location:

Herold Mahoney Library,
First Floor

Sami Lange
Mahoney Gallery Coordinator
(707) 778-3972

Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Summer hours vary.
Updated weekly.

Mahoney Library Gallery

On the Petaluma Campus, the Mahoney Library Gallery promotes student learning through fine art and course related exhibits, lectures and programming. The Gallery shows work by local and national artists, Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty, and local community organizations. In addition, both virtual and physical library collections are highlighted tying in the cultural, political and social identity of the Petaluma community and larger Santa Rosa Junior College system.

Gallery exhibits are planned one year in advance. If you are interested in presenting an idea for consideration, please contact the Gallery Coordinator.

Current Exhibits

Marsha Connell, Dissolve- Three Tree Hill, Oil on canvas, 24

"Echeveria" by Elizabeth Peyton, 2013

The Gardens of Alcatraz

April 9 – July 26, 2015

Artist Reception:

April 23, 4 – 6pm

Mahoney Library Gallery
SRJC Petaluma Campus

The Mahoney Library Gallery is pleased to present 31 pieces from the Alcatraz Florilegium created by artists of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. The collection was created in collaboration with the Garden Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create a florilegium, or series of botanical drawings and paintings to document the Gardens of Alcatraz. Fifty-nine pieces are currently in the collection with thirty-one represented in the Mahoney Library gallery exhibit. The other pieces are on display virtually at the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists website.

The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists is an association dedicated to supporting botanical artists. Join the SRJC art community during the artist’s reception to meet many of the artists and hear about their inspiration and techniques.

Gallery Information and Hours

Mahoney Library Gallery
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This exhibit is free and open to the public. A $4.00 parking permit is required in campus lots.

Past Exhibits

Marsha Connell, Dissolve- Three Tree Hill, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24

Marsha Connell, Dissolve- Three Tree Hill, Oil on canvas, 24" x 24"

Pepperwood Preserve: Paintings by Marsha Connell

January 15 – March 26, 2015

Marsha Connell was nurtured in her love for art, nature, and learning by her grandfather, Samuel Riss, watercolor painter and Renaissance farmer in Upstate New York. She expresses this legacy in her passion for the environment, and through drawing and painting en plein air. This exhibit features her work at the SRJC Pepperwood Preserve.

Exhibit Lecture

Art and Science: Views of Pepperwood Preserve
Marsha Connell and Shawn Brumbaugh
February 2, Noon-1pm

Mahoney Library Gallery SRJC Petaluma Campus

Jessica Pori, “Watching Weeds at Snazzy’s,” Acrylic, 2014

Jessica Pori, “Watching Weeds at Snazzy’s,” Acrylic, 2014

Student Visions: Paintings from Fall 2014

November 24 – December 12, 2014

Mahoney Library Gallery SRJC Petaluma Campus

Students featured in the exhibit are a part of the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Painting courses at SRJC Petaluma, taught by Suzanne Lacke.

Life and Death: Remembrance of Our Loved Ones

Painting by Isabel Martinez

Life and Death: Remembrance of Our Loved Ones

October 13 – November 6, 2014

Mahoney Library Gallery SRJC Petaluma Campus

Artwork of Santa Rosa Junior College students, staff and faculty celebrating el Día de los Muertos

La Otra

Connections & Collaborations
Mezzotints by Holly Downing

August 25 – October 2, 2014

Gallery Opening:
Mahoney Library Gallery
SRJC Petaluma Campus
September 18, 5-7

Artist Holly Downing, a retired SRJC art instructor for 25 years, exhibits mezzotint engravings, an archaic printmaking technique which “connects” the artist with her historic precedents. The exhibit includes several handmade artist’s books that were collaborations, or “connections” with letterpress printers Jack Stauffacher of San Francisco and Eric Johnson of Iota Press in Sebastopol, Los Angeles poet David St. John and photographs by Genevieve Barnhart of Sebastopol. In addition two of the books “connect” with other cultures and one is a visual “connection” of endangered environmental habitats.

Vivienne Artwork

The Art of the Young Child

March 31, 2014 – July 11, 2014

Exhibit Lecture

April 8: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Alice Hampton, SRJC Child Development Instructor

Gallery Opening:

April 8: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mahoney Library Gallery SRJC Petaluma Campus

Children's art is often seen as precious, a mystery, highly creative, or sometimes as just a series of random marks. No matter what the importance of the art to adults, children's art is important to the children themselves. In a journey of development that begins with a newborn who has minimal control over basic body movements, children as young as 2 and 3 years old begin to represent people and familiar objects on the page. Scribbles, lines and shapes are all important steps on this journey. This exhibit will explore the stages of artistic development in young children, with an emphasis on the early years, through text and samples of children's artwork. The artwork of children enrolled in our campus children's center is featured.

Instructor Alice Hampton of the Santa Rosa Junior College Child Development department will give a lively talk on the various development stages of child artwork citing specific theorists.

This exhibit was produced as a partnership with SRJC Child Development Department, the campus Children’s Center, SRJC Libraries, and the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.

Investigation of Pen & Ink

Obie Bowman and Ross Grossman
Pen and Ink washes on paper of landscapes, architectural structures and portraits.
January 21, 2014 - March 13, 2014

Mahoney Library Gallery
SRJC Petaluma Campus

As part of the artistic enrichment of the Petaluma community, the Mahoney Library Gallery is proud to present work by two local artists working in pen and ink.

Artist Obie Bowman, heavily influenced by his professional work as an architect, evokes a sense of space as well as form in the pen and ink washes. The compositions are often suggestive and intriguing rather than literal and appeal to the viewer’s sense of traditional beauty. The drawings begin with a thumbnail sketch which is enlarged and loosely transferred to the final drawing surface. The finished biomorphic drawings include elements of old vernacular structures and hold a sense of order versus chaos.

Artist Ross Grossman, formerly a Philosophy professor for over 30 years, creates work each day in notebooks. Once the drawings are finished, the artist does not look back. Ross works primarily from photographs and has over 100 notebooks of portraits and drawings from a daily practice spanning 40 years. Ross uses mixed media including colored pencil as well as ink.

Both preliminary drawings and finished works of each artist are currently on display.

Wonders of the Cosmos

Dia De Los Muertos

Image Credit: Cris Gondak, Classic Lines, Havana, 2010

The Diversity of Cuba: Images of Today

As part of a college wide celebration of Cuban culture, the Mahoney Library Gallery presented work by three artists who have travelled and lived in Cuba.

Photographer Cris Gondak has explored lands and peoples over six continents and studied with masters Galen Rowell and Freeman Pattersen. The photos she showed are from a visit to Cuba in 2010.

Nelson E. Enríquez multimedia work explores themes of travel, frontiers, consumerism and material scarcity on and off the island of Cuba. He has exhibited widely in Cuba in both personal and collective exhibitions, and internationally in Germany and the US. He has received international awards from “Europa Abierta” and the Cuban National Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture.

Lisette Poole is a Cuban American photojournalist. She has collaborated with artist Nelson Enriquez and exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Cuba.

Image Credit: Cris Gondak, Classic Lines, Havana, 2010

Elizabeth Gronberg:
Gilman Scholarship Recipient

SRJC student and Sonoma County native Elizabeth Gronberg started her college career as a Journalism major but swiftly changed to Art after her first drawing class. Together with her husband Trenton, they applied to the Florence Semester Abroad program and began searching for scholarships. In Elizabeth’s own words, “That’s when we found the Gilman Scholarship program. I applied and was awarded the scholarship. January 28th 2012 we jumped on a plane and started our 90 day adventure in Italy.” The Gilman Scholarship includes a requirement that students display the work they completed during their semester abroad. Mahoney Library featured Elizabeth’s paintings and drawings of Florence—an inspiration for all who aspire to this great program.