Emerging Visual Arts of Sonoma County

FEATURED ARTISTS: Kala Stein I Jenny Harp I Catherine Sieck I Dayana Leon I Jaynee Watson

Produced by Petaluma Arts Center and Creative Sonoma

Five Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered:  Emerging Artists from Sonoma County” program. The five winners reflect the tremendous diversity of the county’s visual arts community in genre, style and philosophy.  Yet, they share several common themes.  These works explore a culture that has less to do with the intrinsic value of things, and more to do with providing a felt experience.

The winners were selected through a highly competitive process.  Initial recommendations were made for 80 artists to participate leading to 46 applications which were juried down to 12 finalists.  Jurors made site visits to the studios of all finalists and selected the 5 winners.  This program is made possible by The Artist Awards Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation Sonoma County which was created by more than 50 donors from 2007-2011 with support from the James Irvine Foundation.

Val Richman, Executive Director

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