Art Exhibitions

The Community Center showcases local artists in our monthly exhibits in the Center’s Maurice del Mue Galleries in the Valley and West Rooms. We strive to introduce new artists and cultural forms, as well as bring back local favorites to celebrate the diversity of artistic expression.

Current Exhibition

Helen Webber

a Retrospective Exhibit of her Artwork

June 1—June 29

Reception is Sunday, June 10, 2018
4 – 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.


Past Exhibitions

April 3-30, 2018

Reception Sunday, April 8, 4-6pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to present a collection of past and recent oil paintings by Priscilla Patey.

Though known for her more shamanic-themed works, Priscilla’s current show comprises conventional images depicting scenes of landscape and animals.

About her work, Priscilla says “Like most people in this area, I love the natural beauty here and enjoy painting it either in plein aire or from references in my studio. Some viewers may recognize a familiar spot or critter from along the roadside of San Geronimo, Nicasio and Tomales.”


The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is also pleased to present the paintings of Geoff Bernstein.

Early in his studies Bernstein participated in courses at the Rhode Island School of Design and apprenticed to Eugene Massin at the University of Miami. He has studied at Art Students League, Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris, Atelier La Couriere-Frelaut and Academia dei Belli Arte, Rome and Florence.

After years of study and travel Bernstein made his way to California in 1971 and ultimately to the San Geronimo Valley.

Gerald Fleming of the Barnabe Mountain Review literary magazine has said that Bernstein is “an artist whose archaeology is incredibly wide, and whose range in both subject matter and media is formidable”.

Bernstein has exhibited at Galleria Fornaci, Rome, Design Center, Hawaii, Rose Bernardi Gallery, Sausalito, Galeria Mesa, Arizonia, Pat McMahon Gallery, Colorado, The Falkirk Annual Juried Exhibition, Provincetown Art Association, Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Bolinas Museum.

February 3-28, 2018

Reception Sunday, February 11, 4-6pm

Gabriele Schwibach & Vicki Chase

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to present etchings by Gabriele Schwibach.

About her life and work Gabriele says: I was born in Germany.  As a child, I lived with my family in Middle Germany close to the Rhine River. I loved to explore the Rhine River shores. The river stones turned into sparkling jewels and the river willows held mystery and surprise for me. Recreating the magic of my childhood, I work to capture these magical moments in my drawings.

As a university student, I moved to Munich where I studied engineering and then worked for an international computer company. I worked as a computer expert and manager, living more and more in a highly technical and industrial environment.

During those ten years, I almost forgot about the magical worlds that exist around us here on Earth. The most exciting adventure in my life began with my rediscovery of my love for art. Through pursuing art, I learned to approach my life with an open heart. I again saw the joy and the sparkle of beauty of Life on Earth. When I decided to become an artist, I knew it would be essential for me to get good training and education as quickly as possible. I searched to find artists whose work I admired, who would be willing to work with me directly.

I had the good fortune to meet Osprey Orielle Lake, a world-renowned sculptress, who works with me on design and composition. To learn the art of etching, I apprenticed with an experienced and seasoned etching artist from Tuscany.

I moved to California to live among the Redwood trees in California and along the shores of the Russian River and recently at the Coho Salmon creeks in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley. I find beauty and magic in the forests and rivers of my new country, evoking memories and imagination.

I appreciate that I can share my Love for Art and Earth-Beauty with you through my etchings. This exhibition is showing a wide variety of the etchings I created since 2000, including a some framed etching prints with the last print of the edition.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is also pleased to present Frames of Reference; Photography by Vicki Chase.

Born in San Francisco, raised in Mill Valley, Vicki was exposed from childhood to all forms of art.  Her parents, Edmond and Joyce Gross, were both artistic and creative.  Her father was a graphic artist in San Francisco and Vicki visited his studio regularly.  He shared space with renowned photographers, Milt Halberstadt, Nick Carter, David Cavagnaro and he would discuss his artwork with her, explaining perspective, balance and details. It was a process of learning through osmosis of exposure -never forced.

Vicki’s first camera was a simple Kodak Brownie, which she used to take pictures of her friends, neighbors and pets starting in the third grade.  She always dreamt of being a photographer and having a “real” camera but it was her younger brother, Rob, who got the first 35mm camera for Christmas when they were in high school.  Years went by and most of Vicki’s photography was with “instamatic” cameras. In the late 1980’s, Vicki was mentored by G. Paul Bishop, head of the Photography Department at UC Berkeley.

Vicki’s first professional photography began with documenting track and field and distance running events for Track and Field News Magazine, City Sports Magazine and RunCal.  She was also published in Runner’s World and Running Times Magazines and the majority of her work is now housed at the Track and Field Hall of Fame in New York City.

Having retired from nursing after 41 years of clinical practice, Vicki has returned to photography.

Vicki says “Frames of Reference” is a compilation of my work from the beginning of my professional career to now.  It spans thirty years of photography and includes film as well as digital images.  I do not use any computer enhancements or manipulations. I have hand-printed, all of the black and white film images, and everything is framed by me personally.”

Entering the Gualala Arts “Art in the Redwoods” juried exhibit last August she received a special “Judges Award” and then in the all media exhibit “The Art of Aging” she placed 3rd overall.  Vicki has participated in the Center’s Annual Photographers group show. This is her first solo exhibit at the Community Center


Coming Soon: The 8th Annual Senior Lunch Group Show.

Since 2009 the San Geronimo Valley Community Center has hosted a weekly Senior Lunch program.

Counted among the usual participants at the weekly get-togethers are a number of remarkable, vital artists.

In January the Center is presenting a group exhibit showcasing the watercolors, pastels, drawings, paintings, ceramics, photographs and more.

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

January 7-29, 2017

Reception Sunday, January 7, 4-7pm

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

November 3rd-30th, 2017

Reception Sunday, November 12, 4-7pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is proud to be celebrating Pressing Matters VIII: Annual Printmakers Group Show.

The eighth annual Pressing Matters is a group show highlighting local print artist’s etchings, woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, screen prints, monoprints, letterpress  and monotypes.

This year’s featured artists include Al Ardelle, Fred L. Berensmeier, Corina del Carmel, Martha Cederstrom, Danielle Fogel, Dave Getz, Zachary Gilmour, Art Hazelwood, Janice Jahnke, Amos Klausner, Sophie Larsen, Katya McCulloch, Cindy Miracle, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Elaine Penwell, Larry Rippee, Gabriele Schwibach, Elly Simmons, Sonia Simmons, Rose Wulff Steiner, Xander Weaver-Scull, Zoltron and Justus Evans, Samuel Marquez, and Frank Tinsley of the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.

October 8-31, 2017

Reception Sunday, October  8, 4-7 pm

Parra O’Siochain and Pam Handleman: Plein Aire Paintings from Pacific Coast Beaches

Parra and Pamela have known each other for many years from Chester Arnold’s atelier in Indian Valley.

In early 2012 they started their Plein Aire collaboration, visiting the outer beaches of the Point Reyes seashore. For almost six years they have done this three

times a week, year round, with occasional safaris up the coast as far as Humbug Mountain in Oregon.

Their work responds to the light, the air and the ocean and they witness the environmental harm of humans treating the ocean as an open sewer.

The show is a selection of the work done in over eight hundred visits.


In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

September 5–30, 2017

Reception Sunday, September 10, 3-6pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to present the work of John Torrey and Joseph Bacon.

John Torrey

John Torrey was born in New York City and lives and works in Lagunitas. He has been drawing pictures since he was a young boy. His training has included drawing at the Art Students League in New York with Robert Beverly Hale and painting with Chester Arnold in California.

He received a master’s degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

His travels have taken him to many parts of the world including a six-year period in the gulf states of the Middle East where he worked as a city planner.

“When I first started traveling, I went to Europe and then after that the Middle East where I lived for a number of years.   Here is where you experience the elementary passions of living. To walk into a suuq and experience the everyday life, the colorful clothing, the sense of centuries past, the smells, the sounds of the mosques- all this encouraged me to record glimpses of what was around me”.

John’s art– consisting of drawings, paintings, and sculpture– often has themes taken from his travels and his work tends to be expressionistic in nature. All of his art, including the sculpture, has a basis in drawing. John has dual citizenship with the USA and the Republic of Ireland.

“What I am trying to do in my work is to merge my subject matter with compositions in oil- combining line, color, and arrangements into a single image. The important thing is to maximize the force of imagination in the painting or sculpture so that there are no hesitations in making decisions. The hand must be free to act quickly and spontaneously, allowing the expression of the art piece to identify itself”.

John’s work has been shown in Architectural Digest magazine and exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area and other areas of the US, and is in private collections in New York, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, Cologne, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and Puerto Vallarta.

Joseph Bacon

Joseph has stated that “Drawing has been a perennial sideline for me as well as a means of studying the art of great masters”.

He was born in San Francisco in 1933 and raised in Marin County. Early on, he tried his hand briefly at an academic career in philosophy, then realized it was not for him.

He was drafted into the army in 1956 and became an army photographer. After military service, he studied informally with Ansel Adams.

Joseph later attended the San Francisco Art Institute and studied mainly sculpture which he continues to pursue. At the Art Institute he studied with Zygmund Sazevich and Gurdon Woods.

Joseph’s also maintained a parallel career in music, playing classical guitar and lute. He’s recorded music of Villa Lobos, John Dowland and others.

Joseph sculpture and drawings have been exhibited in annual shows at the Bonnafont Gallery in San Francisco and at Fort Mason, Charles Campbell Gallery and Smith Anderson North in San Anselmo.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

August 4 – 30, 2017

In conjunction with the Peace Love and Action Festival:

Shifting the Future

The photography of Peg Hunter


The Latino Photo Project: Finding Meaning

6th Annual Photographers Group Show

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

July 6- 28, 2017

Reception, Saturday, July 15, 4-7pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is very pleased to be celebrating the 6th annual Photographers Group Show.

This show highlights the work of San Geronimo Valley and regional photographers. The range of works includes landscape, still life, nature, portrait, abstract and experimental approaches to photography.

Participating artists include Al Ardelle, Geoff Bernstein, Laurence Brauer, Vicki Chase, Donn DeAngelo, Gaetano DeFelice, Rudi Dundas, Marie Eisen, Brent Harris, Peg Hunter, Donald Kinney, Michel Kotski, Anne McClain, Dan McKenna, Kirk McNaught, Joe Sharp, Andrew Spalding,Tom Tabakin and JeanA Warner.

Gaetano DeFelice

June 2-30, 2017

Reception Saturday, June 17 , noon-7 pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is pleased to present the works of Gaetano DeFelice.

Gaetano De Felice, a long term resident of Woodacre, spent his youth managing a photo lab In Manhattan working with top-flight designers, illustrators, photographers and art directors.

Creatively, De Felice has worked in a variety of media over the years but has focused primarily on photography. He employs digital photography, Polaroid manipulation and other techniques incorporated with his own hand drawn sketches to achieve his current images.

De Felice has exhibited in the Center’s Annual Photographer’s Group Show, Aroma Café Art Gallery, the San Francisco California Public Utility Commission Gallery, Anthony Miceli Gallery, Marin County Fair, SGVCC Annual Spring Art Show and a number of other venues.


27th Annual Spring Art Show

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center celebrates its 27th Annual Spring Art Show showcasing the works of up to 100 San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio artists from May 13 to May 21.

The opening reception to be held on Friday, May12, 6:30-9 pm, usually draws hundreds of artists, art lovers and community members.

A portion of the proceeds from the artwork sold will benefit the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, a non-profit agency that provides a variety of cultural programs and social services, including an emergency food pantry, senior lunch program and a youth center.

As an added feature this year, the Spring Art Show will host an artist film night with guest filmmaker Burrill Crohn. Crohn, a Woodacre resident, will present two of his documentaries   “a.k.a. Fathead” and “Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song” on the evening of Thursday May 18th, 7pm.

The weekend gallery viewing schedule is Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 and 20-21, noon- 6pm.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is open 10 am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Call for additional viewing times.

photo credit: Donn DeAngelo

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

April 1-30, 2017

Reception Sunday, April 9, 4-7pm

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is proud to present Marty Meade and Her Friday Morning Art Groups.

Marty Meade is a long-time instructor of glass art and watercolor teaching at the San Geronimo Valley Community center, College of Marin and through her studio. Marty works in glass bead making, advanced lampworked glass bead making as well as watercolor.

She apprenticed in traditional stained glass with Judy North and studied in Chartres, France with Roger Darricarrere.  Marty studied Expressive Arts Therapy at John F. Kennedy University. She received the Youth in Arts’ Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award and was acknowledged as College of Marin Teacher of the Year (2006).  The April exhibit features the work both by Meade and her current art students.

Meade Says: “I like to think of myself as teaching the ‘craft’, but then supporting the ‘artists’ as they express their own voice through these mediums.”

Featured artists include Marilee Rogers, Kelly Todd, Joan Beavin, Roberta 0’Neal, Genna Panzarella, Liz Albriton, Nina Frankel, Kelley Baer, Sue Evans, Nancy Dunbar, Camille Noble, Sally Fairfax, Jan Anderson, Janet Pigot, Marilyn O’Mara Bern, Jeri Gilbert, Karen Koenig, Leo Den Ouden, Susan Micheletti, Cathy Ramberg, Marguerite Illingworth, Miriam Jankü, Kathleen Schmitt-Cone and Patti Buckley.

A special focus of the exhibit is the sculpture and watercolors of student Sam Fleeger.

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Working from Home: Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is proud to present Working from Home: Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang.

Here’s what the Langs have to say about their show:

When we turn onto Tamal Road after being out in the world, we sigh, knowing we are home. We may spot the lightening flash of the eyes of a raccoon on the prowl or see the familiar herd of deer waiting for the fruit fall of apples. From horses grazing to the flurry of turkeys crossing, creatures large and small also call this place home.

As we drive up the road we may stop to chat with neighbors in their yards or walking with their dogs on their way to the post office. Here street cred is knowing the status of the salmon in the creek or what to do about the problem of too many tomatoes.

After some 20 years of commuting to San Francisco, we are relieved to not be making daily trips over the hill. Some folks call it “retired.” We like to say, we are now, Working From Home.

We are growing our garden and have revved up our individual art practices. To celebrate this welcome change we each have created a body of work that together we call Working from Home. Tilling the richness of the invisible forces of nature, Richard will present Molecular Gardening, a series of mixed media works. Getting to know our neighbors on Tamal Road is the theme of Judith’s portraits and prayer flags.


Harry Cohen and Friends

Art exhibition featuring 14 Bay Area artists

In the Maurice del Mue Galleries

February 2-28, 2017

Reception Saturday, February 4, 4-7pm

Renowned Abstract Expressionist, Harry Cohen, along with 12 other Marin and San Francisco artists will present an extraordinary art exhibition Feb. 1- 28 at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4-7 pm.

At 92, Harry Cohen is painting every day in his studio high in the Redwoods above Woodacre.  His work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums across the country and was described as “reflecting his personality, gregarious and exuberant, full of passion for life, yet also capable of subtlety and gentleness.”

Over the years, Cohen has surrounded himself with an illustrious “gang” of painters, sculptors, and photographers that meet regularly at the Woodacre Café to share ideas, stories and bagels.

Artists participating in the show:

Harry Cohen-painting

Michael Killen-painting

Jo Killen-ceramic sculpture

Skip Henderson-painting

Beth Pewter-painting

Leonard Breger-painting

Brian Carter-painting

Peter Strindberg-painting or sculpture

Bruce Burtch-photography

Fred Holle-painting

Karen Worth-painting

Jack Kamesar-sculpture

Lars Johnson-pain


7th Annual Senior Lunch Group Show
January 4th-31st, 2017

Counted among the usual participants at the weekly get-togethers are a number of remarkable, vital artists.

The Center presented a group exhibit showcasing the watercolors, pastels, paintings, ceramics and photographs of Senior Lunch participants including Al Ardelle, Geoff Bernstein, Diane Cokely, Gaetano DeFelice, Marie Eisen, Griffe Griffiths, Michel Kotski, Laura Kradjan-Cronin, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee and Tom Tabakin.

Pressing Matters VII: Annual Printmakers Group Show
November 3rd-30th, 2016

The seventh annual Pressing Matters is a group show highlighting local print artist’s aquatint and drypoint etchings, linocuts, lithographs, collographs, letter press, screen prints, monoprints and monotypes. This year’s featured artists include Fred L. Berensmeier, Geoff, Bernstein, Corina del Carmel, Martha Cederstrom, Danielle Fogel, Scott Gibbons, Zachary Gilmour, Art Hazelwood, Amos Klausner, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Sophie Larsen, Cindy Miracle, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee, Gabriele Schwibach, Sam Vaughan, Xander Weaver-Scull and Zoltron

Kara Girls- Korcho Village, Ethiopia

5th annual Photographers Group Show
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is very pleased to present the 5th annual Photographers Group Show. The show highlights the work of San Geronimo Valley and regional photographers. The range of works includes landscape, still life, nature, portrait, abstract and experimental approaches to photography. Participating artists include Gisela Alvarado, Al Ardelle, Geoff Bernstein, Laurence Brauer, Norm Catalano, Abby Cunningham, Donn DeAngelo, Gaetano DeFelice, Rudi Dundas, Hank Floyd, Harlan Floyd, Sr. (1928 – 1991), Anne McClain, Dan McKenna, Michel Kotski, Peter Pennypacker, Sierra Salin, Joe Sharp, Andrew Spalding and Tom Tabakin.