Michael Garlington

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Upcoming

Michael Garlington

ON VIEW: MARCH 3 – Gallery 2


Acclaimed photographer and sculptor Michael Garlington’s monumental photo-temples have appeared at Burning Man, and museums across the country. For this special project, he constructs Totem di Rosa – a towering sculptural meditation on the art of Northern California, crafted in wood, ceramic and photography. Visitors are invited to step inside and engage with di Rosa’s collections in fresh, unexpected ways.

The installation of Totem di Rosa begins di Rosa Projects, a new series of artist-led gallery activations popping up in 2023. di Rosa Projects invites contemporary artists into dialog with the permanent collection, building bridges between the past, present and future of Northern California art. 

Michael Garlington - di Rosa Totem

The Incorrect Museum

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Current, Exhibits: Upcoming

di Rosa


The Incorrect Museum – a permanent exhibition exploring the history of art in Northern California – has been dramatically updated and expanded for 2022 with new works by Deborah Remington, Wally Hedrick and Nathan Oliveira, among others.

The exhibition’s scope – which originally focused on the ‘funk’ and ‘nut’ art of the 1970s and 80s – has been expanded to encompass ‘beat’ movements that defined the San Francisco scene in the 1950s and 60s. The reimagined installation also looks more concertedly at the roles of women and artists of color in the history of Bay Area art.

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Terry Allen, Shoe

Figure Telling

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Upcoming

Figure Telling

Josephine Taylor, The Night, 1987

ON VIEW: June 3 – September 17

Northern California artists have once again embraced the figure – but contemporary Bay Area figuration has a radically different feel. A cross-generational group of Bay Area artists working in a variety of media from graphite and paint to pen and ink – produce compelling works grounded in narrative, storytelling and personal memory.

William Allan – Negotiations with Eden

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Upcoming
William Allan Negotiations with Eden

William Allan – Negotiations with Eden

ON VIEW: Feb 11- May 14 – Opening Reception Sat. Feb 11, 5:30 pm

All are welcome to celebrate the opening of William Allan – Negotiations with Eden on Saturday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00 in Gallery 1 at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. Members plus one guest are free while non-members are $10.

William Allan Press Release

William Allan – painter and leading figure of the Bay Area’s Funk scene in the 1960s and 70s – receives his first major museum exhibition in thirty years at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. Opening February 11 and running through May 14, 2023, “Negotiations with Eden” explores the twists and turns of Allan’s long career. 

“We are bringing at least one example from each period of Allan’s work from the surrealist paintings that propelled him to fame to more recent works few have seen,” explains di Rosa’s chief curator, Kate Eliertsen.  “The collective impact of seeing the full breadth of Allan’s work across his lifetime is profound.”

Known primarily as a painter, this survey reveals the full span of Allan’s practice with the inclusion of installation art, photography and a series of masterfully rendered miniature paintings on lima beans.  His intense focus on the natural world is the thread that binds this exhibition and his career. 

The title “Negotiations with Eden” comes from a large mixed media piece showing a coiled snake in what appears to be a basement, wind billowing the curtains above.  Instead of appearing to be a threat to human innocence, the snake seems vulnerable. In a twist of metaphors, maybe it represents the garden itself, threatened by the built environment. 

Allan’s work is defined by an undisputed technical mastery of painting and drawing.  But it’s his irreverent sense of humor and fixation on the natural world that make it an ideal fit for di Rosa where art and nature are equally valued.  It’s been decades since Allan’s work has been in a major show, so why now?  Twyla Ruby, associate curator of di Rosa insists, “Allan’s work is more relevant now than ever. This generation is living the reality of our natural world in crisis that William Allan has been investigating for many years.  Looking at Allan’s work in total, we see a through-line of questioning what role we play in creating or averting ecological disaster.”

Trick-or-Treating + Haunted Museum

Events: Past, Upcoming Public Programs

our ghosts and ghouls have been crafting tricks and treats, join us… if you dare!

It’s baaaaack! di Rosa’s trick-or-treat Halloween is returning this year with a haunted museum! Bring your bravest friends and family members of all ages for a spooktacular afternoon at di Rosa!

New tricks

Costume contest

Haunted Museum

Spooky photo booth

Returning from the grave…


Face painting

Spooky eye-spy

Courtyard games

Monster mash & Halloween hits!


Creative costume contest at 3 PM, in the Courtyard

Eclectic Collecting Conversation & Happy Hour

Events: Past

a conversation and happy hour for the avid and curious collector in all of us.


This conversation is sure to be fun and informative, whether you have paintings hung from the ceiling and bowling balls in your bathtub, or you have been wandering MFA shows and musing over monographs. 

Taking place amidst di Rosa’s renowned collection, come get the inside scoop from di Rosa’s Executive Director and Chief Curator Kate Eilertsen, (also a collector), art advisor Chandra Cerrito, and gallerist David Keaton. The program will be moderated by Andrea Saenz, di Rosa’s Deputy Director and Director of Education.

Do you want to know where to start? How to care for your collection? Tips on care and display? Bring your questions and join the conversation!

Collector Happy Hour

3:30 – 4:30 PM | Gallery 2 Patio

A collectors’ happy hour will be held on the back patio of Gallery 2 following the conversation. Mingle among the art with a drink, a snack, and new friends.

“Every hour is a happy hour, when you collect art.”

-David Keaton


Eclectic Collecting Press Release

Young collectors Display

November 12 | Gallery 2 Patio

Artworks created by children during a recent family program will be displayed during the happy hour. These artworks explore the concept of collecting and assembling natural objects found at di Rosa, highlighting the variety of collecting possibilities available to all ages.

Above: “Residence Re-hang” artworks hung salon-style in homage to their presentation in the di Rosa residence. Photo: Grace Hendricks

About the panelists

Chandra Cerrito has over 20 years of experience as an interior art advisor and public art consultant, Chandra Cerrito has a depth of art consulting expertise. After earning a BA in art history and Certificate of Visual Art from Princeton University and an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts, she worked in Bay Area galleries and art consulting firms as manager, assistant to the director, and art consultant. Starting in 2003, Cerrito refined her curatorial skills as an independent curator of numerous museum exhibitions and director of the Oakland-based gallery Chandra Cerrito Contemporary for over a decade. In 2004, she founded Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors, in Napa, CA, which helps create collections for corporate, hospitality and health care clients. As a public art advisor, she has worked with developers, property owners, and cities to manage over 45 public art projects and develop public art policy. 

Kate Eilertsen has worked in the art world for many years as an arts advocate, museum director, curator, and educator. She began her museum work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, moved to Boston where she opened a new museum for the Harvard University Art Museums, and then to California where she was the Director of Intersection for the Arts, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Acting Director of Visual Arts for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Executive Director for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. She has taught at the California College of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, and recently at Sonoma State University. She has been a guest curator and art consultant in Sonoma County. She is currently the Executive Director and Chief Curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

Eilertsen earned a BFA from Macalester College, MA from Hunter College, and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit leaders in arts from Stanford University. She was on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Art Advisory Committee for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, and Chair of the San Francisco Art Institute’s Community Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for Kala Art Institute, Joe Goode Performance Group, Intersection for the Arts, and currently for the Imaginists.

Kathleen Thompson Hill has collected antique kitchen utensils for more than 40 years, calling it her “quirky obsession.” With degrees in French and Italian from U.C. Berkeley and the Sorbonne, she cut classes in Paris to talk her way into auditing at the Cordon Bleu and the Louvre. Following another interest, she earned an MA in Political Psychology at Sonoma State University where she and her late husband co-taught various courses.

Kathleen has taught American Politics & Government at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Sonoma State, and U.C. Berkeley where she was also a Visiting Scholar and staff member.

Currently, she serves on the boards of Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), KSVY-SVTV, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, the Agricultural Advisory Board at Sonoma Valley High School, and Canadian Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Recently she served nearly 14 years as Food & Wine Editor and columnist for the Sonoma Index-Tribune and has hosted the Kathleen Hill Show on KSVY 91.3 FM for 15 years. She has also written 42 books, most with her late husband Gerald Hill.

Her 3,500-piece Kathleen Thompson Hill Kitchen Memories Collection is now in residence at Elizabeth Spencer Winery in Rutherford as a “permanent rotating exhibit.”

David Keaton is a published author who has consulted with museums, artist estates, collectors, and galleries on numerous post-war art exhibitions over the past 15 years. He is currently the director of Modern Art West Gallery in Sonoma, CA. 

Keaton has curated and consulted on museum exhibitions on the topics of the Women of Abstract Expressionism, the Berkeley School of Abstract Expressionism, the Pattern and Decoration movement, and the artists Karl Kasten, Joan Brown, Emiko Nakano, Nathan Oliveira, and Sonya Rapoport, among others. 

Thank you to our wine sponsor

Smithsonian Museum Day Family Program

Upcoming Public Programs

calling all families! come get your art + nature fix this smithsonian museum day!


Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the Gallery 1 reception desk. All participants must have a ticket.


create your own kaleidoscope 

natural assemblage & nature object collections*
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face painting

fun for all



a picnic & blanket


*About The Natural assemblage & Nature Object Collections Activity

Rocks and acorns and feathers, oh my! Participants will use objects gathered from di Rosa to compose either an assemblage artwork or a sorted collection.

Finished pieces can be taken home that day, or left at di Rosa to be displayed at the “Eclectic Collecting” event on November 12.

Great for all ages and interests- no one is too young or old to participate!

Ceramic Workshop: Viola Frey | October 1

Upcoming Public Programs

Experience Viola Frey and building with clay, in a day outdoor at di Rosa! 

About the Workshop

This workshop focuses on Viola Frey’s dynamic sculpting techniques and colorful surface design.

Artist Kala Stein will introduce Frey’s work in the di Rosa collection and help contextualize it within the world of ceramics while exploring the technical aspects of how she made her impressive larger-than-life sculptures. 

After introducing the artwork, participants will break for lunch and have the remainder of the afternoon to make their own clay creations. Slab and coil techniques will be presented to encourage an effective, expressionistic approach to building with clay. Each participant will make their own sculpture that will be fired in Kala’s Sonoma studio and will be available for pick up at di Rosa 3 weeks following the workshop.

All materials and firing are included in the price. No clay experience is necessary, just an open mind and a sense of playfulness! All ages are welcome, youth under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

The Details

Please bring a water bottle and a picnic lunch. di Rosa’s studio area is located outdoors in the shade. Please dress in layers and wear sunscreen. Restrooms are available. Space is limited and advance registration is required due to the special nature of this workshop. For questions, please contact visit@dirosaart.org or call (707) 226.5991 x24.

About the Artist

Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. Her studio work explores dynamic systems and practices within the intersection of design, production, and craft. Her community-based work is aimed to empower individuals and support a better world through the creative experience. Her studio is in downtown Sonoma and is open by appointment. https://kalastein.com/

Kala received her MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA in Ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. Along with her collaborative cohort, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and exhibits her work internationally. Kala teaches at colleges and art centers across the country including Sonoma Community Center, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Diablo Valley College, and Alfred University.