Goliath meets his match

Here in Santa Rosa, the power of public art stands tall.  Thanks in no small part to the passionate support of the community and the creatives who live here,Santa Rosa is an evolving a city of art that seems to spring from the powerful passions and vibrant imaginations of our residents.

Want a recent example? Dig this incredible mural that appeared just a few weeks ago in Roseland.

Inclined to paint and always looking for ways to activate their world, Roseland residents and mural artists MJ Lindo Lawyer and her husband Joshua Lawyer set out six months ago to change the face of their neighborhood with a head-turning mural. A unique twist on the David and Goliath motif, the piece represents, for them, a giant interpretation of Good vs. Evil.

Designed by Joshua and painted by Joshua, MJ and their friend Hepos, the mural, funded by MidPen Housing and Artstart, lives on a 60′ x 22′ wall on the outside of the Roseland Hardware building, in the cultural hub of Sebastopol Rd.

The building, owned by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, is slated for demolition in a year or two as they plan to build-out downtown Roseland. When asked about the building’s impending demise, MJ said, “It is a bummer that it won’t last forever but, for now, we wanted to create something that we could see every day.”

You can see it every day, too, while it lasts. Follow their growing collection and swing by their other mural on Santa Rosa Ave. at the Groth motor site, cuz that one is there to stay.


SR Artbook

Part local artist showcase, part sketchbook, part writing journal, great gift and stellar stocking stuffer, SketchSR is a way cool way to celebrate and support the wide range of amazing visual artists here in Santa Rosa.

Featured SRrtists:

Bud Snow • Catherine Sieck • Mica Shea Jennings • Ruth Alison Donovan • Todd Barricklow • Ryan Taylor • Wil Smith


Artists Profiles

We’ll be featuring each artist on this page over the next few weeks, so check back regularly.

Artist: Bud Snow

Bud Snow is a Mural Painter, Public Artist, and Photographer. As a young person, traveling with a small circus, performing with fire, on stilts, and inside puppets gave her…”a freedom of expression that got into my bones.” She likes to work outside.


Artist: Catherine Sieck

“The pieces in this journal are cut from paper with an exacto blade, and are from Summer 2017, a time of cactus blooms, harvest, heat, and birdsong.”

Catherine Sieck

Catherine is an artist, storyteller, farmer and ceramicist born and raised in Sonoma County. She lives out in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, farms for Community Soil Foundation in Larkfield, and has a studio at 33arts in Roseland. Her work in the studio, often intricate narrative paper cut-outs, is fueled by her work in gardens watching the life/death/life cycle unfold. Her work seeks to be an antidote to death-phobia, a celebration of the richness to be found when death is honored and woven back in with life.


Artist: Todd Barricklow

“These images are a continued exploration of the iconic representation of objects around us, appreciation for the tools that our minds can design and our hands can hold as well as my enduring fascination with the automobile.”

Todd Barricklow 

Todd grew up in a house where things were built and repaired with the materials of puppet making, school teaching, and a depression-era necessity for frugality. String and sticks eventually lead to metal and clay which is what he works in today. His work ranges from ceramic sculpture and metalwork to commercial design and fabrication. He lives in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa.


Artist: Mica Shea Jennings

Title: Goats Tarot

Mica Jennings

Mica is a painter, illustrator, designer, and 30-year resident of Santa Rosa. “Goats Tarot” is an invitation to accept the inherent wisdom, symbolism, and relentless strangeness offered to us by nature.


Artist: Ryan Taylor

Quote: Until the world improves, live in your own. 

Ryan Taylor

Plastic front door clings strategically placed over holes in drywall. Graves of pets adorned with crosses made by children.Foundations of sheds built at night warping come daybreak. Playsets built with the best intentions overgrown and forgotten. Mamosa trees grow through gravel. Lawnmowers with flat tires, a permanent circle in the front yard from a dog on a chain.A mother stands in front of a dryer.A mom asleep snoring softly in a recliner.The first gallon of paint is open and rolled over 80s wallpaper.The ashes of a never met uncle are found in the trunk of a jeep sitting on cinder blocks. Snow shovels are the most accessible tool in the tool shed.Paintings are nailed into wood panels that belong to dead friends. Birthday cake candles are never blown out by one person. The deli up the street gives out pizza coupons now. Used to be a movie rental spot with a shakeable claw machine. Bologna and soda is a guarantee in a house with history. A home.


Artist: William Smith

“Characters and archetypes have always been front and center in my work. These characters are inspired by the folly of human behavior. In addition, I have been exploring the “still image” in motion. These are a tribute to my cartoon influences and love for animation and the graphic image in general.”

William Smith

William’s emphasis on printmaking stems from his time as a printer and technician at Aurobora Press in San Francisco throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. His current work has been shown across the United States and South America. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, CA, William teaches part-time at Santa Rosa Junior College.


Artist: Ruth Alison Donovan
Title: “Intention and Reflection”
Medium: Pen and Ink series

“This body of work is a continuation of my illustrations that represent a free flowing process and whimsical imagery. I create them as an expression of my world within, and they tell stories of my own human experience, both in the physical and ethereal realm.”

Ruth Alison Donovan
As the owner and co-founder of The Beluga and Bee Studio, formerly known as Studio 24/10, Ruth is an illustrator, painter, curator and logo designer residing in Santa Rosa’s West End Neighborhood Of Santa Rosa. Her space has hosted group shows for many of Santa Rosa’s young and aspiring artists since 2008.


An Artist's Celebration of Life, In Six Stories

In September, 2018, artist Bud Snow began work on her largest mural yet. A tribute to a cherished friend, the piece spans six stories on the back of the Roxy Theater, at First and Santa Rosa Ave. This is an artist’s story, in her words, about a piece that she hopes will bring joy to the people of our city for years to come.

– In loving memory of Laura Nicole Kelly


Out of Order 2 - Mural Exhibit

May 20th, 2017 5-11pm – 575 Ross St. Downtown Santa Rosa

Four years ago the former Santa Rosa Printing warehouse became an art gallery for one night only. This free exhibition with work by more than 40 artists hailing from Sonoma County to the United Kingdom was brought to life by Santa Rosa arts advocate, photographer and curator Roman D'Argenzio. All the artist donated their time, paint and creativity to the project.

With a habit of bringing pop-up art events since 2008, D’Agenzio had a three year run with a monthly art show and dance party on Third Street called Kaleidoscope. D'Argenzio now runs The Corner Store Collective a contemporary art gallery in Downtown Santa Rosa that has been presenting solo shows at their gallery from 2013 to present.

This Saturday D’Argenzio is at it again with Out Of Order 2 . After 5 months of planning and preparation a 4,000 sq foot warehouse will experience a mural exhibit takeover with “more artists, more color, new murals and more walls”. Over 45 artists from all over the Bay Area have created an art show of gigantic proportions. Look for aerosol art, fine art, wheat paste, mixed multi-media sculpture and interactive installations. This free event is open to all ages with donations greatly accepted at the entrance.

Featuring artwork by:

Aebol, Aiden Kringen, Ash Rose, Bely, Berds, Berg, Broke, Bud Snow, C4, Cels, Celowe, Csaw, Erlina, Othman, Fils, Fugeezee, Gary Paintin, Gats, Ghost Owl, Hepos, Hero, Ian Harper, Impres, Isly, Jpee, Jake, Lizzy & Rory, Lois Goff, Luke, Match, Matthew Barnes, Morgan, Mike, Naan, Nail, Quake, Ras Terms, Repo, Reside, Roar, Ricky Watts, Sadis, Saif  Azzuz, Scratch n Sniff, Sean Nicholls, Spoze, Steve Wilkos, Upfuk, Ucme, Vader66, YumYum, Zeam, and One38.

D’Argenzio has this to say about the show, “I am very excited about the cohesiveness of the overall interior and exterior. I think the outside wall (by California’s “The Lords Crew”) is something cool and vibrant that Santa Rosa desperately needed. Its great to see the actual artists of the arts community come and dedicate their time and energy on something truly for the communities viewing pleasure...one of the beautiful things to me about these particular forms of art is that unlike most art the artists choose to remain anonymous. This helps the viewer focus solely on the art itself and nothing else.”