. Banner Image: Excerpt from "Escape to the Sea" by Richard McDaniel

Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

"The Russian River and its Watershed"
Oils, Pastels, and Drawings by Richard McDaniel

On display now through December 17, 2021

Closing Reception
Sunday, December 5, 2021. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free. No RSVP necessary. Light snacks provided.

Last chance to see this art exhibit in Heron Hall! Please note, eight additional paintings have been added to the exhibit since the opening in September! Over the course of three years, artist Richard McDaniel explored the length and breadth of the Russian River watershed, painting the free-flowing landscapes that come to life in this new series, with a corresponding book of the same name released earlier this year. The aim of this series is to portray several aspects of the river and illuminate areas beyond those that people already know. The river flows for over a hundred miles, and its watershed is as large as the state of Connecticut. These paintings are hardly enough to show the totality of the watershed, but it's a start.

Artist Statement

"Laguna de Santa Rosa in a Rainstorm"
With the encouragement of Sonoma Land Trust and Sonoma Water, I traveled up and down the Russian River several times, from its headwaters in Mendocino County to its exit into the Pacific, in Sonoma County. During the years I was drawing and painting the Russian River, a few major wildfires impacted the area, including my hometown of Santa Rosa. There was widespread damage to the watershed and considerable strain on the people and animals of the region. But the community is strong and Nature is resilient.

About the Artist

"Early Spring Scramble: Headwaters"
The Russian River and its Watershed is the 6th book published featuring the paintings and drawings of Richard McDaniel. His work has been included in 15 books by other authors, and presented in feature articles in several magazines. After working on the East Coast for over 20 years, most of the time teaching at the Woodstock School of Art in New York, Richard returned to his native state of California in 1997 and settled in Santa Rosa.

Water has been a recurring subject for Richard, and he has created series on the Hudson River, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River and the Erie Canal. His paintings and drawings are exhibited widely and are in major collections throughout the country. Listed in Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who in the World, McDaniel studied art in California and New York before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Notre Dame.

Virtual gallery of all paintings in this series is available online: https://www.richardmcdaniel.com/

Our gallery is open by appointment every Friday from 9am-noon.
Please schedule an appointment by contacting Maggie Hart.



Heron Hall Art Gallery

If you are interested in exhibiting and selling your artwork in Heron Hall, please read through Artist Parameters & Application. We will contact you as soon as possible after we receive your application. If your application is accepted, we will complete an Artist Agreement similar to this SAMPLE. Please note, our next available opening is Autumn 2022. Thanks for your interest!


Past Exhibiting Artists

Click on the artist's name to visit their website.

Ane Carla Rovetta Jerry Dodrill
Angela Zocco Sturr Julianne Sooly
Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County Lucy Martin
Brenda Tharp Marge Mount
David Strauss Molly Eckler
Diana Majumdar Nina Antze
Don Jackson Pointless Sisters Quilted Fiber Arts
Donna De La Briandais Rik Olson
Faith Rumm Stacey Schuett
Green Greenwald Susan Ball
James Reynolds Watercolor Artists of Sonoma County


For more information, contact Maggie Hart, Outreach Manager
by email at MaggieHart@LagunaFoundation.org

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