Banner photo: Excerpt from "Laguna Twilight" by James Reynolds


"Bay Trees"




"Occidental Bridge"


Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

"A Watershed Event"

Pastels and Oil Paintings by James R. Reynolds

On display through December 20, 2019


Artist Statement
I am excited and honored to be exhibiting my paintings in Heron Hall at the Laguna Foundation. The pieces all depict scenes within the Laguna’s watershed or animals that live there. My work is an expression of my love of nature in her many guises. I believe that artists provide an important role in awakening a sense of appreciation, not simply of beauty, but of the fragile nature of this treasured land. If our hearts are touched by poetry, if we can connect with a deep sense of the perfection that is the Earth, and the tragedy of its loss, perhaps our species will begin to act with greater care and wisdom. A new painting emerges on my easel – a prayer going out into the universe, my song of joy and hope.

Artist Biography
After more than two decades working as a sculptor, my focus shifted to painting around 2002. Landscape is my main subject, and I also paint birds, animals and human figures and portraits. I have had the good fortune to study with many gifted professional artists, including Richard McDaniel, Clark Mitchell and Brooks Anderson. My work has been honored with two Best of Show awards (2015; 2011) and several Best Pastel and Best Oil awards at the Apple Blossom Art Show, as well as the popular vote at that show (2012). My portrait “Gabriel” won Best of Show at the juried “Face Me” portrait exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (2012). I have donated a percentage of my sales, or donated paintings outright to benefit many local charitable organizations, including: Food for Thought, Sonoma Land Trust, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Face to Face, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County.

To see more of James’ work, we invite you to visit his website at

PLEASE NOTE: The Natural World in Pastel Workshop with James R. Reynolds is Saturday, November 16, 10:00am - 3:00pm at Heron Hall. $95. Pre-registration required.

Heron Hall Art Gallery

Visit this beautiful exhibit in Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd.), Santa Rosa. The Laguna Environmental Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, but because of the variety of hall uses during the week, please call ahead to make sure you can view the art (707-527-9277).

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!


Next Exhibit

Sonoma Wild
Photography by Jerry Dodrill
January 9 – May 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 3:00pm-5:00pm


Past Exhibiting Artists

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

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


For more information, please contact:
Maggie Hart, Outreach Manager
(707) 527-9277 x 100,