Banner photo: Exerpt from "Presque Isle River in Autumn" by Brenda Tharp

"Morning Mist, Laguna de Santa Rosa, California"



"Sandstone Swirl, Valley of Fire, Nevada"



"Twilight and Moon, Alabama Hills, California"


"Fiery Dawn, Valley of Fire, Nevada"


Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

"With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature’s Beauty"

Photography by Brenda Tharp

On display September 4 – December 21, 2018

Photography Workshop with Brenda on January 27, details here.

This exhibit represents some of the best of local photographer Brenda Tharp’s work from the past 30 years – from the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed to Yosemite, Utah to Michigan, Oregon to Alaska, and her own backyard in Santa Rosa. Brenda has traveled to Namibia, Botswana, Alaska, Cuba, Italy, Slovenia, and throughout the USA in search of images that express the beauty of this planet and the wildlife that inhabit it.

Artist Biography
Brenda is the author of Expressive Nature Photography, Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, and co-author of Extraordinary Everyday Photography. She is a popular workshop instructor, tour leader, and acclaimed keynote speaker. Her photographs have been used in national magazines and books for clients such as National Geographic Society, Michelin Travel Publications, Chronicle Books, Audubon, Nature Conservancy, and the National Park Service.

In viewing her photography, it is Brenda’s hope that more people will open to the beauty around them and become involved in helping to preserve the natural world.

To see more of Brenda's work, we invite you to visit her website at

Listen to Brenda's interview on KRCB about her Heron Hall exhibit.


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, x107). Another great time to view the art exhibit is during our occasional special Saturday Open Houses from 10am-3pm. They are FREE and open to the public. Details here.

Proceeds of art sales benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The goal of this gallery is to exhibit multiple shows per year of nature-themed art for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Click here for an art exhibit floor plan of Heron Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting and selling your artwork in Heron Hall, please read through the 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. Thanks for your interest!


Next Exhibit

California’s Wild Gold
Mixed Media Tapestries by Faith Rumm
January 7 – April 29, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3-5pm


Upcoming Exhibits

Into The Fold, oil and acrylic paintings by Angela Zocco Sturr, May 4 – August 27, 2019.
Opening Reception Sunday May 19, 3-5 pm.

A Watershed Event, pastels and oil paintings by James Reynolds, September 3 – December 20, 2019.
Opening Reception Saturday September 14, 2019, 3-5pm.

The Laguna Foundation works to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa,
and to inspire public appreciation for this Wetland of International Importance. 


For more information, please contact:
Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs
(707) 527-9277 x 102,