Past Events

November 2022

Low Tide Duxbury Reef Walk with Kent Khtikian
Nature Walk

Low Tide Duxbury Reef Walk with Kent Khtikian

Sun. November 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Duxbury Reef, edging the Bolinas headland, is the largest intertidal shale reef in North America and home to an extraordinary diversity and density of marine life. Reef inhabitants have evolved ingenious adaptations to live in an environment that alternates between pounding waves and drying at low tide, yet they are vulnerable to damage by human visitors. Attorney and ... Learn More

Great Minds Panel Discussion with Dr. Peter Gleckler, Ellen Litwiller, Joe Mueller, & Terry Sawyer
Panel Discussion

Great Minds Panel Discussion with Dr. Peter Gleckler, Ellen Litwiller, Joe Mueller, & Terry Sawyer

Sat. November 12, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bolinas Community Center
14 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924

Concurrent with the Pacific Rise: Ocean Health exhibition, please join us for a fascinating conversation with experts who bring insights into both local and global issues as we consider climate change and the health of the ocean waters that cover 71% of our planet. Dr. Peter Gleckler, a Bolinas resident, works internationally contributing to ... Learn More

Gallery Talk: Views Through a Microscope with Jenny Jacox, Janai Southworth, and Friends
JENNY JACOX, Sun (centric diatom) and Moon (the dinoflagellate Pyrocystis lunula), 2021, Photograph on metal, 11 x 16 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Look through a microscope into a drop of water drawn from the edge of Bolinas Lagoon, and a profusion of jewel-like life forms is revealed. Plankton drifts through the ocean; the plant-like phytoplankton create some 50% of the world’s oxygen, and zooplankton, microscopic animals, include the larvae form of crabs, barnacles, jellyfish, mussels, and more. By setting up ... Learn More

October 2022

Michael Stocker: The Wonder of Ocean Sounds
Gallery Talk

Michael Stocker: The Wonder of Ocean Sounds

Sat. October 29, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for this free, family-friendly talk, revealing the astonishingly rich acoustical ocean environment. Sound and vibration are essential for marine life communication, from whales to tiny barnacles. Besides the wonder of discovery, marine bio-acousticians are urgently calling public attention to increasingly devastating noise pollution from military, industrial, and recreational human intrusion. Michael Stocker, founding director of Ocean Conservation Research, ... Learn More

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
Courtyard Event

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Sat. October 1, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions:
“Pacific Rise: Ocean Health”
“Laurie Mahan Sawyer: Seeing the Unseen”

2 PM Artist Talks with Laurie Mahan Sawyer & Keith Hansen
3 – 5 PM Reception
Free and Open to All

September 2022

30th Annual Benefit Art Auction Last Call Cocktail Party
Image: CHELSEA RYOKO WONG, "Oysters at the Bolinas Art Museum Spring Party" (detail), 2022, watercolor and gouache, 20 x 16 inches, courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery. This artwork is available in this year's auction.
Benefit

30th Annual Benefit Art Auction Last Call Cocktail Party

Sat. September 10, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Peace Barn, Bolinas, CA
Early Bird Tickets are available through August 28: $100 Members · $125 General Admission
After August 28: $125 Members · $150 General Admission
Day of the Party: $165 at the door for all
Buying a ticket registers you to bid online.

SOLD OUT!

Join us as we gather to celebrate the end of the 30th Annual Benefit Art Auction at the Peace Barn in Bolinas. Enjoy wonderful wines, cocktails, delicious food, and live music.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Sharon Beals, Ken Botto, Pegan Brooke, Charlie Callahan, Tripp Carpenter, Peter de Swart, Jon Francis, Alyce Gottesman, July Guzman, Elia Haworth, Ivan Iannoli, Josie ... Learn More

August 2022

30th Annual Benefit Art Auction Opening Reception
Benefit

30th Annual Benefit Art Auction Opening Reception

Sat. August 20, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our recent online art auctions were so successful that we’re doing it again! Artwork will be on view at the museum, and all bidding will take place online. Featuring a range of artwork by over 35 Marin and greater Bay Area artists and exciting offers and experiences, there is something for everyone, all supporting art, history, culture, and community. Everyone ... Learn More

July 2022

The Science and Art of Creating a Butterfly Sanctuary in Bolinas with Ole Schell, Mia Monroe, Audrey Fusco, and Elizabeth Weber

An international filmmaker and farmer, Ole Schell has established a monarch butterfly sanctuary on his family land in Bolinas. Coinciding with the museum’s exhibition, Ole Schell: The Magic of Creating a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Schell and collaborators Mia Monroe, a national ... Learn More

June 2022

Exhibition Walkthrough of
Yng-Ru Chen inside Praise Shadows Gallery. Photo by Jonathan Wiggs Boston Globe Staff.

Join founder and owner of Praise Shadows Art Gallery, Yng-Ru Chen, as she leads an exhibition tour of Helina Metaferia: All Put Together. Chen will share her insights into Metaferia’s process of creating the headdress collages, tapestry, and more, that celebrate the work of BIPOC activists using archival ... Learn More

Bolinas Museum Annual Spring Benefit Party
Benefit

Bolinas Museum Annual Spring Benefit Party

Sat. June 4, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, live music, sumptuous seasonal fare by Kate Sylvan, wine from Scribe Winery, and specialty cocktails as we kick off summer during this festive gathering of friends, old and new!

EARLY BIRD TICKETS, THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 15: $100 Members / $125 General Admission*
AFTER MAY 15: ... Learn More

May 2022

Panel Discussion: The Arts and Consciousness
Great Minds

Panel Discussion: The Arts and Consciousness

Sat. May 21, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Led By Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D., with Jennifer Braman, and Peter de Swart

Join us for a fascinating conversation with outstanding artists and educators who will discuss creativity and explore the nature of consciousness. Panelists include artist, scientist, and educator Fariba Bogzaran; Williams College alumna (Art History and Women’s Studies) Jennifer Braman, who currently teaches Studio Art and Art History at ... Learn More

Mia Pixley
Mia Pixley photo by Victor Xie.
Courtyard Concert

Mia Pixley

Sat. May 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us on Mother’s Day weekend for a mesmerizing afternoon of music with Mia Pixley, cellist, singer, songwriter, Ph.D., practicing clinical psychologist, artist, and mother. Pixley blends roots, experimental, and impressionist baroque pop music, using her cello, voice, and performance to explore the interconnectivity of ourselves, our community, and the natural world. Everyone who has ever had a ... Learn More

April 2022

Fariba Bogzaran on the Enigma of Hypnagogia and Ecology of the Lucid Mind
Photo by Sina Dehghani.

Hypnagogia is a state between waking and dreaming. As we fall asleep, this creative yet fleeting experience has inspired many human innovations, creative problem solving, and musical compositions. Hardly remembered, Hypnagogia is an aperture to the inner world of the psyche. In this gallery talk, Fariba Bogzaran, artist and renowned expert on lucid dreaming, explores the mystery of ... Learn More

Opening Reception Spring Exhibitions
Courtyard Event

Opening Reception Spring Exhibitions

Sat. April 9, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2 PM Talks / 3 – 5 PM Reception
Visit upcoming exhibitions for details.

Free and Open to the Public

December 2021

Free Private Tour for Coastal Marin Seniors
Tour

Free Private Tour for Coastal Marin Seniors

Thu. December 9, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Free / Bolinas Museum

Please join us and enjoy a private tour of the current exhibitions with Bolinas Museum Curator of Coastal Marin Art and History, Elia Haworth!

Need a ride? Free shuttle service is available from Point Reyes.
Reservations Required. Space Is Limited.

RSVP By December 6 to annabelle@bolinasmuseum.org or call 415-868-0330.

Free shuttle supported by a generous West Marin Fund grant.

November 2021

Hardly Strictly Mini Opening Reception
Courtyard Event

Hardly Strictly Mini Opening Reception

Sat. November 20, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of art and community holiday spirit as we celebrate the many local artists featured in the Hardly Strictly Mini biennial benefit exhibition and two other exhibitions! See exhibition listings for details. 

2 PM Gallery Talks
3 – 5 PM Artists Reception with Live Music by Charlie Docherty and Friends

ARTISTS
... Learn More

October 2021

Free Private Tour for Seniors
Photo By: @instagramy-gram
Courtyard Event

Free Private Tour for Seniors

Wed. October 27 - Wed. October 27, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Please join us and enjoy a private tour of the current exhibitions with museum curators!
Learn more about the exhibitions here.

Need a ride?
Free shuttle service is available from Point Reyes.
Reservations Required // Space Is Limited.
RSVP By October 21 to annabelle@bolinasmuseum.org or call 415-868-0330.

A generous West Marin Fund grant supports ... Learn More

Alfred Harrison on the Life and Art of Jack Wisby
JACK WISBY (1869-1940), untitled, date unknown, oil on canvas on board, 21 x 26 inches. Courtesy of the Martinelli family.
Gallery Talk

Alfred Harrison on the Life and Art of Jack Wisby

Sat. October 23, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free / Museum Courtyard

Alfred Harrison is co-curator of Jack Wisby: Historical Landscape Paintings of Marin County and author of the new and definitive book about the artist. He will share insights about Jack Wisby’s history, artistic style and inspirations, and the era of regional art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ... Learn More

Scott Nichols on Johan Hagemeyer and His Circle of Friends
JOHAN HAGEMEYER (1884-1962), Hands of Richard Buhling, Concert Pianist, 1947, gelatin silver print, courtesy of Scott Nichols Gallery.
Gallery Talk

Scott Nichols on Johan Hagemeyer and His Circle of Friends

Sat. October 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free / Museum Courtyard

Join gallery owner and photo historian Scott Nichols to learn about the vintage photographs by Johan Hagemeyer and his friends Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Anne Brigman, and Edward Weston featured in the current exhibition. He will discuss the photographers’ lives and practices while sharing his extensive knowledge of classic California photography circa the 1930s and 1940s. Nichols has ... Learn More

September 2021

Opening Reception
Gallery Talk

Opening Reception

Sat. September 25, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

2 PM Gallery Talks
3 – 5 PM Reception
Join us for an afternoon of art and community as we celebrate the opening of four new exhibitions. Enjoy gallery talks at 2 PM before the reception. See Upcoming Exhibitions for descriptions.

All events are subject to cancellation due to environmental and health concerns.

29th Annual Art Benefit Auction: Last Call Cocktail Party!
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29th Annual Art Benefit Auction: Last Call Cocktail Party!

Sat. September 11, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wine courtesy of Idell Family Vineyards
Vintage Vinyl by Connor Maguire
Early Bird tickets through August 29: $75 Members / $100 General
August 30 – September 10: $100 Members / $125 General
Day of the party: $150 for all

The pre-auction cocktail party was always a highlight, and we’re bringing it back!

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August 2021

Auction Artists' Reception & Open House
Courtyard Event

Auction Artists' Reception & Open House

Sat. August 28, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

News flash! This Saturday, one of West Marin’s finest acts, El Radio Fantastique, plays at Smiley’s outdoor stage across the street! So, we’re throwing open our doors to their great sounds as we celebrate this year’s auction artists at the after-hours reception 5 – 7 PM at the museum! Everyone is welcome! Cruise the auction artwork, offers, and ... Learn More

29th Annual Benefit Art Auction
Chris Whitefield, Untitled, 2008, ink on paper, 6 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, courtesy of the artist.
ONLINE FUNDRAISER

29th Annual Benefit Art Auction

Sat. August 21 - Sun. September 12, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

EXPERIENCE THE AUCTION IN THE GALLERIES & ONLINE. REGISTRATION IS FREE!

ENTER AUCTION WEBSITE, REGISTER, BUY PARTY TICKETS, SHOP, AND DONATE HERE

Join us in collecting the art of coastal Marin and more. Your generosity supports both the Bolinas Museum and local artists!

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Closing Reception with Sally Robertson & Sally K. Fairfax
Gallery Talk

Closing Reception with Sally Robertson & Sally K. Fairfax

Sat. August 14, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Join us for an afternoon of art and community as we celebrate the final weekends of the summer exhibitions. Enjoy artists talks at 2 PM with glass artist Sally K. Fairfax, and Bolinas watercolor artist Sally Robertson who will be joined by ... Learn More

July 2021

Together Again Open House: Slideshow, Story Booth, Music, and More!
Night at the Museum

Together Again Open House: Slideshow, Story Booth, Music, and More!

Fri. July 16 - Fri. July 16, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free

In collaboration with Smiley’s Schooner Saloon

Please join us 5 – 7 PM for a special after-hours for a free community Open House to celebrate the Pandemic Porch & Gate portrait project and being together again and then head over to Smiley’s from 7 – 9 for more live music!

View the slide show of the more than ... Learn More

Flower Crowns & Family Fun with Janis Yerington
Courtyard Event

Flower Crowns & Family Fun with Janis Yerington

Sat. July 3 - Sat. July 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

Join us in the courtyard for a day of flowers and fun for the whole family! Led by beloved local artist and art educator Janis Yerington, enjoy making flower crowns and flower art projects inspired by Sally Robertson’s floral watercolors on view in the Main Gallery.

June 2021

Cocktails & Orchids with Mary Nisbet and Sally Robertson
In the greenhouse at California Orchids
Tour

Cocktails & Orchids with Mary Nisbet and Sally Robertson

Sat. June 26, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$45 Members / $50 General Admission

Enjoy an orchid-themed cocktail and private tour of California Orchids with Mary Nisbet, founder and one of the most highly regarded orchid growers in the Bay Area, and Bolinas watercolor artist, Sally Robertson. This Bolinas greenhouse hosts rare varieties from around the world, many of which inspired Sally Robertson’s watercolors on view through August 15 in the current exhibition, ... Learn More

Keith Hansen Book Signing: Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Please visit the Bolinas Museum courtyard, outside Keith Hansen’s Wildlife Gallery, for the first book signing of Hansen’s recently published “Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada.” 23 years in the making, this well-designed book couples Hansen’s beautifully rendered illustrations with his distinctly witty and insightful writing. It presents 320 species, 90 percent of which have been ... Learn More

Sally K. Fairfax and Friends
Sally K. Fairfax in her Inverness studio.
Virtual Talk

Sally K. Fairfax and Friends

Thu. June 3 - Thu. June 3

Moderated by Elia Haworth, Curator of Coastal Marin Art and History, June 3, 2020

Enjoy a fascinating virtual conversation with Sally K. Fairfax—Inverness glass artist and Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. The exhibition in ... Learn More

March 2021

And All the Ships at Sea: Point Reyes and the Culture of Radio with Irwin Keller and Carola Davis

A virtual talk co-presented by The New School at Commonweal and Bolinas Museum

Today, we take wireless communication for granted, but in 1914 Bolinas played a pivotal role in the technological revolution that first brought wireless service worldwide. On Friday, March 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., ... Learn More

December 2020

Printer at Play: Marie Dern and the Magic of Letterpress
Virtual Event

Printer at Play: Marie Dern and the Magic of Letterpress

Wed. December 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free with Registration

Please Join San Francisco Center for the Book and the Bolinas Museum for a delightful virtual event illuminating Marie Dern’s role in the world of San Francisco Bay Area book arts community! Watch as Studio Director Chad Johnson prints a letterpress postcard keepsake inspired by Marie Dern’s artist book “William Caslon’s Typographic ABC (1991)” at SFCB’s print studio.

Registered ... Learn More

November 2020

The Wonderful World of Handmade Books with John DeMerritt
Virtual Talk

The Wonderful World of Handmade Books with John DeMerritt

Sat. November 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

John DeMerritt owns and operates John DeMerritt Bookbinding, in Emeryville, CA where his studio produces books and portfolios for artists, galleries, fine press publishers, and institutions. He worked closely with Marie Dern on many projects. From 2000 to 2013, John taught Book Structure at the San Francisco Art Institute. He ... Learn More

October 2020

Members Day Every Thursday
Members Day

Members Day Every Thursday

Thu. October 22 - Thu. December 24, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Admission is always free!

As a way to say thank you to our loyal annual museum members, we are dedicating Thursdays during the week to members when there are fewer people and parking is easier! Currently, visiting the museum is by appointment. If you are a current member, an email was sent on October 15 with a link to schedule your Thursday appointment. If ... Learn More

September 2020

28th Annual Benefit Virtual Live Art Auction
Live Stream Fundraiser

28th Annual Benefit Virtual Live Art Auction

Sat. September 12 - Sat. September 12, 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Join us online!
VIRTUAL LIVE AUCTION
6:30 PM, Saturday, September 12
Hosted by Janis Yerington & Syd Mintz

View Live YouTube Stream Here

View auction items, Registration, and Donate Here

Johanna Baruch | Rufus Blunk | Ken Botto | Christopher Brown | Charlie Callahan | Tripp Carpenter | Russell Chatham | ... Learn More

July 2020

Virtual Talk with Jeff Gunderson: Learning in the Grove of Akademus
Photo by Lee Blodgett, 1946. Taken on a CSFA Field trip to Carmel to visit Edward Weston. Ray Piercy, Philip Knight, Edward Weston, David Johnson, Minor White, Muriel Green.
Virtual Talk

Virtual Talk with Jeff Gunderson: Learning in the Grove of Akademus

Fri. July 24, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free

We’re collaborating with Larkspur Library to present a free talk with longtime San Francisco Art Institute librarian and resident historian, Jeff Gunderson, who presented this talk to a packed house at Bolinas Museum earlier this year in conjunction with the ... Learn More

June 2020

Pandemic Porch & Gate Community Portrait Project: Together Alone
Leah Vermulen Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, and their daughter Amelie holding the family cat on their front porch.
Community Project

Pandemic Porch & Gate Community Portrait Project: Together Alone

Tue. June 30 - Tue. June 30

Photos will be taken through June 30. See Ways to Participate below.

Despite our separation, our community remains robust, Together Alone. To document this strange and complex moment in history as we shelter-in-place, Bolinas Museum is partnering with local professional photographers to take black & white portraits of the Bolinas community. Everyone sheltering-in-place in Bolinas is invited to participate.

Many households have welcomed home their college-age children ... Learn More

Special Event

"Party of Lawns"

Tue. June 30, 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Free / Join us!


Celebrating a sense of place and togetherness, despite the distance!

As we practice safe distancing and sheltering at home, the popular Annual Benefit Lawn Party over Memorial Day Weekend was cancelled. Rather than gathering on a ... Learn More

Brown Bag Lunch Science Lecture with Don Jolley: Does Earth Have a Memory?
Virtual Event

Brown Bag Lunch Science Lecture with Don Jolley: Does Earth Have a Memory?

Thu. June 4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sliding scale donations benefit Bolinas Museum and PRNSA



Does Earth have a memory? (… and if it does, what does it remember?) How do we make sense of a story extending 4.5 billion years into the past? And what events in that long history have left their marks ... Learn More

May 2020

VIRTUAL SING ALONG WITH MOLLY MAGUIRE
Virtual Concert

VIRTUAL SING ALONG WITH MOLLY MAGUIRE

Sat. May 9, 2:00 pm

Free


We all know that singing is good for the soul. Join us from home this Mother’s Day weekend as we go live for the first time on YouTube with Molly Maguire for the annual kick off to the museum’s summer concert series! ... Learn More

FRIDAY EVENING VIRTUAL ART SOCIAL WITH JANIS YERINGTON
Special Event

FRIDAY EVENING VIRTUAL ART SOCIAL WITH JANIS YERINGTON

Fri. May 1, 5:00 pm

Free / via Zoom

Pour yourself a glass of wine, make a cup of tea, and come discuss art and life. What is your favorite artwork? Was there a piece that just moved you to tears, inspired something new, or encouraged you unexpectedly? Interested in hearing what inspires others? Join friends old and new that love art and be part of the discussion.

All ... Learn More