Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 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.
    Photography Gallery

    Johan Hagemeyer and His Circle of Friends

    September 25 - November 14, 2021

    Johan Hagemeyer (1884-1962) was born in Amsterdam, Holland, and emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. While Hagemeyer began as a fruit farmer, a life-changing meeting with Alfred Stieglitz in 1916 inspired him to pursue a career in photography. He would later become known for his striking portraits of nationally and internationally renowned cultural figures, richly toned landscapes, iconic views of San Francisco, and dramatic cloud studies. After meeting Stieglitz, Hagemeyer moved to Pasadena, California, and developed close relationships with many West Coast photographers, such as Imogen Cunningham, Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston—with whom he developed a professional relationship and an intense friendship. He soon discovered the intellectual and creative community of Carmel-by-the-Sea and moved there in 1922. ... Learn More

  • The Intrigue of Maps
    Detail U.S.G.S. Mt. Tamalpais quadrangle map, 1898, ink on paper. Notation of Bolinas-Fairfax Road added by Dewey Livingston.
    History Room

    The Intrigue of Maps

    September 25 - May 1, 2022

    Through historic and contemporary maps and photos that focus on Bolinas and Marin County in the Bay Area, this exhibit presents a fascinating overview of place, natural history, and layered cultures, from Native American villages to today’s sophisticated technology that facilitates our searches on Google Earth. Historical examples, such as a hand-drawn map published in the 1800s from U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, show astonishing cartographic accuracy.

  • Jack Wisby:
    JACK WISBY (1869-1940), untitled, date unknown, oil on canvas on board, 21 x 26 inches. Courtesy of the Martinelli family.
    Main Gallery

    Jack Wisby: Historical Landscape Paintings of Marin County

    September 25 - November 14, 2021

    In the early twentieth century, Jack Wisby (1869-1940) painted evocative scenes celebrating the beauty and diversity of Marin County’s landscape. An immigrant from England, he arrived in San Francisco in 1892, and later he and his artist wife lived in many parts of Marin, including Bolinas where, in 1915, they built a home with panoramic views that were often subjects of his paintings. A prolific and accomplished artist, Wisby painted works that are both a pleasure to the eye and a fascinating window into the region’s past. Drawn from private collections, historical societies, and museums, the paintings in this exhibition present views we still savor today: a sweeping vista from Mill Valley to San Francisco Bay; Mount Tamalpais seen from ... Learn More

  • Charlie Docherty:
    CHARLIE DOCHERTY, Untitled, Nebraska and New Mexico, 2010-2020, gouache on paper, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, courtesy of the artist.
    Coastal Marin Artists Gallery

    Charlie Docherty: Reflections on World Cultures 1964 - 1976

    September 25 - November 14, 2021

    Charlie Docherty’s colorful and detailed paintings capture the diverse cultures he experienced during twelve years living and traveling in more than 100 nations. He was just 21 in 1964 when he left Glasgow School of Art and his native Scotland to begin global adventures that would take him through Australia, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Africa. During the recent decade, Docherty revisited his travel diaries–filled with copious descriptions, photographs, and sketches of the local traditions, art, architecture, costume, or symbolism that surrounded him–to create a series of small paintings that richly illustrate cultural icons and his memories. Charlie Docherty eventually settled in Bolinas in 1978. In addition to being an artist, he is also a well-known musician and ...

  • Hardly Strictly Mini: A Biennial Benefit Exhibition
    Main Gallery

    Hardly Strictly Mini: A Biennial Benefit Exhibition

    November 20 - December 31, 2021

    Join us for this favorite biennial holiday exhibition and sale that presents artworks by nearly 100 accomplished coastal Marin and Bay Area artists! Paintings, sculpture, photography, and more – there is something to delight everyone. Once an invitational event, now in its Hardly Strictly Mini iteration, almost all artists are selected by an equitable lottery as well as a core group selected by recent Bolinas Museum curators and staff. Participating artists have the choice to contribute either three artworks no larger in any dimension than 6 x 6 inches or one artwork no larger than 18 x 18 inches. The result is exciting, high caliber, varied, and affordable! It is an opportunity for all to give themselves or loved ones ... Learn More

  • Harlem of the West:
    DAVID JOHNSON, Bassist David Robinson at the Primalon Ballroom, c. 1940s-1950s, gelatin silver print, courtesy of the artist.
    Photography Gallery

    Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era

    November 20 - December 31, 2021

    In the 1940s and 50s, San Francisco’s Fillmore District was a vibrant multicultural neighborhood where jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and Billie Holiday shared their music. It is a history almost forgotten after the massive redevelopment of the area. This exhibition presents rare archival photographs from that lively chapter in jazz history and the African-American community. Curator Lewis Watts, a former Bolinas resident, is an internationally exhibited photographer, archivist, Professor Emeritus of Art at U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Berkeley, and co-author, with Elizabeth Pepin Silva, of Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era.

  • Carolyn Means:
    CAROLYN MEANS, Shino/Oak Ash Bowl, 2016, clay and glaze, 5 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
    Coastal Marin Artists Gallery

    Carolyn Means: Timeless Ceramics

    November 20 - December 31, 2021

    Carolyn Means creates functional ceramics of timeless beauty. For one of her glazes, she mixes in oak-wood ash and paints on layers that organically alter during firing, resulting in her signature style, which reflects the complexity of nature. After college in Massachusetts and working in New York, Means moved to the Bay Area, where she taught grade school. She took her first ceramic classes at Richmond Art Center, followed her passion, and became a full-time ceramicist. A Marin County resident, she has had her ceramic studio in Point Reyes Station for fifteen years.