Stroll Healdsburg art galleries
The wine country town of Healdsburg is best known for its many wine tasting rooms, boutique shops, exquisite restaurants and luxury lodging. But suddenly Healdsburg is becoming a mecca for the artist and the art lover. It’s the best of both worlds for the wine geek and the art lover. Combine both activities as you stroll the downtown area of Healdsburg around the Plaza. One of the most popular and certainly the largest gallery is the Paul Mahder Gallery. For as long as I can remember, the Quonset hut that now houses the gallery was an antique store of sorts. There seemed to be more junk inside than authentic antiques. The Gallery opened in 2014 and is the largest art gallery in Northern California.
One of my favorite galleries is the Andy Katz Photography Studio located upstairs on 322-A Healdsburg Avenue. Andy Katz has created many stunning photographs of the the wine country. Another gallery with a focus on wine is the Bob Johnson Studio. Bob is a wine label artist and a wine cartoonist. His cartoons are hilarious. Most them poke fun at your typical wine snob. He made a batch of cartoons for several years for the Pacific Wine Shop in the San Francisco area. On display at the Hawley wine tasting room are some of Dana Hawley’s impressionistic landscape paintings of Northern California wine country.
There are many more galleries in Healdsburg to keep a wine and art lover busy for several days. Each second Saturday of the month, there is the Healdsburg Art Walk. Galleries remain open from 5 to 8 pm, some longer, and some pour local wines. For a complete list of galleries check the Healdsburg Art Galleries Website.