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(Corner of 4th and B Street)

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Fourth Annual Children’s Art Exhibition

When – January 12 – January 29, 2017
Where – Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
– 20 Fourth Street, 
Downtown Petaluma

Artist Reception – Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Special Guests Val Richman, ED of the Petaluma Arts Center and Elaine Larson, President of the Petaluma Arts Association

Admission is Free – Donations are appreciated

We are hosting the fourth Annual Children’s Art Exhibition in January. The show opens January 12 and runs through January 29, 2017. It includes art created by elementary age students from many of our Petaluma schools and by mentees from the Mentor Me Program. The art is sure to delight and amaze you.

This year the Petaluma Arts Association and the Petaluma Arts Center are partnering with the Petaluma Museum Association to offer 2 Master Art Classes to student participants in this exhibit. The classes will be taught by artist members of the Petaluma Arts Association and held at the Petaluma Arts Center.

We will be drawing names for the 2 Master Art Classes at the reception and dates of the classes will be announced at that time.

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5th Annual Jazz Concert Celebrating
Black History Month
The doRiaN Mode

Friday, February 3, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month. The concert features local vintage jazz & blues group, The doRiaN Mode, with Dorian Bartley – bass/vocals, Bob Johns piano/cornet, David Scott – sax/flute and Tony Blake -percussion.

Buy tickets Online for The 5th Annual Jazz Concert


OR: Call us at 707-778-4398

Cost – $20.00 downstairs includes hor d’oeuvres and beverages
($25.00 at the door)

$30.00 upstairs (limited seating) includes an amazing view, champagne, and hor d’oeuvres
(If any remain, upstairs seats will be $35.00 at the door)


Last year this concert sold-out, so get your ticket early!

DORIAN BARTLEY sings vintage jazz and blues while playing upright bass, supported by the piano and cornet of Bob Johns. They are joined by a variety of instruments as suits the occasion, including percussion and tenor sax: The doRiaN Mode. She enjoys jazz standards, cabaret classics and world music. Dorian expresses her biracial identity through her music. She was born in the Midwest and performed in string bands throughout her youth. Dorian pursued choral studies at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley and taught vocal music for many years in Petaluma’s public schools as well as working with the Artifacts, a local trio. She currently performs with Foxes in the Henhouse, winner of the Bohemian’s 2013 Norbay Award for Best Acoustic/Folk Band, as well as The Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble and various freelance groups. Dorian plays at clubs, festivals and private events around the Bay Area.

BOB JOHNS (piano/cornet) Bob’s early piano lessons grew into a desire to improvise like his father who played jazz trumpet in big bands and small groups. When he arrived in San Francisco after a 4-year Navy hitch, Bob found like-minded players who formed the fusion group Nexus, playing in San Francisco and the East Bay through the 80s. He played keyboard and trombone for a time in the African group, Hedzoleh Soundz. Bob plays each Tuesday night with his jazz buddies at the Comstock Saloon in San Francisco’s North Beach. He hosts an Open Mic once a month in Petaluma at the United Methodist Church.

TONY BLAKE (percussion) was born and raised in San Francisco. Chameleon-like and eclectic in his percussive expression, Tony is equally comfortable in symphony orchestras, small jazz ensembles, folk, rock or world music groups. He has developed a playing style that draws on many traditions. Finding the common pulse to support the music inspires him, no matter what the setting. Tony resides in Petaluma and is employed as an Environmental Scientist. He spends much of his free time traveling the San Francisco Bay Area making music.

DAVID SCOTT (sax) boarded a ship when he was an Australian teenager and headed for New Caledonia as a jazz musician. He settled for 10 years in Tahiti, playing jazz, rock and island music as well as learning French. David loved the fast dance tempos and when he sat in with a Sonoma County band, Gator Beat (now known as Gator Nation) in 1990, he found a means to express his own unique Zydeco style with interwoven horn and accordion. David is part of the Collaboration Jazz Band which performs locally.

Sponsored by Petaluma Museum Association – 20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma CA 94952


Petaluma Blacks for Community Development – PO Box 2045, Petaluma CA 94953-2045

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Black Athletes, their challenges, triumphs and impact on American Culture

The exhibit will profile American’s Black Athletes from our past, present and future (high school students).  It will include sports artifacts, pictures and memorabilia.

Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Sunday – 12:00 – 3:00
Suggested Donation $5.00 at the door

Black History Events Around Town

Friday, February 24

Annual Black History Program
7:30 Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Free and open to the public.

The program will last 90 minutes and include entertainment and educational segments with participants from many cultures throughout Sonoma County.


Sunday, February 26

Gospel Hour
4:00 Petaluma Christian Church
1160 Schuman Lane, Petaluma
Free and open to the public.

Featuring Family Voices of Praise, an a cappella women’s group from Oakland California.  “A must hear” group singing gospel songs.  Come early for a seat.

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Musical Mondays:

Myth, Music and Philosophy
at the Petaluma Historical Museum
With Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D.

Join celebrated music historian and pianist Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D for a series of inspiring and enlightening lecture-performances that trace the evolution of both sacred and secular Western Classical music from Ancient Greece to Contemporary America.

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“Kayleen Asbo is a force of nature. She has the rare ability not to just educate and entertain-but also to inspire”
Alan Silow, President of the Santa Rosa Symphony

Series Two: From Enlightenment to Crazy Love:
Mondays from 10:30  am -12 Noon

Monday, January 23: Mozart and Haydn

Monday, January 30: Beethoven and Schubert

Monday, February 6: Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt

Monday, February 13: Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms



Early Bird Special:
Series One Tickets: $80 for the four part lecture-series, available until December 15


Regular Series:
$100 for the four part lecture-performance series after December 15


Individual tickets:
Available for $30.00 on a space-available basis at the door

A portion of the class proceeds of each class will go to supporting Simply Strings, the Santa Rosa Symphony’s music education in the schools program.

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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street, in downtown Petaluma, CA 94952.  (707) 778-4398

Hours Thursday through Saturday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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