The Gualala Arts Center is the “heart of the arts” for the Sonoma-Mendocino coast. With several galleries showcasing both local and visiting artists, the exhibits feature a wide and ever-changing range of artistic styles from oils and watercolors to sculptures and textiles. There is always a full schedule of events going on at the Center, including monthly art exhibit openings, live theater, lectures, concerts, an annual auto show and youth programs. It also offers excellent workshops and classes, with instructors brought in from around the world. The Center hosts a number of festivals each year, including the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival in April and May, the Fine Arts Fair in May, the Summer Chamber Music Weekend in July, the Art in the Redwoods Festival in August and the Festival of Trees in November. For a current list of events check their website. The Center is also available for weddings, memorials or business conferences. When visiting call ahead to see what exhibits and classes are available, and be sure to tour the grounds when you visit. Admission is free.