Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival @ Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – May 12 @ 10:00 pm

Gualala Arts presents

15th Anniversary Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival

Presented by Gualala Arts and taking place during the Smithsonian Institute’s Jazz Appreciation Month of April, this highly regarded festival captures inspired, original jazz art work, whale education, jazz films, poetry and jazz, an annual Chowder Challenge and tasting and live music in atmospheric and beautiful settings, conducive to a special coastal experience. The venues include wineries and restaurants, inns from Timber Cove to Point Arena, a wine bar, casino, the classically restored Arena Theater and the Gualala Arts Center nestled in the coastal redwoods.

Entertainment, inspiration and education, the uplifting goals of this Festival, are epitomized by outreach to local students through school presentations. These have included both whale and jazz oriented programs tailored to encourage youthful enthusiasm for both.

Jazz as defined by indigenous and spontaneous melodic and rhythmic improvisation is indeed a vital, essential and hugely significant cultural art form, and is unique to the American heritage, as evidenced by the recent gala opening of the prestigious SF Jazz Center. All styles of this musical expression are presented at this Festival.

We are honored by your attendance, as the Festival’s life force is dependent upon spirited support and appreciation. We love and welcome your interest and participation!

Fred Adler, Festival Music Coordinator
Sonoma ~ Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival Committee:
David “Sus” Susalla, Fred Adler, Angel Jan Harris

Mother’s Day Vineyard Brunch @ Emeritus Vineyards
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Show your mom how much you love her by treating her to the quintessential wine country experience this Mother’s Day:  a vineyard brunch at award-winning Emeritus Vineyards. We’ve enlisted the talented team at Pascaline to create a delicious three-course menu of fresh, local cuisine to perfectly complement a selection of our limited-edition Pinots. She’ll dine among the vines of our historic Hallberg Ranch, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. There’s no better way to celebrate moms!

Pond Farm Docent-led Tour @ Armstrong Redwoods Visitor Center
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pond Farm Docent-led Tour

Take a docent-led tour of Pond Farm Pottery and learn about the history of this significant cultural site that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the dreams and challenges of the Herr Family and Marguerite Wildenhain, the first woman master potter to graduate from the Bauhaus. Pond Farm was Marguerite’s home, school and studio for over 30 years and she taught hundreds of her students in the traditions of the Bauhaus. The tour begins at the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods office/Volunteer Center with a brief presentation, and afterwards participants will carpool up to Pond Farm Pottery.

Instructor(s): Stewards Docents

Fee: $16 Stewards members, $20 regular

Meets: Saturday, May 19, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Stewards Office/Volunteer Center carpool to Pond Farm



Pond Farm Docent Training – FREE Docent Training @ Armstrong Redwood Volunteer Center/ Stewards Office
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pond Farm Docent Training – FREE Docent Training

May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

FREE Training for Docents

Meets: Armstrong Redwood Volunteer Center/ Stewards Office, carpool to Pond Farm after introduction

Instructor: Michele Luna, Stewards Executive Director and training docents

What: Learn about the inspiring history of Pond Farm Pottery and the life and work of Marguerite Wildenhain, first woman master potter of the Bauhaus in Germany. Docents will be trained to give tours at Pond Farm.

Take Me To The River – Celebrating the Music of New Orleans @ Green Music Center
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Following the successful 2017 tour celebrating the music of Memphis, Take Me To The River – New Orleans LIVE! gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul, and jazz together on the same stage for a night of unforgettable music.

Featuring – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington plus Mardi Gras Indians with “Big Chief” Monk Boudreaux of The Golden Eagles and “Big Chief” Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters

Victor Santiago Asunción, Piano @ Green Music Center
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm

Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asunción made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In the years since, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.

Franz LISZT: 6 Grandes Etudes de Paganini
Maurice RAVEL: Miroirs
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata)