Closing Reception for Richard McDaniel’s Art Exhibit

Dec 5, 2021 12:00 pm

900 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Donation Based

Last chance to see this art exhibit in Heron Hall! “The Russian River and its Watershed” Oils, Pastels and Drawings by Richard McDaniel.

About this event

NEW! Eight additional paintings have been added to the exhibit since the opening in September.

Exhibit Description

Over the course of three years, artist Richard McDaniel explored the length and breadth of the Russian River watershed, painting the free-flowing landscapes that come to life in this new series, with a corresponding book of the same name released earlier this year. The aim of this series is to portray several aspects of the river and illuminate areas beyond those that people already know. The river flows for over a hundred miles, and its watershed is as large as the state of Connecticut. These paintings are hardly enough to show the totality of the Russian, but it’s a start.

Artist Statement

With the encouragement of Sonoma Land Trust and Sonoma Water, I traveled up and down the Russian River several times, from its headwaters in Mendocino County to its exit into the Pacific, in Sonoma County. During the years I was drawing and painting the Russian River, a few major wildfires impacted the area, including my hometown of Santa Rosa. There was widespread damage to the watershed and considerable strain on the people and animals of the region. But the community is strong and Nature is resilient.

About the Artist

The Russian River and its Watershed is the 6th book published featuring the paintings and drawings of Richard McDaniel. His work has been included in 15 books by other authors, and presented in feature articles in several magazines. After working on the East Coast for over 20 years, most of the time teaching at the Woodstock School of Art in New York, Richard returned to his native state of California in 1997 and settled in Santa Rosa.

Water has been a recurring subject for Richard, and he has created series on the Hudson River, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River and the Erie Canal. His paintings and drawings are exhibited widely and are in major collections throughout the country. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in the World, McDaniel studied art in California and New York before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Notre Dame.

Virtual gallery of all paintings in this series is available online:

Thank you for following CDC guidelines while visiting our gallery and gift shop for this closing reception. Admission is free. No RSVP necessary. Lights snacks provided (hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies). We look forward to seeing you!

The Heron Hall Gallery & Gift Shop at the Laguna Environmental Center exhibits multiple shows per year of nature-themed art. Proceeds benefit the educational and conservation efforts of the Laguna Foundation. To make an appointment to visit the gallery, please contact Maggie Hart: