Banner Photo: Sunrise at the Laguna, photos by Joan Humberstone

Breaking Through the Fog


King of the Laguna

Monochrome Oak Reflections


Laguna Environmental Center

Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

Photographs of the Laguna de Santa Rosa

by Joan Humberstone, in Memoriam

January 19, 2016 through January 3, 2017

(NOTE: The Center will be closed December 23 through January 2)

*** HOLIDAY DISCOUNT -- all photos are 20-30% discounted in December ***

This beautiful new photography exhibit in Heron Hall is a tribute to Joan Humberstone, in memoriam.  A resident of Sebastopol, Joan loved the Laguna and applied to exhibit in Heron Hall not long before her death.  Her daughter, Julé Rizzardo, is following through with Joan’s wish to share these images, which will be on display and for sale (benefiting the Laguna Foundation) in Heron Hall through January 3, 2017.  Of her mother’s photographs, Julé explains, “The Laguna was a very special place for my mom, and her physical limitations brought her the gift of seeing what is right in front of all of us, if we only open our eyes.  She hoped her work would challenge people to take more than a moment to stop and appreciate the Laguna watershed, be good stewards of the land, and find healing powers in the sunrise and beauty in the sunset.”

Joan called the exhibit “Laguna de Santa Rosa: A Gift through the years,” and she said “It would be a collection of Laguna images I took since 1996, all seasons, most from within a mile of the Donald B. Head bridge, and most no further than 30 feet away from my car.  My equipment has been simple – a 35mm single lens reflex Toshiba gifted to me, and eventual transition to a Nikon digital SLR.  Some of these images are printed on my own equipment and others at assorted labs.  I am partial to canvas, but there are some traditional framed images as well.  I hope my love of the land and reverence for the light can be as healing for others as it has been for me.  The beauty of the Laguna is truly the gift that reveals itself every day to all who wish to see.”

Heron Hall Art Gallery

Reward yourself by visiting this beautiful exhibit in Heron Hall. Heron Hall is located at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd.), Santa Rosa, CA 95401. The Laguna Environmental Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, but because of the variety of hall uses during the week, please call ahead to make sure you can view the art (707-527-9277, x107). Another great time to view the art exhibit is during our occasional special Saturday Open Houses from 10am-3pm. They are FREE and open to the public. Details here.

Proceeds of art sales benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The goal of this gallery is to exhibit multiple shows per year of nature-themed art for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Click here for an art exhibit floor plan of Heron Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting and selling your artwork in Heron Hall, please read through the parameters and fill out the brief application at the end of this document. We will contact you as soon as possible after we receive your application. If your application is accepted, we will complete an Artist Agreement similar to this SAMPLE. Thanks for your interest!

Upcoming Exhibits

Birds of the Laguna, mixed media by Diana Majumdar, on display January 9, 2017 through April 27, 2017. Opening reception Saturday February 11, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm.

Mixed media (paintings and mosaics) by Stacey Schuett, on display May 5, 2017 through August 29, 2017. Opening reception Saturday May 13, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm.

The Laguna Foundation works to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa,
and to inspire public appreciation for Sonoma County's Wetland of International Importance. 


For more information, please contact:
Anita Smith, Public Education Manager and Heron Hall Manager
(707) 527-9277 x 110,