About Us

Since 2012 we have offered: 540 Classes, workshops, and Camps; Serving 1,236 Adults and 5,240 Children

Art Escape  was founded by five dynamic, creative and committed women: Janis Kobe, Gayle Manfre, Penny MacNaughton, Kate Ortolano and Thena Trygstad. Their goal – to create a welcoming venue for art teachers and students of the greater Sonoma area and to nurture and expand the importance of fine arts and crafts in enhancing our education and lives.

Be part of the future of Art Escape

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Art Escape Provides

  • Art and craft classes, at low or no cost, in a supportive environment that encourages and expands creative expression.
  • A well-equipped space that Sonoma Valley professional artists may rent to hold classes, workshops and lectures.
  • Mentors and Teachers who encourage and support people of all ages to pursue careers in the fine arts.
  • A Mobile art truck used as an on-location art education studio, to bring art activities to all areas of the valley.

Art Escape programs: (for all ages!)

 • Classes and workshops • Demonstrations • Exhibitions • Guest artists • After school programs •

• Special events • Summer art camps • Student shows • Teaching apprenticeships •

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Art Escape Offers Free:

  • Art projects for parents and children.
  • Weekly Wednesday after-school art classes for elementary school students.
  • Matching students to artist mentors.
  • Advisors for high school Senior projects.
  • Assistant teaching experience.

Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Art Escape!  We appreciate everyone who has donated time, art supplies and who has given financial support.  Special thanks goes to these donors:

Individuals

  • I. Milo Shepard
  • Penny MacNaugton
  • Brian Shepard and Kate Ortolano
  • Vernon and George McKale
  • Darius Anderson
  • Megan Segre
  • Tim Rogers
  • Anne Ching
  • Andrew MacNaughton
  • Gillian MacNaughton
  • Mike and Mary Benziger
  • Catherine O'Neill
  • Ann Iverson
  • Jared and Velisa Pickard
  • Tor and Julie Trygstad
  • Katherine and David Llodra

 

Corporate Donors

Sponsors

  • Sonoma Plein Air Foundation
  • Rose Marie Piper Foundation
  • Impact100
  • MacNaughton Family Foundation
  • Wine Country Weekend
  • Creative Sonoma - Summer Arts Youth
  • Creative Sonoma - Local Impact
  • Sonoma Community Foundation
  • Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
  • California Arts Council
  • Sonoma Valley Fund
  • SF Super Bowl 50 Legacy
  • Bothin Foundation
  • Gellert Foundation
  • Sonoma Community Foundation/Wine Country Weekend
  • Rotary of Sonoma Valley
  • Kiwanis of Oakmont
  • Valley of the Moon Art Association