Art Escape’s mission is to provide a vibrant, stimulating place where the diverse population of Sonoma Valley can gather to discover and explore their creative potential. Through quality art experiences, we offer participants affordable opportunities to cultivate a greater multi-cultural awareness and build strong community connections.
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.
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:
Classes and workshops • Demonstrations • Exhibitions • Guest artists • After school programs
Special events • Summer art camps • Student shows • Teaching apprenticeships
Art Escape offers free:
Art projects for parents and children.
Weekly Wednesday after-school art classes for elementary school students.
Curriculum based classes for Sonoma Valley teachers.
Matching students to artist mentors.
Advisors for high school Senior projects.
Assistant teaching experience.
Art Escape Classes (not limited to):
Assemblage, painting, acrylic, watercolor and oil, book arts, paper arts, calligraphy, photography, drawing, cartooning, recycled and upcycled art, encaustic painting, sculpture, floorcloths, stenciling, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, urban art, mosaics.
Art Escape is a 501©(3) Non-profit organization Tax ID #47-3626950
Art Escape has submitted a resolution with Upstream Investments. Please learn about Upstream Investments here.