Banner photo: Exerpt from "Oak Galls with Leaves" by Lucy Martin

"Small Oak Branch with Lichens & Fungi"


"Common Buckeye"


"Overnight, Very Quietly"


"Old Burnt Stump with Scarlet Waxy-caps"


Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

"Micrcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens"

Painting by Lucy Martin

May 7 – August 29, 2018

Lucy Martin’s botanical paintings in gouache focus on the mysterious beauty of mushrooms and lichens found in the forests in all seasons. Lucy paints from life whenever possible. A new painting begins with a walk in the forest. Lucy collects her subjects and their surroundings—fungi, lichen, moss, fir cones, bark, decaying leaves, twigs—and brings them to her studio. She uses reference photographs for backgrounds or for objects too large to bring home. Her paintings reflect her lifelong connection with nature and her devotion to close observation. They express her love of the beautiful and surprising life forms found in the forests she explores. Her hope is to awaken in the viewer a feeling that there are myriad tiny worlds to be discovered right at our feet, if we only stop and look. Listen to Lucy's KRCB interview about this Heron Hall exhibit

Artist Biography
Lucy lives in Sonoma County, California. She is mainly self-taught, with some formal training including classes with Mary Jo Koch. She exhibits in Sebastopol Gallery and Calabi Gallery, as well as annually in Art Trails, the juried Sonoma County Open Studio art tour. Her work was purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Special Collections and Archives Department at the McHenry Library at UCSC. She has exhibited in international shows of the American Society of Botanical Artists and solo shows at the Library at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Visit her website at


Heron Hall Art Gallery

Visit this beautiful exhibit in Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd.), Santa Rosa. 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 Artist Parameters & Application. 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!


Next Exhibit

With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature's Beauty
Photography by Brenda Tharp
September 4 – December 21, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 3-5pm


Upcoming Exhibits

California’s Wild Gold, mixed media tapestries by Faith Rumm, January 7 – April 29, 2019. Opening reception Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3-5pm.

A Watershed Event, pastels and oil paintings by James Reynolds, September 3 – December 20, 2019.
Opening Reception Saturday September 14, 2019, 3-5pm.

Into The Fold, oil and acrylic paintings by Angela Zocco Sturr, May 4 – August 27, 2019.
Opening Reception Sunday May 19, 3-5 pm.

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:
Moira Hill, Heron Hall Manager
(707) 527-9277 x 122,