San Anselmo’s enthusiasm and dedication to art can be seen all over town. With an established San Anselmo Art Commission, the town actively strives to add cultural character to Ross Valley through all forms of artistic expression. Not only does the commission provide a structure for the creation of art, but it also works to promote and exhibit works by local artists, making San Anselmo a center of art and culture. From festivals and shows to galleries and exhibitions, you will find plenty of places to indulge in artistic passions.
San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival
San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
Taking place in June, this festival spans San Anselmo Avenue, Bolinas and Tamalpais over the course of a weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. With free admission, this event features hundreds of presentations from artists, a variety of gourmet food and wine, live music and entertainment, as well as children’s rides and art activities.
San Anselmo’s passion for art can be seen in the town’s investment in its public spaces. Local artists have been invited to help enhance the town through the Art in Public Places Program, which visibly enriches the community and supports local artists.
The Obelisk on the San Anselmo Fire Station’s front lawn illustrates a colorful history of the community in Ross Valley. The images show the progression of San Anselmo through a mosaic of tiles colored by children and residents. The obelisk accompanies a nearby park bench, which sports bricks engraved with the names of all those who contributed to this project.
The lawn of Town Hall is home to another piece of San Anselmo art. The sculpture, named Sugar Foot, is of a white tailed deer. A familiar and beloved San Anselmo fixture, Sugar Foot is available for viewing at any time in downtown. The sculpture stands as a reminder of the wildlife that lives within the community.
Memorial Park Water Tank
This piece of public art was sponsored by the San Anselmo Arts Commission in 2004 as a way of beautifying the local park. Painted by artists Donna Ford and Kim Ford-Kitz, with the help of seven local children, the water tank now displays a beautiful underwater scene.
San Anselmo Arts Commission
525 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Whether you’re hoping to soak up some local art and culture or you’re hoping to become more involved in community arts programs, the San Anselmo Arts Commission is an invaluable resource. To see what exhibits and events the commission is currently sponsoring, visit the website above. You can even volunteer during public events. For those who wish to join the commission, all you need is to apply and express your interest in arts and community before Town Council. The commission meets once a month and during the sponsored events. Artists of all mediums are invited to exhibit their work in the community. Whether you’re a writer, musician, actor or visual artist, you can express your creativity with the SAAC.