Caldwell Snyder Gallery
(415) 392-2299 • caldwellsnyder.com
Again a J. Readers’ Choice awardee this year, Caldwell Snyder Gallery continues its reputation as a leading contemporary art gallery, representing many significant international painters and sculptors of the 21st century. Current exhibition runs through Oct. 31 with works by German artist Ralph Fleck, featuring his densely textured paintings. With two locations: Sutter Street in San Francisco and St. Helena in Napa Valley.
Jewish Heritage Museum at the Reutlinger Community
(925) 648-2800 • rcjl.org/jewish-heritage-museum
Another returnee to the ranks of Readers’ Choice, the Jewish Heritage Museum has a core collection of Judaica, displayed in glass cases throughout the common areas, which originated from the collection of Ruth Eis, founding Judaica curator of the Judah L. Magnes museum. The museum also has shows throughout the year that feature residents’ artwork, displayed on common-area walls. This museum, a unique combination of Judaica and residents’ artwork, is a member of the Council of American Jewish Museums.
Art Works Downtown
(415) 451-8119 • artworksdowntown.org
Housed in a beautiful historic building originally constructed in 1878 as Gordon’s Opera House, this nonprofit organization began in 1996. Started as an effort to bring beauty and interest to the Fourth Street shopping district in San Rafael, the center has blossomed into an art experience providing visual arts and education to the community. AWD prides itself on creating “a setting that fosters unity, belonging, collaboration, opportunity and creativity.”
Cantor Arts Center
(650) 723-4177 • museum.stanford.edu
Temporarily closed, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, formerly the Stanford University Museum of Art, is located on the Stanford campus and commonly known as the Cantor Arts Center. The eclectic collection of the museum features wonderful traveling exhibitions in addition to an extraordinary complement of ongoing exhibitions, with the Rodin sculpture garden perhaps being one of the most noteworthy. This installation spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures and is currently open but with limited access. Check the website for details.