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Perpinan is looking for new local artists to showcase in the new Historic Town of Bodega.
Perpinan is looking for new local artists to showcase in the new Historic Town of Bodega.

“You’re Not Hungry, You’re Bored”

Jun 30, 2020
by Eva Granahan


“You’re not hungry, you’re bored,” says the note-to-self on his fridge. Like most of us, John Perpinan is trying to survive this time as best he can. He came up with a fun idea for the Art Gallery that he took over from Lorenzo De Santis eight months ago. The Historic Town of Bodega Art Gallery is open Thursday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 17255 Bodega Hwy.

Wine tasting meets Art

A true Sonoma County experience, where you can try local wines and pairings, enjoy art and even stay for the night in a nearby cabin. Stop by or come as a small group with an appointment. For a half day exclusive tasting with a group of 10 or less, the rate is $200. You can also make $50 appointments for less time with a partner. Contact (707)791-5162. 

You can look forward to… 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1976 Christo

Original signed photos of Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s “Running Fence” installation.

[Running Fence: 18 feet (5.5 meters) high, 24.5 miles (39.4 kilometers) long, extending east-west near Freeway 101, north of San Francisco, on the private properties of 59 ranchers, following the rolling hills and dropping down to the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay.] 

Coming soon - a newly acquired 60-foot panel from that 1972-1976 project, which was 18 feet high and 24.5 miles long in total. If you’re not familiar with their work, each art project was unique, impressive, large-scale and temporary. Christo, 84, just passed on May 31. “Artists don't retire. They die. That's all. When they stop being able to create art, they die," said Jeanne-Claude before she passed away in 2009. 

More info and amazing photos of construction here:

At Bodega’s Historic Art Gallery, you will find wine barrel furniture, jewelry from Afghanistan, Hitchcock memorabilia and photobooth, art, hats, ceramics, raw gemstones for individual creativity, plus a vintage section. 

It is a passion project for Perpinan and his daughter. “We’re not in the business to pay the mortgage, we’re in it to have fun and provide fun.” The Bodega Gallery is meant to be alive and engaging with an interactive environment. This gallery is “not stiff-collared, following you with a duster.” 

Perpinan lived on Florence Avenue in Sebastopol for ten years, raising five children on his own. His youngest is now 17. He was a contractor, and only does minimal construction work now. Someday he would like to build a house out near the town of Bodega to be closer to the shop and community. John will eventually pass it completely to his daughter Tiffany Perpinan as it’s already all in her name. 

Calling for Artists

Perpinan is looking for new local artists to showcase. He also would love for people to come paint St. Teresa de Avila from out in front of the shop. There is a lovely landscape waiting to be captured. The more perspectives and styles the merrier. In addition, there is an overwhelming need for more advertising and Perpinan wants to collaborate with other artists and businesses to make roadside signs. 

Need part-time work? 

The Gallery could use some local help with technical things. First Perpinan needs an online-savvy contractor for website design. He also runs a photobooth that could use a photoshop technician, part-time with split commission. Contact  for more information. 

Eva Granahan


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