North Bay Shorts 9 Jewish artists to open studios in Sonoma

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Works by Nina Bonos and Gerald Huth hang in Shomrei Torah's permanent collection. Bonos's silk banners decorate both sides of the ark. She will exhibit calligraphic watercolors and collages at her studio. Huth's painted wood construction "Unity" greets worshippers at the entrance to the synagogue.

Fran Barrish will exhibit her works depicting Chassidic dancers in her studio near Petaluma.

Marsha Connell, who runs art workshops at Congregation Beth Ami where she is a member, will show her series of collages and paintings inspired by her visit to Israel.

Babette Altar will display pottery, and Barnee Alexander will exhibit etchings and monotypes.

For information and maps locating the 50 artists' studios, call the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, (707) 829-4797, or write to 6821 Laguna Park Way, P.O. Box 739, Sebastopol, CA 95473.

Chicago in Marin

Judy Chicago, the feminist artist best known for "The Dinner Party," will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Her new book, "Beyond The Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist," documents her life during the past two decades. Tickets: $16; $14 for seniors and JCC members. Half-price student tickets are available 30 minutes before event. Information:

(415) 479-2000.

Petaluma Hadassah will hold auctions

The Petaluma chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Treasure Night auction beginning with a preview at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Congregation B'nai Israel, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma.

The auction starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $1. Homemade desserts will be served. For information, call Lil Krulevitch at (707) 762-4442.