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About the Gallery

Sonoma's Own: The Quicksilver Mine Co. first opened its doors in the tiny Russian River resort town of Guerneville, California in 1983. Our aim was to tap into the rich vein of artists and craftspeople who have made our beautiful rolling hills and rugged coastline north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge their home. We filled our shelves with the very best by artists and artisans living and working in Sonoma County.

Sculpture garden in the spring

In 1986 we moved across the street into a much larger storefront, affording us the opportunity to expand and create a new fine art gallery at the rear of our store.

We began hosting rotating exhibitions of work by local artists in our new gallery, complimenting the fine handcrafts, jewelry, books and cards in our gift shop.

In 1996, we made the difficult decision to leave our home on the River and move to a new space in neighboring Sebastopol. In our new location, we were able to expand our art gallery’s exposure to both artists and art collectors, link with other art venues, and greatly increase our northern California visibility.

Painting by Holly Downing (background) and Tej Greenhill (foreground); wood-turned bowls by Jerry Kermode; steel and glass table by John O'Hare

In late 2000, Quicksilver owner Khysie Horn came to the realization that promoting Northern California’s wonderful artists was the kind of work she loved doing best. She bought an older building in the small western Sonoma County town of Forestville.

Three years later, after an extensive remodel project, she closed the Sebastopol gift shop, and moved the art gallery to her very own building, complete with a beautiful sculpture garden in back, and a custom frame shop, "Frame of Mind," on the premises.

Four Redheads Perform
Four Redheads read in the Sculpture Garden

Midway between Sebastopol and Guerneville, the new Gallery provides a bright, friendly and professional atmosphere, hosting rotating art exhibitions, salon nights and gallery talks, literary and musical events, receptions, and much more.

Thrilled to represent so many of the fine artists who have become friends since our doors opened on the Russian River in 1983, Quicksilver now welcomes new artists who live beyond Sonoma County’s borders. In the months ahead, shows will feature painting, prints, sculpture, ceramic art, fine woodwork, assemblage and collage - all created by both recognized and emerging artists from Northern California.

A one-man show by d.a. dishop, 2004
A one-man show by d.a. bishop

Join us for an artist reception, gallery talk, or intimate jazz concert. Stop by on your way to the Russian River or the beautiful Sonoma Coast, and have a picnic in our wonderful Sculpture Garden. Enjoy the incredible diversity of art in California in a friendly and beautiful setting.

Please call for information, or check our website for a calendar of upcoming events. We look forward to your visit to our wonderful new Gallery in downtown Forestville soon!

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Exterior view of The Quicksilver Gallery
The Quicksilver Mine Co. and custom frame shop, Frame of Mind


Showcase in the Gallery
Showcase in the gallery


Another view of our first show
A solo exhibition by Chiyomi Longo


Jazz Duo Straight Ahead
Guitar & bass jazz duo "Straight Ahead," featuring Peter Bergen and Todd Smith, play in the gallery


Hayes & Steger Show, 2004


"Batacha" Performs in the Sculpture Garden
Joel Bennet & Batacha Latin Ensemble
perform in the Sculpture Garden


Photograph by Frank Field,
Photograph by Frank Field,