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.
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.
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.
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.