Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA:  Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition (December 9, 2011- February 5, 2012), Honorable Mention Award for “Blue Water”.

First Place award painting division, "Art in the Redwoods" (2011), Gualala CA 

Winner, Catalogue Cover Competition, "2008 North Coast Discovery Tour", Gualala, CA 

Judges Award, "Art in the Redwoods" (2008), Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA 

Best in Show award, "Wet Paint" (2006), Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA

First prize, oil and acrylic painting, "Art In The Redwoods" (2004), Gualala, CA

Exhibitions and Workshops


Summer Solstice Scenes, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Studio Tour and Presentation, Cantor Museum at Stanford University member private tour series
Featured Artist, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
New Works, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Of Vivid Dreams, Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC


Holiday "Small Works" Exhibit (December 1, 2017-January 7, 2018), Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
New Works Exhibition (November 21, 2017-January 14, 2018), Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Introducing "Yolo" and "Blue Shadows" (November 1, 2017-February 28, 2018), a mini-exhibit of two new works, Peterson Roth Gallery, Bend, OR
Abstracting and Simplifying Your Painting (October 27-29), workshop with instructor Sandy Ostrau, Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA
About Place, SOLO exhibition (Sep 27 - Oct 28), John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Go Figure (Sept 2 - Oct 15), An Invitational and Juried Exhibit with a Focus on Figurative Art, Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA.
Coming and Going, SOLO exhibition  (June 2 - June 30), Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Celebrating Women Painters (May 27 - June 10), Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA
Dreaming in Color (May 13 - June 10), Mythos Fine Art, Berkeley, CA
Figuratively Speaking (April 13 - June 10), Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Honoring the Legacy of David Park (April 3 - April 28), Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Bldg, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
RAW (Mar 3 - April 1) Abstract Exhibition, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
Abstracting and Simplifying Your Painting (March 3-5)), three-day workshop with instructor Sandy Ostrau, Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA


SOLO Exhibition, presented by Thomas Reynolds, "Recent Paintings" POP-UP Show, Zinc Details, November 5-20, 2016 Fillmore Street San Francisco
Art by the Sea, juried open studios, The Sea Ranch, CA Labor Day weekend, 2016
Epperson Gallery, figurative work group exhibition " Another Take" July, 2016, Benicia, CA


SOLO Exhibition, Presented by Thomas Reynolds, "Recent Paintings" Zinc Details October 2015 1633 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Gualala Arts Center and the Soroptimist International of Medicino-Sonoma Coast, "Wine Tasting & Auction," May 8th & 9th, 2015
Sea Ranch 50th Anniversary at Gualala Arts Center, "Celebration of Home," May 1st - 31st 2015


SOLO Exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery,  SF “Edge” new works, September 5- October 11, 2014
Natsoulas Gallery, 13th annual California Landscape Exhibition, July 30 - September 20, 2014
St Mary’s College Museum of Art,  Moraga, CA “Landscape Invitational Exhibition” August 10 - September 21, 2014
Anne Neilson Fine Art, 'Grand Opening' May 1, 2014
Natsoulas Gallery, 5th annual “Art of Painting in the 21st Century” exhibition March 5 - April 21 2014


Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 4th & 5th, 2013
Art By the Sea, The Sea Ranch 3rd annual juried art show, Labor Day weekend, 2013
SOLO Exhibition “Improvisations,” Thomas Reynolds Gallery, SF, CA July-Oct 2013
Epperson Gallery, “Bay Area Figurative Works”, March -April 2013 Crockett, CA
Spindrift Gallery, Anniversary Show, February and March 2013, Gualala, CA


Thomas Reynolds Gallery, Group Show December 2012, San Francisco, CA
aMFa, SOLO Exhibition, CA November- December 2012, Orinda, CA
The Sea Ranch Lodge, The Sea Ranch, CA July- October 2012,The Sea Ranch, CA

Summer Exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA July 13 - September, 2012
Pacific Performances, Mildred Owen Hall, Solo Exhibition, July-September 2012, Pacifica CA
Small Treasures group exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA December 3, 2011 - January 14, 2012
Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA Figurative Abstractions March 31-April 2012, 2012 4-7pm


Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA Three for the Show March- April, 2011 Featuring works by Sandy Ostrau, Drew Fagen and Craig Gilliland
Napa Valley Art Festival, juried exhibition August 20, 2011
Solo Exhibition, Summer Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA July 8- August 27 2011
Three for the Show March -April 2011, Spindrift Gallery Gualala CA
Small Treasures December 2010-March 2011, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA


North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios September 2010
Solo Exhibition, North Coast Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco May- July 2010


Tiny juried show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, December 2009
50-50 Juried Show, 20th Street Gallery, Sacramento CA April-May 2009
Solo Exhibit, Spindrift Gallery Gualala, CA March 2009


Solo Exhibit 2008/2009 Liisberg and Kalinoski Offices, Gualala, CA
North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios 2008
Silicon Valley Open Studios 2008
Solo Show Essential Impressions March-April 2008, Spindrift Gallery Gualala, CA
Selected for A Brush With Nature exhibition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA 2008


North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios 2007
Silicon Valley Open Studios 2007
Moments in Time
2007 group show, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica


Silicon Valley Open Studios 2006


Included in juried show Wet Paint 2005, Gualala Art Center
Silicon Valley Open Studios 2005


Charleston City Paper (March 1, 2017)

Meyer Vogl Gallery hosts inaugural abstract show

"We have to be selective with guest artists," says Vogl, "and we knew we wanted Sandy." Ostrau's paintings were exactly what they envisioned for the gallery's first abstract show. "She's used to taking a very physical thing, like people in the landscape, and trying to reduce that and scale that down to something for the viewer," notes Vogl. -- Mary Scott Hardaway

SFAQ featured online (Paul J. Karlstrom — August 15, 2017)

“She is a painter who has chosen to address a fundamental modernist question. But she has done so with an awareness of the practical value of the history to which she is an heir and a dedication to her practice that allows for her own voice to emerge within that framework. Despite her focus on the act of painting and examples provided by that history, she is not an imitator. Ostrau’s marks are her own—as is her contemporary painterly vision."

Huffington Post (Art Critic John Seed — July 17, 2013)

"An intuitive artist who loves paint as a substance -- and who has a tendency to obliterate her imagery with painterly gestures -- Ostrau doesn't go all the way to abstraction. To do so would remove the emotional connection she wants viewers to have with her source material. "I'm not a fully abstract painter," she explains: "I want people to feel the landscape.”

Education and Training

California Academy of Painters, Palo Alto (Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth)
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Art Center
University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. Liberal Studies with concentration in Art History