Chimera

Nonprofit Community Arts & Makerspace in Sebastopol, CA.

About Chimera

Chimera is Sonoma County's first non-profit community arts and makerspace (or hackerspace), located in downtown Sebastopol at the old Ford Garage building. We're a community of makers, artists, engineers and creatives of all types who love to share, learn and work together. Welcome!

We are located in a 3,000 sq.ft. facility with 4,000 sq.ft. exterior space at 6791 Sebastopol Ave. Suite #180 in downtown Sebastopol. Go to our contact page to find our space and get in touch!

Our facility includes space and tools for electronics, jewelry, 3D printing, laser cutting, metalworking, welding, crafts/textiles, woodworking and more!

Virtual tour when Chimera first opened (note, a lot has changed since this tour was made!)

Virtual tour when Chimera first opened (note, a lot has changed since this tour was made!)


Tools & Equipment

Below is a list of some of the awesome tools and equipment we have at Chimera:

  • 3D printers – Lulzbot TAZ 3 and 4 (1'x1' bed), 4 Ultimaker v1, 2 Printrbot Simple Metals
  • Laser cutter  100 watts, cuts up to 4'x3' and up to 1/2" plastic/wood/leather/paper
  • Metalworking – MIG welder, angle grinder, portable bandsaw, horizontal bandsaw, metal brake
  • Woodworking – table saw, chop saw, wood lathe, bandsaw, jointer, planer, routers, sanders, shaper, drill press, chisels, other hand tools
  • Design software – the full Autodesk Suite including AutoCAD and Fusion 360 and the full Adobe suite including Photoshop and Illustrator and multiple computer work stations
  • Jewelry studio – Soldering and brazing station, rolling mill, flex shafts, ring/bracelet mandrills, dapping and forming tools, pickle pots, many hand tools (hand saws, files, pliers, etc) and a lot more!
  • Electronics lab – Oscilloscope, soldering iron, power supplies, breadboards, test equipment, lots of components
  • Textiles – sewing machines, knitting and sewing supplies
  • Other craft supplies and tools – stained glass, paint brushes and paint, color pencils and pens, etc
  • Open work tables – Computer monitors, keyboards, mice
  • Machining – metal lathe (coming soon: Bridgeport mill)
  • Benchtop CNC mill – With approx 12" square cutting area (currently out of commission, stay tuned!)
  • Fast wifi, laser printer, office supplies, kitchenette and more...
  • Hand tools, project supplies and more...

Mission

We aim to provide resources, education and community to creative people in Sonoma County and California’s North Bay.

Vision

Chimera Arts & Maker Space brings access to equipment, supplies, space and education for artists, makers, hackers, inventors and creative people of all types. We strive to positively influence the arts and maker communities in Sonoma County, California.

Chimera believes that by keeping talented people in the North Bay, Sonoma County will become a more vibrant, modern and competitive region as a whole. We are working to engage with people of all ages to show them new, innovative forms of expression and creation.

We give people new, relevant skills and experience for a changing world by encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.

Chimera is creating a thriving and diverse community of creative people that will have a profound impact on Sonoma County.

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In The Press

Chimera’s been lucky enough to be featured in a variety of publications, including the following:


Our Board

Joe Szuecs

President

Joe started his career as an electrical engineer/software developer at Hewlett Packard.  After a decade there, he went off on his own and developed a line of music education software followed by a few years of creating multimedia CD-ROM experiences for major publishers.  That led to him being asked to become EVP of Technology for a dot com startup back when that was the thing to do.  After a few years of that he relocated to bucolic Sonoma County and started exploring the world of hands-on making.  This led to him creating the gallery/retail space Renga Arts that showcased products made from reclaimed and recycled materials.  Along with that, he still managed to engage in software development projects as well as build cool things for the shop.  During this time he became involved with the Maker Faire team and dove into the world of microcontrollers, CNC machines, and creative technologies.  He has created numerous exhibits and installations for Maker Faire Bay Area and the World Maker Faire in NYC over the past decade.

joe@chimeraarts.org

Kimberly Mullen

Most people think of Kimberly Mullen as a stay-at-home mom. Her best friend describes her as a force. Kimberly likes that best.

A funny thing happened on Kimberly’s road toward becoming a Director of Marketing at progressive company. She found herself with a two year-old and newborn twins! Outnumbered by littles, she left her treasured career and became a full-time mom.

Kimberly didn’t return to work. Instead, she took the scary but exhilarating jump into what some describe as the bravest thing imaginable - homeschooling. 

For the last five years, homeschooling has required Kimberly’s business savvy, research skills, organization, creativity, flexibility, and frequent adaptation. She is a home education entrepreneur, who is leading, innovating, and risk-taking. 

With determination, Kimberly forges a path of unique educational opportunities, including convincing the Santa Rosa Junior College Engineering Club to accept her then 10 year-old son as a member at their weekly meetings. She fearlessly contacts trailblazing artists, authors, scientists, and engineers, in search of dynamic possibilities. She also advises and collaborates with other educators and credentialed teachers. Through helping others pursue a love of life long learning, Kimberly has finally discovered success doing the work that gives her soul joy. 

Kimberly’s other passions include photography, reading, learning with her friends at Sebastopol Makers group, and volunteering at Chimera Art & Makerspace.

kimberly@chimeraarts.org

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown is a native of Sonoma County who seized the opportunity to jump on board and help with Chimera's business needs.

She has been working with small to medium sized companies for 21 years, with emphasis on financial management and operations. With a zeal for manufacturing, she appreciates the ingenuity involved in creating unique products and bringing them to market. Kelly is on her ninth year as the accounting and finance manager at a local high-volume commercial label manufacturer.

In addition to her business acumen, Kelly has been creating jewelry since early childhood. She is a talented glass beadmaker, using flameworking techniques to create one-of-a-kind wearable art glass. Her inspiration is drawn from northern California's rocky cliffs and tidepools, crashing waves, sea anemones, jelly frog eggs and beach glass.

Kelly also teaches glass flameworking and has single-handedly outfitted Chimera's Jewelry Studio with flameworking tools, torches, kilns and glass. She enjoys sharing the love of fire and melting glass with fellow artists.

In her spare (!!) time, Kelly engages in a long-running pursuit of edible wild mushrooms, and she is owned lock, stock and barrel by three doddering felines and two loppy bunnies."

kelly@chimeraarts.org

Gary Weiner

Profile coming soon!

gary@chimeraarts.org

Dana Woodman

Executive Director

Dana founded Chimera Art Space in early 2012 as a place to bring talented, creative and innovative people in the North Bay together. He has worked as a software consultant and serial entrepreneur for nearly a decade working with companies including Google and Comcast and founding multiple companies. Dana builds interactive art sculptures, furniture, and other artwork using woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, laser cutting, electrics and CNC machining. He studied fine art at the University of the Pacific and loves traveling, the outdoors and kittens 😸.

You can email Dana at dana@chimeraarts.org, visit his personal website or his company, Built By BIG.

Jim Wheaton

Jim has worked in the computer software world his whole life. Mostly he concentrates on audio and music applications, having worked as a consultant for many companies and for Yamaha Music Technologies, Mixman Technologies, and most recently, Audible Magic Corp. His own company, Harmonic Systems, Inc. produces software products for fun and profit.

He has lived in Sebastopol for 13 years and is an active bass guitarist. He enjoys fixing old instruments and finding new homes for them, as well as inventing gizmos and gadgets. He very happy to have found a group of smart, creative, and friendly folks who call themselves Chimera.

You can visit his web site: harmonicsystems.net, or contact him at jim@harmonicsystems.net.

Caleb Adam Haye

Caleb Adam Haye has been developing software professionally since 1997. He now works full time as Principal of Fire, Inc., a software development consulting company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Caleb formed Fire in 2005, moved the company to Sebastopol in 2008, and since has built web and mobile apps for companies like Google, Apple, Intuit, Netflix, Yahoo!, Visa, Genentech, and Adobe. As a former Yahoo! employee, he was the initial member of the Yahoo! Media Innovation Group, pushing the boundaries of rich Internet and client media software on a variety of content delivery platforms.  While at Yahoo!, Caleb also was on the winning team for Yahoo's inaugural Hack Day.  Caleb is a sought after speaker at technology events around the world, and taught as a professor at the Academy of Art Graduate School of New Media. Caleb has worked with and in some of the world’s most respected research laboratories, including Google Creative Labs, IDEO and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

caleb@chimeraarts.org

Bryce Dow-Williamson

Bryce Dow-Williamson is the Marketing Director for SOMO Concerts and Second Octave Entertainment. He spent two years working with the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, and currently serves as a board member for the Chimera Arts & Maker Space. Bryce cut his teeth at a DIY venue in Santa Rosa called the Boogie Room and Gardens and comes from a background of poetry, loud local shows and a degree in Sustainable Business from Warren Wilson College.

bryce@chimeraarts.org