We just adore The Napa Valley this time of year, for obvious reasons, of course (brunch and wine tasting, anyone?), but also for the chance to experience the rich arts and culture scene through museums, exhibitions and shows.
Spring is the time that the Valley showcases its wealth of art and artists from American Canyon to Calistoga for the fifth annual Napa Valley Arts in April, featuring works that span artistic disciplines, genres and decades. Dozens of special shows, openings and exhibits throughout the entire month of April 2015 provide an artistic feast.
April 2, 2015 marks the kick off “Arts in April” reception at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, with the opening of Napa Valley Collects, the Museum’s annual exhibition featuring significant works from private art collections throughout the Napa Valley. The reception is 5 – 6 p.m. for Museum members and 6 – 8 p.m. for guests. The cost is $10 for Museum members and $20 for guests. A selection of works from private collections, including pieces from world-renowned artists such as Rembrandt to Warhol to Andy Goldsworthy will be on display April 3 – May 31, 2015 — pretty cool, huh?!
While Napa Valley’s towns are also partnering with local arts organizations, institutions and galleries to host weekly wine and art events, here are 16 highlights of the upcoming Napa Valley Arts in April 2015.
1. April 8: Jamieson Ranch & Vineyards
From Monsters to Monuments: A Conversation with Mario Chiodo. A unique opportunity to visit with nationally renowned sculptor Mario Chiodo, view his wide spectrum of art and hear his unusual story.
2. April 11: Urban Art at the future Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens
View anonymous urban art in a truly one-of-a-kind venue at this preview tour of the Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens, a new visitor experience in American Canyon in southern Napa Valley.
3. April 1 – 30: Napa Valley Wine Train Station
Inspiration Station is a month long exhibition showcasing the original paintings and fine art giclées of Heidi Barrett, one of the world’s most prominent winemakers.
4. April 4: Gordon Huether Hay Barn Fabrication Studio and Gallery
Renowned Artist Gordon Huether presents a behind-the-scenes tour of his 15,000 sq. ft. studio on April 4 from 1- 3 p.m., which includes an exclusive hands-on art creation experience led by the artist himself. The event will feature wine from St. Supery Winery artfully paired with a selection of artisan cheeses. The cost is $50 and is limited to 35 guests.
5. April 5: The Art of Life presented by Festival del Sole and The Hess Collection
Enjoy a preview of Festival del Sole’s landmark tenth season, coming in July 2015. The Hess Collection, a 2015 festival event host, invites guests to take part in an afternoon of live music paired with Hess’s wine and contemporary art collection. The event is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., general admission is free and the VIP pairing is $20 per person, reservations are required.
6. April 8: Napa Valley Museum: Art, Antique & Collectible Appraisal Day
Appraisers from Bonhams international auction house will provide verbal auction market values of fine wine, art, furniture, decorative arts, books, manuscripts, Asian art, and jewelry. For a small donation of $10 per item (limit five items per person), collectors may bring their items to be professionally evaluated.
7. April 9: Jessup Cellars
Busking ~ Taking it to the Streets with Heather Jacks, part of Jessup Cellars’ TasteMaker series features a lively discussion and “meet and greet” with producer and music journalist Heather Jacks, author of The Noise Beneath the Apple. The cost is $35.
8. April 10 and 11: Art, Sip and Stroll
The town of Yountville’s art walk and wine tasting includes personal appearances by featured artists. Although the route is walkable, the Yountville Trolley offers complimentary transportation. Stop by the Yountville Community Center for the debut of the art sale, featuring forty artists.
9. April 6 – 10: Robert Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi Winery offers a complimentary tour of the winery’s permanent collection of Beniamino Bufano’s sculptures each day at 11 a.m. The tour will also include the rotating exhibit of paintings by landscape artist Gregory Kondos in the winery’s famous Vineyard Room. A wine tasting is included. For reservations, please call (800) 766-6328.
10. April 19: Sullivan Vineyards
Professional artist and proprietor Kelleen Sullivan conducts a tour through the winery gallery and private residence, showcasing her current and past collections of paintings that interlace classic and contemporary techniques.
11. April 13 – 19: HALL Wines
Wine & Art Exploration is a unique and inspiring tour of the winery property, home to the HALL’s renowned contemporary art collection. Featured works include art from some of the most influential and internationally acclaimed artists working today, including John Baldessari, Jaume Plensa, Peter Wegner, Nick Cave, and Jim Campbell. The tour, which includes wine tasting woven into the experience, is $40 per person is offered at 11 a.m.each day.
12. April 18: Markham Vineyards – iPhonic Art: Astonishing iPhotography
The event is 1 – 3 p.m. and includes an artist reception featuring a modern photography exhibit in partnership with Knox Bronson of Pixels and long-time photographer friend of the winery, Rolling Stone Magazine’s first chief photographer Baron Wolman.
13. April 18: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (CIA)
The culinary arts are on display at Appellation St. Helena’s Annual bASH event, a delicious opportunity to sample the creative artistry of CIA students and St. Helena chefs paired with St. Helena’s world famous wines. The event is 6 – 8:30 p.m. and is $100 per person.
14. April 25: Carlo Marchiori Art Studio
A behind the scenes tour of internationally renowned artist Carlo Marchiori’s Villa Ca’Toga. This Palladian Villa is a glimpse into the private world of an artist. A large salon and six other rooms are decorated in trompe l’oeil frescoes. The gardens and grounds feature pools, statues, fountains, Roman ruins and 18th century follies.
15. April 25: Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
For the second consecutive year, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs features the photography of the Calistoga Camera Club throughout the month of April. The meet-the-artist reception includes members of the Calistoga Camera Club showcasing their photographic works in the resort’s lobby.
16. April 25 and 26: Napa County Fairgrounds
Engage Art Festival is a two-day, indoor, immersive art exhibition that concludes Napa Valley Arts in April. Experience Napa Valley art and culture in this dynamic environment with gallery booths mixed amongst active artist stations. Engage with artists while sampling boutique wines paired with the culinary art of local chefs.