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by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
December 10, 2000
Situated on a 460-acre spot on Winery Lake in southern Napa, the acreage was purchased by the di Rosa’s in 1960. Rene di Rosa converted the 1886 stone winery into his home and used the surrounding land for cattle. He later sold much of the land as acreage for vineyards, and the current preserve encompasses the 35 acre lake and 53 acres of surrounding galleries.
Two devoted patrons of the arts, Rene di Rosa and his late wife & Veronica have generously shared their vast collection with the public. Most of the art is displayed without text or identification since the di Rosa’s feel that you should enjoy the art--not read about it. Viewers are encouraged to talk within the galleries and share ideas, reactions and feelings. Some of the works displayed may not be suitable for all ages.
Over 1600 works of are displayed, representing more than 650 artists. Works might be described as whimsical, obscene, thought-provoking, morbid, funny, or all of the above! The preserve provides an enriching memorable experience for visitors.
Tours are limited to 25 people and are available only by reservation. Admission is $10 per person and you can reserve by credit card. From San Francisco, take Highway 101 North, right on Hwy 37, left on Hwy 121 and right at the 3-way stop sign towards Napa. You can visit their website -- http://www.dirosapreserve.org
From journal Art in the Napa Valley
Los Angeles, California
August 24, 2000
If you like art this is a great place to go. I am not much of an art person (viewing that is) but found myself thinking about the place long after I left.
From journal Napa Valley Activities