A travel journal
to Napa Valley by Barb B
Quote: "True art is in the eye of the beholder" A famous quotation that consistently rings true in Napa Valley, a place which provides equal rights for all art forms! Photography, art on canvas, sculpture, ceramics, music, culinary arts, vitaculture, media art-- Every one is represented and graciously respected!
The Fantastic collection of Veronica and Rene Di Rosa has brought 40 years of modern art by California artists together in the Napa Valley at the Di Rosa Preserve.
The Culinary Institute represents my personal favorite art form at its very best!
Musical art presentations in vineyards, meadows and cellars range from Willie Nelson to Bon Jovi and from Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Napa Opera and Symphony Society!
Attraction | "Favorite Galleries"
A brief listing of some of the best galleries:
ART ON MAIN - 1359 Main Street, St Helena - Opened in 1966, a local favorite with an extremely knowledgeable staff. Open 10am to 5pm daily.
JESSEL GALLERY - 1019 Atlas Peak Road, near Silverado Resort - Works of more than 300 artists in all media. Opened 10am to 5pm daily. This gallery sponsors a summer art camp for kids (call for information).
IMAGES - (2 Locations) 6505 and 6540 Washington Street, Yountville - Tom and Nancie Brown offer a selection representing over 200 artists. Open 10am to 5pm daily.
I WOLK GALLERY - 1235 Main Street, St Helena - Directors' choice selections by various artists. Featured sculptors include Kevin Christison, and Robert and Terrie Kvenild. Open daily, 10 am to 5:30pm.
RASBERRY‘S ART GLASS GALLERY - 6540 Washington Street, Yountville - Features the glass works of Brian Brenno, Steven Ludndberg, Grant Miller and Toland Sand. Daily 10am to 5pm.
SoCo GALLERY - 68 South Coombs St., D-4, Napa - The gallery holds a monthly Second Saturday open house from 4 to 6 pm in conjunction with artists working in the Sawyer Studios. The multi-building complex houses the studios of more than two dozen Bay Area artists.
YOUNGMAN GALLERIES - 1316 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga - Offers selections by featured artists and sculptors. Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sundays 11 am to 4pm.
RAKA CERAMICS - 6540 Washington St., Yountville - A gallery of American fine ceramics. Open daily 10am to 5pm.
BLUE HERON GALLERY - Award winning local artists display works with Napa Valley themes and whimsical sculptures. Daily from 10am to 5:30pm
Explore distinctive galleries, meet local artists and expand your collection of fine art!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2000
Throughout Napa Valley
Napa Valley, California
Attraction | "The di Rosa Preserve"
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
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000
di Rosa Preserve
5200 Carneros Highway
Napa Valley, California 94559
Many of our wonderful wineries also offer various forms of art exhibits for the enjoyment of guests. As locals, we offer a few of our favorites and hope you enjoy them too!
Clos Pegase Winery, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga On the third Saturday of each month at 2 pm, "A Bacchanalian History of Wine Seen through 4,000 Years of Art," a multimedia presentation illustrating wine's ancient sources and the art it inspired. Free, No reservations required.
Hess Collection, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa A marriage of art, wine and Napa history in a completely restored historic building housing ongoing exhibits of contemporary American and European artists. Free, No reservations required.
Mumm Champagne, 8445 Silvrado Trail, Rutherford Ansel Adams and other Artists display works on the art of wine. Free, No reservations required.
OTHER VALLEY WINERIES OFFERING ROTATING ART EXHIBITS: --Domaine Chandon, One California Drive, Yountville
--Markham Vineyards, 2812 St Helena Highway, St Helena
--Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St Helena, Hwy, Oakville
--Miner Family Winery, 7850 Silverado Trail
--Rutherford Grove Winery, 1673 St Helena Highway, Rutherford
--St. Supery Winery, 8440 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2000
Wineries Featuring Art Displays
Throughout Napa Valley
Napa Valley, California
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