The Fourth Annual Napa Valley Arts in April activities are underway. Visit Napa Valley and the Arts Council Napa Valley began this program 4 years ago to highlight the amazing art collections that abound in Napa Valley wineries. In a short period of time the individual towns and art groups have become inspired to celebrate as well, leading to community celebrations. Some of our favorite wineries are participating in this year’s Arts In April!
Mumm Napa Winery
The Golden Decade Photography Exhibit – Now through July 13th Everyday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco was one of the few institutions in the United States to offer an extensive photography program during the years immediately following WWII. The program was established in 1945 by Ansel Adams and directed and developed by Minor White. It was the first academic department in the country to teach photography as fine art, placing equal emphasis on aesthetic sensitivity and technical expertise. The quality of instruction was unmatched anywhere: teachers included Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, and Lisette Model.
The Golden Decade exhibits work by over 20 artists who emerged from the first ten years of the CSFA program, including the influential photographers Pirkle Jones, Ruth Mandel, Ira Latour, John Upton, David Johnson, and Philip Hyde. The school was renamed the San Francisco Art Institute in 1961 and continues to train and develop extraordinary artists.
On permanent exhibit in their Private Collection Gallery is a collection of original Ansel Adams prints on loan from the Adams family.
Mumm Napa Valley, 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573
CALIFORNIA MOMENTS C M Cunningham – Now through end of April, Special artist reception April 13th
Visit Domaine Chandon and enjoy California Moments, the painted images of C M Cunningham, which are displayed in the Visitor Center, étoile Restaurant and the Tasting Room. In addition, Familiar Forms Figures Faces by Wine Country Clay continues to evolve, showcasing the amazing ceramic work of Rhue Bruggeman and Erin Dowling-Michael.
California Moments and Familiar Forms Figures Faces will be on display throughout the month.
On April 13th, visit Domaine Chandon for a reception to introduce the artist from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Domaine Chandon, 1 California Dr., Yountville, CA 94599
Cirque du Raymond
Raymond Vineyards knows how to throw a party! Join them on April 19 for a performance art spectacular. Every hour, on the hour from 1-4 p.m. guests will be mesmerized by performance artists creating a spectacular world of imagination while enjoying the winery’s highly rated Reserve and District Collection wines. While enjoying the spectacular and the never before seen, tour their incredibly whimsical winery; duck into the Red Room for a sexy cabernet and savor a chardonnay in the Crystal Room. This place is a can’t miss!
Raymond Vineyards, 849 Zinfandel Ln., St. Helena, CA 94574
Sneak Peak Art and Wine Experience
04/14/2014 to 04/20/2014
Hall Wine’s new winery will be a feast for your senses. Hall’s extensive collection of contemporary art is the perfect accompaniment to their delicious wines. Featuring some of the most influential, internationally acclaimed artists working today such as John Baldessari, Jaume Plensa, Peter Wegner, Nick Cave, Jim Campbell, and many others will nurture your soul and inspire your imagination.
The regular price will be $40 … 50% off to celebrate Arts in April.
HALL Wines, 401 S. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
The Hess Collection
Presents Between Photography & Painting- by SFMOMA Curator, Janet Bishop
Janet Bishop will explore the blurring of mediums in contemporary art, and look, in particular, at work that takes its strength from both photography and painting. Focusing on works from the Hess Collection and SFMOMA, as well as other key examples, the talk will address art ranging from paintings by Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Vija Celmins and Robert Bechtle, which take newspaper images or snapshots as starting points, to lens-based works by Yasumasa Morimura, Jeff Wall, and Sam Taylor-Wood that reference 19th-Century painting. Bishop will also provide a glimpse into the new SFMOMA, which opens in 2016. The presentation starts at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at 4p.m.
Reservations are limited and tickets are $20 with wine and appetizers to follow!
The Hess Collection Winery, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558
Enjoy a sneak peek at Napa Valley Arts in April here
We’re so excited to be a part of Arts in April in Napa Valley. Our full service luxury vehicles are available to take you to any event! Not able to attend any April events but still have a love of art? Check out some of our favorite Napa Valley stops with permanent art exhibits! Clos Pegase, www.clospegase.com di Rosa Preserve, Artesa Vineyards, www.artesawinery.com and Turnbull Cellars www.turnbullwines.com.