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New Art Lecture Series Debuts at 2014 Napa Valley Arts In April®
New Art Lecture Series Debuts at 2014 Napa Valley Arts In April®
Napa Valley Collection®: Art Conversations Connects Artists, Art Specialists and Casual Enthusiasts in Napa Valley
March 21, 2014, Napa Valley, CA – The fourth annual Napa Valley Arts in April® celebrates the great artwork and collections of the Napa Valley with a month of new exhibitions and special events at wineries and arts institutions, as well as a number of art-themed wine tastings. This year, a new art and artist lecture series entitled Napa Valley Collection: Art Conversations adds an educational dimension, featuring panelists such as a Bonham's American and California paintings specialist and a curator of painting and sculpture from SFMOMA. This intimate lecture series program includes the following events:
- April 2, 6:30pm – Sculptor Eugene Daub
- Canyon Plaza Center, American Canyon
- Contemporary figurative sculptor Eugene Daub discusses his work; including monuments to Harvey Milk, Thomas Jefferson and Lewis & Clark, along with his latest piece - a statue of Rosa Parks on display at Statuary Hall in Washington DC. Light refreshments will be served. This is a complimentary event, but space is limited so please RSVP early.
- April 2, 7pm – Artists Elisheva Biernoff & Floris Schönfeld
- di Rosa Preserve, Napa
- Bay Area artists Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld discuss their current exhibition Lost and Found. Through a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation and ephemera, the artists present work that considers the extinct, the endangered, and the forgotten. This event is $10 for the general public and $5 for di Rosa members.
- April 4, 6-8p – Artist Oscar Aguilar Olea
- Twenty Rows Winery, Napa
- Olea discusses his work and influences during Twenty Rows Winery's Happy Hour. His artwork is featured throughout the winery and tasting room. This event is $15/pp and includes wine tasting.
- April 6, 3pm – SFMOMA Curator Janet Bishop
- The Hess Collection, Napa
- SFMOMA Curator of Painting and Sculpture Janet Bishop investigates the blurring of mediums in contemporary art using works from SFMOMA and Hess Collection as examples. Works that are part of this conversation include paintings by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Vija Celmins, and Robert Bechtle, as well as lens-based works that reference 19th-century painting by Yasumasa Morimura, Jeff Wall, and Sam Taylor-Wood. This event is $20, inclusive of wine and appetizers.
- April 9, 1pm – American and California Paintings Specialist Aaron Bastian, Presented by Bonhams
- The Napa Valley Museum, Yountville
- Bonhams San Francisco American and California painting specialist Aaron Bastian discusses how art is valued and how damage and restoration treatments can affect this value. Bastian shares specific examples using works in the Napa Valley Collects exhibit and some works in the Napa Valley Museum's permanent collection. This event is $5 for the general public and complimentary for museum members.
- April 11, 6pm – Artists Jenice Heo and Gary Burden
- Jessup Cellars, Yountville
- Artist Jenice Heo and Grammy Award-Winning artist Gary Burden discuss The History & Future of Rock 'N' Roll Cover Art featuring Heo's Neil Young Series. Jessup Cellars wines, bites and artist meet-and-greet are included. This event is $35 per person.
- April 15, 7pm - Author Alyson Kuhn
- The Oxbow School, Napa
- Writer Alyson Kuhn introduces Art Made From Books: Altered Sculpted Carved Transformed published by Chronicle Books in 2013. This anthology presents work by 26 artists from around the world, whose primary medium is books. This is a complimentary event.
- April 16, 7pm - Film Specialist Allison Fox
- Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, St. Helena
- Fox presents The Art of Concoction, a film screening of the short 1912 silent film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" followed by a brief talk and an open discussion with attendees. This is a complimentary event.
- April 18, 5pm – Photographer Baron Wolman
- Andaz Napa, Napa
- Wolman celebrates the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, by showing images and recounting his experience at the iconic music festival. This lecture includes hors d'oeuvres and wine provided by Markham Vineyards. This is a complimentary event.
- April 19, 11am - Sculptors Lilsa Demetrios and Matt Gil
- Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
- These two artists who have come to sculpting from different backgrounds discuss how they take their concepts to craft. This is a complimentary event.
About Napa Valley Arts in April 2014
Napa Valley Arts in April 2014 is a month-long celebration of the region's essential connection between wine and art. On display are the Napa Valley art collections, arts education, art and wine pairings and a number of art-themed festivities. In addition to traditional gallery shows and artist receptions, Napa Valley Arts in April features historic winery architecture tours and the performing arts. Participating wineries with new exhibitions and special programming include Beaulieu Vineyard, HALL Wines, The Hess Collection, Jessup Cellars, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Peju Province Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, Sterling Vineyards, and Viader Vineyards.
About The Napa Valley Collection
The Napa Valley Collection is a compendium of the notable art collections at institutions, galleries, and wineries found in the valley; it also includes area performing arts venues and public art. Artworks and arts spaces include the iconic as well as the playful, visitors are welcome to explore while learning about the influential artists, thinkers, and patrons whose contributions form Napa Valley's arts culture. The Collection is available to explore online via napavalleycollection.com, a resource for planning cultural visits to the Napa that was made possible by a grant from the Napa County Board of Supervisors Special Projects Fund.
For a full lineup of Napa Valley Arts in April winery activities and community events, please visit www.napavalleycollection.com/events/arts-in-april.
Gordon Huether Studio + Gallery
A Napa Artist in His Element
Colorful, textural, playful and often provocative, the art of Gordon Huether is endlessly engaging. Using glass and metal, appropriated imagery and found objects, bits of nature and beams of light, Huether creates pieces that range from intimate collages to large-scale public sculpture.
Napa Valley Museum
Local History & Family Fun
Just across the St. Helena Highway from the culinary mecca of Yountville, you'll find this gem of a museum on the grounds of the California Veteran's Home. Napa Valley Museum offers a welcome break from whirlwind wine-tasting, and visiting its permanent collection of art and artifacts is an experience that truly brings the Valley into focus.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
A Tribute to the Author in the Valley He Loved
Adjacent (appropriately enough) to the St. Helena public library, you'll find this one-room museum devoted to Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Child's Garden of Verses and Treasure Island, among other classics.
The Hess Collection Winery
A Lifelong Passion for Art & Wine
Minutes from the restaurants and boutiques of downtown Napa, a winding, wooded country road leads to this iconic winery, where you'll find fine vintages to taste, gardens to stroll, and something utterly unexpected: an art collection 50 years in the making, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Andy Goldsworthy, Frank Stella and other titans of modern and contemporary art.