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3rd Annual Arts in April in Napa Valley

3rd Annual Arts in April in Napa Valley

A month of galleries in wineries

Wine and art are such a sophisticated pairing, and what could be lovelier than 30 days of showcasing art collections in Napa Valley wineries? From exhibitions to artist receptions to special tastings, oenophiles have to chance to view art and meet artists while imbibing at some of the best wineries in the world.

"I hope that our visitors will experience something that surprises them. Each winery and venue is offering a unique and personal experience," said Olivia Everett, CEO and executive director of Arts Council Napa Valley, in a note to The Daily Meal. "Napa Valley is a small, tight-knit community of increasingly diverse and very interesting minds, and our guests love to experience the wild, the challenging, and the beautiful in a totally unexpected setting."

For example, the Napa Valley Museum and the Calistoga Arts Center will work with Chateau Montelena, Jericho Canyon, and Markham Vineyards along with other galleries for an exciting event featuring Leonetto Cappiello’s Belle Epoch posters and Timothy Howe’s plein air paintings.

"Arts in April is a beautiful collaboration between wine, art and culture," said Kristie Shepard, executive director at the Napa Valley Museum. "Visitors to the Valley this April have an opportunity to see a harmonious blend of wine and art. Napa Valley Museum is thrilled to participate in Arts in April with some of the finest wineries in the Valley. Visitors to the museum will get an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see art from private collections in the Valley."


AmCan and Napa Valley showcase Arts in April

Surrounded by concept models and reflected in a glass ball, Gordon Huether talks about his thought process behind creating art pieces at his Hay Barn Fabrication Studio and Gallery. - CHRIS RILEY—VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD

For some, art is created in their spare time and for others, like Carlo Marchiori, art is a way of life.

Dozens of accomplished artists will be brought into the spotlight throughout the Napa Valley from American Canyon to Calistoga in the fifth annual Arts in April.

Upon entering Marchiori’s Villa Ca’Toga, a Palladian Villa which will be featured on April 25, you step inside the mind of a true artist. From the breathtaking tromp l’oeil frescoes to amazing sculptures and architecture, one could get lost for hours in the beauty that has been created on this five-acre plot in Calistoga.

“People come here with a sense or desire for creativity. When they leave, they want to go home and change their homes,” Marchiori said. “I tried to interpret the 1500s the best I can. In the beginning there was nothing and I could only rely on Home Depot.”

Marchiori traveled to Europe where he stopped by Lisbon, Portugal. It was there he found a wreck yard.

“In two hours I filled up a container with a fireplace and beams and everything else which help to validate the fake. So we go along with that and we pretend that we are old,” said Marchiori.

Several rooms in Marchiori’s villa have Native-American or Greek themes, but one room in particular seemed a little out of place. Entering the 15-by-15 room, it is somewhat tranquil with beautiful blue skies and white fluffy clouds, but large interlocking painted shapes adorn the walls.

“I have to close the doors so you can get the full effect,” Marchiori said. “What are you?” he asked.

A large painted cat peers into the room from one wall.

“You’re a bird, in a cage!” Marchiori exclaimed.

The light fixture that resembled a hanging perch, along with the hand-painted chicken wire design, tie the room together and you’re transported back into the fantasy that is Marchiori’s reality. It is truly amazing to see the thought process that this ever-evolving artist has put into his home through the 25 years of its creation.

The Calistoga villa is one of 16 locations on the Arts in April calendar. The month-long series of events kicks off on April 2 at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, where pieces from Rembrandt to Warhol on loan from private art collections will be displayed.

Two venues in American Canyon will hit the calendar on April 8 and 11. Monsters to monuments at Jamison Ranch and Vineyards on April 8 will be an opportunity to visit with nationally renowned sculptor Mario Chiodo. A truly unique venue will be available on April 11 as anonymous urban art is featured on a preview tour of the Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens in American Canyon.

Throughout the month, the Napa Wine Train will hold an Inspiration Station exhibit showcasing the artwork of prominent wine maker Heidi Barrett. Barrett uses her artwork to balance her wine making, which she considers another type of art.

“Wine is definitely a left brain, right brain thing,” Barrett said. “There is a creative element to wine making. More of it is scientific, most of the year, until you get down to blending. That’s where the art comes in. That’s where you can elevate a wine by getting a very precise exact blend. It can be so much better than the parts individually. That is the magic of blending. Two plus two doesn’t equal four. It can equal four, but also five six or seven and can really elevate the wine and that’s a blast.”

In Vallejo, where the art scene is alive and thriving, you can catch displays by local artists every second Friday of the month, but if you need to feed your art fix in April head up to the Napa Valley and pop into an exhibit.


Napa Valley’s ‘Arts in April’ pairs wine and art

I was shooting for some sort of undersea scene, perhaps an attractive coral reef with colorful ocean crustaceans. But — as I am not a watercolorer, watercolista, water … a person who paints with watercolors — my small masterpiece appeared to have been the victim of a horrific crash involving a spinach truck and a parrot, subsequently stomped on and set on fire. I couldn’t even determine which way was up. That poor parrot.

Art is all about inspiration, and nothing gets one inspired to view great art like making something pathetic of one’s own. So I tossed in the proverbial towel — the one I’d used as a drop cloth in my hotel room — and headed out for some real creativity.

Fortunately, I was in the Napa Valley at the onset of the region’s fourth annual “Arts in April” celebration, so there was plenty to choose from. It’s a monthlong pairing of the visual arts with the culture of fine wine, presenting dozens of special installations at various vineyards, plein-air workshops, gallery tours, lectures, artist receptions and more. Some hotels provide art exhibits, tastings and even in-room art supplies for their guests.

Such was the case at the historic Mount View Hotel in Calistoga, where I spent a night in one of the three charming “artist’s winery cottages” off to the side of the main building. The small canvas and paints provided were a nice touch, but, well, wasted on my poor, mutilated parrot.

While on this mini-getaway, I’d hoped to attend one of the in-vineyard outdoor painting workshops, but it was raining during my stay — I’m not complaining! — so anything plein-air was plain soggy and probably needed to air out.

But I did get to stop by a couple of displays at wineries. At the uber-sophisticated Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford, I came across a collection of works by artist Melissa Chandon, known for her big, bold, stylized landscapes of Americana — scenes she absorbed as a kid when on family road trips, things like old cars at old gas stations, graphic billboards. One huge image, spot-lit against the dark wooden walls of the winery, was of a bright red barn in an even brighter green meadow. It was simple and soulful.

My next stop was an off-the-main-drag gem, the very homey, family-run McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery, a small production facility way out on back roads in the Los Carneros region of southern Napa Valley. It’s usually only open for tastings by appointment, but for “Arts in April” they welcomed drop-in guests to see the family’s own artwork and photography.

Back along a barely paved driveway, past a green farmhouse, I was greeted by a sweet white dog and the super nice Sam Mueller, one of Bob Mueller and Karen McKenzie’s five grown children who help out at the winery. Sam, a budding artist herself, led me back to the barnlike tasting room, where dozens of landscapes and abstracts and portraits were scattered around the walls and floor.

“We’re definitely eclectic here,” Sam says. “As you can see, nothing is even hanging straight.”

And therein lies the charm. Some of the not-so-straight pieces included a couple of large canvases with old Chevy trucks, painted by Karen McKenzie. “My mom teaches art at Napa High School,” Sam says, “and my grandpa was the head photographer at the Napa Register some years ago, so we have some of his work. It’s a very family-oriented exhibit.”

Later in the month, there are events like art conversations with author Alyson Kuhn at The Oxbow School in Napa, on April 15. Or the complimentary art tours April 17 and 24 at Silverado Vineyards, to see their collection of original Belle Epoque posters (1880-1920). Or the agricultural “art crawls” on Saturdays in April at Long Meadow Ranch, Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena.

Back at the Mount View, before I left, the hospitality manager, Cassi De Trinidad, offered to put my small painting into the hotel’s art contest. At that point, I was highly inspired. To laugh.


Celebrate The Arts in Napa Valley This Month

Whether you skipped out on spring break this season or are simply looking to whisk away for the weekend, Napa Valley is the travel destination to put on your radar this month. Toasting their 5th Annual Arts in April, the Northern California go-to is set to host an array of events throughout the course of the month blending together the art and wine worlds. With vineyard tours, art exhibitions, wine tastings and more, the calendar of events makes the wine destination an even more appealing trip to take this spring. This year's Arts in April features highlights including an iPhonic Art Exhibition along with The Napa Valley Wine Train hosting "Inspiration Station."

See a highlight of the best events this month in Napa Valley below. For more information on April's art events visit napavalleycollection.com.

April 1 &ndash 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.

April 6 &ndash 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.

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.

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.

April 13 &ndash 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.

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.


Wally Wine Fest • April 5-7

The 3rd Annual Wally Wine Fest, April 5-7 will bring wineries from as far away as New Zealand, Italy, France, Napa Valley and the Pacific Northwest as well as varietals grown and produced in the Pocono Mountains region. Over 1,500 visitors are expected to attend the Wine Fest at The Waterfront at Silver Birches overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack.

Claude Briere, sommelier for Settlers Hospitality, personally selects each wine. Briere is a renowned wine expert who travels the globe as a consultant and lecturer advising on wine selections, pairings and service. “You won’t find wines of this caliber, pulled from wineries throughout the world, at any other festival in the region,” explains Justin Genzlinger, Owner/CEO of Settlers Hospitality. “It’s the only event of its kind in the area where everyone, from novice wine enthusiasts through collectors, has access to over 100 vintages. They’re able to sample a variety and really discover which wine suits their palate.”

Bottles of every wine featured will be available for purchase. With prices ranging from $10-$100, there’s something to match every taste and budget. Festival goers can also soak up the knowledge offered during select wine seminars led by guest sommeliers.

The Marketplace will overflow with fine food, gift items and decor fit for wine lovers– all available for purchase. A Silent Auction benefits Lake Wallenpaupack’s fireworks and features overnight stays at some of the area’s finest accommodations plus gift cards to local restaurants and businesses. Golf and spa packages, as well as boat and paddle board rentals, are also up for grabs.

Several restaurants and resorts in the region will offer exclusive wine dinners during the weekend to celebrate Wally Wine Fest. On Friday, April 5, The Settlers Inn hosts the Steele Wine Dinner featuring pairings from the Napa Valley, CA vineyard. “We’re proud to be the featured winery at the 2019 Wally Wine Fest,” says Bill Bishop of Steele Wines.


California Brandy House

Opened in November 2020, this is the first stand-alone tasting room dedicated solely to luxury California brandies. What’s a brandy house, one may ask? A tasting room and bottle shop in one, there’s a lot to explore at downtown Napa’s newest addition to the First Street.

BRANDY INSIGHTS

Unlike French cousins named for the regions like Cognac and Armagnac from which the brands originate, American brandy can come from just about anywhere. And because American brandy doesn’t have the same constraints and regulations as France imposes, there’s more freedom to innovate by combining methods and practices. American brandy may derive from New Jersey apples, Colorado pears, or Oregon plums as a subtle digestif or a key ingredient for a classic cocktail such as a Sidecar or Sazerac.

In California, the classic style is made from Central Valley grapes such as Colombard and Chardonnay. “Our California brandies, like Germain-Robin and Argonaut, are crafted from world-class white and red grape varieties exclusively grown on California soil,” said Britt West, Vice President and General Manager of Gallo Spirits, a division of E. & J. Gallo Winery. “These fine brandies are as rich, vibrant, and complex as the land itself. There is no better place than Napa Valley, the heart of wine country, to re-establish California brandy among the world’s best distilled spirits.”

CALLING ALL BRANDY LOVERS

Californians account for almost 20% of the total consumption of brandy and Cognac in the United States. Guests discover California brandies through expert-guided tasting flights, and the house also pours limited offerings and single-barrel samples not available anywhere else. Both of California Brandy House’s labels use a wide range of California-grown grapes, from Colombard and Chenin Blanc to Grenache and Pinot Noir.

INSIDE CALIFORNIA BRANDY HOUSE

The interior space acts as a bottle shop as well as a tasting room. Available for purchase, the Brandy House has three unique cocktail kits for mixing up cocktails at home. Guests can also purchase full bottles of Argonaut and Germain-Robin and have them engraved with a custom message, perfect for gifting or commemorating special occasions.

Note that California Brandy House visits are COVID-19 and CDC compliant. To ensure proper social distancing, reservations are recommended. Open Wednesday Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm

Cocktail kits available for purchase:

Old Fashioned $85

  • Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy
  • Argonaut Cherries
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Stirrings Simple Syrup
  • Miner’s Map Cocktail Guide
  • California Brandy House Lapel Pin (Limited Time Offer)

California Gold Rush $85

  • Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy
  • Local Lemons
  • Local Honey
  • Argonaut Cherries
  • Miner’s Map Cocktail Guide
  • California Brandy House Lapel Pin (Limited Time Offer)

California Boulevardier $85

  • Argonaut Speculator Brandy
  • Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro
  • Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth
  • Miner’s Map Cocktail Guide
  • California Brandy House Lapel Pin (Limited Time Offer)

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Article By: Laurie Jo Miller Farr // Photos Courtesy of E. & J. Gallo – California Brandy House


Napa’s Arts in April, wine in Carmel

Arts in April: Spring in Napa Valley means Arts in April is in full bloom with more than 40 pop-up galleries, exhibits and performances showcasing Napa County culture and community. For the festival’s seventh year, the cities of American Canyon, Napa, St. Helena and Yountville are holding celebrations this month that reflect the local arts (and wine) scene. The fifth annual Yountville Art Festival on April 22, for example, features more than 40 artists and 12 wine-tasting stops ($20 for a wine tasting wristband/ticket, with proceeds going to Yountville Arts) on Washington Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find all the details at www.artscouncilnapavalley.org.

Drink wine, plant a tree: Pop the cork on Sonoma County’s Kenwood Vineyards wines, and you can help keep America’s forests green. For every Kenwood bottle purchased through April 30 at the tasting room, online or at a retail partner, the winery will plant a tree in a national forest through a National Forest Foundation partnership. The foundation is working to restore the 193 million-acre National Forest system by planting up to 50,000 new trees. That’s a lot of wine. Best get started now. Details: www.kenwoodvineyards.com

Jump for Joyce: Testarossa, the Los Gatos-based winery that recently opened a satellite tasting room in Carmel Valley Village, has some company now that the new Joyce Vineyards tasting room has moved in — just a few blocks from its former tasting room. Owners Russell and Charlotte Joyce bought the former Jan de Luz Antiques compound with the idea of developing it into a new wine country destination. Swing by the new tasting room, which has a cool, modern vibe and sunny patio, and sip awhile. Details: Open daily, $10-$15 tasting fee. 1 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley www.joycevineyards.com.

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Dia de los Muertos Student Poster Art Contest

By Latino Heritage Month Committee

Design a piece of artwork for the official 7th Annual Día de los Muertos en el Valle de Napa event.

2017-2019 Napa County Poet Laureate Announced

Napa County Board of Supervisors passed local poet Jeremy Benson as the Napa County Poet Laureate for the term 2017-2019.

Napa Valley Art Association awards scholarships

The Napa Valley Art Association has awarded scholarships to six local high school and college students. Each student received $1,000 to further their art education.

Lucky Penny Productions announces Associate Artists for the 2017-18 season

By Lucky Penny Productions

Lucky Penny Productions has announced The Associate Artists selected for the 2017-18 professional season.

Participate in improving bicycling in Napa County!

By Napa Valley Transportation Authority

Napa Valley Transportation Authority is updating the Napa Countywide Bicycle Plan. We hope to have your participation as an interested stakeholder for improving bicycling in Napa County.

ACNV Community Fund 2017/18 Applications Open

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Applications due September 28, 2017

Artizenship: Wine Whine

Robert and Margrit are alright staring in the window, and I hope Napa’s art keeps evolving.

Outreach – Teacher Training for Social Justice Workshop

Are you an actor, director or theatre teacher who wants to use the power of theatre to help others? Join one of our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshops to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.

Highlights of Napa County Poet Laureate, Beclee Wilson

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Beclee Newcomer Wilson is currently Poet Laureate of Napa Valley.

Teacher Opportunity: Student Voices Campaign Guide

By California Alliance for Arts Education

We're looking for teachers to engage students to participate in the Student Voices Campaign during the 2017-2018 school year!

Artizenship Sails Again

Artizenship is a monthly column exploring what it means to be a citizen of art in Napa County.

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times investigates our social and political terrain through a new institution-wide artist-driven initiative at di Rosa

di Rosa announces a new campus-wide initiative with its next exhibition, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times.

NapaShakes Receives $450,000 Grant

Anonymous donor provides multi-year grant to Napa Valley-based nonprofit to fund programs, operations, and performances that bring the world’s greatest interpreters of Shakespeare and classical theatre to the Napa Valley’s stages and classrooms

2017-2019 Napa Art Walk Exhibition Community Kick-Off & Reception

The City of Napa and Napa River Inn will host a kick-off and reception on July 20 to celebrate the new Napa Art Walk sculpture exhibition.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

By Americans for the Arts

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy.

California Arts Council Awards $15 Million to Record Number of Organizations

By California Arts Council

More than 1,000 grantees across the state receive support for wide-ranging arts and culture projects

Buy a Wristory Charm & Give Back to Arts Education

With our new Alex & Ani Wristory Charm bracelets, you can keep Jessup Cellars close at hand while helping us give back to the arts.

City of Napa Announces 2015-2017 Napa Art Walk Instagram Photo Contest Winner

The City of Napa is pleased to announce that Sandy Leung (@x.sakele) is the winner of the 2015-17 Napa Art Walk Instagram Photo Contest.

Summer of Friends: Big Discounts on Membership Through June 30!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley is your hub, your network, THE COLLECTIVE VOICE for music, visual art, theater, literature, culture, craft & media IN OUR COMMUNITY Join today to empower ACNV in advocating for greater support of the arts, so that all may thrive.

2017 California Creative Economy Report Released

By California Arts Council

The 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California was just released.

Booking It: Part 12: The End

So. The time has come for us to disband this Fellowship of the Booking.

Arts in April 2017 Wrap Up - Summer Events, Here We Come

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Thank you for a great Arts in April! Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and enjoyed Arts in April!

Booking It, Part 11: Revelation

One month out from my project’s deadline, and I need to accept that this goal of getting a chapbook published is probably not going to happen.

2015-2017 Napa Art Walk People’s Choice Winner & Instagram Contest Deadline Announced

The City of Napa is pleased to announce that “Guermo en Inverno” by artist James Burnes is the People’s Choice winner of the 2015-17 Napa Art Walk

Call for 2017 Napa County Poet Laureate

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Volunteers Needed for Arts in April 2017!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Volunteers needed all month long

Join Us to Proclaim April, Arts & Culture Month

Booking It, Part 10: Plateau

Writers and readers, sigh, I must admit this project is languishing. Perhaps my career as a writer with it. Perhaps my identity as a creative person, too…

An Update on the NEA & Action Steps

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Now is the time when we can make the biggest statement by coming together and voicing our shared values.

ENGAGE Art Fair & Preview Party

The opening event of Napa Valley Arts in April, this annual, immersive and interactive experience features a curated selection of SF Bay Area art, craft and design.

SARAFORNIA: The Arts of Calistoga

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The weekend will include family-friendly art activities, public artwork, Storytelling Speakeasy and more.

AmCan By the Bay: Earth Day and the Arts

By Arts Council Napa Valley

AmCan By The Bay is an Earth Day celebration that will focus on all things green in a beautiful wetlands

NEA Update from Americans for the Arts

By Americans for the Arts

Yesterday morning, the Trump Administration released its top-line budget proposal for FY2018, which called for termination of funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.

Art, Sip & Stroll - Yountville

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Join Yountville for Arts in April on April 22 11am-5pm

FLOW: Arts at the River - Napa

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts in April Napa Event FLOW on April 30

Arts in the Streets - St. Helena

By Arts Council Napa Valley

St. Helena Arts in April Town Event on April 15

Festival Napa Valley Announces Tuition-Free Summer Conservatory for Emerging Professional Musicians

Conductor Ming Luke named Program Director for Festival Napa Valley Music Academy to be held July 9–23, 2017 at Napa Valley College

Arts in April returns to the Napa Valley for Seventh Annual Celebration

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Culture and community take centerstage as county-wide, month long arts festival highlights downtowns, public space and local issues

Arts in April Call to Artists, Writers, Performers, Musicians!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts in April is gearing up for its most exciting edition yet, with a ton of opportunities for artists of all kinds!

2017 State of the Arts Materials & Survey

By Arts Council Napa Valley

See presentation, resources, materials and take our survey!

THERE’S STILL TIME TO VOTE FOR THE NAPA ART WALK PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

You are invited to vote online for your favorite Napa Art Walk sculpture in Downtown Napa.

ACNV Announces 2017 Poetry Out Loud Winner

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley announces the winner of the Countywide contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.

Arts​ ​Council​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​Announces 2017​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​Grant​ ​Recipients

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Inaugural​ ​grant​ ​awards​ ​will​ ​support​ ​programs​ ​involving​ ​245​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​performers ​​and​ ​reach​ ​over​ ​25,000​ ​audience​ ​members​ ​and​ ​participants

AFTA: Statement on Arts Education in Public Schools Upon The Appointment of Betsy DeVos

By Americans for the Arts

We believe that a continued investment in the Department of Education and strong support of the public school system is the best way to ensure that all students—in every community across the country—receive a high-quality arts education.

Call for Artists - Engage 2017

ENGAGE Art Fair will return for its third year as a signature event of Napa Valley Arts in April’s showcase of the arts. The event provides an interactive, sensory experience for guests and an alternative to the traditional booth-style art fair setting.

Arts in April Extended Deadlines & Workshops

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Extended enhanced participation deadlines and 3 workshops!

AFTA - Statement on Immigration and Refugee Ban

By Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts stands in opposition to policies that limit the free exchange of art, artists, and ideas based on nationality, faith, race, age or ability—and deplores the discriminatory nature of this travel ban.

2017 Napa County State of the Arts Summit

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Join us at the annual State of the Arts Summit on Feb. 28th!

HUMANITAS WINES, THE WINE FOUNDRY & BLUE NOTE NAPA PARTNER TO HELP BRING ARTS EDUCATION BACK TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

By The Good Life Wine Collective

International Artist Music Showcase with A&R Worldwide at Blue Note Napa Launches Fundraising & Awareness Campaign on Tuesday, February 28

Take Arts Advocacy Action Today!

By Americans for the Arts

Updates on the NEA, Petition and Americans for the Arts

Open House: Rail Arts District Napa

By Napa Valley Vine Trail

Come learn about Napa's new Rail Arts District (RAD) initiative and how you can be involved! Hear a presentation by RAD partners NV Vine Train and NV Wine Train, participate in Q & A and enjoy refreshments.

Booking It, Part 9: Another Existential Crisis

I was hoping that under the tree or in my stocking I might find a note from an editor. Or two? But there was only coal, and one of those freaky ferbies-with-wifi.

Arts Advocates: Make Your Voice Heard!

By Americans for the Arts

There are many decision-making points in our federal process including the White House, Congressional budget resolution, Congressional appropriations committees, plus the full House and Senate.

Announcing a New Major Grant Opportunity: Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions

By The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This year, in celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, we are pleased to announce the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions.

Napa County High School Students Bring Poetry Alive Through Poetry Out Loud

By Arts Council Napa Valley

On February 8, 2016, ten high school students from five Napa County high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud Napa County finals at Lucky Penny Community Arts Center.

Call for Art in the Library Exhibitors

Napa County Library invites artists to apply to have their artwork displayed at the downtown Napa Main Library.

We want your input for 2017 State of the Arts!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

We want your input on topic areas for 2017 State of the Arts Summit breakout sessions!

MLK Monday - A Day of Action and Compassion

Join us for a community gathering celebrating the life of Dr. King and continuing his legacy through a day of action & compassion.

Sign Up for Arts in April 2017 & Help Shape a Town Event

By Danielle Smith, Arts in April 2017 Producer

Calling artists, art lovers, business owners, and all Napa County citizens to get involved in the planning of Arts in April 2017!

Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Grant

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grant funds from the Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (NCACAC) can begin submitting their proposals Jan. 5. NCACAC has now released the guidelines for applying.

Give Change by December 31 to Make Change in 2017

By Olivia Everett, President & CEO

All our programs share the goal of empowering our community to its fullest potential. Supporting local changemakers is one reason why you should invest in the arts.

How Partnerships = Positive Impact for our Youth

By Phil Lofaro, Guest Contributor

Learn about a great new program for the Napa Court & Community School students made possible by partnerships.

2016 Highlights

See what we've been up to this past year in a nifty infographic.

Booking It (Part 8): Visions of Sugar Plums

'Twas the night before Christmas, and wouldn't you know it, not a creature was stirring, except for the poet.

Di Rosa announces Andrea Saenz Williams as Director of Education and Civic Engagement

di Rosa is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Saenz Williams as Director of Education and Civic Engagement to oversee di Rosa’s education and public programs, interpretive projects, docent tours, and visitor services.

Booking It: Side Quest

My point is to encourage you, the artists of Napa, to keep on doing art that is absurd, that challenges our government, that expands your audiences’ minds and experiences.

Record number of grants offered by California Arts Council

By California Arts Council

Does your organization want to make a difference through culture and creative expression? The California Arts Council wants to help!

City of Napa RFQ for Corporation Yard Fence Public Art

The City of Napa has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) from all artists who have demonstrated experience in designing and producing, and/or overseeing the production of, site-responsive public art.

Napa Art Walk People’s Choice Award and Instagram Contest

The City of Napa invites the public to participate in two award programs for the 2015-2017 Napa Art Walk Program.

Booking It: A Quest for Publication, Part 7: Second Breakfast

After a long summer of staying up late to finish revisions before clicking send on a manuscript—and now that the short days and rainy weather are here to dampen and damper my motivation—I’m ready to put my pen down and my feet up for a spell.

Napa Valley Opera House - 75 Days of Programming

By Napa Valley Opera House

Arts, Education, Community: Bring you Performance to our Stage

Napa County Board of Supervisors Names Writers Week

The Napa County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation naming the third week of October Writers Week in the County of Napa.

Arts Council Napa Valley Community Fund Grant Guidelines Released

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council is excited to announce the launch of our new Community Fund Grants Program!

City of Napa Announces Napa Art Walk 2017-2019 Call for Artists

Deadline Extended! The City of Napa has released a Call for Artists for the 2017-2019 Napa Art Walk.

Arts Council Napa Valley Awarded $270,000 Grant By The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Noted foundation to support local initiatives via Napa County’s official arts agency.

Booking It: A Quest for Publication - Part 6: This Is Not an Uplifting Piece

It’s go time. It’s open season. It’s all hands on deck.

Introducing Sustain Arts

Sustain Arts/Bay Area is a FREE and easy-to-use online tool tailored to meet the needs of Bay Area artists, arts administrators, funders, and cultural policy makers.

Booking It, Part 5: Nose to the Grindstone

Up to now, you and I have spent much time laying out the purpose of this project, how we might go about it, and what work it will entail, with a bit of soul searching and self-motivation along the way.

Arts Council Napa Valley Welcomes Six New Directors to Board

By Arts Council Napa Valley

ACNV expands board to further Arts Council Napa Valley's mission to Unite, Support, and Enhance Napa County’s Arts & Culture

Join Us for the Arts Now Napa Summit

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The Arts Now California Campaign, launched by the California Alliance for Arts Education, presents a series of regional summits spotlighting opportunities for schools, districts and counties to establish and advance an arts education agenda.

Yountville Arts is pleased to announce the drive to fund the Yountville mural

We are gearing up to have you weigh in on the final design

Booking It: A Quest for Publication - Part 4: American Hustle

Booking It is a 12-part weblog detailing the work of trying to publish a book of poems by an established publisher by April 2017

Education, Opportunities, & Enrichment for All - Donate Today to Make a Difference in Our Community

By Arts Council Napa Valley

As we close our fiscal year, ACNV is proud to celebrate many successes and milestones in education, community enrichment, and enhancing public spaces. We could not have done this without you!

State of the Arts 2016 Follow-Up & Materials

By Arts Council Napa Valley

See presentation, videos, materials and more

Booking It: A Quest for Publication Part 3: Good News/Bad News

So, some good news: I submitted a poem. Do you know what a gigantic chore it is for me to collect my druthers and answer a call to submission?

NVUSD Adopts Arts Education Master Plan

By Napa Valley Unified School District, Arts Council Napa Valley, Festival Napa Valley

Dedicated group of educators, administrators, parents, student and funders comes together to create unprecedented arts education plan for the well-being of Napa County students

Arts Council Napa Valley Announces Lucky Penny’s Barry Martin as 2016 Arts Hero

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley is proud to announce Barry Martin, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lucky Penny Productions, has been selected as the 2016 Napa County Arts Hero.

Booking It: A Quest for Publication, Part 2: Taking Stock and Taking Aim

As I’m encountering this truth, I want to warn you: this is not going to be a glamorous venture. Like any journey worth its scuffed shoes, publishing a book of poems is going to be some nitty gritty work.

Rep. Thompson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner for 5th District

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson announced Stella Li from Benicia High School in Solano County as the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the 5th Congressional District.

2016 Annual State of the Arts

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley is hosting the second annual countywide State of the Arts meeting on May 31, 2016. ACNV encourages all artists, advocates, administrators, board members, creative professionals and community leaders to join in this convening.

Booking It: a Quest for Publication - Part 1: Wannabe

By ACNV Guest Blogger, Jeremy Benson

In this blog, I’ll be detailing the work of trying to publish a book of poems by an established publisher by April 2017.

Nominate a 2016 Arts Hero Today!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

There are some incredible people in our community leading the way for the arts — we want to hear about them!

Arts in April Events Give Back Through 3rd Annual "Creative Change" Program

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Select Events Provide Offers that Benefit Arts Council Napa Valley

How to be an Arts Advocate

By Guest author - ACNV intern, Ariel Wodarcyk

Read on to find out how you can become an arts advocate!

ACNV Spring Arts Mixer

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Volunteers Needed for Arts in April!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts in April is seeking volunteers to help us make Arts in April more visible, fun and meaningful. See the volunteer positions available below.

25 Arts in April Spotlight Events Announced!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

We are excited to announce that we have over 75 events already planned for Arts in April 2016! And for the first time a special jury has selected 25 to highlight the essence of Napa Valley Arts in April.

ACNV Advocacy & Community Outreach Survey Results

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The committee developed an outreach plan to learn from constituents across the county, including conducting interviews and gathering input through this online survey.

Napa County Visitor Management Grants

Learn about the newly revised Visitor Management grant program, which funds nonprofit programs and artistic projects that draw tourism and/or enrich the experience for visitors to the Valley.

Local Author Announces New Chapbook of Poems

Morrie Warshawski is pleased to announce the publication of a new chapbook of 30 poems

Arts Council Napa Valley Announces Poetry Out Loud County Competition

By Arts Council Napa Valley

See the passion, hear the story, be inspired through poetry.

The Matchmaker Exhibition

By Danielle Smith, Arts in April Producer

February is the month of love, and we’re pleased to bring local artists and potential event venues together in our first annual Matchmaker Exhibition.

ACNV Education Alliance Community Visioning Session

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Give Us Your Input and Vision for the New Arts Education Master Plan

Arts in April 2016 Workshops + Events

By Danielle Smith, Arts in April Producer

Get ready! Check out upcoming workshops and events for Arts in April 2016!

Arts and Culture Advisory Committee releases guidelines for both Tourism and Capacity Building grant proposals

By The Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee & the Napa County Board of Supervisors

The Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (NCACAC) to the Napa County Board of Supervisors hereby releases the guidelines for non-profit organizations interested in receiving grant funds in Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

BUILDING BROAD PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS WORKSHOP Follow-Up and Materials

By Arts Council Napa Valley

On Friday, November 20th, ACNV held a workshop with Margy Waller on Building Broad Public Support for the Arts. Below you may find the presentation, follow-up materials and research.

WORKSHOP: Creating an Experience: Content + Programming for Arts in April

By Danielle Smith, Arts in April Producer

The time has come to start thinking seriously about what you’re doing for Arts in April, and we're here to help! Please join us for a discussion and brainstorming session.

Support ACNV - Support Local Arts

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The arts are a true gift. They serve as a form of expression, a method of healing and are a symbol of a healthy and thriving community. As Napa County’s official designated arts organization, we lead, advocate, and connect Napa Valley’s art community.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR NVUSD MASTER PLAN FOR ARTS EDUCATION

By Arts Council Napa Valley

NVUSD and ACNV invite proposals and portfolios from individuals seeking to analyze and augment the current needs assessment, facilitate stakeholder input, and write a comprehensive Master Plan for Arts Education

Downtown Plaza & Corridor Improvement Plan Community Meeting

The first community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m

Arts in April 2016 Application is Now Live!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The Arts in April application is now live, and early submissions are encouraged!

Update: Public Art Master Plan for American Canyon

By Originally Posted in American Canyon Arts Foundation's "The Informer" (October 2015)

The City of American Canyon is currently developing a Public Art Master Plan.

Arts in April 2015 Wins National Arts Award

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Americans for the Arts honors “Napa Valley Arts in April” with marketing award

SPECIAL ALERT: California Wildfires - News, resources, and how you can help

By California Arts Council

Wildfires have devastated various parts of California in recent days, and artists and arts communities are among those affected.

Attend the Frys.com PGA Tour Open or Volunteer & Support ACNV!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Use code ACNV and 20% of ticket sales will be donated to Arts Council Napa Valley or Volunteer

Arts Council Napa Valley Welcomes New Directors to Board

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Seven join ACNV to further Arts Council Napa Valley's mission to Unite, Support, and Enhance Napa County’s Arts & Culture

2015-2017 Napa ARTwalk Announces New Otocast Audio Tour & Redesigned Website

By Arts Council Napa Valley

As part of the current two-year exhibition of the Napa ARTwalk, the City of Napa and Arts Council Napa Valley have implemented two newly designed information tools, both free to the public.

We did it! ACNV's 2015 Annual Fund Goal Has Been Met & Exceeded

By Arts Council Napa Valley

A BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed in making it possible for us to foster arts and culture in this vibrant community.

2015 Arts in April Participant? We Want to Hear From You!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

If you participated in Arts in April 2015, take the survey to let us know your thoughts.

Aritzenship, part 11: Cuz I’m Bad

I’d like to describe some of the more prevalent pests that can cause disruptions within a creative ecosystem, so we may be aware and take necessary actions when we catch them.

Submit Your Annual Event or Arts Attraction for Napa Valley Collection

By Arts Council Napa Valley

ACNV is looking for short descriptions for annual events and arts attractions in the Napa Valley.

Artizenship, part 10: Hitting Under Par

What do we do, then, as upstanding artizens, when we’d like to participate, but want also to be proud of the final result? What do we do when we encounter “bad” art?

Less Than $3,000 Left to Reach Our Goal of $21,000 by June 30th!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Learn what we've been up to this year and see how we make a difference for the arts in Napa County. Will you help us?

Thank You Creative Change Partners!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Thanks to our Creative Change partners, we've raised over $3,700 towards the arts!

Explaining the public art ordinance

By Arts Council Napa Valley

A response to the recent response to proposed public art installations in Downtown Napa.

Arts in April Wraps Up 2015 Edition with big smiles and lots of hope for the future

By Danielle Smith, Arts in April Producer

Now in its fifth year and stronger than ever, Arts in April is a staple for the Napa Valley cultural scene.

Artizenship, Part 9: Small Worlds After All

Of course everyone knows Napa Valley for its macrocosms of wine and food. But none of us, especially us Artizens, would like living here if it didn’t also support the little pockets of sub-communities we’ve found or created for ourselves

2013-2015 Napa ARTwalk People’s Choice Winner Announced

By Arts Council Napa Valley

​The City of Napa and Arts Council Napa Valley are pleased to announce that artist Don Gialanella ​“Reprocessing Orb” is the People’s Choice winner of the current Napa ARTwalk, the rotating sculpture exhibition in downtown Napa.

Jamie Graff Announced as 2015 Napa County Arts Hero

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley Announces Jamie Graff as 2015 Napa County Arts Hero

Arts in April Launch Party and Napa Valley Collects 2015 Opening Reception

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Join us for the Arts in April Kick Off Event

Artizenship, Part 8: April is the Rulest Month

Guys. Guys. Guys! Are you ready? Have you made the Arts in April list of events your homepage yet?

Local Businesses to Support "Creative Change" during Napa Valley Arts in April

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Eight businesses will make charitable contributions throughout the month to benefit Arts Council Napa Valley's mission to Unite, Support, and Enhance Napa County’s Arts & Culture

Nominate a 2015 Arts Hero Today!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

There are some incredible people in our community leading the way for the arts — we want to hear about them! Tell us about your passion and thanks for an outstanding individual who has made a difference for the arts in Napa County.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for March 2015

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities

Artizenship, Part 7: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

It’s possible to get burned out on anything. the leaders among our artist-citizens are particularly at risk. What do we need to do when our art leaders get weighed down and sun-burned?

Napa County Poetry Out Loud Winners Announced

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The winners from Napa County's Poetry Out Loud contest have been announced, the first place winner will go on to CA State Finals

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for February 2015

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities

Poetry Out Loud 2015

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Join us to watch 10 Napa County high school students compete in a poetry recitation contest!

First Annual State of the Arts Meeting

By Arts Council Napa Valley

NOW AVAILABLE! Watch the meeting & download materials

Get Ready for Arts in April 2015!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

In the spirit of inspiration, we're sharing some tips, ideas and information that we hope will get your creative juices flowing and galvanize efforts around this awesome opportunity to amplify art throughout the valley.

Artizenship Part 6: Taking Stock

This season. is the perfect time to take inventory, run through the accounts, to see what we’ve got before embarking on the rest of 2015. Consider it a pre-spring cleaning exercise.

2014 MEMBERSHIP REPORT & SNEAK PEEK AT 2015

By Jordan Stanton & Olivia Everett

Thank you members of ACNV! 2014 was the beginning of a new strategy to enhance services and we are proud to say that membership has increased over 20% in the past twelve months!

Artizenship, Part 5: The Revolution Will Not Be Mod-Podged

How does an artist-citizen flex her right to petition and assemble, with peace and creativity? How does anyone show anger, outrage—and love, and creativity?

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for January 2015

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities

Give the Gift of Inspiration this Year

Each of our lives have been impacted by a story, awed by a moment of beauty, challenged by an image - in every instance, slightly changed by a work of art. Discover how your support is bringing the inspiring power of the arts to our community with this re

ACNV Receives $5,000 Donation From Frys.com Open

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley has received a generous $5,000 contribution from the Frys.com Open at Silverado Resort as one of the events selected local charity.

Napa ARTwalk Seeks Artists for 2015-2017 Exhibition

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The City of Napa has released a call for entries for the next Napa ARTwalk sculpture exhibition to be displayed in downtown Napa, June 2015-May 2017.

Arts in April Application, Workshop & More

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts in April application is now live! Arts in April Workshop on December 8th

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for December 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities

Artizenship, Part 4: Penny for my Thoughts

I—and you!—should never give away your art. An artist cannot feed himself on experience. She cannot purchase pens with a byline. They cannot rent a studio with favors.

Sell More. Sell Better — with Images

Designer Makes a Case for Better Returns with Professional Photography in Your Advertising

Nominate a Napa County Poet Laureate

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley in partnership with the Napa County Library are now accepting nominations for Napa County’s Poet Laureate, a program of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Arts Groups Across the Country Ask Artists to Respond to the FCC in on Net Neutrality

If you’re an artist or performer who uses the internet to reach your audiences, then you may want to read these articles to understand how current legislation may impact your future.

ACNV Receives Grant From California Arts Council for Arts in April

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The California Arts Council (CAC) announced a $56,000 grant to support Arts Council Napa Valley and its partners in Napa Valley Arts in April® 2015 (AiA), providing funds to elevate the program in quality and diversity of events.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for November 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

Artizenship, Part 3: Build it and they will come

The artistic community in Napa can at times feel suited for, or welcoming of, only a small set of artists, who live one kind of lifestyle. It’s a problem of not seeing the weird in ourselves, and therefore not appreciating it in others.

Fall Pay-It-Forward Promotion

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Join or upgrade before October 31st, 2014 to receive a discount on your first-year membership OR pay it forward by donating the savings to either a local arts non-profit or to the Napa Valley Arts Recovery Fund.

New Member Benefit: Free Membership With Fractured Atlas

By Arts Council Napa Valley

As a member of Arts Council Napa Valley you can get one full-year of free Professional Membership to Fractured Atlas

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for October 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

RLSM Awarded $25,000 Grant By Institute of Museum & Library Services

By Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $25,000 to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (RLSM).

Artizenship: Part 2, To be there or not to be

“Nothing ever happens in Napa.” Do you hear people say this? I’ve heard the lament a number of times, from friends, acquaintances, strangers on the street. Or is it a more invasive piece of Napa’s identity?—Wine. Food. No Fun.

Earthquake Recovery Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Continuously updated! FEMA Updates. For earthquake information and resources, page with information such as closures and damage, reports, recovery resources and ways you can help.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for September 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

Post-Earthquake Updates, Relief & Support

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Important news, postponements, relief and support opportunities and more

Local Napa Earthquake Recovery Resources

By LPL Financial, Mark Richmond

Here are some local Napa earthquake recovery resources from LPL financial, Mark Richmond

La Alianza para la Educación de las Artes del Condado de Napa lanza la Encuesta 2014

By La Alianza para la Educación de las Artes

(Se amplía el plaz.) ¡Ganen Grandes Premios! ¡Ayuden a Sostener la Educación de las Artes! Abierta hasta el 9 de septiembre de 2014

Napa County Alliance for Arts Education Launches 2014 Survey

By Napa County Alliance for Arts Education

Deadline Extended to September 9th! Participate in the 2014 Napa County Arts Education assessment.

Artizenship: Exploring what it means to be a citizen of Napa’s creative community

Did you vote? I spent April and May driving past candidate billboards of every color, size, and persuasion, as my mailbox filled with pamphlets promoting So-and-so for Assessor, recommending Whatshername for Sheriff.

Arts makers invited to Town Hall meeting on new Community Art Center

By Lucky Penny Productions

New date, Sept. 30th! Construction is underway to remodel 7,200 feet of space on Industrial Way in Napa for the new Lucky Penny Community Art Center.

Promote Yourself With ACNV & General PR Tips

By Arts Council Napa Valley & Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

You can utilize Arts Council Napa Valley to promote yourself and your business. Here are some tips to improve your visibility.

Latino Heritage Month, 2014 - Submit your events

By Debbie Alter-Starr and Frances Ortiz-Chávez

The Napa Valley Latino Heritage Committee is excited to share that preparations for Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month (NVLHM)

Napa’s Salvador Elementary Awarded National Artful Learning Leadership Award

Bernstein Family members present Salvador Magnet School Principal and teachers with the ARTFUL LEADERSHIP AWARD at the inaugural Artful Learning Summer Session 2014

Napa County’s Neighbor to the West Launches New Local Arts Agency, Creative Sonoma

By North Bay Business Journal

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Strongly Support the Arts, Giving ACNV a partner in North Bay arts advocacy

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for August 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for July 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

California’s Budget Approved with $5 million Increase for the Arts!

By A letter from California Arts Advocates

A letter from two top arts advocacy groups in California on the new state support for the California Arts Council.

Less than $1,700 needed to raise our goal of $20,000 by June 30, 2014!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Will you help push us over the threshold by making a contribution toward our goal?

City of Napa to Adopt a Public Art Master Plan

After two years of planning, the Napa City Council is scheduled to adopt its new Public Art Master Plan at their 3:30pm meeting on June 3, 2014!

Supervisors award more than $200,000 in arts and culture grants Eleven non-profits receive capacity-building funds

The Napa County Board of Supervisors awarded more than $200,000 in grant funds to 11 Napa County arts, culture and heritage nonprofits for capacity building at its regular meeting on May 20.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for June 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

The New Napa Valley Now Calendar

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Good news! We're proud to announce a new and improved Napa Valley events calendar!

Napa Valley Wine Train donates $7,820 to Arts Council Napa Valley for Arts in April

By Arts Council Napa Valley

As a committed partner of the Creative Change program, The Napa Valley Wine Train pledged to donate $1 of every passenger in the month of April to Arts Council Napa Valley

Remembering Local Arts & Wine Train Hero, Doctor Alvin Lee Block

By Arts Council Napa Valley

We are deeply saddened at yesterday's news of the loss of Dr. Block, a former ACNV board member.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for May 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunitiesTake it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for April 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

New Tech Students Speak Out on Arts Electives

By Susan C. Schena, Napa Valley Patch, March 25, 2014

New Technology High School students Crysta Tim, Nicolo Bacialli and Theon Peters last week were awarded third prize in the National 2014 C-Span Student Cam competition for their documentary entitled “Protect the Electives.”

Napa Valley Playhouse Goes on the Road!

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Napa Valley Playhouse shall depart River Park Shopping Center following its summer season and operate for a time as an itinerant theater company.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theatre Announces New Executive Director

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Robert Cole is one of the most esteemed executives in the performing arts and venue industry. He received his M.A. in Music from the University of Southern California School of Music, and continued his studies with Leonard Bernstein and Leon Barzin at th

Arts All Month, All the Time with Napa Valley Arts in April® 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The fourth annual Napa Valley Arts in April® has begun! Celebrating the elemental connection between wine and the arts, this month-long program satisfies cultural cravings with an exploration of winery art installations, pop-up exhibitions and tastings.

Have Fun While Doing Good with Creative Change

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Experience the best of Napa Valley Arts in April® --- while doing good --- with the launch of Creative Change.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for March 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities

Share Your Creative Talent with NapaLearns Partners for Projects (P4P)

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council Napa Valley is pleased to partner with NapaLearns Partners for Projects (P4P) program, which brings community expertise into Napa’s transformed classrooms.

Lucky Penny announces ambitious plans for sixth season

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Full slate of productions plus new Youth Academy and Development of Community Arts Center

City Winery Napa, a partner for creative ¢hange: City Winery Napa hosts Napa Crossroads album release party to benefit music and arts in schools

By Arts Council Napa Valley

On Monday, April 28, City Winery in Napa, CA, will host the official album release celebration for Napa Crossroads, a first-of-its-kind musical collaboration between five prestigious Napa Valley wineries

Visit Napa Valley & Arts Council Napa Valley Take Top Marketing Award with Arts in April®

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Just days after announcing a new formal strategic partnership in February, Visit Napa Valley in association with Arts Council Napa Valley were honored by Visit California with a 2014 Poppy Award for Best Regional Collaborative Marketing Campaign for our c

Tickets Now on Sale to the 2014 Napa Valley Collects Preview Party

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The fine art collector event of the season is back to kickoff Arts in April® 2014!

Learn the Business of the Arts

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Eight resources you can utilize to build your arts business model right here in the Napa Valley!

Arts Council Napa Valley and Visit Napa Valley Announce Strategic Partnership

Agreement Formalizes Collaborative Relationship that Leverages Wine Region’s Vast Array of Arts Assets to Build Cultural Tourism

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for February 2014

By Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council is all about taking it to the next level, that’s why we want to share some opportunities to take advantage of events going on, both nationally and locally, to be at the top of your game.

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition

By Arts Council Napa Valley

The Arts Council Napa Valley invites you to the national poetry recitation contest: Poetry Out Loud, on February 12, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at the Napa Valley Playhouse (1637 W Imola Ave, Napa).

Welcome

Over the past six months we have enjoyed getting to know the ACNV team and have learned about the vibrant art scene in our region. We feel privileged to contribute to this project as it influences our community culture and promotes individual artists.

Twenty Thirteen Open Letter

I am writing to thank you for advancing creativity, critical thinking, and access to new experiences through the arts in Napa County! Over the years you have contributed to bringing these benefits to Napa County by being an active community member who has

Arts in Education

Given the importance of art education in the community and its benefits in developing and strengthening critical thinking, communication skills, collaboration and creativity in each child, how can we work together to support the arts in our schools?

Leadership Napa Valley Arts Day

On December 6, 2013 Arts Council Napa Valley hosted the annual Arts Day for Leadership Napa Valley, a training program for future community leaders organized and lead by Mayor Jill Techel.


Day 3

Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Courtesy of Facebook: Napa Valley Balloons

Schedule your travel plans home later in the day so that you have time for one last hurrah. One of Napa Valley’s most sought-after adventures is a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the vines. We promise that the 6 AM wake up call is worth it. Don’t forget your camera!

Check out Balloons Above the Valley, Napa Valley Aloft, and Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. to schedule your flight, which often includes a post-flight breakfast with sparkling wine.

— Meet the Chefs Behind Some of Napa Valley’s Best Restaurants —

— Chillin’ in Calistoga &ndash The Best Places to Clear Your Head in Northern Napa Valley —

Author

Jess Lander

Jess Lander is a freelance wine, food and travel writer based in Napa Valley and exploring all things California wine country. Follow her on Instagram at @willwrite4wine to get Napa and Sonoma #travelinspo.


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