Napa Archer art

An artwork called "Angels Food," by former St. Helena postman Marvin Humphrey, is on display at the Archer Napa hotel. 

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In addition to its 183 hotel rooms and Charlie Palmer Steak, Napa’s Archer hotel also features its own in-house art collection of the work of more than a dozen local and other artists.

“Art is a fascinating way to discover a place,” said a new release from Archer Napa hotel developer LodgeWorks Partners.

“The possibilities are as vast as the landscape and as varied as the people who have been touched by it.”

LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., a privately held hotel development and management company, is also the owner of the hotel.

LodgeWorks described its art collection as “a fluid grouping of pieces in a range of mediums,” the majority created by local artists.

Their works tell individual Napa-centric stories — and those stories help make each guest experience at Archer singular and special, the release said.

The hotel is located at 1230 First St. in downtown Napa.

As guests first approach Archer Hotel Napa, they’re greeted at the plaza at First Street Napa by The Basket, Gordon Huether’s 22-foot-tall tribute to the North Bay’s native people and their talent for making watertight baskets out of local plants.

The aluminum and multicolored glass artwork could be a metaphor for an ever-evolving community, weaving together the past, present and future of the Napa Valley.

Once inside Archer, other artworks include:

  • A large-scale solid terrain modeling map helps guests get a better sense of the valley.
  • Amber Jean Young’s “Sky Orb” uses mixed media to explore domesticity and memories.
  • Gail Tarantino’s “When I Think of Napa” uses colored dots in place of language; the piece is based on narratives she wrote about Napa.
  • Twelve artists from the Creative Growth Art Center, which gives professional studio space to artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, have artwork displayed throughout the hotel.
  • Nancy Willis explores themes of intimacy and social connection through oil paint and printing ink.
  • Lewis deSoto’s multimedia art explores the human quest to reconcile our inner and outer worlds.
  • St. Helena’s former postman, Marvin Humphrey, uses his cartoonist’s frame of mind to bring wit and whimsy with his colorful works.
  • Caetlynn Booth’s “Selvege” is an oil-on panel, based on a design used in quilt-making called “barn-raising.”
  • Ansel Adams’ black-and-white photography of the iconic Golden Gate landscape honors his environmental inclination.
  • Squeak Carnwath links sight to sound through “Red Wine,” a pigment print that celebrates songs about wine.
  • Chris Johanson blends a dry, sharp sense of humor with inspiration from the urban street culture of mural and graffiti art to create colorful pieces.
  • Robert Buelteman’s black-and-white photographs study the relationship between nature and our role in it.
  • Bob McClenahan’s colorful photographs capture the essence of Napa Valley in all its splendor.
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