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Arts in April Napa Valley may be a county-wide event, but organizers here have made it possible for Calistogans to stay close to home and still enjoy live music, art, storytelling and culinary experiences.

Details are still evolving on all the “Sarafornia” events, but last year’s kick-off event, the “Flower Bomb,” will be back in a new location.

Flower Bomb, which will be an ongoing exhibition called “Artist Spring: The Fire and the Rose are One,” will open with a reception at Sofie Contemporary Arts, 1407 Lincoln Ave., on April 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition will continue from Friday, April 6, to Sunday, April 8, from noon to 6 p.m.

The event is inspired by the De Young Museum’s annual Bouquets to Art exhibition that pairs contemporary artworks with fresh, artistic floral designs in a professional gallery setting. The inaugural 2017 event brought out local floral arranging talent such as Kate Stanley and Tina Chiotti-Stewart, as well as local painters such as Karen Lynn Ingalls, Linda Wilds-Beltz and Deirdre Shibano in a stunning display at T-Vine Winery.

The Engage Art Fair, to be held at the Napa County Fairgrounds in the Tubbs Building from Saturday, April 7, to Sunday, April 8, noon to 6 p.m. each day, includes a wide variety of art forms by Bay Area professional artists, craftspeople and performers.

A special Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, is “an avant garde affair that transcends and inspires the senses to elevate and innovate the way we experience art altogether,” as described by organizers. For $95 per person it includes art, food nibbles and beverages.

New to Sarafornia this year is the Creativity Crawl, which will take place in downtown art galleries, shops and tasting rooms on Saturday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission will be free, and more details are to come, but anticipate wine, live music and a chance to mingle with local artists.

Last year’s call for “raconteurs” by Dominic Triglia was so successful that the Storytelling Speakeasy at Tank Garage Winery, 1020 Foothill Blvd., is putting out a call for storytellers again this year. The Storytelling Speakeasy will be held Saturday, April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and there will be wine available for purchase by the glass.

Arts in April is a countywide event, and more details can be found at


The Weekly Calistogan Editor