Calistoga’s love of the arts is evident as the city sneaks in early for the 7th annual Arts in April Napa Valley with exhibits on display now.

The festivities kicked off last night with a “Flower Bomb” reception and continues tonight with a preview party on March 31, for a four-day event known locally as “Sarafornia: The Arts of Calistoga.”

Inspired by San Francisco’s de Young exhibit of “Bouquets to Art” where floral designers create floral arrangements inspired to “pair” – much like food and wine are paired together – with art in the de Young’s collection, T-Vine Winery is the place to go locally now through April 2 to see thoughtfully designed flower arrangements inspired by the art that is displayed next to them.

“Flower Bomb” displays both local artworks from artists such as Karen Lynn Ingalls, Linda Wilds-Beltz and Deirdre Shibano and reproductions of masterpieces paired with floral arrangements by locals such as Kate Stanley and Tina Chiotti-Stewart. Just as wines paired with chocolate or cheese maximize a tasting experience, the floral and art pairings are a floral interpretation of painting or print.

T-Vine Winery is located at 810 Foothill Blvd. in Calistoga. The “Flower Bomb” continues at T-Vine Winery on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

This weekend, stop at Picayune Cellars (behind the Calistoga Train Depot and across from Silverado ACE) and at Napa County Fairgrounds, to view sculptures made out of a substance that helped put Calistoga on the map – mud. Mud sculptures created by Middletown artist Lisa Kaplan aren’t made of Calistoga’s therapeutic mud though. She creates them from such ingredients as earth clay, straw, Manzanita prunings, earth-friendly polymer binder, charred wood, blueberry juice, steel armature, redwood and more.

ENGAGE Art Fair is among the highlights of the month of art with a preview party called “Let the Party Pop” happening on Friday, March 31, sponsored by Celebrate! Napa Valley. The party (tickets are $135) is a “white attire” event where guests should expect to be part of the canvas as they enter the avant-garde affair.

Held at the Napa County Fairgrounds the event includes bites prepared by Michelin Star-winning Solbar at Solage, beer by Stella Artois, bubbles by JCB, and wines by Amici Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Laura Michael, Lorenza Rose, PROMISE, St. Helena Winery, Trefethen and Tres Perlas.

The Friday night preview party “will transcend and inspire the senses to elevate and innovate the way we experience art altogether,” said Carlene Moore, Fairgrounds CEO. Under the creative direction of Napa artist Penelope Moore, known for her “Palette of the Palate” series where she interprets the taste of wine onto large-scale canvases live, and joined by event planner David W. Aten of David Aten Events and winner of “2016 The Best of Napa Valley Best Event Planner,” and food purveyor Solage, an Auberge Resort, the event provides guests the opportunity to preview the work, meet the artists and watch live art.

At the heart of the work of a team of artists and creative minds is a very special vignette that will include an art fair Pop-Up Lounge designed by RION Designs showcasing fashion by Jake Atelier and Flagship Showroom, diamond jewelry by Scout Mandolin, photography by Bob McClenahan and art by Penelope Moore. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/ENGAGE2017.

The ENGAGE Art Fair showcases art being created live plus traditional and contemporary fine art from selected Napa Valley and Bay Area artists in an 11,000-square-foot gallery with couture fashion, photography, jewelry design, pottery, metal, music, interior design, food, wine, beer and multimedia mash-ups throughout. The fair is free and open to the public April 1 and 2.

The Calistoga Art Center's family art activities event is called Creativity Bloom and is being held in the patio at Blackbird.

A Storytelling Speakeasy at Tank Garage Winery on Saturday, April 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. willl find writers, poets, actors and performers telling their stories to a live audience in what is hoped to be the first annual Storytelling Speakeasy.

Organizers, that include Calistogan Nick Triglia, say they will be telling stories about “Calistoga or the Napa Valley – we even accept stories about St. Helena,” as well as life working in the vineyards, life serving our tourists or acting like a tourist yourself where we live, or childhood memories of the valley.

Calistoga artist Karen Lynn Ingalls’ unveiled her project “Hearts Across the Valley,” earlier this week that traces a path down Lincoln Avenue, with heart-shaped artwork. Ingalls is on a mission to spread the message of love throughout the valley with more heart installations to come.

To get more details and a schedule of what else is available in the county go to VisitNapaValley.com or VisitCalistoga.com/arts-in-april.

The 2017 ENGAGE artist list: Michael Ackerman, Au Cure, Ken Berman, Colleen Blinoff, Dona Bonick, John Bonick, Cara Brown, Jermaine Burse, Sharon Bussert, Zeny Cieslikowski, Vincent Thomas Connors, Durant & Booth, Shelly Hanan, Elana Melissa Hill, Phillip Hua, Karen Lynn Ingalls, JAKE, Steve Javiel, Lisa Kaplan, Barbara Keller, Mark Keller, Daniela Cunha Lay, Lily Sparkles, Sonia Lub, Bob McClenahan, Penelope Moore, NBC Pottery, Anna Nelson, Matt Sarconi, Scout Mandolin, Sean Ramm, Deirdre Shibano, Emilio Sotelo, and Jonah Ward. Jessup Cellars Gallery will represent several of their artists and pour wines from their collection.

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