This April, wineries are turning their attention from the art of wine to winery art for “Napa Valley Arts in April,” a 30-day showcase of the arts in wineries.
Throughout the month, exhibitions and activities will showcase various winery collections, from Belle Epoque to contemporary, and museum-worthy to hyper-local. Wineries such as Chateau Montelena, Jericho Canyon and Markham Vineyards, as well as art spaces such as the Napa Valley Museum and the Calistoga Arts Center, will collaborate on a series of exhibitions, artist receptions and activities. Throughout the month, wineries will offer special tasting offers during the week, and local arts organizations and galleries will host wine and art events on weekends.
Participating permanent and rotating winery exhibitions include Timothy Howe’s plein air paintings at Chateau Montelena, photojournalist Baron Wolman’s new exhibit “The Groupies” on view for the first time in the U.S. at Markham Vineyards, the premiere of artist-in-residence Seth Carnes’ work inspired by the Stags’ Leap Winery estate, and Leonetto Cappiello’s Belle Epoque posters at Silverado Vineyards.
Punctuating the month’s activities are a host of weekend art openings and events, beginning with the opening reception of “Napa Valley Collects” on April 4 at the Napa Valley Museum, a selection of works on loan from vintners and friends with work from artists such as Cy Twombly. Additional weekend events include Calistoga Art Center’s “Ekphrasis,” a photography and mixed media exhibition opening on April 13; a multimedia concert by Mars Lasar entitled “Angels of the Valley” on April 19; and Ma(i)sonry’s “Awaken” opening April 19.
For a full lineup of Napa Valley Arts in April winery activities, events, and special lodging packages, see visitnapavalley.com/arts inapril.