Saturday’s Festival of Disciplines, held at the Upper Valley Campus of the Napa Valley College on Pope Street, was an event designed to fulfill nearly everyone’s taste for art.

There were art exhibits, live theater and performance, art installations, digital media presentations, live readings, a printmaking demonstration and – within the Culinary Arts Building – a chef demonstration, all free of admission.

The event was part of the Arts Council Napa Valley‘s sixth annual “Arts in April Spotlight.”

Inside the North Hallway Gallery was an installation by photographer John Dotta. Fain Hancock displayed a series of paintings in the East Hallway Gallery, while Jason Perry had a large installation of his work inside the Art Studio of Room 8. Down in the computer lab, Gary Strommen also displayed digital design graphic technology. Also of note was artist Nancy Willis’ live demonstration of printmaking in the Art Studio.

Meanwhile, on the outdoor stage, an audience gathered to see a live presentation of “Pericles” directed by Jennifer King, followed by live dance performances and readings of the literary works of Anna Baker, Iris Dunkle, Lakin Khan and Angela Pneuman, representing the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. This was followed by an open mic reading.

Inside the Napa Valley Cooking School’s Culinary Arts Building, executive chef Barbara Alexander’s event included a chef demonstration, followed by an open house and alumni get-together.

The Arts in April Spotlights features more than 75 events for visitors to explore and experience the art and artists from American Canyon to Calistoga, with the intention, according to the Arts Council Napa Valley, of “fostering the unique sense of place within the Napa Valley through locally produced and presented events paired with Napa Valley’s wine and culinary offerings to increase cultural tourism.” For information and a list of upcoming events visit VisitNapaValley.com/ArtsInApril.

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Tom Stockwell is currently a staff writer for the St. Helena Star. He is an author of fiction and non-fiction books and has been a working journalist for a variety of technical publications as well as a consultant for numerous wineries in the Napa Valley.

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