Napa Valley Museum launches its “A-MAZE-ING Summer” on Friday, May 12, with a Mother’s Day weekend packed with family-friendly, inspiring programs and exhibitions.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 12 with the opening of its star attraction in the Main Gallery: Paul Dresher’s “Sound Maze,” a hands-on interactive exhibit featuring wildly inventive oversized musical instruments creating a cacophony of sound – including a pendulum 17 feet high. Admission is free to museum members, $10 for the general public and $5 for those 16 and younger.
Meanwhile in the Spotlight Gallery, mother and son artists Geoff and Phoebe Ellsworth’s show “Like Mother Like Son” begins a one-month exhibition and art sale to benefit the Museum’s education programs. Meet the artists from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 10. Admission to the gallery is free with museum admission.
Additionally, on the Museum Terrace at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, the Museum hosts a conversation with one of NASA’s first female astronauts and “First Mom in Space” Anna Lee Fisher, with her daughter, Emmy-award winning Washington, D.C. news correspondent Kristin Fisher, sharing stories of the trailblazing women and their families in the space program.
Sponsored by Jaffe Estate Wines, Wine Country Inn and Napa Valley Opera House, tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for members and $10 for those 16 and younger. Doors open at 6 p.m. for wine and sparkling cider. Admission to “Sound Maze” and “Like Mother Like Son” are included in the ticket price from 5 to 7 p.m.
“We are so excited to be hosting the boisterous ‘Sound Maze’ because it’s the perfect way to pump up the volume on the Napa Valley Museum, as we aim to thrill all the senses, break through boundaries, and defy expectations of what people think this Museum might be,” said Laura Rafaty, the Museum’s new executive director. “We’ve put together exhibitions and programs to demonstrate that creative inspiration knows no limitations, whether it’s a beloved artist inspiring her son to define his own style, a pioneering astronaut inspiring her daughter to blaze her own trail, or a brilliant composer and inventor redefining the concept of musical instruments and the music they make. For our visitors and for our talented and excited Museum team, it is going to be a summer to remember.”
The Napa Valley Museum is located at 50 Presidents Circle in Yountville, and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The second Saturday of each month is a “Family Fun Day” when you may pay what you wish, and include fun and educational events for the whole family. For more information, call 707-944-0500, email email@example.com, or visit the website at napavalleymuseum.org. Tickets are available through the museum’s website and at the box office.