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Art blooms in a springtime spotlight
Arts in April

Art blooms in a springtime spotlight

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Jessel Gallery is Napa’s oldest art gallery, opening in 1984, but this year is the first time they will participate in Arts in April, a month-long event featuring art installations, live performances and tours and discussions.

Each weekend in April, the gallery will feature demonstrations by a different artist, some of whom have traveled long distances to participate, said Jessel Miller, the gallery owner.

The event starts with basket maker Marcia Garcia on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garcia spends 10-18 hours making each basket from cotton-wrapped clothesline and fabric.

“No part of the process is done by anyone but me,” says Garcia.

Next is watercolorist Diana Pope on Saturday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pope paints flowers, birds and scenes from nature. “Being a part of the Jessel Gallery, surrounded by so many wonderful artists, has encouraged me to challenge myself to become a better artist and to try new things,” Pope said. “The feeling I get when I walk into our gallery is pure joy.”

Mixed media artist Jeannette Monterio is scheduled for Sunday, April 9, from noon to 3 p.m. Monterio works with sculptures of shields, hearts and abstract landscapes.

On Saturday, April 15, oil painter Daniel Mundy will be at work in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mundy paints landscapes of marshes and scenes featuring low lighting conditions.

Susan Hoehn, whose oil paintings focus on vineyards and seaside views will be painting on Saturday, April 22, noon to 3 p.m. Hoehn will travel from Los Angeles to participate in the event.

Weaver Sharon Cray will demonstrate her art on Sunday, April 23, from noon to 3 p.m.

The Jessel Gallery’s April demonstrations conclude with a session by acrylic artist Molly Corbett on Saturday, April 29 from noon to 3 p.m. Corbett works in abstract art inspired by “the fluid motion of her cats.”

“The Jessel Gallery is dedicated to supporting the arts and artists of the valley and around the country,” Miller said. “Arts in April is our opportunity to give back to my loving and loyal clients by offering amazing artist demonstrations.” Miller said.

The gallery will hold a reception for the artists on Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

During April Miller will also be offering a discount on watercolor classes on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Miller takes pride that her watercolor class produces an individual piece of art for each participant. “This is not a paint-by-numbers class. Artwork is personalized and unique,” she said. Each class stands alone, so any number of classes may be taken. The cost, during April, is $40 per class or $140 for four classes.

Call 257-2350, email or visit for more information. Jessel Gallery is at 1019 Atlas Peak Road in Napa and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts in April

The seventh annual Napa Valley Arts in April will showcase more than 40 arts and culture events across the Napa Valley from American Canyon to Calistoga.

In addition to the independently produced events at wineries, museums and galleries, the county will host five central city events that celebrate each town in the valley

— Calistoga: “Sarafornia: The Arts of Calistoga,” March 30-April 2

A four-day celebration of Calistoga’s bohemian spirit, begins with “Flower Bomb, an exhibition featuring floral interpretations of art works, masterworks and local original artworks. It’s followed by the third annual Engage Art Fair, featuring local and Bay Area artists. The weekend includes family-friendly art activities and displays of public artwork throughout town by artists Lisa Kaplan and Karen Lynn Ingalls. It also includes a Storytelling Speakeasy at TANK Garage Winery, highlighting the art of storytelling, poetry and live music in the style of popular podcasts This American Life and The Moth.

— St. Helena: Arts in the Streets, April 15, noon to 3 p.m.

St Helena will celebrate its multicultural identity with interactive art with Nimbus Arts, poetry from the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference, culinary delights from the Napa Valley Cooking School and music from local bands across the valley all gathering in Lyman Park.

— Yountville: Art, Sip & Stroll, April 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yountville celebrates starting at the Napa Valley Museum. Pick up an Art, Sip & Stroll wristband, visit the galleries, and enjoy your first tasting stop at the museum beer garden. Across the street at Lincoln Theater, have a glass of wine and view Chelsea Ritter-Soronen’s show “Creases.”

From there, board the Yountville Trolley to Washington Street where more than 40 artists and 10 wineries & tasting rooms and live music, will await visitors.

— American Canyon: “AmCan By the Bay: Earth Day and the Arts,” April 22, 1-4 p.m.

American Canyon Wetlands host an Earth Day celebration that will focus on all things green at the Napa River Bay Trail, 625 Eucalyptus Dr.

The event features informational booths, food, live entertainment, kids activities, raffles, and fun outdoor recreation. The city is partnering with the American Canyon Arts Foundation to present plein air painting and a special installation by bird enthusiast and artist David Tomb.

— Napa: “Flow: Arts at the River, April 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The activation of the Oxbow Commons and the new Rail Arts District will bring together performing and visual arts, highlighting buskers on the Oxbow switchbacks, an official stage presented by Festival Napa Valley and participatory arts activities designed by Napa’s high school students.

Walk along McKinstry Street for food and beverages and watch Spanish street artist Cinta Vidal as she works on her mural, and help sort broken tiles for the Quake Mosaic, a massive public art piece commemorating the 2014 Napa Earthquake.

The day ends with a community sing led by a professional choir instructor.

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