4 Can’t-Miss Happenings of Napa Valley’s Arts in April


It’s easy to overindulge in Wine Country but this month’s gluttony is all about the arts. Wineries from Calistoga to Carneros serve up a side dish of art with each and every pour as part of Napa Valley’s Arts in April. Check out our picks for the top events which will leave you crooning for more.

Exhibition of Plein Air Paintings by Philippe Gandiol
Spring is all about airy breezes. For the French it’s an art form known as plein air — to draw or paint in the open air. Experience some of these artsy breezes when the Parisian-born Philippe Gandiol (left), now a NorCal fixture, flaunts some of his plein air paired with wine tasting at St. Helena’s Long Meadow Ranch. April 13, 5-7 p.m., 738 Main St, St. Helena, www.longmeadowranch.com

Courtesy of the Arts Council Napa Valley

Illustrated Lecture with Baron Wolman
For those that enjoy a little rock ‘n’ roll with their wine, Markham Vineyards features a hefty pour with a lecture led by Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief photographer. Not only will you get to stare at Wolman’s iconic photos that captured the rock royalty of the ’60s, you may even get to raise a glass with Wolman himself. April 14, 11-1 p.m., 2812 St. Helena Highway North, www.markhamvineyards.com

Courtesy of Gordon Huether Studios

Arts in April at Artesa Winery
The views astound at Artesa Winery. Sweeping vistas, flow-over fountains and architectural design burst with aesthetics from the winery’s Spanish roots. The eye candy continues with gape-worthy metal works (pictured) by artist in residence, Gordon Huether, who’ll lead you on a roam through the winery and its galleries, followed by a reserve wine tasting. April 26, 11 a.m., 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, www.artesawinery.com

Works by Archie Feld, Courtesy of Ma(i)sonry

Arts in April Sunday Salon at Ma(i)sonry
Cap off the month at Ma(i)sonry’s Sunday Salon in Yountville. This stone manor, built in 1904, is as swanky on the inside as it is on the out with contemporary design from Erin Martin and landscape architecture by Roche+Roche. The Salon features works from Archie Held, James Lloyd, Adam Shaw and Robert Percy, along with limited production artesian wines. April 29, 1-3 p.m., 6711 Washington Street, Yountville, www.maisonry.com

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