Gallery Hop Your Way Through the Napa ValleyAuthor:Christina Julian
While everybody knows Wine Country is a haven for heavenly sips, it’s also home to gaggles of gripping art and galleries. With harvest on the wind down it’s the perfect time to explore some of our favorite spots, proving there’s a world beyond the wine.
From the two-dimensional sheep meadow that sparks a double take when you approach the 200-acre property to the placid lake and peacocks that prance about, the di Rosa Preserve, in Carneros, is a decidedly different experience. The Gatehouse Gallery features select pieces from the eclectic collection of Rene and Veronica di Rosa as well as rotating exhibits that enrapture. The full collection consists of over 2000 works that span all mediums from painting and sculpture to video. Mother Tina’s Car by David Best alone could derail your mind for hours.
Gordon Huether’s large-scale glass and metal works dot downtown Napa but if you want a more focused view into the artist’s mind make a day of it starting at his Hay Barn Gallery on Monticello Road, which is home to his working studio. The sparse industrial space is laden with luscious works. We love the torpedo-like pieces that serve as the gateway into the gallery. Huether is creating the sculpture that will sit at the heart of the Napa 9/11 memorial garden, to be comprised of six beams from the World Trade Center, which are on display in the rough, outside the gallery. Huether’s First St. gallery in downtown displays an impressive and quirky display of his fine art pieces.
The I. Wolk Gallery is eye candy if we ever saw it with Lizabeth Eva Rossof’s Eat Me braille candy button display. The colorful explosion continues throughout the St. Helena space with works from Mitchell Johnson and Andreas Reimann that remind us that bright plays on color are no longer a thing of the past. This location features a revolving array of contemporary paintings and an armful of small to medium scale sculptures. Larger pieces can be found at the gallery locations inside Auberge du Soleil, Solage and at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
For a roving experience, head to the sister space, Ma(i)sonry in Yountville, where art, design and wine tasting blend under one 1904 historic roof, which includes a luxe sculpture garden where you can sip artisan wines as you peruse the works.
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