By Louisa Hufstader
Party time! Artists gather for Open Studios preview at Mumm
It’s a big week for the visual arts in Napa: Aug. 28 marks the kickoff of the annual Open Studios event sponsored by Arts Council Napa Valley, which hosts a preview reception and benefit that evening at Mumm Napa Valley.
But first: The historic Napa Mill continues its Wednesday series “Locals Night at the Mill
,” with live music, wine tasting, $5 appetizers at the Napa General Store and specials from Vintage Sweet Shoppe, Amelia’s Gifts, Angele and Sweetie Pies, along with a Riverwalk display of local fine artists who have been juried into the Open Studios tour. Napa River Inn Plaza, 500 Main Street, Napa, 5 to 9 p.m.; www.napariverinn.com
Upvalley in Calistoga, the Dawn Rose Band plays for free
Aug. 27 from 6 to
p.m. in the city’s Pioneer Park on Cedar Street. Rose is a member of
the popular group Sweet Burgundy who also fronts her own rock band.
Bring your picnic, wine, family and friends for an evening of music on
More information: (707) 942-6333, www.calistogavisitors.com/music.php
.Friday’s Open Studios Exhibition Reception
is one of the biggest annual events on the Napa Valley arts and culture
calendar–barring Open Studios itself, a free, self-guided fine art
discovery tour held during the last two weekends of September. The Aug.
28 reception and benefit runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mumm Napa
Fine Art Gallery, 8445 Silverado Trail in Rutherford. Meet the juried
artists –88 were selected this year–and preview their work while
sipping Mumm’s acclaimed wines and planning your personal Open Studios
tour. You can even buy art on the spot, with 25% of all proceeds from
reception sales benefiting Arts Council Napa Valley and future Open
Tickets to the reception are $15 from Brown Paper Tickets: CLICK HERE
For more about Open Studios, visit www.nvopenstudios.com
Saturday, Aug. 29, would be a great day to stop by Napa Nest, Napa’s most original gallery
currently operating at 1144 Main Street downtown. Open Wednesday
through Saturday, the Nest showcases local artists and craftspeople in
a former jeans store; proprietor Ann Trinca has turned the changing
rooms into listening booths where visitors can hear music from Napa
bands, and she’s created a lending library of “zines” from around the
United States and abroad. The Nest also hosts concerts, open-mike
events and artist talks, but you have less than a month left to visit
this Main Street location: The gallery has been enjoying free rent from
a generous landlord, but the deal is set to end Sept. 20. More info in Trinca’s blog
Nest has been showcasing work from members of the Wandering Rose arts
organization, a group of young Napans working to create a vibrant scene
for pop, independent and experimental art. On Aug. 30, you can meet
some of the group’s members at their Really Really Free Market
, held the last Sunday of each month at noon in downtown Napa’s Veterans Memorial Park.
The St. Helena Public Library
isn’t allowed to announce the title of this week’s film in its
Monday-night movie series — something to do with “licensing
agreements” — but director Ang Lee won an Academy Award for this story
of two sheepherders who fall in love. See it at 7 p.m. Aug. 31:1492
Library Lane, St. Helena, (707) 963-5244.
These are just a few of the arts events enlivening the Napa Valley this week.
For more, visit the Master Arts and Culture Calendar at the Arts Council Napa Valley Web site: www.nvarts.org