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Arts in April - Artist funfest

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Looking for a grand adventure?

Celebrate the arts this month with Arts in April, offering compelling art concepts, performances, wine and tasty treats.

Over 45 arts and cultural events from American Canyon to Calistoga, feature performances and exhibits throughout this month. Here is a sneak preview and ALL events are listed online at

Once again, Arts Council Napa Valley has partnered with artists and cities for lively celebrations of music, poetry and creativity throughout Napa Valley. Five cities are creating their own distinct experience focused upon their downtown district.


SARAFORNIA: The Arts of Calistoga

March 30 to April 2

A four-day grassroots celebration of Calistoga’s bohemian spirit, including FLOWER BOMB floral arrangements of iconic masterworks.

Don’t miss the lively Speakeasy at TANK Garage Winery. Go Boho!


Bunny Hop Printmaking Workshop with St. Helena artist, Nancy Willis April 1 9:30am – 12:30pm

Pastries and Prints April 1 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Pinot and Prints

Get a jump on spring with this relief printmaking workshop and create unique artist prints and a printed canvas bag. No experience necessary! Take 1 or 2 sessions ($75 per session or $130 for the complete day). Includes all materials, instruction and tasty treats. 1830 Soscol #D in Napa. Reservations are required. Contact or 707.738.7173.


ENGAGE Art Fair 2017

Napa County Fairgrounds - Sponsored by Celebrate! Napa Valley

Sat., April 1 – 10am - 4pm Sun. , April 2 – 12pm - 4pM

This event is an interactive experience, showcasing artisans and makers, local wine and food, live music and art demos. This includes art by Lisa Kaplan and Karen Lynn Ingalls.


Peter Scaturro Art Studio Tour

Three weekends in April

April 1 & 2; April 22 & 23; April 29 & 30

Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. 11am – 5pm

Peter presents his UNKNOWING Series featuring vibrant color and rhythm, created spontaneously, similar in style to Kandinsky who painted a hundred years ago at 146 Monte Vista Drive, Napa.


Live Artist Demos

Art Gallery Napa Valley

Gallery artists will provide live demonstrations at 1307 First Street, scheduled as follows:

April 1 – 15 Debbie Ames

April 29 – 1PM – 2PM Sherrell Harper - Pastel Landscape Demo

April 29 3:30PM - 5:30PM Deborah Dean - Painting Demo

April 30 – 12 PM – 2 PM Theresa Lawless - Oil Painting Demo

April 30 4PM – 6PM Jeanette Monterio - Mixed Media Demo

The Gallery will be open late on April 29 from 6:00 - 9:00 for The Art Gallery Band.


NAPA RAD = Rail Arts District

Murals will be located between Vallejo Street and Jackson Street. The first RAD mural is Knocking on Heavens Door, collaboration between Bezt of Etam Cru and Natalia Rak. It is located on the back of the new Napa Valley Register building, 816 Vallejo Street, across from St. Clair Brown Winery. Another mural can be found behind the Matthew’s Mattress Building at the corner of Soscol and Vallejo. Philipe Pantone from Argentina and Cinta Vadal will be working on the back of the blue building just north of the Napa Valley Register building. The Napa Valley Vine Trail, Napa Valley Wine Train and members of our local arts community have partnered to create the RAD, the first art district in the Napa Valley. The Vine Trail and Wine Train have committed initial funding of $100,000.

St. Helena

Arts in the Streets

Lyman Park

April 15 12pm - 3pm

St. Helena’s Lyman Park will come alive with arts and culture for the town’s celebration, with a nod to cultural diversity. Enjoy 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!

St. Helena

St. Helena Celebration of Poetry

April 15 – 6:30 pm

Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus

The event features California poet laureate, Dana Gioia, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, plus other Napa County poets laureate and local poets: Iris Dunkle who is Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, Caroline Goodwin, the author of two poetry collections, and Beclee Wilson, poet laureate of Napa County from 2012 to 2014. A Celebration of Poetry will also present Anais Gonzalez from Justin-Siena High School, and winner of the local Poetry Out Loud competition, which is a nationwide program to encourage high school students to engage with poetry through recitation.


Art, Sip & Stroll

April 22 11am - 5pm

Start at the Napa Valley Museum where parking is plentiful. Visit the galleries and enjoy the beer garden. Across the street at the Lincoln Theater, Chelsea Ritter-Soronen will be exhibiting her show, Creases.

American Canyon

AmCan By the Bay: Earth Day and the Arts

Napa River Bay Trail

April 22 – 1pm - 4pm

This is a celebration of all things green at the Napa River Bay Trail, 625 Eucalyptus Drive, American Canyon, with art, food, entertainment, kids activities, raffles, and FUN!


Quake Mosaic Sorting Party at FLOW

Oxbow Commons

Sun., April 30 – 11am- 4pm

As part of Flow/Art at the River, volunteers are invited to help the Quake Team sort the broken objects donated from the community. They will be used in the Napa Community Quake Mosaic, a major public art installation by Kristina Young which serves to transform and heal the devastation of the 2014 Napa Earthquake. Donated refreshments and good karma points for all!


FLOW: Arts at the River

Oxbow Commons and Rail Arts District

April 30 – 11am - 4pm

This venue is an artistic beginning of the Oxbow Commons and the new Rail Arts District (RAD). It highlights buskers on the Oxbow switchbacks, stage presentations by Festival Napa Valley, as well as arts activities led by Napa high school students.

Walk along McKinstry Street for food and beverages and end up in the new RAD to watch Spanish street artist, Cinta Vidal as she works on her mural.


Marissa Carlisle Photography

Cru @ The Annex

Daily – 11am - 7pm

Marissa’s Digital Art will be featured daily throughout April, Cru @ The Annex, 1046 McKinstry Street.


Jessel Gallery Artist Reception

April 7 5pm – 7pm

The gallery features painting demos each weekend from Marcia Garcia, Diane Pope,Daniel Mundy, Susan Hoeh, Jeanette Monterio and Jessel Miller.

Coming together and sharing is really powerful in the community!

“I would love to see the community come out and let their hair down, be challenged by the art, be engaged and try something new! Enjoy what music, art, dance and performance can bring into our lives,” exclaimed Olivia Dodd, President and CEO of Arts Council Napa Valley.

“Arts in April is meant to shine the spotlight on what is going on in each community, so people will be inspired to participate and become a part of the conversation all year round,” added Danielle Smith, Arts in April Producer Extraordinaire.

Napa Valley Arts in April is a production of Arts Council Napa Valley with major support from Visit Napa Valley and the County of Napa. You will find all events listed at or

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