Every year, Arts Council Napa Valley and Visit Napa Valley partner to bring a stunning event to wineries around the valley area. Visitors to the Napa area are used to seeing stunning pieces of artistry throughout the valley, but in the month of April there is a stronger focus on showcasing entire galleries of work in the places people are already used to visiting.
This year, Arts in April is expanding to include non-winery restaurants as well as other local businesses. This also means more media forms can participate, like cinema.
The Arts in April event is rather loosely run, but this year Danielle Smith is acting as middle-woman between venues and the organizations running the event. While venues do need to pay a fee to have an official Arts in April event, that fee ensures promotion throughout the already well-established Visit Napa advertising and Arts Council media streams.
The kick-off event was on April 2nd at the Napa Valley Museum, with the premiere of Napa Valley Collects. The collection features more than 50 pieces of work temporarily donated by area art collectors. The series will remain on display through both April and May.
So how can you get involved?
There are dozens of incredible opportunities to experience cinema, music, and art throughout the entire Valley. Start by checking out the Napa Valley Collection for a complete list of events that you sort by date, region, and style of art.
Of course, we have a couple of ideas you might want to start with, too.
Art Sip and Stroll will be held at the Yountville Community Art center on April 11th. For just $10, you can have an all-day tasting bracelet for use at each of the artist tents you visit on your easy-to-walk tour. If you do have trouble with the walk, the trolley will be running all day – free of charge – as wel.
The Internal Monologue: Gordon Huether’s Creative Exploration and Expression will be held on April 18th at the St. Supery Estate Gallery. The event features a wine tasting, lecture, and a gallery tour led by Gordon Huether himself. He’ll showcase his work and talk about the internal monologue artists are constantly experiencing.
No matter where in the valley you end up, whether for a day or an extended stay, you’ll be able to find an Arts in April event to check out. Make sure you ask your Napa hotel concierge about special hotel deals, restaurant events, and local gallery showings. This is one month-long event you’ll be glad to be able to say you were a part of.