Now in its seventh year, Arts in April officially kicks off this Friday, March 31, 2017. Arts in April will showcase over 40 arts and culture events from American Canyon to Calistoga and in between. In addition to the independently-produced events that dot the idyllic valley at wineries, museums and galleries, the county will host five central city events that celebrate each town’s unique scene including Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Napa and American Canyon. This year, many of the events will be family-friendly, including the closing event (on April 30), Napa’s inaugural FLOW festival, a performing and visual arts activation of the Oxbow Commons and the new Rail Arts District in downtown Napa.
To highlight the unique cultural attributes of each Napa County community, Arts Council Napa Valley is partnering with artists and local leaders in each city across the county to bring their downtowns to life with a public celebration. Napa County’s downtowns will be alive with music, spoken word, and visual creations. Stay tuned for details on the official Arts in April program page.
AmCan By the Bay: Earth Day and the Arts
Saturday, April 22 | 1-4 pm
Napa River Bay Trail, 625 Eucalyptus drive, American Canyon
AmCan By The Bay is an Earth Day celebration will focus on all things green in a beautiful wetlands environment at the Napa River Bay Trail. The event will feature informational booths, food, live entertainment, kids activities, raffles, and fun outdoor recreation. The city will partner with the American Canyon Arts Foundation to highlight Napa Valley Arts in April with Plein Air painting and a special installation and arts activation by bird enthusiast and artist, David Tomb. Click here for additional details.
SARAFORNIA: The Arts of Calistoga
March 30 – April 2
Various locations in Calistoga
SARAFORNIA: The Arts of Calistoga is a four-day grassroots celebration of Calistoga’s bohemian spirit. Begin your cultural deep-dive with FLOWER BOMB, an exhibition featuring floral interpretations of iconic masterworks and local original artworks; continue the adventure with the third annual ENGAGE Art Fair, a unique and interactive showcase of local and Bay Area artists. The weekend will include family-friendly art activities, public artwork throughout town by artists Lisa K aplan and Karen Lynn Ingalls and the vibrant Storytelling Speakeasy at TANK Garage Winery highlighting the art of storytelling, poetry and live music in the style of popular podcasts This American Life and The Moth. You’re invited to kick back with some Calistoga culture this spring — get out and get boho! Click here for additional details.
FLOW: Arts at the River
Sunday, April 30 | 11 am-4 pm
Oxbow Commons and the new Rail Arts District (RAD)
FLOW: Arts at the River is an artistic activation of the Oxbow Commons and the new Rail Arts District (RAD). Bringing together music and performing and visual arts, FLOW: Arts at the River will highlight buskers on the Oxbow switchbacks, an official stage presented by Festival Napa Valley and participatory arts activities designed by Napa’s high school students. Walk along McKinstry street for food and beverages and end up in the new RAD to watch Spanish street artist Cinta Vid al as she works on her mural and help sort broken tiles for the Quake Mosaic, a massive public art piece addressing the devastation of the 2014 Napa Earthquake. Finally, end the day with a community sing led by a professional choir instructor. Come join us for a one day glimpse at the vast creative culture in the City of Napa.
Arts in the Streets
Saturday, April 15 | noon-3 pm
St. Helena’s Lyman Park will come alive with arts and culture for the town’s celebration of Napa Valley’s Arts in April . “Arts in the Streets” is a nod to the beautiful complexity of St. Helena’s modern and multicultural identity from generations of winemaking families to our rich Latino community–St. Helena is made great by its cultural diversity. In the spirit of this theme, the park will come alive with community 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 across the valley! Please join us in celebrating each other through the arts.
Other family-friendly Events
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
The month of April
This April the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is partnering with Kendra Kelperis and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School to present Inspired by Stevenson, a public art installation of original works inspired by the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson. Throughout the month of April the RLSM will display interpretive works of art crafted by 25 middle school students from Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School. Each piece is an interpretation of one of Stevenson’s poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” and is unique to each student’s creativity and imagination. The goal of this project has been to bring the past with the future and combine two different artistic mediums to create one new work of art.
Saturday, April 1, 11 am
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery presents The Art of Cheese. This month long exhibit features artwork from renowned cheese artist, Mike Geno along with a selection of cheeses from top Bay Area creameries paired with St. Supéry’s 100% Estate Grown, sustainably farmed wines. Join us for our weekend Cheese Workshops throughout the month of April where you will learn everything from how to make cheese to how to paint cheese as well as the art of designing the perfect cheese board.
Saturday, April 15, 9 am-3 pm
Tews Treasures presents Rustic to Refined, a celebration of the most eclectic bunch of pickers and makers who present fantastic finds from chippy to classic, whimsical garden art to handmade French signs, and furniture in every style from every era. We’ve raided barns and attics and grandma’s trunks to uncover the magic so you can rediscover, repurpose and reuse. You’ll find thingamajigs and whatchamacallits. There are silver, glass, rare oddities, vintage books from Dickens to Whitman, vinyls and music memorabilia, handmade jewelry and vintage clothing to dress you up. If it’s rusty, we’ll have it. Enjoy live music, local art and food trucks.
Napa Valley College
Friday, April 21, 7 pm
EMERGENCE: Festival of New Work is weekend long showcase celebrating the progressive process of new work. Focused on emerging artists, the festival explores multiple mediums including, but not limited, to theater, dance and music. The eclectic nature of the event will offer a mix of performances designed for various audiences of all ages.
American Canyon Arts Foundation
Saturday, April 22
We are celebrating our 25th annual Art Extravaganza, a juried art show, a part of the Napa Valley Arts in April program. From April 21-30, enjoy the fine art of Bay Area Artists, as well as the exquisite wines of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards. The event will be held at Jamieson RanchVineyards; the Artist Reception is Saturday, April 22, from 5:00-7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
Click here for a details on these events as well as a full list of Arts in April events.