There’s a lot more than wine and food in Napa Valley. Really! Art aficionados can have just as wonderful a time as gourmands in this region. While there may not be quite as many art venues as there are wineries, there are still plenty from which to choose. Here are five of our favorite art venues in Napa Valley.
1 The Hess Art Collection
Note that the museum-as well as the tasting room- is under construction from May through July to repair damage caused by last summer's Napa earthquake. Parts of the art collection will be in storage at various times until July; however, Hess promises to keep portions of the art collection open for viewing. Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, the Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide. As a body of work in itself, The Hess Art Collection represents an extraordinary and ever-expanding, in-depth look at over sixty artists and is acknowledged as one of the largest collections of its kind.
4411 Redwood Road, Napa
2 Robert Mondavi Winery
You don't even have to step foot inside the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville to enjoy some of the art this iconic winery has to offer. From the "Welcoming Muse" statue by Henry Waddell that welcomes visitors once they walk through the arch to the statue of St. Francis by Beniamino Bufano to the new 7-foot tall, 3,000-pound Robert Mondavi Sculpture created by artist Len Urso, mega pieces of art are all around. The openness of the main courtyard provides an ideal space for the presentation of sculpture and you'll find the majority of the winery’s sculpture collection focused Bufano. Mondavi's widow Margrit Mondavi, an artist herself, began an art collection that is almost as famous as the Mondavi wine label itself. She established a rotating art collection in the Vineyard Room. Along with the rotating collection, the winery has a permanent collection of paintings. The first painting Margrit acquired for the winery was painted by local artist Guli Buchanan in 1967. It currently hangs over the fireplace in the winery’s Le Marche gift shop. Photo credit: Ray Marcinkowski
7801 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena
3 Gordon Huether Studio + Gallery
Napa artist Gordon Huether has been creating large-scale public art projects, residential art, private art commissions and fine art for almost 30 years. Huether's enormously successful career has involved large-scale art installations, many executed in the medium of glass. In recent years he has begun exploring different media and a more challenging direction in his smaller-scale fine artwork. Using the seductive properties of richly saturated color, a wide array of natural and artificial light sources, luscious and diverse texture, found materials and quirky, sometimes unsettling imagery, his work offers viewers a complex intellectual experience. Photo credit: Misha Bruk
1821 Monticello Rd, Napa
4 di Rosa
Originally assembled by the late Rene and Veronica di Rosa, the di Rosa collection is believed to be the largest and possibly most significant holding of contemporary Bay Area art in the world, representing both early and recent works by artists who worked in styles such as abstract expressionism, Bay Area figurative art, and conceptualism. Di Rosa houses approximately 2,000 works of art by 800 artists. On view in the Main Gallery, the Historic Residence, Sculpture Park, and throughout the grounds, the collection includes significant works by Mark di Suvero, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Enrique Chagoya, Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, William T. Wiley, Robert Hudson, Richard Shaw, Bruce Nauman, Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, David Best, Larry Sultan, Raymond Saunders, Bruce Conner, Alan Rath, Nathan Oliveira, Mildred Howard, Paul Kos, Viola Frey, Stephen De Staebler, and many others. Photo credit: Work by Viola Frey (foreground) and Mark di Suvero (background) with photo by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy di Rosa
5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa
5 Ærena at Ma(i)sonry
Ma(i)sonry is just one of the places where you'll find one-of-a-kind objets d'art from Ærena Galleries, the artistic arm of Michael Polenske's Bespoke Collection and which showcases artists and designers in a number of beautiful gallery and sculpture garden settings throughout Napa Valley. Part art gallery and part wine collective, Ma(i)sonry is set inside a small, restored stone mansion set in a sculpture garden. Throughout the garden and on the second floor especially, unique pieces by artists such as Greg Lauren, a painter and sculptor who just happens to be the nephew of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and Alan Peirson are on display. Photo credit: Luke Snyder
6711 Washington Street, Yountville