The Napa Valley is most famously known for artistry in the wine world, but Friday night I reveled in artistry of another kind: aphotographic exhibition of the many and varied artists who make Napa Valley more than excellent ground for growing grapes. I attended the Meet the Makers reception, which launched this year’s Napa Valley ARTS 2010–a month-long celebration of the arts. The event was perfectly timed–a clear, beautiful evening a full two days before Sunday’s chill and rain showers. Guests mingled in the gallery and outdoors, listening to music , watching dancers dance and sipping bubbly. Magical.
Walking through the gallery was a delight: each photograph captured something essential about the artist. And the artists weren’t confined to their portraits–they were at the party (hence the name), talking, celebrating, inspiring.
One of the most rewarding things about this event is that it wasn’t happening elsewhere, in some more urban, more bustling, more arty location. This was Napa through and through, in all its varied expressions.
There’s more to enjoy! The calendar is packed with 117 events–concerts, shows, gigs, displays.
(My friends and I polished off the evening with an impromptu dinner at Bistro Jeanty. The Coq au Vin hit the spot!)
Photo by Indra Fortney, used with permission