Arts & Events

DON'T MISS THIS: Di Rosa Art Museum in Napa

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Friday April 13, 2012 - 11:28:00 AM

Hearing many favorable reports of the Di Rosa Art Museum in Napa, I happily signed up for the Emeryville Senior Center trip to that historic landmark last Saturday. What a lovely day it was! Just the drive along the Carneros vineyards was heaven itself. Our first stop was at the Oxbow Public Market where Frieda Pardo, our tour escort, passed out hearty box lunches. We then proceeded to the di Rosa Art Museum, where we were greeted by the Museum's guide who filled us in on the fascinating history of the Museum founded by Rene and Veronica di Rosa, whose personal passion for art fueled their support of arts and artists. The collection, which sits on over 2000 acres of vineyards and gardens, is a place that provokes the imagination and creative spirit of our time and place through celebration of the art and artists of Northern California in an unsurpassed landscape. 

A shuttle bus took us to the Gatehouse Gallery which houses some of the most iconic works in the collection. We explored exhibitions featuring regional artist and current ideas in contemporary art at the Gatehouse Gallery. The permanent collection is on view in the Main Gallery, historic residence and throughout the gardens and Sculpture Meadow on the property. 

We then viewed the truly impressive new works by Chinese artist, Hung Liu, whose work has been exhibited in art museums and galleries throughout the country. Ms. Liu currently lives in Oakland, where she has been a professor of art at Mills College since 1990. 

Di Rosa offers an incredible range of lively educational opportunities to engage and enrich the encounter with art and nature for all ages. Private tours can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. This is an exceptional opportunity, one that should not be overlooked. For information and reservations, call (707) 226-5991.