Among a plethora of art-inspiring views, the scenic Napa Valley influences artists in as many ways as there are wine varietals. Now that harvest and Cabernet Season are but a tasty, lasting memory, it’s time to plan a visit to experience Arts in April. In an effort to highlight the arts culture within the Napa Valley, this month-long series of arts-related events began seven years ago. Inspired by the many patrons of arts, such as the late Margrit Mondavi and past partisans of art and current arts enthusiasts, visitors may enjoy a visual feast, and in typical Napa Valley style, paired with wine tastings.

Deirdre Shibano Requiem, 2016 Oil on canvas

Deirdre Shibano Requiem, 2016 Oil on canvas 20” x 24”

Art is an expression or application of an individual’s imagination. Calistoga plans to harness the creativity of dozens of artists to host a weekend full of inspirational art, beginning March 30, when T-Vine Winery will host a “Flower Bomb” reception Thursday evening, from 6-8 p.m., with wine, snacks and live Latin guitar music. Inspired by de Young’s “Bouquets to Art” exhibit, “Flower Bomb” will display both local artworks and reproductions of masterpieces paired with floral arrangements. Local artists included in this exhibit include Linda Wilds-Beltz and Deirdre Shibano. Like wines paired with chocolate or cheese maximize a tasting experience, the floral pairings will complement each floral interpretation of painting or print while demonstrating local talent.

T-Vine Winery is located at 810 Foothill Blvd. in Calistoga. The “Flower Bomb” continues at T-Vine Winery on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 & 2. This same weekend, be sure to stop at Picayune Cellars, behind the Calistoga Train Depot, and at Napa County Fairgrounds, to view mud sculptures created by Lisa Kaplan.

Mud made from volcanic ash and mineral water is a staple of Calistoga’s wellness scene; Calistoga’s Native American Wappo tribe knew the healing benefits of Calistoga mud thousands of years ago. Today, Calistoga’s spa resorts capture the authenticity of these historic mud treatments. But mud takes on an artistic form with Lisa Kaplan’s beautiful sculptures created from manzanita and cob, a combination of mud and straw. The health benefits of mud treatments are in its detoxification, but mud is also a very forgiving artistic medium and makes for expressive figurative art.

Who Will Be Our Leaders? by Lisa Kaplan

Who Will Be Our Leaders? by Lisa Kaplan

Arts in April takes on a literary form with a Storytelling Speakeasy to be held Saturday, April 1, from 6-9 p.m. at Tank Garage Winery, located at 1020 Foothill Boulevard. A curated presentation of poetry, spoken word and storytelling, this event focuses on words as an artistic medium, with an after-hours wine tasting in a funky, inspiring space. The Storytelling Speakeasy seeks to introduce the audience to the presence of the written word in the Napa Valley in a relaxed and relatable way. This event captures the bohemian atmosphere of Calistoga, which fosters creativity and adventurous spirit, much as the original speakeasies of the 1920s were havens for society’s outliers, misfits and artists.

Last, but not least, ENGAGE Art Fair in Calistoga will demonstrate the Valley’s aptitude for art. This transformative gallery-style exhibition will be held at Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. Considered an experiential exhibit, ENGAGE is meant to captivate your creative mind by presenting opportunities to meet an assortment of cultivators, sample local wines and food, listen to live music, and immerse yourself with San Francisco Bay Area art, craft and designs.

The Calistoga we know today originated as a getaway for relaxation and healing through the environment’s geothermal springs. As laid back as Calistoga remains, it is also an innovative environment which continuously nourishes creativity outside of the social norm.

Crossposted from VisitCalistoga.com

Coverphoto: Linda Wilds Beltz Petaling, Pedaling, 2008 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18”