Napa has become a destination for art due to the numerous Napa Valley art galleries scattered throughout the area. It’s the place to experience revolving art exhibitions as well as permanent collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photographs.
Many Napa Valley wineries display art in their tasting rooms. You will also find a large number of publicly displayed works of art throughout the valley.
Where to Find Art in the Napa Valley
di Rosa Preserve is Napa’s best kept secret. Enjoy both art and nature on this 217 acre estate. Guided tours lead you through the scenic outdoor Sculpture Meadow. The indoor Napa Valley art galleries at di Rosa are home to approximately 2000 works of art. The unique thing about di Rosa is its gorgeous outdoor setting. The property encompasses 53 acres, including a 35-acre lake, plus 162 acres of natural wildlife preserve. Di Rosa gives you the chance to appreciate art and the outdoors at the same time. (Fees vary; make reservations 707-226-5991)
Hess Collection Enjoy the windy drive through a scenic wooded area to this winery and art gallery located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. Stop by the tasting room to sample the high quality wine. Then head next door to the collection of modern and contemporary art. This is the private collection of Donald Hess who purchases only works of art that deeply move him. Experience works by Frank Stella, Andy Goldsworty, Robert Motherwell, Anselm Kiefer, and Robert Rauschenberg. Don’t miss the burning typewriter, called Homage by Argentinean artist Leopoldo Maler. This truly is an amazing collection of thought provoking art! (free)
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Artesa Vineyards has been extremely fortunate to have Gordon Huether as their artist in residence since 1997. Gordon is well-known for his large-scale public sculptures. He is able to brilliantly integrate the sculptures into the architecture of building around the world. His work includes airports, fire stations, hospitals, community centers, and parking garages. All of the work Huether designs is fabricated at his studio in Napa.
He also has a gallery in Napa that is opened to the public. Gordon Huether believes public art can enhance a person’s individual experience of a space, shape its environment in a positive way, and result in a new level of perception upon an otherwise every day experience. Explore his unique works of art at Artesa Vineyards or at the Gordon Huether Studio & Gallery in Napa. (free)
Clos Pegase Winery
Clos Pegase has a number of unique sculptures scatter around the winery grounds. Take a stroll to view the unique works of art. Clos Pegase also has an Artist in Residence Program. The current artist at Clos Pegase is Barbara Nechis. Barbara paints watercolors. You can roam into the Private Tasting room at Clos Pegase to visit with her. On most weekends you will find her painting at the winery. Watch her paint or even sign up for one of her workshops.
Peju Napa Valley
Roam the beautifully manicured gardens at Peju Winery to discover unique outdoor sculptures. Visit their indoor art gallery on the second floor which highlights top artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. Art exhibits rotate through this upstairs Napa Valley art gallery. There’s something different to see each time you visit. You’ll find a friendly tasting room and a nice variety of great wines. Appointments are not required for regular, “classic” tastings. However, there are special tasting opportunities that do require an appointment. (Fees for tastings; art displays are free)
Napa ARTWalk showcases a rotating group of sculptures. Various artists allow the City of Napa to borrow their art works for two years. 15 sculptures have been places in downtown Napa. You’ll find them on First and Main Streets and along the riverfront promenade. The incredible works of art currently on display began in June 2015. The exhibit continues through May 2017. Visit the Napa ARTwalk website to download a tour brochure. There’s also a free app for your smartphone. This app will walk you through a self-guided tour. Enjoy hese unique displays of public art at your own pace. You may find that you prefer these outdoor Napa Valley art galleries over indoor exhibits! (free)
Yountville Art Walk
Find more than forty outdoor sculptures scattered throughout downtown Yountville. Most of these amazing works of art are for sale. When sold, a percentage of the proceeds are donated to the Yountville Arts Fun. Docent led walking tours are conducted on a regular basis. Tours are approximately two hours long. Call (707) 944-8712 to reserve a spot on the next tour. If you prefer to stroll the Art Walk at your own pace, click on the link above to download a map of the Art Walk.
If you have browsed art at any of these Napa Valley Art Galleries, please tell us below about your experiences. We would love to hear your thoughts about art in Napa!