Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lost and Found: Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld

Gatehouse Gallery

Lost_and_Found_webpicThis exhibition presents work by two Bay Area-based artists who share a fascination with the overlooked and the unfamiliar. Elisheva Biernoff investigates possible narratives through trompe l’oeil renderings of found and invented artifacts such as postcards and vintage photographs. Floris Schönfeld explores lost histories and the realm of belief through multifaceted research and installation. Together their work infuses wonder to the unknown, questions the relationship between the uncanny and the authentic, and invites discovery. read more
Image: Floris Schönfeld, The Damagomi Reconstructions; Lab Experiment #2 (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Lost and Found Artist Talk

Join us for a conversation with artists Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld as they explore the ideas and works behind the current exhibition, Lost and Found.
$10 General / $5 Members. RSVP via email or call 707-226-5991 x27.

Opening Reception:Desirée Holman: Sophont in Action

This solo exhibition presents new work by noted contemporary artist Desirée Holman. Through a range of media, Holman explores the overlap of science fiction and New Age mysticism and the iconography associated with these realms—including aliens, auras, and time travelers—to examine the space where fantasy can reveal truth. Sophont in Action emerges from Holman’s long-standing interest in the communal uses of technology for creative, spiritual, and social fulfillment. Oscillating between terrestrial and extraterrestrial, and new and old ages, Holman’s current body of work speaks largely to our culturally developed conceptions of “otherness” and the shaping of identity within an evolving world. read more
Free. Members Preview 5-6 PM. Click here to join the event on Facebook.

Creativity Jampresented with Nimbus Arts

Join us for a day of art, music, and family fun at the fourth annual Creativity Jam! This delightfully unconventional arts event features artist-led projects by Nimbus Arts, live music by local band Trio Soleá, and remarkable hand-blown bubble demonstrations by “bubblesmith” Sterling Johnson. Delicious Mexican food from SMOKE: Open Fire Cooking and an assortment of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s will be available for purchase, plus complimentary wine tasting for the adults, courtesy of di Rosa’s artisan wine sponsor and Carneros neighbor, Saintsbury. In between activities, families are welcome to explore the di Rosa galleries or soak up the sun on the courtyard lawn. Water provided by Trader Joe’s. Picnic blankets are welcome, but please no picnic baskets, coolers, outside food, or pets.
$20 adults / $10 kids (free under 3) / 10% off for di Rosa Members. Click here for tickets.
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Performance:Desirée Holman: Sophont in Action

In conjunction with the exhibition Desirée Holman: Sophont in Action, Holman presents an exclusive, site-specific performance featuring residents of the local community. This special event offers firsthand participation in an outdoor fantasyscape created by the artist that will unfold throughout di Rosa’s lush and stunning grounds. The elaborate, large-scale performance builds on Holman’s current body of work exploring the overlapping terrain of New Age mysticism, science fiction, and technology. Viewers will be guided by foot and open-air bus to encounter characters performing choreography inspired by science fiction films, spiritual dance forms, yoga asanas, and human formations. Space is limited and expected to sell out. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unforgettable live performance set in an extraordinary natural landscape!

Advance purchase of tickets required:
$40 General / $25 Members
$150 Patron – Includes an intimate studio visit with Desirée Holman in Oakland (choice of 3 dates, to be determined by the artist)
$450 Sophont – Patron level benefits plus a limited edition, signed print by Desirée Holman (see below)*
To purchase tickets and secure a spot, click here. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
For questions, contact Meagan Doud, curatorial assistant, by email or 707-226-5991 x27. Note: The performance begins promptly at 7 PM; late entry is not available. Additional details will be sent with the ticket confirmation.
*Exclusive Offer for Art Collectors: di Rosa is pleased to offer a limited edition of signed, custom-made prints by Desirée Holman to benefit the production and performance of Sophont in Action. Available for a limited time exclusively at and in di Rosa’s gift shop. Tickets to the performance at the Sophont level ($450) include a signed print of Aura, Annie Besant, 2014.

In Conversation: Desirée Holman

Join us as Desirée Holman discusses the development of her new body of work, Sophont in Action, in conversation with cultural critic Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information.
$10 General / $5 Members. RSVP by email or call (707) 226-5991 x27

In Conversation: Jim Melchert

Writer and Art Practical | Daily Serving director Patricia Maloney speaks with Jim Melchert about the esteemed artist’s long friendship with Rene di Rosa. The di Rosa collection features works by Melchert spanning forty years of the artist’s career, starting with ceramic pieces acquired from Melchert’s first exhibition in 1964. That early introduction between the artist and Rene di Rosa spawned a relationship that would have a profound impact on the lives of both men, and provides a rich example of the influence artist and patron can have on each other. The conversation will offer insights into works featured in Collection in Focus: Jim Melchert, currently on view in the Gatehouse Gallery, as well as reflections on a career and collection that evolved entwined.
4–4:30 PM Wine reception; 4:30–6 PM Conversation
$10 General / $5 Members. RSVP by email or call (707) 226-5991 x27

Opening Reception: Bay Area Now 7

di Rosa is honored to be one of 15 Bay Area visual arts organizations selected to participate in YBCA’s signature triennial Bay Area Now 7 (July 18–October 5, 2014). Using an art fair style format in which the selected participants present curated projects in a shared exhibition space, BAN7 celebrates visual arts organizations as vital players in the local arts ecology. The exhibition aims to foster increased appreciation for Bay Area art, artists, and organizers, and to promote a greater understanding of the vast range of practices and individual visions that make the Bay Area such a vibrant center for contemporary art.
For this exhibition, di Rosa commissioned San Francisco-based artist and filmmaker Floris Schönfeld to create an alternative creation myth of the di Rosa site in the format of a live action role-playing (LARP) game. Schönfeld collaborated with a local LARP group to integrate di Rosa’s site and collection into the narrative and logic of their existing game, Sanguine Dreams, a vampire chronicle set in 1980s Sonoma County. The game was played throughout di Rosa’s 217-acre property over three nocturnal gaming sessions in the spring of 2014. The project manifests as a multi-part installation including documentation shot during the gaming period, seminal artifacts from the resulting story, and a narrative video discussing the rules of the game.
Join us at YBCA to see Schönfeld’s installation, Sanguine Dreams at di Rosa, and celebrate the opening of this exciting exhibition. Enjoy cocktails and lively entertainment, and meet and mingle with some of the Bay Area’s finest contemporary artists.
Held offsite at YBCA: 701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), San Francisco. $12 advance / $15 at door. Click here for more information.

Annual Members Picnic – SOLD OUT

Every year our members enjoy a beautiful day of hiking, music, art, food, and creativity at the Annual Members Picnic. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in di Rosa’s shaded Olive Grove with live music and complimentary refreshments. Guests are invited to explore the galleries and Sculpture Meadow on their own, or join art talks and nature hikes throughout the day. Interactive art activities, including life drawing, are also offered. Free for members and their guests (number of guests is specified by level of membership). See photos from the 2013 Members Picnic on our Flickr album.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Due to limited space we cannot accept any more reservations. 

ONES AND ZEROS Panel Discussion

Gatehouse Gallery


Artist Simon Pyle with works from his series “Screens.”

In conjunction with the current exhibition ONES AND ZEROS, join us as artists Aaron Finnis, Matt Lipps, Sanaz Mazinani, and Simon Pyle discuss their varied practices followed by an engaging conversation moderated by the exhibition curators, Jeanne Gerrity and Amy Owen.
$10 General / $5 Members
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