Monthly Archives: April 2015

In Conversation: Peter Saul

Gatehouse Gallery

Peter Saul, View of SF / Red Plane, 1985. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 67 x 109 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.

Peter Saul’s lush and masterfully rendered paintings have been admired and derided far and wide for more than 50 years. A San Francisco native, Peter Saul (b. 1934) has charted his own candy-colored course from California to Paris to Austin to New York, exploring sex, money, politics, self-loathing, food, war, death, and many combinations therein.
Join us for this rare opportunity as Saul returns to the Bay Area to discuss his work and lively style in conversation with Jordan Stein, co-curator of the current exhibition, Relax in Electric Chair: Peter Saul at di Rosa. Following the talk, those in attendance are invited to stay for the Members’ Preview of Tongue-in-Cheek, starting at 5 PM.
$10 General / $5 Members. Tickets are limited and subject to availability; click here to purchase. Spread the word: join and share the event on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Tongue-in-Cheek

Gatehouse Gallery

Kate Rhoades, Required Skimming (based on Forgetting the Art World by Pamela M. Lee), 2014. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Kate Rhoades, Required Skimming (based on Forgetting the Art World by Pamela M. Lee), 2014. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition explores the continuing legacy of humor and absurdity in Bay Area art through the lens of a new generation of artists. In an increasingly fraught social and political context—both locally and abroad—many artists have turned to comedy to reflect upon and illuminate the absurdities of daily life. Tongue-in-Cheek presents a selection of these works in painting, photography, sculpture, video, text, and performance by artists Tammy Rae Carland, Jonn Herschend, Bessma Khalaf, Jennie Ottinger, Kate Rhoades, Chris Sollars, Lindsey White, and Wonderment Consortium. Known for its oft irreverent collection, di Rosa provides an apt context to examine this powerful approach to art making that favors laughter as a critical tool.
Free. Members Preview 5-6 PM.
Let us know you’re coming: click here to RSVP or join the event on Facebook.

ART SPARK Family Workshops (May-July 2017)

Gatehouse Gallery / Main Gallery

Photo: Israel Valencia

Photo: Israel Valencia

Get inspired by what you discover at di Rosa and experiment with mixed media to make your own original artworks. Each workshop features a different project for families to take home.
Tickets, per workshop:
Children 15 and under: Free
Adults: $12 ($10 members)
Workshops begin promptly at 1 PM. Space is limited and advance tickets are required.
Questions? Call 707-226-5991 x24 or email us for more information.

May 21, 2017, 1-3:30 PM
Hats Off

Art Instructor: Hugo Corro
Throughout the di Rosa collection are examples of how a hat can be both an artistic expression and a representation of personal identity. Join us in expressing your own personal identity by selecting one of our provided hats as a starting point and turning it into a piece of wearable art by decorating it with personal and found objects, painting, and modification.

July 9, 2017, 1-3:30 PM
Cold Fusion Floral Bouquets

Art Instructor: Josanna Zavala
Learn how to use tools for metal assemblage and hone your cold fusion techniques to create a bouquet and vase from a diverse inventory of recovered and recycled materials including scrap metal, beads, buttons, jewelry, wire, and adhesives. Families will tour select artworks to see how artists fuse together disparate materials to create something fresh and unusual before creating their own one-of-a-kind sculptures.


Creativity Jam



Photos: Israel Valencia

Join us for a day of art and family fun at the seventh annual Creativity Jam! On this special Sunday, families rule! You are invited to make art on the di Rosa grounds all day long. We provide the entertainment, ice cream, and multiple art activities in partnership with our friends Nimbus Arts. New to the event this year is the option to bring your own picnic. Picnic baskets, coolers, and blankets are welcome, but please no picnic furniture (picnic tables will be available), alcohol, or pets.
This year we also welcome back the internationally acclaimed puppet troupe Magical Moonshine Theatre for multiple performances on the courtyard lawn. In between activities, families are invited to explore the sculptures in the courtyard. The Gatehouse Gallery, featuring our current exhibition Based on a True Story and gift shop, will also be open.
Complimentary cold water will be provided, plus one free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone for each attending child (adults have the option to purchase additional cones).
$10 adults
$5 children (free for children under 3)

Special thanks to Bank of Marin for sponsoring this event.
Additional support provided by the Mental Insight Foundation.

Pétanque with Paul Kos and Curators’ Walkthrough

di Rosa Galleries & Grounds


Paul Kos, Zizi Va (detail), 1994. Wood, steel, glass, and pétanque balls, 105 x 40 x 12.5 in. Gift of Gregory and Jennifer Kos. di Rosa Collection, Napa

Join curator Amy Owen and guest curator Tanya Zimbardo for a walkthrough of Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey followed by an opportunity to cheer on Paul Kos and special guests as they activate his site-specific installation, Zizi Va (1994), through the game of pétanque.
Since the 1990s Kos has brought pétanque into various exhibition contexts and as public commissions. Also known as Boules, pétanque is an outdoor game that originated in France and is similar to bocce. Kos’s Zizi Va, recently restored in anticipation of the artist’s survey, consists of two pétanque courts and a wooden cabinet housing a sculptural installation with the male version of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés, viewable through a small peephole.
Located adjacent to the pétanque courts, Kos’s installation Tunnel/Chapel (1997, with Isabelle Sorrell), the artist’s video masterpiece Chartres Bleu (1982-86), and di Rosa’s Main Gallery will also be on view during the event.
Event Schedule:
4 PM: Curators’ walkthrough
5 PM: Pétanque spectating and refreshments
Transportation to the pétanque courts departs at 4:45 PM.
Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided.
$10 general / $5 members
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Questions? Email us or call 707-226-5991 x27

Members Picnic 2017

Olive Grove

2016 di Rosa - Members Picnic

Photo: Israel Valencia

Exclusive to di Rosa members, our Members Picnic invites guests to join us for a casual bring-your-own picnic on the beautiful grounds of di Rosa. Groove to live music in our olive grove with complimentary refreshments, join a nature hike, and explore the Residence Gallery and Sculpture Meadow up close during this fun-filled summer celebration.
Free for di Rosa Members (limit 2 adult tickets per membership). Space is limited; reservations required.

(Reservations will not be accepted before this date)
New! Online registration available via our Patron Portal for members. Members, stay tuned for an email closer to the registration date with instructions.
Email us or call 707-226-5991 x17
Not a member? Join today!

Creativity Jam

di Rosa Galleries & Grounds

Creativity Jam 2015. Photos: Israel Valencia

Creativity Jam 2015. Photos: Israel Valencia

Join us for a day of art and family fun at the sixth annual Creativity Jam! Co-presented by Nimbus Arts, this delightfully unconventional arts event features artist-led projects and interactive fun for all ages. Art activities this year will revolve around the theme of “myths and legends” and include Pegasus sculptures, legendary collages, and mythic masks with artists David Garden, Anne Pentland, and Jessica Wilhelm.
This year we also welcome back the internationally acclaimed puppet troupe Magical Moonshine Theatre for outdoor performances of The Golden Armadillo and a second surprise show (both presented in Spanish and English).
In between activities, families are welcome to explore the galleries and soak up the sun on the courtyard lawn. (Note: the Residence Gallery will not be on view.)
Lunch will be available for purchase from Villa Corona (CASH ONLY). Complimentary bottled water provided will be provided by Trader Joe’s, plus free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cones for each attending child. Picnic blankets are welcome, but please no outside food or pets.
$20 adults ($18 members)
$10 kids ($9 members)
Free for children under 3
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Special thanks to the Mental Insight Foundation for their financial support of 2016 Family Programs at di Rosa, including Creativity Jam.

Equilibrium: Curators in Conversation

Gatehouse Gallery

Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey (installation view). Photo: Wilfred J. Jones

Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey (installation view). Photo: Wilfred J. Jones

In conjunction with Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey, co-curators Amy Owen and Tanya Zimbardo join guest speaker Constance Lewallen in conversation to discuss Paul Kos’s diverse body of work and engagement with the natural landscape. The exhibition will be on view following the conversation.

  • Amy Owen, curator at di Rosa
  • Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Constance Lewallen, adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

$10 general / $5 members
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Questions? Email us or call 707-226-5991 x27

Members Picnic – SOLD OUT

di Rosa Galleries & Olive Grove


Illustration by Adrienne Lobl

Every year we invite our members to a summer picnic at di Rosa. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in di Rosa’s olive grove with live music by Trio Solea and complimentary refreshments. Explore the galleries and wander the grounds on your own or join art talks, nature hikes, and outdoor life drawing sessions throughout the day. View photos from the 2015 Members Picnic.
Free for members and their guests (number of guests is specified by level of membership). Space is limited: RSVP required. Bring lunch, wine, and a blanket. Beer and water is provided. Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes suited for walking on trails.

This event is SOLD OUT. Email us or call 707-226-5991 x17 to join the waiting list.
If you have already made a reservation but your plans have changed, we kindly ask that you let us know to release your spot.

Fall Art and Nature Hikes

Sculpture Meadow & Milliken Peak

Hikers pass by Mark di Suvero’s For Veronica (1987) on the way up to Milliken Peak. Photo: Israel Valencia

Join di Rosa’s experienced guides for an exclusive hike through the Sculpture Meadow and to the top of Milliken Peak, the highest summit in the Carneros region. This popular hike is moderately strenuous (3 miles round trip, with approx. 650 ft. elevation gain) and offers sweeping views of the North Bay. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Offered on the following dates (10 am-noon):
September 10
September 24
October 8
$20 General / Members receive one free pass
Space is limited; reservations required:
Call 707-226-5991 x25 or email the Tours office