Monthly Archives: April 2018

Art Spark Family Workshop: Experimentations in Printmaking

Gallery 1 + 2


Experiment with layers of texture and color to create patterns and images from a variety of recycled materials. Get inspired by prints on view in Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times and learn about relief printing while making a foam block print. Printmaker Amber Fawn Keig will introduce parents and their children to various monotype and relief-printing techniques. Learn how to roll ink with a brayer and watch your little ones investigate tactile surfaces through the printmaking process.
Tickets:
Children 3 and under: Free
Children 4 to 12: $5
Adults: $15 ($10 members)

 
Workshop begins promptly at 1 PM. Space is limited and advance tickets are required. For more information, call 707-226-5991 x22 or email us.
About Art Spark Family Workshops:
Turn inspiration into art! Learn techniques and tricks from professional artists, and make an original artwork to take home. Art Spark Family Workshops begin in the galleries and then move to di Rosa’s studio. Each workshop features a different project suitable for family members of all ages.
Save the date! The next Art Spark Family Workshop will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3-4:30 PM; details to be announced.

Let's Look

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Visitor viewing Carlos Villa’s Blue Piece (1983) in Gallery 1. Photo: Israel Valencia


This is a workshop for anyone who has ever stood in front of a painting or sculpture and wondered what to do next. Approachable tricks of the trade will be taught for viewers to use the next time they are on their own, or with others, looking at art.
This session will explore works on view in Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times.
Free with Gallery 1 admission ($5)

 

In Conversation: Dodie Bellamy and Pamela Lee

Gallery 2 (Program Hub)

Pamela Lee (left) and Dodie Bellamy (right)


In conjunction with Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times, author Dodie Bellamy and art historian Pamela Lee discuss the topic of surveillance and the art world, with a focus on Lee’s two current book projects: the cold war think tank and the dark net. Both projects variously engage the national security state, surveillance, and the political interests of secrecy within contemporary culture.
$10 general / $5 members

 
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of start time to allot for shuttle service from admissions to Gallery 2.
About the Speakers
Dodie Bellamy is co-curator of There’s a Dark Secret in Me: Precarity, Exposure, Camouflage, a presentation of works from di Rosa’s permanent collection around the theme of surveillance, organized with her partner Kevin Killian as part of Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times Part I.
Pamela M. Lee is an art historian and Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts at Stanford University. Her research focuses on late modernism and contemporary art, particularly the relationship between aesthetics and politics.

Napa Valley College Theater Performing Arts Presents A Muse of Fire: A Performative Response

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Students and faculty from Napa Valley College Performing Arts will share original performances that seek to make sense of what it means to live in today’s world.

Performed in repertory, these pieces live in dialogue with di Rosa’s current exhibition, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times Part 2. The performances were developed under the guidance of Jennifer King, Napa Valley College Performing Arts coordinator and artistic director, and as part of a workshop with Shakespearean actor and author Ben Crystal. Crystal led an ensemble of Napa Valley College students, former students and faculty on an exploration of Shakespeare’s sonnets (44, 118, 60, 40 and 81) with themes of immigration, societal health and solidarity. From the workshop, original work was created and will be performed alongside the works of Be not Still: Living in Uncertain Times Part 2.

On view through December 30, 2018, Be Not Still is the second installment of the two-part exhibition, and blends works from the permanent collection with new projects by a fresh roster of Bay Area artists—Victor Cartagena, Ranu Mukherjee, Lava Thomas, and Lexa Walsh—each exploring a topic of their choice in response to the present sociopolitical climate. Organized by Curator Amy Owen and Assistant Curator Kara Q. Smith, with Andrea Saenz Williams, director of education and civic engagement, Be Not Still is an institution-wide initiative to support the production of new work while bringing new dynamism to di Rosa’s comprehensive collection of Northern California art. Major support for Part 2 is provided by Wanda Kownacki and Nion McEvoy. Additional support is provided by Larry S. Goldfarb, Phil Schlein and di Rosa’s Patrons Circle.

$10 general
Free for members, children 17 and under and Napa Valley College students with ID.

Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow for shuttle service from admissions to Gallery 2. Guests who arrive more than 45 minutes in advance will be asked to pay general admission.

About The Artists

Jennifer King is the Founder and artistic director of Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare Napa Valley. Her teaching and directing credits include work for the California Shakespeare Theater (Associate Artist), Dallas Theater Center, Aurora Theatre Company, Playground, Berkeley Playhouse, Sonoma County Repertory Theater, 6th Street Playhouse, The White Barn, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Napa Valley College (Professor of Theater), Richland, Foothill and Solano Colleges, as well as the University of California, Davis.

Ben Crystal is an actor, author, producer and explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production. He was the co-writer of Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal. His first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon 2008) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. His 2017 TEDx talk is called Original Practices: Shakespeare’s Craft. Ben collaborates with theatre companies and gives workshops and talks on performing Shakespeare around the world. He is providing a workshop for Napa Valley College Theater in conjunction with this project.

Holiday Art Spark Family Studio

Gallery 2 + di Rosa Studio

Photo: Israel Valencia

Turn inspiration into art! December’s holiday workshop will be in partnership with Nimbus Arts of St. Helena. You’ll learn techniques and tricks from a professional Nimbus artist, and make an original artwork to take home. We will begin in the galleries and then move to di Rosa’s studio to create a project suitable for family members of all ages. Don’t miss the fun!

Note: di Rosa educators make every effort to select developmentally appropriate works that are not in proximity to mature content.


Tickets:

Children 3 years and under: Free
Children 4-12 years: $5
Adults: $15 ($10 members)

Workshop begins promptly at 1 PM. Space is limited and advance tickets are required. For more information, call 707-226-5991 x24 or email us.