Monthly Archives: December 2018

Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times (Part 2)

Galleries 1 + 2

The second installment of Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times continues the exhibition’s experimental blend of new art commissions and works from the di Rosa collection with four new projects by Bay Area artists, each responding to the evolving social and political climate through a topic of their choice. In Gallery 1, Lexa Walsh explores the topic of assembly through her guest-curated presentation of works from di Rosa’s rich collection of Northern California art. In Gallery 2, Victor Cartagena, Ranu Mukherjee, and Lava Thomas address immigration, societal health, and solidarity, respectively, through large-scale commissioned installations. The dialogue of the exhibition is furthered through an extensive programs and partnerships component that uses the artist projects and the exhibition’s themes as a platform for engagement and inquiry.
Presented in two parts throughout 2018, Be Not Still is an institution-wide initiative to support the production of new work. The exhibition brings new dynamism to the permanent collection and initiates exchanges about ideas that matter.
View information about Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times (Part 1)
Be Not Still is organized by Curator Amy Owen and Assistant Curator Kara Q. Smith, with Andrea Saenz Williams, Director of Education and Civic Engagement. Major support for Part 2 is provided by Wanda Kownacki and Nion McEvoy. Additional support is provided by Barry Murphy and Rosemary Dunbar, Larry S. Goldfarb, Phil Schlein, and di Rosa’s Patrons Circle.


Artists & Projects

Victor Cartagena addresses immigration through a multimedia installation referencing the lives of those who live in the shadows and the oppression their communities face. Lending them visibility as an act of protest, Cartagena highlights their resilience and courage amidst contemporary politics.
Ranu Mukherjee explores the topic of health and how societal events impact our wellbeing—including the relationship between humans and the planet as a whole—through a multi-faceted installation combining choreography, animation, line, and color. Mukherjee’s project includes the production of a new film shot at di Rosa in collaboration with Hope Mohr Dance responding to the recent wildfires.
Lava Thomas engages the topic of solidarity through a dynamic installation comprised of hundreds of suspended pink tambourines covered with various media. The instruments serve as a metaphor for praise and protest while their immersive tethering is emblematic of the power of collective resilience and hope.
Lexa Walsh responds to the notion of assembly through a presentation of works from di Rosa’s collection. Focusing largely on figurative pieces, Walsh references events like marches, vigils, rituals, and protests through creative groupings of the objects on the walls and gallery floor.
 

Related Programs & Events:

Saturday, June 30, 5-7 PM
Opening Reception
Free and open to the public
Galleries 1 + 2
Thursday, July 19, 5-8 PM
Third Thursdays / Sew-in with Lexa Walsh
$5 / Free for members
Gallery 1
Saturday, July 28, 3-4 PM
The In-Between: Tea Talk with Lexa Walsh
Free
Offsite: Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Saturday, October 6th, 3-5 PM
In Conversation:
Victor Cartagena with Guests

$10 general / $5 members
Gallery 2
Select Tuesdays (Sept-Oct), 5:30-7:30 PM
interACTIVE
Free
Offsite: Napa County Library
Saturday, October 13, 2:30 – 5:30 PM
An Afternoon of Conversation and Performance: Ranu Mukherjee, Judy Dater and Hope Mohr Dance
$10 general / $5 members
Gallery 2
Saturday, November 3, 3-5 PM
In Conversation:
Lava Thomas + Solidarity Button Making

$10 general / $5 members
Gallery 2
Saturday, December 1, 12:30-2:30 PM
Napa Valley College Theater Performing Arts Presents A Muse of Fire: A Performative Response
$10 general / free for members
Gallery 2

Learn more:

Read the press release
View the exhibition brochure
Explore Be Not Still (Part 1)

Selected Press:

KQED

Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection

Gallery 1

William Allan, Update for the Model of Rome, 1992

There is no better image for this dive into di Rosa’s collection than William Allan’s 1992 painting, Update for the Model of Rome. Allan, who spent much time in and around the collection, here imagines not a new reality, per se, but a new way to imagine it. Likewise, the works by 40 artists in this exhibition address the world by offering generative visions of transformation and repair through social, physical, and ceremonial relationships. Artists like Carlos Villa and K. Lee Manuel made garments to be worn in public rites; Norman Stiegelmeyer and Robert Bechtle offer visions of psychic shifts; William Theophilus Brown, Irene Pijoan, Oliver Lee Jackson and Joan Brown’s paintings catch their subjects just on the cusp of social change. Exhibited for the first time are 13 collaborative drawings by William Allan and his friends, William T. Wiley, Robert Hudson, Robert Nelson, and Bill Geis, which were made for the filming of Dorothy Wiley and Gunvor Nelson’s 70-minute film about those artists and their families, BILLBOBBILLBILLBOB. These and a handful of related drawings memorialize the ethos documented in the film and remain a powerful example of the collaborative, community-based art and life that found fertile ground here at di Rosa itself. 

Support  for Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection is provided by di Rosa’s Patrons Circle.

Curated by Dan Nadel, this is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions exploring di Rosa’s remarkable holdings of Northern California art organized by guest curators from beyond the Bay Area.

Learn more:

Read the brochure

di Rosa seeks volunteers for school tours

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is recruiting volunteers to conduct school tours of all ages. Gallery teachers/volunteers should be curious about art and ideas, comfortable working in an indoor/outdoor environment and available to volunteer weekdays during the day. Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply. Conversational Spanish or other languages is helpful but not required.
Training will be held on seven Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 19 from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. New volunteers are expected to make a two-year commitment, participate in monthly training and be available a minimum of twice a month.
For more information, or to apply, contact Hugo Corro at hugo@dirosaart.org or call 707-226-5991.

Other Ways to Give

AmazonSmile
Support di Rosa every time you shop at Amazon with AmazonSmile! Did you know… Every time you shop at Amazon, you can also give back to di Rosa at no additional cost!
Simply visit AmazonSmile, log into your Amazon account, and select “Di Rosa Preserve” as your charitable organization. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of all qualified purchases.
Proceeds benefit di Rosa’s cultural and educational programs. And that gives everyone a reason to smile!
Become a Volunteer
Help fulfill di Rosa’s public mission and serve members of our community. Click here for more information.
Direct Your Donation
Exhibition Support
Support the rich, thought-provoking exhibitions that offer visitors a variety of ways to engage with contemporary art and ideas. You’ll see our remarkable collection through the fresh eyes of guest curators, experiencing a variety of works and newly commissioned installations.
Exhibitions take a lot of planning and coordination with curators, other organizations, artists and collectors. Your donation provides the funding needed to develop and present new exhibitions.
Education and Civic Engagement Program Support
Underwrite a myriad of public programs for all ages. There are a variety of opportunities available for children, families, and adults. With a commitment to the civic dimension of arts education and convening public audiences to explore the issues of our time, di Rosa is proud to partner with like-minded organizations throughout the region.
Your support ensures that all visitors have an engaging and memorable experience.
School and Teacher Programs
Arts field trips matter! Teachers work directly with the education team to develop a customized tour that aligns curriculum and is developmentally appropriate for students. di Rosa is committed to offering free admission to PK-12 schools with financial need.
With your contribution, di Rosa can also offer funding for buses, so that all children, regardless of school budget, can have a meaningful field trip, locally, instead of spending critical classroom hours traveling to the city.
Estate and Gift Planning
You can make a lasting impact through estate planning. Planned giving vehicles include bequests in wills, charitable and living trusts, retirement plans, and life insurance beneficiary designations. These types of gifts not only offer significant tax advantages, but they also demonstrate your commitment to di Rosa’s mission and vision.
If you have already included di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in your estate plans, we want to recognize and thank you for your support. Please complete this form to join di Rosa’s Legacy Circle and share optional information about your plans.
For more information or to have a confidential discussion about the options above, please contact Colleen Schulman, Director of Development, 707-226-5991 x19 or colleen@dirosaart.org.

Other Ways to Give

AmazonSmile
Support di Rosa every time you shop at Amazon with AmazonSmile! Did you know… Every time you shop at Amazon, you can also give back to di Rosa at no additional cost!

Simply visit AmazonSmile, log into your Amazon account, and select “Di Rosa Preserve” as your charitable organization. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of all qualified purchases.

Proceeds benefit di Rosa’s cultural and educational programs. And that gives everyone a reason to smile!

Become a Volunteer
Help fulfill di Rosa’s public mission and serve members of our community. Click here for more information.

Direct Your Donation

Exhibition Support
Support the rich, thought-provoking exhibitions that offer visitors a variety of ways to engage with contemporary art and ideas. You’ll see our remarkable collection through the fresh eyes of guest curators, experiencing a variety of works and newly commissioned installations.

Exhibitions take a lot of planning and coordination with curators, other organizations, artists and collectors. Your donation provides the funding needed to develop and present new exhibitions.

Education and Civic Engagement Program Support
Underwrite a myriad of public programs for all ages. There are a variety of opportunities available for children, families, and adults. With a commitment to the civic dimension of arts education and convening public audiences to explore the issues of our time, di Rosa is proud to partner with like-minded organizations throughout the region.

Your support ensures that all visitors have an engaging and memorable experience.

School and Teacher Programs
Arts field trips matter! Teachers work directly with the education team to develop a customized tour that aligns curriculum and is developmentally appropriate for students. di Rosa is committed to offering free admission to PK-12 schools with financial need.

With your contribution, di Rosa can also offer funding for buses, so that all children, regardless of school budget, can have a meaningful field trip, locally, instead of spending critical classroom hours traveling to the city.

Estate and Gift Planning
You can make a lasting impact through estate planning. Planned giving vehicles include bequests in wills, charitable and living trusts, retirement plans, and life insurance beneficiary designations. These types of gifts not only offer significant tax advantages, but they also demonstrate your commitment to di Rosa’s mission and vision.

If you have already included di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in your estate plans, we want to recognize and thank you for your support. Please complete this form to join di Rosa’s Legacy Circle and share optional information about your plans.

For more information or to have a confidential discussion about the options above, please contact Colleen Schulman, Director of Development, 707-226-5991 x19 or colleen@dirosaart.org.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Holly Krassner Dawson
(707) 738-9238
holly@hollykdawson.com

Napa Valley College Theater Performing Arts Presents
A Muse of Fire: A Performative Response at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
Saturday, December 1, 12:30-2:30 pm

NAPA, CA, November 23, 2018 – 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 on Saturday, December 1, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.
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.
Admission to attend A Muse of Fire is $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 time for shuttle service from admissions to Gallery 2. For more information, visit:

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


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.
ABOUT DI ROSA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents contemporary exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and maintains a permanent collection of notable works by artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. A wide range of styles, media, and subject matter provides an overview of the creative energy and freedom to experiment that characterize this region of California. Protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust, di Rosa features multiple galleries, a sculpture park, and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region. di Rosa is located at 5200 Sonoma Highway in Napa. For more information, visit dirosaart.org.

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di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art seeks volunteers for school tour program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT
Holly Krassner Dawson
707-738-9238
holly@hollykdawson.com
 

DI ROSA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SCHOOL TOUR PROGRAM

NAPA, CA, November 16, 2018 – di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is recruiting volunteers to conduct school tours that provide meaningful learning experiences for students of all ages.
Gallery teachers/volunteers should be curious about art and ideas, comfortable working in an indoor/outdoor environment and available to volunteer weekdays during the day. Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply. Conversational Spanish or other languages is helpful but not required.
Training will be held on seven consecutive Tuesdays, January 8 through February 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The training program will include an overview of the di Rosa collection and upcoming 2019 exhibitions, viewing strategies for looking at art, mini-workshops for guiding hands-on gallery activities and engagement, management, and teaching strategies for students in galleries and museums. New volunteers are expected to make a two-year commitment to the program, participate in monthly training sessions and be available to instruct a minimum of two gallery lessons per month.
Applications are due by December 21, 2018. For more information, or to apply, contact Hugo Corro at hugo@dirosaart.org or call 707-226-5991.

ABOUT DI ROSA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents contemporary exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and maintains a permanent collection of notable works by artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. A wide range of styles, media and subject matter provides an overview of the creative energy and freedom to experiment that characterize this region of California. di Rosa features multiple galleries, a sculpture park and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region that are protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust. For more information, visit dirosaart.org.

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Colleen Schulman named Director of Development for di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT
Holly Krassner Dawson
707-738-9238
holly@hollykdawson.com
 

COLLEEN SCHULMAN NAMED DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
FOR DI ROSA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

NAPA, CA, November 14, 2018 – di Rosa Center for Contemporary Arts announced today the appointment of Colleen Schulman as director of development for the Napa-based arts organization. Schulman joined di Rosa in 2017 as senior development officer and has served as interim director of development for the past 4 1/2 months.
As director of development, Schulman is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing di Rosa’s fundraising efforts, including membership, annual fund, major and leadership gifts, grants, corporate support, planned giving, events and large-scale fundraising campaigns. She is currently spearheading efforts for di Rosa’s Centennial Gala, which will take place on February 2, 2019. The event will mark the 100th year of founder Rene di Rosa’s birth and will feature the presentation of the inaugural di Rosa Award.
A seasoned fundraiser, Schulman brings to di Rosa more than a decade of experience in the arts and higher education, including her most recent role as annual and special giving manager for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis where she launched the new museum’s inaugural annual giving program.
Schulman’s fundraising career also includes roles as the director of development for UC Davis in the College of Letters and Science and development officer and function manager for the Concord Museum in Concord, Mass. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history and classics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Colleen earned her Master of Science in Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University. She currently serves on the Arts Council Napa Valley board of directors.
“We welcome Colleen as an important addition to our leadership team,” said Robert Sain, executive director of di Rosa. “During her interim position at di Rosa, she has proven time and again her passion for and expertise in arts philanthropy. We are delighted to confirm her as director and look forward to her continued contributions to di Rosa’s growth and success.”
“di Rosa is at an exciting pivot point,” said Schulman. “Over the past year, the organization has opened its doors to engage new audiences and visitors like never before. A robust, expanding roster of rotating exhibitions and public programs has been well-received. I look forward to continuing my work as an advocate for di Rosa and securing the philanthropic support the organization needs to assure its long-term sustainability.”

ABOUT DI ROSA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents contemporary exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and maintains a permanent collection of notable works by artists living or working in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. A wide range of styles, media and subject matter provides an overview of the creative energy and freedom to experiment that characterize this region of California. di Rosa features multiple galleries, a sculpture park and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region that are protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust. For more information, visit dirosaart.org.
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