Trick-or-Treating + Haunted Museum

Events: Past, Upcoming Public Programs

our ghosts and ghouls have been crafting tricks and treats, join us… if you dare!

It’s baaaaack! di Rosa’s trick-or-treat Halloween is returning this year with a haunted museum! Bring your bravest friends and family members of all ages for a spooktacular afternoon at di Rosa!

New tricks

Costume contest

Haunted Museum

Spooky photo booth

Returning from the grave…

Trick-or-treating

Face painting

Spooky eye-spy

Courtyard games

Monster mash & Halloween hits!

Beware!

Creative costume contest at 3 PM, in the Courtyard

Eclectic Collecting Conversation & Happy Hour

Events: Past

a conversation and happy hour for the avid and curious collector in all of us.

JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE JOYS AND DANGERS OF COLLECTING ART, FOLLOWED BY A COLLECTOR HAPPY HOUR

This conversation is sure to be fun and informative, whether you have paintings hung from the ceiling and bowling balls in your bathtub, or you have been wandering MFA shows and musing over monographs. 

Taking place amidst di Rosa’s renowned collection, come get the inside scoop from di Rosa’s Executive Director and Chief Curator Kate Eilertsen, (also a collector), art advisor Chandra Cerrito, and gallerist David Keaton. The program will be moderated by Andrea Saenz, di Rosa’s Deputy Director and Director of Education.

Do you want to know where to start? How to care for your collection? Tips on care and display? Bring your questions and join the conversation!

Collector Happy Hour

3:30 – 4:30 PM | Gallery 2 Patio

A collectors’ happy hour will be held on the back patio of Gallery 2 following the conversation. Mingle among the art with a drink, a snack, and new friends.

“Every hour is a happy hour, when you collect art.”

-David Keaton

 

Eclectic Collecting Press Release

Young collectors Display

November 12 | Gallery 2 Patio

Artworks created by children during a recent family program will be displayed during the happy hour. These artworks explore the concept of collecting and assembling natural objects found at di Rosa, highlighting the variety of collecting possibilities available to all ages.

Above: “Residence Re-hang” artworks hung salon-style in homage to their presentation in the di Rosa residence. Photo: Grace Hendricks

About the panelists

Chandra Cerrito has over 20 years of experience as an interior art advisor and public art consultant, Chandra Cerrito has a depth of art consulting expertise. After earning a BA in art history and Certificate of Visual Art from Princeton University and an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts, she worked in Bay Area galleries and art consulting firms as manager, assistant to the director, and art consultant. Starting in 2003, Cerrito refined her curatorial skills as an independent curator of numerous museum exhibitions and director of the Oakland-based gallery Chandra Cerrito Contemporary for over a decade. In 2004, she founded Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors, in Napa, CA, which helps create collections for corporate, hospitality and health care clients. As a public art advisor, she has worked with developers, property owners, and cities to manage over 45 public art projects and develop public art policy. 

Kate Eilertsen has worked in the art world for many years as an arts advocate, museum director, curator, and educator. She began her museum work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, moved to Boston where she opened a new museum for the Harvard University Art Museums, and then to California where she was the Director of Intersection for the Arts, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Acting Director of Visual Arts for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Executive Director for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. She has taught at the California College of Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, and recently at Sonoma State University. She has been a guest curator and art consultant in Sonoma County. She is currently the Executive Director and Chief Curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

Eilertsen earned a BFA from Macalester College, MA from Hunter College, and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit leaders in arts from Stanford University. She was on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Art Advisory Committee for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, and Chair of the San Francisco Art Institute’s Community Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for Kala Art Institute, Joe Goode Performance Group, Intersection for the Arts, and currently for the Imaginists.

Kathleen Thompson Hill has collected antique kitchen utensils for more than 40 years, calling it her “quirky obsession.” With degrees in French and Italian from U.C. Berkeley and the Sorbonne, she cut classes in Paris to talk her way into auditing at the Cordon Bleu and the Louvre. Following another interest, she earned an MA in Political Psychology at Sonoma State University where she and her late husband co-taught various courses.

Kathleen has taught American Politics & Government at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Sonoma State, and U.C. Berkeley where she was also a Visiting Scholar and staff member.

Currently, she serves on the boards of Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), KSVY-SVTV, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, the Agricultural Advisory Board at Sonoma Valley High School, and Canadian Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Recently she served nearly 14 years as Food & Wine Editor and columnist for the Sonoma Index-Tribune and has hosted the Kathleen Hill Show on KSVY 91.3 FM for 15 years. She has also written 42 books, most with her late husband Gerald Hill.

Her 3,500-piece Kathleen Thompson Hill Kitchen Memories Collection is now in residence at Elizabeth Spencer Winery in Rutherford as a “permanent rotating exhibit.”

David Keaton is a published author who has consulted with museums, artist estates, collectors, and galleries on numerous post-war art exhibitions over the past 15 years. He is currently the director of Modern Art West Gallery in Sonoma, CA. 

Keaton has curated and consulted on museum exhibitions on the topics of the Women of Abstract Expressionism, the Berkeley School of Abstract Expressionism, the Pattern and Decoration movement, and the artists Karl Kasten, Joan Brown, Emiko Nakano, Nathan Oliveira, and Sonya Rapoport, among others. 

Thank you to our wine sponsor

Force of Nature | Sound Healing

Events: Past

Oakland-based artist Adia Millett spent six months in intermittent residency at di Rosa, collecting materials, images, and sounds that she incorporated into a vibrant series of works exploring our ancestral connection to the earth. Millett’s paintings, textiles, and sculptural installations skirt the boundary between landscape, figuration, and abstraction, radiating the distinctive spirit of di Rosa’s place and its ancestral inhabitants. 

As Millett was creating the pieces, it became clear to her that their message of connection to the elements and to each other was not only meant to be seen but also heard. Throughout the afternoon, California-based sound healers invited by the artist will bless and honor the land and the exhibition.

Sound Healers Francesca Hogi, Lumi Licious, and Auspicious Acoustics (Mx. T and Ry-El) will perform in and around Force of Nature on July 23 to bless the space and honor the land it stands on.

Francesca Hogi is a love coach. She teaches people how to fall in love without settling, and how to live with more purpose and joy. A nationally recognized and award-winning love expert, Francesca’s been featured on The Today Show, in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, and more. She hosts the podcast Dear Franny, where she gives candid love advice, and writes about digital romance for Forbes.com. Francesca is a certified sound healer, and the creator of Love Notes, a heart-opening and self-love activating soundbath experience. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their dog Toast.

Lumi is a Devotionalist, Qigong practitioner, Plant Whisperer, and Untamed Seeker of the Wild.

Her work and offerings allow us to re-member our inherent wholeness no matter where we are in life.

Shortly after a life-changing traumatic brain injury, Lumi was called the shamanic paths of Shipibo curanderismo and Chinese energetic medicine. As a student of these two ancient lineages and the teachings of the stars, trees, plants, animals, and land spirits, Lumi is dedicated to helping us all find our own inner healer.

She believes our paths stay lit through a union of reverence and irreverence, allowing a fair dose of humor in our honoring of the big questions life begs us ponder.  Lumi works with clients to decolonize their plant medicine practice, and also facilitates grief work, integration sessions, qigong classes, teaches harm-reduction in plant medicine journeys and offers 1:1 Qi Touch Therapy.

 

Tiarra aka Mx. T is the Mother Creator of Ancestral Alchemy Academy, a Sovereign Food Forest Freedom School in Occupied Ohlone Territory, aka Oakland, CA.  Mx.T is also the lead organizer of AFRO INDIGO RETREATS, the World School extension of Ancestral Alchemy Academy designed to give Black-centered communities opportunities to experience life outside of the U.S. Empire.  Mx.T has been delivering radical learning and radically healing opportunities to local communities for 13+ years, and is committed especially to ensuring the bliss of our rising generations.

Ry-El is certified in Sound Healing and other energy healing modalities.  He is also the creator of INDIGO CLAN COMIC, a graphic novel series about spiritual warriors on a metaphysical mission to raise the consciousness of the planet. Ry-El co-organizes AFRO INDIGO RETREATS along with Mx. T, and this summer they are headed to Amazon in Brazil for an All Black Immersion with the Yawanawa Tribe.

Together Mx.T and Ry-El are AUSPICIOUS ACOUSTICS, and they create Vibrational Medicine Experiences for The People.   These Vibrational Medicine Experiences, aka Sound Ceremonies, integrate a variety of eclectic instruments from all around the world to bring deep healing and relaxation for the mind, body and soul.  Auspicious Acoustics is explicit about creating safe healing spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as our Allies, so as to be intentional about addressing the nuances of radical healing that are often overlooked.  Auspicious Acoustics’ Sound Ceremonies are unique transformational healing experiences that are not to be missed!

In Conversation: Adia Millett, Kate Eilertsen, and Twyla Ruby | August 20

Events: Past

Join artist Adia Millett, Executive Director Kate Eilertsen, and Curatorial Associate Twyla Ruby as they discuss Millett’s experience in intermittent residency at di Rosa and the artist’s exhibition Force of Nature.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & ARTIST

Adia Millett: Force of Nature presents new paintings, textiles and sculptural installations by the Oakland-based artist, created in response to di Rosa’s distinctive landscape. “The land at di Rosa,” Millett writes, “lush with soaring vultures, cracks in the decomposing earth, traces of snakeskin, and endless layers of shadows, arouse our creative minds to remember where we come from. The multitude of colors, changing like the direction of the seasonal smoke, reveals to us that with death comes new life.”

Ranging across diverse media, Millett’s practice is rooted in “taking things apart, removing, replacing, cutting, pasting, sewing and building.” Evoking “the mended shapes of an old quilt, or polygonal segments of a cathedral window,” the works suggest “the importance of renewal and rebuilding, not only through the artistic process, but also through the possibility of transformative change.” Human beings, like earthquakes, forest fires or floods, are also forces of nature.

Millett earned her BFA from UC Berkeley followed by an MFA from CalArts. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans.

Adia Millett
Adia Millett, The Embers You Left Behind, 2022. Acrylic on panel, 60 x 108 in. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Force of Nature Family Program | October 29

Events: Past

ENJOY FAMILY FUN With Artist Adia Millett

Stop by and make art with the whole family! Make a mandala tapestry inspired by the artwork of Adia Millett. The artist will be present to talk about her work, Grandmother, which was made in part from a quilt of her grandmother’s and feathers from di Rosa. Adia Millett will supplement the project with her own personal fabrics. Learn to stitch and how to piece together different materials to create a cohesive tapestry! Families are welcome to bring their own fabrics to glue, cut, and sew. 

We encourage participants to pay what they wish for this special program.

Questions? Contact 707-226-5991 x24 or hugo@dirosaart.org.

Para más información póngase en contacto con hugo@dirosaart.org o hable al 707.226.5991 x 24.

Adia Millett, Grandmother, 2022

Exhibition in Focus | December 17

Events: Past

JOIN US FOR A LUNCHTIME TALK

Dive deep into a selected section of one of di Rosa’s current exhibitions with Curatorial Associate Twyla Ruby during this thirty-minute exploration.

 

Roy De Forest, 𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥, 1997, 22 × 30 inches.

Winery Lake Bird Walk | December 5

Events: Past

ENJOY BIRDING AT DI ROSA!

Join us for a leisurely bird walk for all levels of experience.  These outings will lead participants to explore the banks of di Rosa’s own Winery Lake and the many birds that call it home.

Enjoy a leisurely walk of approximately one mile, over mostly flat terrain.  The program will go on in light rain but will be canceled in the event of a heavy storm.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars if you have them (very few will be available to borrow), and a camera if desired.  Please download the Merlin Bird ID or Audubon Bird ID applications to your smartphone ahead of time.  Be prepared to be outdoors with sturdy clothing and shoes, dress warmly, bring water, and wear sunscreen.  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance tickets are required for this event.

Other dates available

12/19: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

1/2: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

About Your Guide

Sara Curtis is a 6th generation Napan and, when not at her day job as a hotel concierge, she spends most of her time birding at local parks and wildlife preserves. While Sara has always been intrigued by animal behavior, her birding obsession officially fledged in 2020, when unfortunate global circumstances granted her more time away from her day job to enjoy the outdoors. Her favorite birds are Swainson’s Hawks and all species of chickadee, and she is very excited to share her passion for birds and ecology with the community!

After Your Bird Walk

Stay for a leisurely picnic in our shady Olive Grove or explore di Rosa’s galleries.

Space is limited; advance tickets are required.

Questions?  Call 707-226-05991 x24 or email the education office at education@dirosaart.org.

 

Advance tickets are required for this event.

Erik Scollon: Anything With a Hole… is Also a Bead | Now on View

Events: Past, Exhibits: Past

Erik Scollon—a fixture of the Bay Area’s avant-garde ceramics scene—invites us to reconsider that most conventional ceramic object: the bead.

In recent years, lockdown restrictions forced Scollon to practice on a new, more intimate scale, leading him to create thousands and thousands of ceramic beads. Slowly and meditatively, bead after bead was rolled by hand, pierced, fired and glazed. Then, through slow repetition and accumulation, they were strung and knotted into macramé panels. The resulting compositions are riotous fields of color and texture that scramble viewers’ perception of scale, distance, and resolution; inviting multiple modes of engagement and shattering conventional distinctions between painting, sculpture, and ceramic art.

About the artist

A committed educator, Scollon is an Associate Professor and Chair of the First Year CORE Studio Program at California College of the Arts. Moving between ‘sculpture’ and ‘ceramics,’ functional objects and aesthetically autonomous objects, social engagement and recorded performances, he investigates issues of education, access, taste, class, gender, and queerness.

Born in Rochester, Michigan, Scollon received his BFA from Albion College, and an MFA in Ceramics along with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, both from California College of the Arts. His work has been seen at museums, galleries, craft fairs, design blogs, and gay biker bars. He is represented by Romer Young Gallery and he currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.