Figure Telling

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Upcoming

Figure Telling

Josephine Taylor, The Night, 1987

ON VIEW: June 3 – September 17

Northern California artists have once again embraced the figure – but contemporary Bay Area figuration has a radically different feel. A cross-generational group of Bay Area artists working in a variety of media from graphite and paint to pen and ink – produce compelling works grounded in narrative, storytelling and personal memory.

William Allan – Negotiations with Eden

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Upcoming
William Allan Negotiations with Eden

William Allan – Negotiations with Eden

ON VIEW: Feb 11- May 14 – Opening Reception Sat. Feb 11, 5:30 pm

All are welcome to celebrate the opening of William Allan – Negotiations with Eden on Saturday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00 in Gallery 1 at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. Members plus one guest are free while non-members are $10.

William Allan Press Release

William Allan – painter and leading figure of the Bay Area’s Funk scene in the 1960s and 70s – receives his first major museum exhibition in thirty years at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. Opening February 11 and running through May 14, 2023, “Negotiations with Eden” explores the twists and turns of Allan’s long career. 

“We are bringing at least one example from each period of Allan’s work from the surrealist paintings that propelled him to fame to more recent works few have seen,” explains di Rosa’s chief curator, Kate Eliertsen.  “The collective impact of seeing the full breadth of Allan’s work across his lifetime is profound.”

Known primarily as a painter, this survey reveals the full span of Allan’s practice with the inclusion of installation art, photography and a series of masterfully rendered miniature paintings on lima beans.  His intense focus on the natural world is the thread that binds this exhibition and his career. 

The title “Negotiations with Eden” comes from a large mixed media piece showing a coiled snake in what appears to be a basement, wind billowing the curtains above.  Instead of appearing to be a threat to human innocence, the snake seems vulnerable. In a twist of metaphors, maybe it represents the garden itself, threatened by the built environment. 

Allan’s work is defined by an undisputed technical mastery of painting and drawing.  But it’s his irreverent sense of humor and fixation on the natural world that make it an ideal fit for di Rosa where art and nature are equally valued.  It’s been decades since Allan’s work has been in a major show, so why now?  Twyla Ruby, associate curator of di Rosa insists, “Allan’s work is more relevant now than ever. This generation is living the reality of our natural world in crisis that William Allan has been investigating for many years.  Looking at Allan’s work in total, we see a through-line of questioning what role we play in creating or averting ecological disaster.”

True North – A Juried Exhibition of North Bay Artists

EXHIBITS, Exhibits: Past


January 14 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Extended! on view through January 22 2023

A Juried Exhibition of North Bay Artists

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art of Napa invited artists working in the North Bay to submit artwork for our inaugural showcase of local artwork True North. Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Solano counties seem to lie on the periphery of the Bay Area art world— this juried exhibition compels us to de-center that view, showcasing compelling and provocative work emerging from the region’s northern outposts.

True North is conceived as a survey of local talent that will generate artistic activity and spark dialogue among diverse practitioners of the arts within the region.

Opening Reception December 15 | 5 – 7 PM

Selected artists will be fêted at an opening reception. Join us and celebrate!

True North Selected Artists:

Christopher Woodcock
Albert Wong
Heather Wilcoxon
Leigh Wells
Esther Traugot
Claudia Tennyson
Polly Steinmetz
Maryann Steinert-Foley
Shelley Spira Burns
Bill Shelley
James Sansing
Gary Ruddell
Victoria Reynolds
Babette Pinsky
Dominique Pfahl
Anne Peet
Mary Oros
t.c. moore
Frances McCormack
Gloria Matuszewski
Jamie L. Luoto
Briona Hendren
Richard Hay Jr.
Amy Hamley
Connie Goldman
Marion Faymonville
Al Farrow
Susan Doyle
Reniel Del Rosario
Arleene Correa Valencia
Julie Cloutier
Kathryn Clark
Arminée Chahbazian
Stephen Cartwright
Roger Carrington
Kelly Burke
Sue Bradford
Nicole Bohrer
Janet Bogardus
Sarah Barsness
Deepa Bala
Dennis Ahearn
Chris Adessa



Chester Arnold

Born in 1952 in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Munich, Chester Arnold studied painting at the College of Marin. After receiving an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, he found himself immersed in an exhibition and teaching career in the Bay Area that has continued to the present, recently celebrating 50 years of work in a retrospective at the Fresno Art Museum. A quirky but intense, richly imaginative craftsmanship informs his narrative paintings, which are most often large-scale and woven with visual metaphor. His work may be seen in public and private collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nevada Museum of Art and the San Jose Museum of Art, where a significant body of his work resides. He has lived and worked for the past three decades in Sonoma, California, with his wife Frances Anne, a textile artist.

Ashwini Bhat
Ashwini Bhat, an artist born in southern India, currently lives and works in the Bay Area, California. Coming from a background in literature and classical Indian dance, she now works at the intersection of sculpture, ceramics, installation, and performance. She often introduces radical but somehow familiar forms to suggest complex interplay between the landscape, the human, and the non-human. Bhat is a recipient of the Howard Foundation Award for Sculpture, Pond Farm Julia Terr Fellowship (BIPOC Artists), and the McKnight Foundation Residency Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally and can be seen in collections at the Newport Art Museum, USA; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan; FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, China; the Watson Institute at Brown University, USA; New Bedford Historical Society, USA; Daugavpils Mark Rothko Centre, Latvia, and in many private collections.
Chandra Cerrito
With 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.