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True North

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Open Call to North Bay Artists

What: True North – a juried exhibition celebrating from the North Bay

When: December 16, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Where: di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA 94559

Calling all North Bay artists!

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art of Napa is inviting artists living and 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.

No phone calls, please.

Deadline for entry: October 3, 2022



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.