Monday, August 17, 2009

Art Crawling in Yountville – Napa Valley Art Festival – August 15, 2009

Here's my first contribution. Hang on - it might get bumpy!
It was a great day to travel to Napa - warm and sunny but very comfortable on the grassy area under the tent. The show was in the Pavilion at V Marketplace (plenty of parking on Washington Ave and in the parking lot south of the marketplace).
This year’s judges were Kevin Macpherson, Kathryn Stats, and Jean Stern.
The winners of the Artists' Choice, Jurors' Choice andCalifornia Art Club Awards are:
"Afternoon Lines"by Terry MiuraWinner of the Artists' Choice Award
"Granite in Shadow"by Bill ConeWinner of the Jurors' Choice Award
" Turner Road "by Janette JonesWinner of the California Art Club Award

The show had tables and market umbrellas for diners who chose to partake of the barbecue there but there were plenty of wonderful delis and bakeries within walking distance for a quick snack (see list at end). This venue was very nice as you could easily go shopping at nearby Michael Chiarello's Napa Style (where you might catch a glimpse of the cooking star if he’s in town), or cruise the galleries, gift and wine shops or ice cream parlor in V Marketplace. Collectors were out in force with their children in tow and their dogs on leash or stowed away in a pocketbook!
Meeting the Artists was very easy:
(left to right: Douglas Morgan, Bill Cone, Karen Leoni)

Painting Demonstration by Mark Farina:

The Artists were easily approachable and some pretty wonderful images were seen that day. I think most did quite well selling as I saw plenty of red dots on the displays in the early afternoon! Some familiar faces: Kevin Courtier, Bryan Mark Taylor, Kristine Pallas, Kathy O’Leary, Leslie Wilson (one of the Benicia Artists!), Douglas Morgan, Paul Kratter, and pastelists Terri Ford, Kim Lordier, Bill Cone, Ann MacMillan and Clark Mitchell all had some wonderful works on display!

Other places visited in Yountville:

Great sandwiches at Ranch Market Too Deli (on Washington)

Excellent coffee and pastries at Bouchon Bakery:

Watercolorist Gail Chandler at V Marketplace:
Check out this link for some of the fine buildings in the area that Gail has painted.

Pastel Artist Steve Gordon

I had a little bit of time while munching at lunch to do a quick sketch:

Bistro Jeanty (Artist Janice L-H)


  1. Very interesting post... I just stumbled by... Love your sketch!!

  2. Hey Janice - wow - great info here (you should run a website with all important events coming up for plein air people in the bay) and lovely sketch.

  3. Thanks Marian and Fran! I'd love to attend all these events but am limited. I can try to post anything that might come up - just send me a line!

  4. Hey Janice,
    We knew of your interest in art as a collector and now as an artist. WOW ... keep up that passion, your sketch reflects it so clearly. It is wonderful when friends can surprise friends.
    We love you both,
    J and B

  5. Fantastic post and links Janice! And reallly fun sketch of the bistro

  6. Bill and Janie - thanks for the kind words. See you soon for the art crawl in Lodi! We had great fun at the State Fair (but I just realized I didn't see the baby pigs!)

  7. Gerald thanks for inviting me to post - I had fun! Looking forward to the new Meetup site and next paint out!