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Wine and Groupies: the Perfect Pairing

Napa Valley aims to shift the focus from the vineyards to the visual arts this month, starting with a show about rocker stalkers.

Rolling Stone’s first chief photographer, Baron Wolman, has chosen the art gallery at Markham Vineyards for the U.S. premiere of his titillating new exhibition, “The Groupies.” On view through June, it’s accompanied by a vast retrospective of his Rolling Stone covers from the ’60s and ’70s. The opening reception on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is your chance to meet the ever-charismatic Wolman and hear him recount compelling anecdotes about his old friends and informal portrait subjects—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and pretty much every other rock icon of the era.

Free; 812 St. Helena Hwy. North, St. Helena; 707-963-5292

Miss Pamela, from Baron Wolman's exhibition "The Groupies" 

With its manor, craggy bluffs, and cottages, the atmosphere at Stags’ Leap Winery oozes of Old World romance. The 19th-century estate has always been a hub for creative bohemian types, and this month NYC-based conceptual media artist Seth Carnes shows off works from his recent residency at the winery. During his stint on-property, Carnes snapped iPhone photos that he transferred to found objects such as fence posts, corrugated metals, and wood.

Tours by appointment; 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa; 800-395-2441

Old Glory
by Seth Carnes

 

Chateau Montelena, the winery immortalized for its Judgment of Paris victory (you might recognize the castle-like structure from the 2008 film Bottle Shock), is showcasing works from bold plein-air impressionist Tim Howe in its Estate Room April 1 to 7. Meet the world-traveling New Zealander with a penchant for warm, vivid hues at the reception on April 6 from noon to 2 p.m.

Free; 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, 707-942-5105

Chateau Montelena by Tim Howe 

At Silverado Vineyards, owners Ron and Diane Miller (that's Disney’s daughter) display their impressive personal collection of original Belle Époche posters. The winery’s landscape collection isn’t too shabby either, containing three Thomas Hill paintings as well as works by Leonetto Cappiello and William Keith. Every Thursday at 2 p.m. this month, Silverado hosts a docent-led tour of the collection that includes the debut of paintings of the estate vineyards by Arts in April resident artist Kristine Pallas. Take advantage of a two-for-one tasting before or after the tour.

Free; 6121 Silverado Trail Napa; 707-257-1770

Le  Punch Grassot by Jules Cheret 
 

 

Sure, Napa Valley will always be synonymous with world class wine, but its artistic offerings alone could merit destination status. The region attracts the sort of residents that have the passion and means to accumulate museum-worthy collections and hire globally renowned architects, and many of its wineries host dynamic artist-in-residence opportunities. This month, the community pushes its oft overshadowed, thriving arts scene to the spotlight with the Arts in April initiative, a feast of art premieres, pop-up exhibitions, and installations. Here, a slideshow of highlights worth seeking out.

 

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