by Louisa Hufstader
Party time! Artists gather for Open Studios preview at Mumm
It’s a big week for the visual arts in Napa: Aug. 28 marks the kickoff of the annual Open Studios event sponsored by Arts Council Napa Valley, which hosts a preview reception and benefit that evening at Mumm Napa Valley.
But first: The historic Napa Mill continues its Wednesday series “Locals Night at the Mill,” with live music, wine tasting, $5 appetizers at the Napa General Store and specials from Vintage Sweet Shoppe, Amelia’s Gifts, Angele and Sweetie Pies, along with a Riverwalk display of local fine artists who have been juried into the Open Studios tour. Napa River Inn Plaza, 500 Main Street, Napa, 5 to 9 p.m.; www.napariverinn.com.
Upvalley in Calistoga, the Dawn Rose Band plays for free Aug. 27 from 6 to
8 p.m. in the city’s Pioneer Park on Cedar Street. Rose is a member of the popular group Sweet Burgundy who also fronts her own rock band. Bring your picnic, wine, family and friends for an evening of music on the lawn; more information: (707) 942-6333, www.calistogavisitors.com/music.php.