Archive for September, 2009

Napa Valley Arts Week Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2009

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Sept. 30: Tonight at Silo’s Jazz Club in downtown Napa, catch the family known as Phoenix Rising from 7 to 10 p.m. Charlene Savelberg, Stephanie Craig, Bill Craig and Tom and Eric Savelberg perform popular hits, as well as originals, with mother-daughter harmonizing  and a rendition of “Paint It Black” brings the house down every time. (707) 251-5833,

Hess Collection

Hess Collection

Oct. 1:  Did you know that one of the world’s foremost collectors of modern art has a gallery at his winery in Napa? And that you can tour it for free? Take Redwood Road up steep Mt. Veeder to reach the Hess Collection, where you can see works by Francis Bacon, Robilee Frederick and other important artists, and then visit the tasting room to sample some of the Hess wines. (707) 255-1144,

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Napa Valley Arts Week Sept. 16-Sept. 22, 2009

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Jamie Enrique

There’s a packed week of music and visual arts coming up in the Napa Valley, beginning with a Wednesday-night “soft rock cabaret” Sept. 16 at the St. Helena Library featuring local musician Jaime Enrique. Keg beer, wine, and snacks will help make it a real party, with proceeds from beverage sales to benefit the Friends of the Library. LISTEN to Enrique’s music and RSVP to the event at

Sept. 17 is the first day for “Back to School,” an exhibition of artwork by the Napa Valley College Art Department faculty that runs through Oct. 23. Join the artists at an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Art Center Lobby Gallery, Art Center Building 3700 at Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy., Napa; (707) 253-3000, Continue reading “Napa Valley Arts Week Sept. 16-Sept. 22, 2009” »

Artist Profile: Kate Salenfriend

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

artistProfile_KateSalenfriendArtist Profile- Kate Salenfriend

A California native, artist Kate Salenfriend is intensely affected by the agriculture of the state. She grew up in the San Joaquin Valley amongst the orchards and now lives in the vineyards of Napa Valley.  Her oil paintings are both ethereal and bold, reflecting the environment around her.

Salenfriend remembers the “quirky” story about her first compelling experience as an artist. “When I was in eighth grade in Catholic school, a boy in front of me would ask me to draw sketches of ‘scantily clad’ women. Since this boy was the most popular and cutest in our class, I couldn’t resist!” she says.  “I’ve always been artistic and although nudes are not a focus, I can certainly identify this as a moment from my childhood when art was very real for me.  I didn’t become an artist until years later after 17 years in retail operations, after I had children.” Continue reading “Artist Profile: Kate Salenfriend” »


Artist Profile- Yvonne Henry

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

artistProfile_YvonneHenryYvonne Henry, a photographer, painter, and writer, first experienced her creative process – or, “state of wonder” – when she was four years old and handed a large piece of paper, colored sand, and Elmer’s glue.  She was mesmerized by the materials and transported by the work.  “Now, the favored term for this experience might be ‘the zone’”, she says.  “This state is so approachable for children, but for adults, it seems to require discipline, sacrifice, and patience.” Continue reading “Artist Profile- Yvonne Henry” »

Dreamweavers Theatre Troupe

Monday, September 14th, 2009

dreamTheaterDreamweavers Theatre Troupe, Napa’s only all-volunteer community theatre company, will present three contrasting plays in the final months of the 2009 season.

Currently on the main stage is “Night Watch” by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Robert Silva.  This suspenseful story tells the tale of Elaine Wheeler, a woman troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears, who sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called but find nothing. Her husband thinks Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. What transpires with Elaine’s old friend and houseguest Blanche, the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door and the nosy German maid Helga—make up the deepening suspense and mystery of a play with a chilling climax. “Night Watch” runs September 11-September 27 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. For online ticketing visit or call 707-255-LIVE.

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