Culture in Napa & Sonoma Valley

August 7, 2013

While many might be under the impression that Napa and Sonoma Valley strictly revolves around fine dining and wine tasting, for visitors and locals looking to integrate a little art or culture to their social circles, there are countless options. Let’s be honest, the majority of these events will likely involve wine in some regard, but we certainly don’t hear anyone complaining!

“Yachts & Things” Exhibition: Aug. 10th – Sept. 10th, 2013

Brought to you by MA(i)SONRY Napa Valley and partners, check out this multi-venue event where featured artists take attendees on a visual voyage as they explore their love of water. Includes sculpture by Archie Held and Giuseppe Palumbo, paintings by Bruce Lauritzen, and stainless-steel mesh creations by Mirang Wonne. Fisher Vineyards will be on hand to pour wines from their Napa Valley and Spring Mountain Estates. Click here for more information!

Kitchen Memories Party at Ramekins Culinary School: Aug. 8th, 2013

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is presenting a special exhibition this fall. Kitchen Memories: The Kathleen Hill Culinary Collection will offer a vast collection of culinary implements and ephemera. Kathleen has one of the largest private collections of culinary tools and gadgets in the world! SVMA is partnering with Ramekins to throw a unique fundraiser to honor Kathleen and her collection from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, wine, and good times as one of Sonoma Valley’s favorite authors is celebrated. Tickets are $25 each; click here to be added to the guest list!

Abstraction Then & Now 1913-2013: Aug. 13th and Aug. 20th, 2013

Attendees are given the opportunity to explore abstraction ranging from Vassily Kandinsky’s 1913 painting Composition VII to James Turrell’s recent site-specific installation, Aten Reign (Guggenheim Museum, NYC). Come to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on August 13th and August 20th to celebrate 100 years of abstraction with art historian Ann Wiklund, including a look at the SVMA’s own exhibition, Akin: The Art of Nicole and Marc Katano. Registration costs $40; additional details can be found here.

Below you will find a few more venues that offer unique and entertaining cultural events happening in Sonoma and Napa Valley’s wine country. We hope you’ll find a new favorite event to attend annually, or even just for a special evening out with friends or family. Enjoy!


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