Monday, June 7, 2010

Derosa Art Preserve and My Band of Colorful Characters

First of all, let me apologize for my lack of presence here.  Having just moved I was hoping for a free internet connection which I did have, but it only lasted a few days.  I have now bitten the bullet and paid for it.  It's well worth it, I was getting so bored.  

Last weekend, some friends and I went to the Derosa Art and Nature preserve in Napa.  It was one of the most interesting places I have been, in the area.  I highly recommend visiting if you live close by and if you plan on coming to the bay area.  They have the largest regional art collection in the United States and quite possibly the world.  There was so much to see that I plan to go back in July with my mom, when she is here.  There were no photos allowed inside which is where most of the art is so these are all just outside shots.  

 I was so excited to see so much work by David Best, who I was already a huge fan of.  His art is really touching and invokes many emotions.  I saw a sculpture which was about the invasion of Poland by the Nazi's, it was a full size horse with a young boy on a carriage, it was really dingy looking with jewish stars and symbols all over it and underneath it was a pile of ashes, very intense and beautiful.  

The lake when you walk up to the first gallery.

This is the back of the property where a lot of the sculptures are. 

I was so excited to see so many peacocks, they were at the end of mating season so they were really loud.

The other side of the lake outside the second and largest gallery.

The old barn and stables, this tower was a add on by Rene Derosa who converted this into his home. 

These last two are from a event called ShowNuff I attend every friday night at 111 Minna.  My friend Conrad (playing the guitar) books the happy hour with live music which is so much fun.  It's free to get in with drink specials and great local live bands and is every friday from 5-9.  This Friday Kalri$$ian will be playing, who I preform with.  Come on out and see us!  Add us on facebook too!


Tamagosan said...

So many fun times there! Nice shots...

Charlotte said...

I had no idea there was an art and nature preserve in Napa! I get so caught up in the wine. I will have to check it out when I'm in Napa next! Great pictures!

Missa said...

We've been meaning to make it out to this place forever and I can't believe we still haven't. Supposedly they even have some work by my father-in-law who was a well known bay area sculptor back in the late 60's and 70's which would be really awesome to see if it's displayed. Definitely need to make it happen this summer!