Napa: The Last Word

As much as I enjoyed sampling wines and eating in Napa, there was something else there that thrilled me, too….art!   Thinking back, I realize that paintings were less the norm than sculptural pieces and constructions from interesting materials 

Napalike this one of sea fans

Napaor this made from metal tape measures.

NapaThere were sculptures cast of bronze depicting life

Napaand work in the valley.

NapaI loved this massive fountain of stone and granite and the way water gently moved from end to end.

NapaPaper, repurposed from books,

Napathe pages meticulously folded,

Napaand newspapers rolled, painted and stitched, was used to create some of my favorite pieces.

NapaThis piece is made entirely from multi colored sticky notes.  As I looked at each of these constructions, I delighted in thinking about how common elements can be used in such exciting ways.

NapaBeing a fiber person, I was fascinated by this huge piece

Napawith its intricate patterns of sequins and beads on a background of colorful knits.

NapaSpeaking of beads, how about this coiled creation that rises more than twenty feet off the ground?   I’m not even venturing a guess at the time and effort involved here.

NapaAnd last but not least, I was thrilled by these blown glass fixtures illuminating the production room of one winery.  I wouldn’t mind having a few of these in my kitchen!

I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful to those creative souls whose work makes my world a visual delight and provides inspiration.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind


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20 thoughts on “Napa: The Last Word

  1. I love the picture of the fountain made stone!

  2. Uh.. I wouldn’t mind having the blown glass pieces in my house either. Nice pictures…

  3. German Grammarian January 21, 2014 — 3:05 pm

    great photography!

  4. Wow. . . Until I read this post, I had no idea how much truly wonderful art there is in Napa.

    1. What is so cool is that art is everywhere, in the restaurants, wineries, hotels. Of course, it enhances every venue and it’s also great to see such support for the artists.

  5. It’s amazing how creative minds work. These are some very clever ideas!

  6. Gorgeous art Linda, thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow great post and full of wonderful color too! So many things I do as well drew me into this post thanks for sharing! Have a great week.

  8. Linda, I enjoyed seeing all of these amazing works of art – all so unique and each wonderful in its own way. Your photographs are beautiful. laurie

  9. wow thanks for the insight into this fabulous textural Napa world Linda.. great pics.. x

  10. Wow. Such incredible art pieces. Love how they repurpose things to create such magnificent pieces. They must have really been even more magnificent in person. What a wonderful trip!

  11. Color my mind 1000% BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I am so glad I saw this post. This is my kind of art to find when traveling. Inventive, interesting, and inspirational – all the things one can think of as a jumping off point to their own art.

  13. Fabulous pieces of art!! Thanks so much for sharing these!! Much appreciation goes out to the artists!! Each piece is inspiring.

  14. Those are beautiful pieces if art Lulu. I was guess mushrooms on the first one and not sea fans. I think we mostly visited the wineries and missed the art. Thanks for sharing these.

    1. Yes, the pieces do look like the underside of mushrooms. What an intriguing thought.

  15. Hi Linda, Your travels in Napa were a visual delight—-not only the wine and food but the beautiful , unusual art !!! And your comments make it all come alive !!!! Makes me want to travel back there again. Look forward to your next blog—-Julie

    1. Napa is a pleasant get away for sure, and it’s easy to fill a day with sights to see.

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by!1


  17. Yes! I am very grateful for the creativity of artists and being able to view the beauty they create.

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