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WORKSHOP: Creating an Experience: Content + Programming for Arts in April

The time has come to start thinking seriously about what you’re doing for Arts in April, and we're here to help! Please join us for a discussion and brainstorming session.

Photo: Arts in April 2015 NVFF Woman in Gold Screening & Discussion, Allison Reagan
The time has come to start thinking seriously about what you’re doing for Arts in April, and we’re here to help! Please join us for a discussion and brainstorming session with Napa and Bay Area-based artists/curators Ray Beldner, Penelope Moore and Nancy Willis.
Arts in April is a time for Napa Valley artists, wineries, venues and businesses to jump on the bandwagon and celebrate the arts by creating a unique event. But that is kind of a tall order, so we’re helping out by having a panel/workshop to get you inspired and make you feel empowered to pull off a great event. Join the Arts in April team along with arts programming professionals and curators for insight into what makes an engaging art event. This workshop will give attendees access to panelists with professional experience working in different artistic disciplines, and will present short case studies as well as a Q+A so that people considering participating in Arts in April can get their questions answered. We want you to walk away feeling inspired to try something bold, brave and meaningful!
About the panelists:
Ray Beldner is a sculptor and new media artist who is, among many other things, the founder of stARTup Art Fair, an immersive contemporary art fair that transforms an entire hotel into a temporary museum. His work can be found in collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art, the diRosa Preserve in Napa, California, among others. His work has been reviewed in publications including Art in America, Arte, Art On Paper, Artweek, Wired, Playboy, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Nancy Willis is a St. Helena based painter who recently curated the popular Napa Valley Museum exhibition NOURISH, which explored the cultural confluence of visual art and hospitality. Willis received her MFA from SFAI in 2005 and, in addition to a committed studio practice, is an active exhibition curator, educator and advocate. In 2007, she successfully launched annual Path of the Artist painting tours to France leading artists through an intimate view of Paris, Bordeaux, Bergerac and the Mediterranean with the recent extension of an annual workshop at Sundance. Willis teaches painting and printmaking at the Napa Valley College, Nimbus Arts and the Principals of Design at the Culinary Institute of America/Greystone and San Antonio.
Penelope Moore’s paintings and photography are a reflection of her passion for food, wine and joie de vivre. As the 2015 Director of Engagement at ENGAGE! the Napa Valley’s first fine art fair, Penelope was instrumental in creating a well-received art event that was engaging and resulted in sales for the vast majority of participating artists.
Penelope earned her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. A gourmet at heart, Penelope is immersed in Wine Country culture and influenced by her experience working in the fine dining restaurant industry.  Penelope regularly exhibits her work at wineries throughout Sonoma and Napa Valley. She resides in Napa Valley where her love and growing knowledge of wine continues to be a source of inspiration in her work.
TO RSVP, please follow this link to Cellarpass, the preferred Arts in April ticketing vendor. Space is limited so don’t wait to apply!
WHAT    “Creating an Experience: Content + Programming for Arts in April”
WHEN    December 15th from 6-8pm
WHERE  Community Conference Center in the Napa Valley Community Foundation, 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2.