Treat yourself to an inspiring day in beautiful Napa Valley, enjoying art, wine and wonderful friends. View the full-scale sculptures in Fletcher Benton's Napa Ranch Sculpture Garden, indulge in a delicious gourmet lunch, and then enjoy a private docent-led tour of the Hess Collection gallery and gardens. Top the day off with a private wine tasting in the Hess vineyard, before boarding the bus for a relaxing ride home. Round trip bus ride included. Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 25 spots available.
Fletcher Benton will personally guide you through his San Francisco gallery with recent sculptures and works on paper. Learn how Benton designs a maquette as you watch him create at his unique workbench. See his early paintings and kinetic art, as well as his train collection, private apartment, and rooftop garden. Following the tour, enjoy lunch at the heavenly Basil Thai Restaurant. Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 10 spots available.
The lucky 4 guests of Sunset Magazine will explore gardens and learn about Sunset's cover designs, once created by artists like Manard Dixon and Ansel Adams. After a tour of the Sunset Kitchens you will be served lunch and find out how food is presented and photographed. You will receive a framed Sunset cover, a Sunset Cookbook, a bottle of wine from the Sunset Wine Cellar, and 2 tickets to Savor, an exclusive evening wine tasting event held annually in San Francisco. Sunset Magazine began in 1898 as a promotional magazine for Southern Pacific Railroad to combat the negative Wild West stereotypes about California. Today the Menlo Park headquarters designed by Cliff May still feature ideas for Western living, food, gardens and travel, with a modern flair.
Date: Mutually convenient weekday July-Sept. 10-2 PM
Enjoy a delightful Private Champagne Reception and tour of the Recology Sculpture Garden with friends. See how treasures can be found and transformed from trash. Since 1992 Recology has selected local Artists In Residence to create a 3-acre private sculpture garden on top of a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay. Concrete from the old Embarcadero Freeway was used for the walkways, and artists salvage plants and construction materials for their creative designs. 40 spots available. Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
View an extraordinary private collection of contemporary art in Atherton followed by lunch at the Menlo Circus Club after.
Date: To be Announced
Learn why Rodin is called the greatest modern sculptor when he couldn't even get into the Paris art school. Docent Judy Sleeth will share with you the art and stories of the Rodin Collection at the Cantor Museum of Art at Stanford. Wine and cheese in the Rodin sculpture garden to follow.
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. 15 spots available.
Escape the hectic pace of city life as you gaze from a meadow of wildflowers to a distant farmhouse and mountains and in this beautifully framed acrylic landscape painting of the Mendocino countryside. 29" x 35"
Imagine the serenity of sparkling blue water rippling against white sand in this lovely framed watercolor impression of China Cove by award-winning artist, Larry Hall. 19" x 25½"
Reflect your best image in this unique, one-of-a-kind circular mirror nestled in a dazzling rectangular frame with silver patina. 24" x 24"
Brighten your kitchen or dining room with this colorful still life painting in bold colors of a fish on a plate. Acrylic, 16" x 17"