Each month the Napa Library exhibits art work by a different artist. A reception is held each month. Guests are invited to meet the artist and discuss his/her work. The Art in the Library program is a juried competition with artists competing in various media. A call for artists takes place each winter. Artists may submit their applications along with slides or digital images of their work. The work is reviewed and judged annually in the spring. Finalists exhibit their work for a period of one month.
Joe Jaqua: Paintings
Reception: Friday, July 11, 2014
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Art has always been an important part of Joe Jaqua’s life. As a young boy he remembers “drawing portraits of anyone that would sit still”. Studies in high school and college always included art classes. His interest in art has never waned. Along with painting, Jaqua has studied sculpture and printmaking. Subjects have ranged from landscapes, figurative pieces, and abstracts. He enjoys painting work from ideas inspired by the urban environment. He works primarily in oils but has worked with watercolor, graphic work, pastel and clay. He finds himself painting and exploring these various genres in his studio and appreciating all art has to offer him.
Margareta Bergman: Graphite
Reception: Friday, August 8, 2014
Margareta Bergman’s graphite Vineyard series will be featured. This collection of drawings depicts the Napa Valley vineyards throughout the seasons. A proficient artist in a variety of media, Bergman studied art in Sweden and in the United States. She enjoyed a successful career as a Graphic Designer and was a partner in M&M Graphic Design in Oakland, CA. Her artwork has been shown in national and international collections. They are included in public and private collections in the US and internationally.
Plexus Art Group: "Quotation Marks" Exhibition
Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm What quotes from a book or author jump to mind? What lines in a poem do you remember? Many of us return to our favorite quotes again and again because this particular arrangement of words expresses something that resonates deeply within us. The 13 members of Plexus Art Group make art that sheds light on social and political issues, such as the importance of literacy. For this exhibition, each artist has selected a different quote and by using a variety of materials including thread, fabric, paper, wire, metal, etc., and has created a unique piece inspired by it.
Jeanie Chandler: Watercolor
Reception: Friday, October 10, 2014
6:00 pm to 7:30 pmJeanie Chandler has had a lifelong love and appreciation of the arts. “Art was always at the core of my being,” she has stated. As far back as she can remember she was always drawing and singing! She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. She and her husband moved to Mill Valley in the late 1960s, where she enjoyed a successful career as a professional flutist with the Marin Symphony. Upon retirement she has been able to dedicate her time towards the exploration and expression of watercolor. Her work has been featured in local and national juried shows.
Chris Sauer: Photography
Friday, November 14, 2014
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Local resident Chris Sauer was a featured artist in March 2010. His previous photographic work showcased graffiti abstracts. Chris continues to find beauty in unexpected places. His current body of work is water-related photography. His subjects include water reflections viewed from his own unique perspective.
Brown Street Gallery: Mixed Media
Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm The Brown Street Gallery was started in 2006 by Napa Valley Support Services to provide opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to express themselves through creative and performing arts. The program consists of a studio where artists participate in expressive arts activities five days a week and an art gallery where artists exhibit and sell their work.
Reception: Friday, January 9, 2015
6:00 pm to 7:30 pmPainting in watercolor is a passion for artist Eileen Ormiston. When painting she enters another world forgetting about everything except what is happening on paper—the excitement and energy of the paint flowing over the paper and the spread of color which sometimes takes off in unexpected directions! Whether painting flowers or landscapes, motorcycle mirrors or koi, she is fascinated by the changing light, reflections and shadows. Some of her paintings have been produced commercially as posters and cards. She is a member of the Marin Society of Artists of California.
Napa Valley Quilters: Textiles
Reception: Friday, February 13, 2015
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm In 1981 a small group of women met and formed the club that would become known as the Napa Valley Quilters. People interested in all aspects of quilting meet to learn about techniques and textiles. The Napa Valley Quilters meet monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 am at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa. All are welcome to attend.
Linda Deluca Wong: Mixed Media
Reception: Friday, March 13, 2015
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Making art is an intuitive process and Linda Deluca Wong delights in the spontaneous unfolding of images that present themselves to her. Her newest series of monoprints are hand printed on translucent paper in rich shades of browns and reds, creamy yellows and golds, and deep crimson blues. Her individual sense of color in combination with the found objects and organic shapes that she uses evoke a dreamlike quality of forgotten times and places. In addition to finding great pleasure in making art, Linda is also inspired by the boundless creativity of the second graders that she teaches every day. She lives in the East Bay. Her work has been shown in numerous Bay Area galleries.
B J Thrailkill: Oils
Reception: Friday, April 10, 2015
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm B.J. Thrailkill is a Marin County oil painter who grew up in rural Maryland. As a child, she was fortunate to have an accomplished artist as a neighbor who taught weekly painting classes for children. So at a very young age B.J. was allowed to paint with oils. Over the years she continued to sketch and paint but didn’t fully engage in her craft until her children left for college several years ago. She finds satisfaction in bringing to life ideas that often deviate somewhat from complete representation and move toward a peculiar realism. She views her paintings as the manifestation of acute observation of everyday things and hopes they inspire others to reconsider their perception of the ordinary. Recently she has been painting random compositions and tableaux found in nature and quirky everyday objects.
Mary Aiu: Photography
Reception: Friday, May 8, 2015
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Photographer Mary Aiu enjoys exploring with her camera in hand, discovering what nature has to offer at any particular moment. She states, “Photography has always been a passion of mine and after seriously diving into the digital world a few years ago, the result of that has added a new layer to my photographic work.” She has a deep respect for the world around her and finds great inspiration from horses. She has created composite works featuring these magnificent animals. She will be displaying a collection of her equine work. The work consists of 3 collections. The “On the Run” and “Among the Trees” collections capture the spirit of the horse through her photographic images and her digital composite work. The “Along the Ride” collection features images showcasing the relationship humans enjoy with the horse.
Regina Moraida: Oils
Reception: Friday, June 12, 2015
Regina Moraida has been drawing since she was a young girl. Encouraged to express herself creatively by her parents, she remembers her father guiding her and coaxing her to find the unexpected color in things, if you looked closely, and to draw things the way she saw them. These thoughts have made a lasting impression on her. She has studied oil painting and life drawing at Napa Valley College, painting landscapes and portraits. A member of the Portrait Society of America and the Napa Valley Art Association, she has participated in the Napa Valley Open Studios.