Arts in April 2018


April 5 – 8, 2018

A four day grassroots celebration of Calistoga’s bohemian spirit.

  • ENGAGE Art Fair: A unique and interactive showcase of local and Bay Area artists.
  • FLOWER BOMB: An exhibition featuring floral interpretations of contemporary artworks.
  • STORYTELLING SPEAKEASY: A curated presentation of storytelling, poetry and live music in the style of popular podcasts This American Life and The Moth.
  • CREATIVITY CRAWL: A series of open houses and receptions at downtown art galleries, shops and tasting rooms.
  • ART IN BLOOM: Family-friendly art activities presented by Calistoga Art Center.

Congratulations to Mike D. of Pleasant Hill, CA for winning the SARAFORNIA Getaway Contest! Mike will enjoy a two-night stay at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, a private wine tasting at Romeo Vineyards & Cellars and tickets to the ENGAGE Art Fair Preview Party!

ENGAGE Art Fair Preview Party

Fri., April 6, 2018
6:00-9:00 pm
$80 per person

Imagine an evening where you’re able to taste, touch, smell, hear, and feel art in a way you may never have experienced before. The white dress code is meant to enrich the experience, blending partygoers into the gallery canvas while allowing the art to POP!

Napa County Fairgrounds
1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA

Photos © Alexander Rubin


April 7 – April 8, 2018
12:00-6:00 pm each day

This annual, curated and immersive event features some of the Bay Area’s best artists, craftspeople and performers who come to Calistoga to meet, create and engage with the public.

Napa County Fairgrounds
1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA

Photos © Bob McClenahan and Alexander Rubin

Flower Bomb

Opening Reception: Thur., April 5, 2018
4:00-7:00 pm

Small Bites Provided by Evangeline
Wine Provided by Tofanelli Family Vineyards

Exhibition: April 6 – April 8, 2018
12:00-6:00 pm each day

Flower Bomb is an exhibit of contemporary artworks paired with floral arrangements in a professional gallery setting. This event was inspired by the De Young Museum’s annual Bouquets to Art exhibit, but perfectly and succinctly captures the vibrant spirit of Calistoga.

Hosted at Sofie Contemporary Arts
1407 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA

Photos © Robb McDonough

Featured Artists Include: Arminee Chahbazian, Charles de Limur, Karen Lynn Ingalls, Shawnee Johnson, Christine MacDonald, Leslie Morgan, Anne Pentland, Todd Pickering, Gregory Roberts, Bill Russell, Andrew Sofie, Joy Stocksdale, Keith Wilson and Karin Worth

Featured Florists Include: BarbAna Floral & Garden Design, Calistoga in Bloom, Centerpiece Napa Valley, EV Floral, Garden Party, Kate Stanley Designs, Marry Contrary Design & Decor, Melody Raye Designs, Molly Jones, and Poppy Stone Floral Design


Creativity Crawl

Saturday, April 7, 2018
4:00-7:00 pm

Participating Galleries, Boutique Shops & Tasting Rooms
Downtown Calistoga

Experience an activation of downtown Calistoga’s art scene with live music, light refreshments and wine at participating galleries. Watch professional CHALK R!OT artist, Chelsea Ritter-Sorenen, create a three-dimensional chalk mural and see a chocolate painting demonstration by earth&sky chocolates chocolatier, Laura Koerth. Mix and mingle with Bay Area artists as you stroll through our scenic downtown on your way to the Storytelling Speakeasy.

Photos © CHALK R!OT, Laura Reoch, Guy Pederson, and Visit Calistoga

Participating Locations: August Briggs Winery, Blackbird, Calistoga Wine Tours & Gifts, Ca’Toga Galleria d’Arte, Copperfield’s Books, earth&sky chocolates, Gallery at Indian Springs, Huge Bear Wines, Lee Youngman Galleries, Lincoln Street Market, Maldonado Family Vineyards, Picayune Cellars & Mercantile, Romeo Vineyards & Cellars, Sofie Contemporary Arts and The Carmel Gallery!

Featured Artists Include: Kathleen Breatore Bratt, Linda Wilds-Beltz, Liz & Olof Carmel, Regina Cerda, Jennifer Deutsch, Bean Finneran, Jeremy Ginsberg, Laura Koerth, Carlo Marchiori, Guy Pederson, Chelsea Ritter-Sorenen, Paul Youngman and more!

Guest Wineries Include: 2880 Wines, Canard Vineyards, Chateau de Vie, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase Winery, Fairwinds Estate Winery, Hans Fahden Winery, Heibel Ranch Vineyards and Poggi Wines!

Storytelling Speakeasy

Saturday, April 7, 2018
6:00-9:00 pm

The Storytelling Speakeasy features writers and raconteurs telling stories about Calistoga, the Valley and living life on the edge. In addition to spoken word, musical numbers are performed between speakers to cleanse the mental palate.

Featured Speakers Include: Napa County Poet Laureate – Jeremy Benson and more!

Hosted at Tank Garage Winery
1020 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, CA

Speakers Organized by Nick Triglia
Video courtesy of Olivia Everett