5 Things to Do in Wine Country in June

By Annette Hanami

The US premiere of Miles Davis’s artwork in Yountville, the launch of an eye-popping new outdoor sculpture tour in Downtown Napa, a captivating photography exhibit in Healdsburg, Robert Mondavi's centennial and a mountainous wine tasting in St. Helena, all happening in wine country in June.

Marvel at the creative genius of Miles Davis at Art of Cool in Yountville

miles_davis_artofcoolCourtesy Insight Editions

“A painting is music you can see, and music is a painting you can hear” – Miles Davis

Known as one of the greatest, most influential jazz musicians of all time, Miles Davis was also an acclaimed artist. In the first US exhibition of his artwork, theNapa Valley Museum and theNapa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theaterpresent “Miles Davis: The Art of Cool” (June 8-July 28) featuring 35 of the artist’s original sketches and oil paintings. The exhibit, sponsored byMiner Family Winery, is accompanied by special events and programs that celebrate the life and music of this iconic figure whose albumKind of Blueis still the best-selling jazz album of all time. On display at both the museum and Lincoln Theater down the road. Buy tickets at the museum: free for members, $10 non-members. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville

A VIP and Members Only reception takes place at the museum on June 7 between 5 and 8 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and lots of live jazz. Tickets $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Annualmembershipis $45 per person or, through June 30, $50 per family (usually $75). Check out thewebsiteto make reservations and get more details on the full line-up of Miles Davis special programs and events, including guided tours and a special tribute concert at Lincoln Theater.

Kick-off the latestNapaARTwalk outdoor sculpture exhibition in DowntownNapa

napa-artwalk-constellationsiiConstellations II by Chris Rench. Photo courtesy Arts Council Napa Valley

Arts Council of Napa Valleyand the City of Napa launch the latestNapa ARTwalkoutdoor sculpture exhibition themed “Metamorphosis” with a public event on June 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. beginning at the Opera House Plaza, followed by a casual artists' reception atDowntown Joe's Brewery & Restaurant. Curated from over 220 entries from the western US, the 15 large 3-D works inject whimsy and pop color throughout historicDowntown Napa. The works will be on display until spring 2015, with locations highlighted on brochures available at the Napa Valley Welcome Center at 600 Main Street and online atnapaartwalk.org. Descriptions of each work are accessible through QR codes found online and on each plaque and brochure. Opera House Plaza is on the Northeast corner of First and Main Streets.

A VIP Gala in support of Arts Council will also be held June 12 from 4-7 p.m. Check thewebsitefor details.

Catch a captivating performance photography exhibit at Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg

both-worlds-2011_cecile_paredesBoth Worlds by Cecile Paredes

Lima, Peru-born artistCecilia Paredesgives a solo exhibit “Camouflaged” (June 1–July 31) at the newly expandedGallery Lulooff Healdsburg Plaza. Using herself as the subject blending into the background of Latin-inspired botanical prints, Paredes explores her personal struggle to integrate into a new culture. Gallery Lulo hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and until 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 303 Center Street, Healdsburg

Celebrate Robert Mondavi’s Centennial in Oakville

robert_mondavi_centennialRobert Mondavi in front of the Cliff May-designed winery. Photo Robert Mondavi Winery

Celebrate the 100thbirthday of the man who made the California wine industry one of the greatest in the world at a public toast given by Margrit Mondavi and Director of Winemaking Genevieve Janssens on Tuesday, June 18 at 12 p.m. at the Cliff May-designedRobert Mondavi Wineryin Oakville. Sip Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc and leave with a commemorative booklet. 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville

robert-mondavi-centennial-tableRobert Mondavi Centenary Table by Frank Pollaro. Photo Robert Mondavi Winery

On permanent display in the Vineyard Room will be a commemorative table hand-crafted out of Northern California Claro walnut byFrank Pollaro. The six sides of the table base represent the six grape varieties grown at the estate Tokalon Vineyard as well as Robert Mondavi’s life themes – food, wine, art, family, friends and passion – hand-carved on the base stretchers. Pollaro, well known for his fine, bespoke furniture, will produce five limitededition dining tables modeled after the Centenary Table.

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