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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in California, Journal, Napa Valley, North America, The Americas, United States | 0 comments

Napa Valley -Day 4

Napa Valley -Day 4

Today I started out with an historic walking tour of Napa… down by the old mill…both lumber and grain…

but first a scone at the Sweetie Pie Bakery where a funnel from the old mill takes up part of the seating area.

Then on to the river where ships used to take redwood lumber from the mill to San Francisco. I didn’t know redwoods grew this far inland, but indeed many redwoods are growing in Napa.

 

 

The river floods which is why a big flood control project is underway.

Around the backside of the mill, an artist has created a fantastic mosaic that represents the flow of the river…
 
 
And some of the wildlife that inhabit it…
And some of Napa’s history, which includes the KKK…
This piece called “Life is short, but art endures.”

 

This area is called the Veterans Park, patrolled by the blue meanies on bikes…

 

A stop at a Downtown Joe’s, a restaurant where they make beer onsite..

 

 

We visited a couple of the many beautiful mansions near the river…

This one a bed and breakfast…

 

 

In the afternoon I took off for Mt. Veeder and the Hess Collection, an estate winery with a magnificent collection of modern art acquired by Swiss owner Donald Hess. Many well-known artists, but some were new to me and I was very happy to find them, like Anselm Keifer…
This is huge wall-size…

Close ups…

Yummy texture..

And some Andy Galsworthy…here he boiled seeds to make a pigment, then colored snow balls with it and then let the snow balls melt on the paper…a whole series of these, all different, all beautiful…

 

And a piece made of thorns and twigs…holding itself up…no other attachments…

 

And a piece made of gut and vellum…again wall-sized…by Robilee Frederick

 

And there were Stellas and Motherwells and Francis Bacon,,,quite a wonderful place set high up in the mountains above Napa right next to the Christian Brothers Conference center at Mont La Salle.

 

 

With several rooms for rent, it makes a peaceful spot for a retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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