ARTwalk launches 2nd Exhibition in Downtown Napa

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FishOnByTerrenceMartin.jpgNAPA, Calif.-- Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) and the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency have announced the return of the Napa ARTwalk public sculpture tour. The 2nd ARTwalk, titled "Momentum: Art that Moves (Us)", will launch on October 19th 2011 and will be on exhibition through April, 2013.

Downtown Napa's first-ever interactive public art exhibition and tour first launched in July 2010, and received an unprecedented amount of local support and media attention. Due to the success of the inaugural exhibition, the 2nd Napa ARTwalk will feature 13 new sculptures (an increase from 10 in 2010), as well as last year's People's Choice winning sculpture, "Fish On", by artist Terrence Martin (pictured to the right). One of the most familiar pieces in the 2010 exhibition, "Fish On" is a metal sculpture of a largemouth bass; it will also remain on view until 2013 . Napa ARTwalk's 2011-13 new artists include: Marissa Carlisle, Andrew Ferrales, Eric Furman, Matt Gil, James Haire, Loren Madsen, Ulises Meza, Robin Murez, C.J. Rench, Patricia Vader and Jeff Zischke.

The Napa ARTwalk will give the public an opportunity to vote on favorite sculptures online at www.napaartwalk.org throughout the 18-month exhibition period. Tour brochures, featuring a sculpture map, will be available year round in several downtown locations, including: Napa City Hall, The Goodman Library, Napa Valley Welcome Center, Artists of the Valley Gallery, and the Napa City-County Library. 
The official launch of the Napa ARTwalk Exhibition is on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 4:30 --7:00 p.m., beginning at First and School streets in front of Napa City Hall. Following a brief program, guests will receive an exhibition brochure and map, and will be invited to take the self-guided Napa ARTwalk tour along First Street and the Napa River. Docents and artists will be stationed at each art piece to provide more detailed information about each sculpture. Following the tour, guests are invited to attend a reception at River Bend Plaza behind the Hatt Building, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Following the kick-off ceremony, residents and tourists will have the opportunity to explore and interact with the sculpture exhibition on their own time, hearing audio commentary about each of the 14 pieces on display through a new breakthrough in Smart Phone technology. With a single download of a free Smart Phone application, visitors can "scan" QR codes next to each sculpture on the Napa ARTwalk brochure and hear an audio explanation of the work directly through their cellular phones.

Napa ARTwalk is currently seeking docents for the October 19th kick-off celebration. For future exhibition information, or to enroll as a sculpture docent, phone the Arts Council Napa Valley office at 707-257-2117 or e-mail Christy@artscouncilnv.org. For more information on this year's ARTwalk exhibition, please visit www.NapaARTwalk.org.

The program is jointly sponsored by Arts Council Napa Valley, the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency, the Downtown Property and Business Improvement District, and the Napa Tourism Improvement District Local Governing Committee.  

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Unfortunately, my Sculpture "Fish On" will not remain at 3rd and Main St. over the next year. The City Council has decided to remove my sculpture and replace it with a War Memorial/High School senior project... Very sad to see it go...

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