contests

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

North Bay Student Artists Awarded in Napa Valley Museum Exhibit

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Justice Faustina of Justin Siena High won First Place in Napa Valley Museum's student-curated exhibit with the painting “Man Made Natural Disaster.”
  • Justice Faustina of Justin Siena High won First Place in Napa Valley Museum's student-curated exhibit with the painting “Man Made Natural Disaster.”
Located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the Napa Valley Museum closed its doors in mid-March to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s more, due to the virus-vulnerable residents who live at the Veterans Home, it’s unlikely that the museum will be able to open on the same timeline as other venues.

In the meantime, the museum has put together a program of online exhibits, including a virtual art tour of “Lucy Liu: One of These Things Is Not Like The Others” and a digital version of the museum’s annual student-curated youth art exhibit. This year’s fourth annual youth art show, titled “Not From Around Here,” is presented in partnership with Napa’s Justin-Siena High School visual arts department and features diverse artwork from nearly 30 student artists representing Justin-Siena High School, Vintage High School, The Oxbow School, Saint Helena High School, Marin Catholic High School and Novato High/Marin School of the Arts.

The works on display include paintings, photography, collage and assemblage and drawings that explicitly or abstractly tackle the topics of identity and society as it relates to the theme. In addition to the art, students write an accompanying artist statement that speaks to their intent.

Now, the Napa Valley Museum announces that the exhibit’s panel of judges has selected several artists for awards, including Best of Show winner Isabella Cavallero of Novato High/Marin School of the Arts; First Place winner Justice Faustina of Justin Siena High; Second Place winner Artemisio Romero y Carver of the Oxbow School, People’s Choice Award winner Jenna Yandel of Marin Catholic High School and other winning student artists Jade Hawkinson, Julia Maushardt, Charmaine Griffin, Leilani Cropper, Pella Anderson and Zoé Murphy.

"The Originals" by Isabella Cavallero
  • "The Originals" by Isabella Cavallero

Best of Show winner Isabella Cavallero earned the award for her photograph, “The Originals,” which features two colorful members of the local biker community.

In a statement, Cavallero writes, “The statement ‘Not From Around Here’ reflects the meaning of finding a sense of belonging even when obstacles stand in the way… One of the communities that experiences a high level of rejection, or the feeling of not being accepted, is the biker community. The unfortunate thing about this is that most bikers are amongst the kindest people you will ever meet. In my lifetime I have witnessed how generous the biker community has been on many occasions, including volunteering during times of fire relief, holding fundraisers for charities, and group rides for fallen members. They would give complete strangers the shirt off their back and often support their community, despite being judged for their lifestyle. What I want people to understand about my artwork is that it is important to embrace all walks of life and attempt to understand that some may want to live their lives differently than others. Without the individuality in the community, we wouldn’t be able to create the world in which we live.”

The exhibit’s panel of judges includes Connie Schleien, past National Art Educator Association vice president, board member of Sonoma Valley Museum, and Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts commissioner; Jeanne Hoel, Senior Education manager for School and Teacher Programs at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Erik Shearer, professor of Art Napa Valley College and former chair for the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Winners received a range of awards including cash prizes, plaques, ribbons, certificates and a Napa Valley Museum reciprocal membership. A full list of winners and the complete virtual “Not From Around Here” art exhibit can be found on Napa Valley Museum’s website.
  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Champion Chefs Compete in Benefit for Napa Food Programs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 11:16 AM

Chef Chris Kollar of Kollar Chocolates will compete in a virtual cook-off to support families who are experiencing food insecurity. - PHOTO COURTESY KOLLARCHOCOLATES.COM
  • photo courtesy kollarchocolates.com
  • Chef Chris Kollar of Kollar Chocolates will compete in a virtual cook-off to support families who are experiencing food insecurity.

Five months into the Covid-19 pandemic, and the North Bay is still largely under sheltering orders that have forced many popular events to cancel their plans for the summer.

One of the most impactful financial fallouts of the canceled summer is the loss in fundraising revenue that these events generate for many local nonprofit organizations.

Case in point: Each year Oxbow Public Market's Fork It Over benefit and the Hands Across The Valley fundraiser in St. Helena each raise money for the Napa Valley Food Bank and other local safety-net food programs such as Meals on Wheels.

These two benefit events are cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic this summer, meaning that the Napa Valley Food Bank and Meals on Wheels stand to lose approximately $250,000 in funding at a time when the number of families using these programs has nearly tripled due to the pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.

In place of these canceled live events, the organizers behind both Fork It Over and Hands Across the Valley are working together to create a new virtual event to help close the financial gap in funding.

“Participating in Fork It Over is a way of supporting local people who need help at one time or another in their lives,” Steve Carlin, founder and managing partner of Oxbow Public Market, says in a statement. “This year is different in that there are more of us confronting food insecurity challenges. At Oxbow, we are doing everything we can to be part of the solution, and we’re proud to partner with Hands Across the Valley on this creative new fundraising effort.”

On Sunday, August 23, Fork It Over and Hands Across the Valley host the first-ever virtual Napa Valley Champions Cook-Off, pitting two acclaimed Napa Valley chefs against each other in a friendly challenge. Both of the participating chefs have won national televised cooking contests, and now North Bay viewers are invited to watch the live streaming event that will determine the ultimate champion chef.

“We were very disappointed when we had to cancel our annual benefit event due to the pandemic,” Hands across the Valley founder and board president George Altamura says in a statement. “This is a great way to engage some of our talented culinary stars, have some fun and raise money for these very important programs.”

Chef Elizabeth Binder and Chef Chris Kollar are slated to appear in the showdown, and both have plenty of experience cooking in front of a crowd.

Chef Binder, owner of Hand-Crafted Catering in Napa, helped her team “Beat Bobby Flay” on the popular cooking competition show’s seventh episode of Season 23, which aired on January 26, 2020.

Chef Kollar, recently named Yountville’s 2020 Business Leader of the Year, is best known as the owner of Kollar Chocolates. Chef Kollar was named a 'Chopped Champion,' winning a sweet and salty challenge on an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” that also aired in January of this year.

The upcoming Napa Valley Champions Cook-Off will be held at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia’s large teaching kitchens, ensuring the chefs and crew can maintain social distancing.

Radio personality Liam Mayclem, known as the Foodie Chap on KCBS Radio, will host the streaming competition. Chef Ken Frank (La Toque in Napa), Chef Anita Cartagena (Protéa in Yountville), and Chef Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland) will all be on hand to judge the event.

The Napa Valley Champions Cook-Off will be free to watch via Facebook Live, and viewers will be encouraged to donate money throughout the approximately hour-long program to support The Napa Valley Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Donations received during the event will be eligible to win $500 in OxBucks, redeemable at any Oxbow Public Market merchant.

The Napa Valley Champions Cook-Off streams online Sunday, Aug 23, at 2pm. Free. Facebook.com/OxbowPublicMarket.
  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday, July 20, 2020

Seghesio Family Vineyards Selects Artist for Anniversary Mural

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 12:46 PM

Artist Angie Mattson's proposed mural, "Night in Zinfandel" will be painted at Seghesio's Healdsburg tasting room later this year.
  • Artist Angie Mattson's proposed mural, "Night in Zinfandel" will be painted at Seghesio's Healdsburg tasting room later this year.
Founded five generations ago, Sonoma County’s historic Seghesio Family Vineyards is preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary this fall, and in addition to planned parties and events, the winery’s tasting room in Healdsburg will receive an artistic commemoration courtesy of acclaimed artist Angie Mattson.

Mattson is the winner of the Seghesio Family Vineyards’ recent online Anniversary Mural Contest, and her design, “Night in Zinfandel,” won out over hundreds of entries submitted by artists from across the country. Mattson will turn her design into a large-scale art mural at the tasting room later this year.

Mattson’s design is a monochromatic illustration of grape-picking with symbols of nature interwoven throughout. She says it reflects the people, places and values of Seghesio Family Vineyards.

“Since Seghesio is so well-known for Zinfandel, I did a lot of research to get the shape of the leaves and the grapes just right,” Mattson says in a statement. “I also did a lot of research into the flavors of Zinfandel and tried to incorporate those elements into the design. I love the idea that wine is influenced by the land it comes from—the mountains and the sea, the wild herbs, flowers, and plants that grow in and around a vineyard. I wanted to capture the way it feels when you’re in a vineyard and especially at night under the stars when it’s very peaceful but there is still a lot happening—that’s when the animals are coming out and there is some mischief.”

Seghesio Family Vineyards launched the online mural contest in April, and received over 100 submissions from artists of all backgrounds. The entries were viewable online, and visitors were encouraged to comment on their favorite designs, with each comment counting as a vote. The votes were considered when choosing the finalists, along with input from a panel assembled by Seghesio Family Vineyards.

“We were humbled by the outpouring of interest by talented artists across the country who desired to participate in our 125th-anniversary celebration with a mural design inspired by Seghesio’s incredible wines and story,” Stephanie Wycoff, estate director of Seghesio Family Vineyards, says in a statement. “There were many stunning designs, but Angie Mattson’s submission was visually striking and captured the essence of our charm and history with many thoughtful details.”

Contest finalists included acclaimed artists such as Amanda Lynn for her design, “Taste of Life,” Monica Tiulescu for her design, “Zen of Zin,” ELLE for her submission “Vineyards Poetry” and Kimberly Yaeger for her unnamed design. All works can be viewed on the contest website.

Mattson, who also goes by her artist moniker Uto X, is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her art has increasingly been defined as a minimalist folk-art style for the past several years. Also a musician, Mattson began making art by designing merchandise for her band, In The Valley Below, splitting her creative time between music and visual art inspired by her life on the road.

The Seghesio family has been a part of the North Bay’s wine culture ever since Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley in 1895. Today, the winery’s 400 acres of vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys produce award-winning Zinfandel and Italian varietals under the direction of winemaker Ted Seghesio.

Due to Covid-19 health and safety restrictions, Seghesio Family Vineyards’s tasting room in Healdsburg is currently opening up its adjacent grove for outdoor wine tastings Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are required and are available on Seghesio.com.
  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

North Bay Students Curate Online Art Show on Theme of Belonging

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM

"Galaxy of Colors" by St Helena High student Jesus Garcia is viewable in a virtual youth art exhibit via Napa Valley Museum.
  • "Galaxy of Colors" by St Helena High student Jesus Garcia is viewable in a virtual youth art exhibit via Napa Valley Museum.

Located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the Napa Valley Museum closed its doors in mid-March to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s more, due to the virus-vulnerable residents who live at the Veterans Home, it’s unlikely that the museum will be able to open on the same timeline as other venues.

“They haven’t had any (Covid-19) cases among the veterans which is wonderful, but they’re understandably very protective,“ says Laura Rafaty, Executive Director of Napa Valley Museum. “And then there’s a lot of (Covid-19 related) retrofitting that has to get done before we can reopen; things like the elevator, stairwells and the gift shop, we can’t have people touching things. It’s going to be a very different environment and we are going to work our way through that.”

The closure means the museum’s current exhibit of visual works by actor and activist Lucy Liu, “One of these things is not like the others,” is currently sitting in the dark until the museum reopens, at which time the exhibit will run through October.

The closure also means that the museum’s planned student-curated youth art exhibition in April was delayed until now; transformed into a virtual exhibit available to view on the Napa Valley Museum website.

“We had this student exhibition scheduled for April, but suddenly the kids were out of school and most of this artwork was stranded in the school building without a way to physically get at it,” Rafaty says. Once the museum could get the works in hand, the plan became to show the artwork virtually and, if possible, to display the pieces physically at the museum once it can reopen.

“The opportunity to have your work seen in a museum is so impactful for kids,” Rafaty says. “We don’t want to miss that, and at the same time, this is maybe a chance for people who would never physically get to our museum to see the work of these talented artists from the North Bay.”

The now-virtual exhibit, titled “Not From Around Here,” is the fourth annual youth art show that the museum presents in partnership with Napa’s Justin-Siena High School visual arts department.

The goal of the annual exhibit is to present diverse artwork centered on a timely or personal topic, and this year’s theme aims to raise questions within the student artists’ minds, “about our sense of belonging somewhere or to something.”

Nearly 30 student artists are participating in this year’s online exhibit, representing Justin-Siena High School, Vintage High School, The Oxbow School, Saint Helena High School, Marin Catholic High School and Novato High/Marin School of the Arts.

The works on display include paintings, photography, collage and assemblage and drawings that explicitly or abstractly tackle the topics of identity and society as it relates to the theme. In addition to the art, students write an accompanying artist statement that speaks to their intent.

“When you look at the statements, you get that sense of some of them asking, ‘Who am I?’” Rafaty says. “Being different, being out of place, that seems to be a theme that goes through this.”

Led by a panel of student jurors and curatorial teams, this is a youth exhibit through and through. The young artists even decide where to hang the work in the museum normally.

“Our team gets to work with the kids and see how they envision this, and sometimes they do things that we might not have thought to do that are really impactful,” Rafaty says. “We’re really missing that with the virtual exhibit.”

In addition to viewing the work online, virtual visitors are encouraged to vote online for the exhibit’s “People's Choice” award and to donate to the museum’s efforts to reopen its galleries and educational programs.

Napa Valley Museum’s fourth annual student-curated exhibit, “Not from Around Here,” is on view virtually now through July 31 at napavalleymsuem.org.
  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cheesy Poetry Contest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Cheese.jpg

Are you gaga for gouda? Passionate about parmesan? Mad about mozzarella? For all you cheese lovers out there, here’s your chance to embrace your inner Shakespeare and start slinging some stanzas. The lucky winner of the Bohemian’s Cheesiest Poetry Contest will receive two tickets to the tenth-annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference, running Feb. 23-27! (For more info, see details here.)

So don’t delay. Send us your best ode to gorgonzola or havarti haiku. Send us a sestina that rhymes its way into our curdled hearts, a sonnet that shows us the whey, a limerick that lingers long after the pizza is gone. Get creative. Have fun. And remember: The cheesier, the better.

Send all entries to letters@bohemian.com by midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

(Cheese image via Shutterstock.)

  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: , , ,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Worst. Date. Ever.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

1359079322-baddate.jpg

Dating! Ain't it grand? Well, except when it ain't. You know you've been there at some point: sitting in the car, walking home the next morning, or trying to flag a taxi to get-the-hell-outta-there. Your only consolation is texting your friend: "Worst. Date. Ever."

The other consolation lies in the fantastic leverage you now wield during "worst date" storytime, which, for the Bohemian, falls in our dating-themed Sex & Valentines issue, publishing Feb. 6. That's right: we want you to spill the beans on your worst date ever. Tell us how terrible and awkward it all was, in grisly and humorous detail, and you may be selected as one of the top three winning stories to be published on Feb. 6!

Stories should be no longer than 400 words and emailed to: letters@bohemian.com. Entries may be published with a pseudonym if desired. Winners are chosen by an editorial panel and awarded prizes sufficiently tantalizing to cleanse your memory of the awful evening in question. Entries must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 1.

Love & Kisses,
The Bohemian

  • Pin It
    favorite

Tags: ,

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jive Brown: Our Annual Writing Contest

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Every year, we host a writing contest in which we start a story and you finish it. After a heated discussion over who was the more important writer for 2009—Walt Whitman or Dan Brown—we wearily relented to Brown's best-selling genius. Plus, even we're not so hard-hearted that we could enjoy making fun of Whitman. Plus-plus: Poetry. Read on and send us your finished story.

Jive Brown

jive-image.jpg

The Lost Digital Da Vinci Fortress Symbol

Bob Lamedum stepped briskly out of the Louvre and glanced around. Located at 34 Rue du Louvre 75001 Paris, France, the building was impressive, even to a markology professor from a leading California State University. The April morning was fresh and inviting but Bob was late for an appointment with his sometime mistress, the celebrated astrophysicist-cum-pole dancer Angéle Démon. From there, he planned to meet his mentor, the prominent Odd Fellow and secret tax-dodger Solomon Mines. His phone rang.

“Darn thing,” Bob thought. “How do I work this?”

The phone was new, a gift from Angéle, and Bob was still unused to its flip-top feature.

“Hello?”

“Bob!” Angéle cried, for Angéle it was.

“Solomon has been brutally kidnapped! You must return to California to find him!”

Twelve hours later, Bob was in Solomon’s Santa Rosa home. Looking around, he fondly saw that his friend’s favorite touchstones were proudly displayed: a laminated parking ticket, a glass artichoke tumbling from a cornucopia, a sculpture of a sideways hand set nicely on the piano.

But wait. Two items of the five were missing.

Could they have anything to do with Solomon’s brutal kidnapping? Bob leaned against a bookcase and felt it give, revealing . . .

What does Bob see next? Dan your best Brown by finishing this riveting, sure-to-be bestselling story based on a movie by Ron Howard to us in 500 words or less. The five best entries will be published Oct. 28 and the winners feted with homemade cake, cheap wine and excellent coffee. Gifts, too. Send your story to javajive[at]bohemian.com.

  • Pin It
    favorite

 

Facebook Activity

Copyright © 2020 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

Website powered by Foundation