Santa Fe painter Patrick McFarlin teamed up with poet Theresa Whitehill and prose writer Rod Smith for six weeks of "salon" sessions filled with painting, interviewing and writing. The artists and writers were commissioned by Stag's Leap Winery, part of Beringer Wine Estates. They have produced an exhibit of 71 portraits (12 of which are Beringer employees and their relatives), which are accompanied by prose and poetry acting as miniature biographies and oral histories.
Among the featured paintings are portraits of Robert Mondavi, chairman of Robert Mondavi Winery; Wine Spectator senior editor Jim Laube; Dawnine Dyer, winemaker for Domaine Chandon; and Alice Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse.
Museum visitors will be able to see the three artists in action during the opening events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit will be on display through April 18. Adult admission is $4.50.
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Napa Valley Museum
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