“The Terracotta Corridor exhibit is the result of an extraordinary collaboration to bring artwork from a diverse group of Napa community artists,” said Shelly Willis, Executive Director of the Rail Arts District Napa.
NAPA, Calif. (PRWEB)
November 17, 2022
Terracotta Corridor, an exhibit of 21 clay sculptures, opens this winter in Napa Valley with an artist talk and reception at the Culinary Institute of America, Copiah, followed by a bike tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa and Mission Clay Products, the outdoor, free exhibition features works by 11 ceramic artists from the Mission Clay Products Arts & Industry Residency Program. As part of this program, artists spend weeks carving and glazing clay pipe extrusions six to eight feet long.
Mission Clay Products’ facility in Phoenix, Arizona is known for making ceramic sewer pipes that were used by artists and then fired in some of the world’s largest kilns. Clay pipes are the longest lasting, most durable, and environmentally friendly pipe products ever designed and date back over 2,000 years. Many US metro areas have underground pipelines that date back centuries.
A selection of works by the nearly 400 artists participating in the program will be on display in the Rail Arts District, including works by Alan Chin, Cameron Crawford, Anne Christensen, Carolyn Ford, Tom Franco, Robert Harrison, Susannah Israel, Lisa Reinertson, Patrick Siler, John Toki and Remus Visgierda.
On Saturday, December 3, RAD Napa Executive Director Shelly Willis will moderate a conversation from 1 – 2 p.m. between participating artist John Tockey and Arts & Industry Residency Program Founder and Director Brian Vansell. The conversation will be immediately followed by a reception and bike tour led by Toki and RAD Napa President Chuck McMinn. Email [email protected] to sign up and secure a bicycle for the tour.
“This exhibition is the result of an extraordinary collaboration to bring together artworks by various artists from the Napa community,” Willis said. “It’s inspiring to see how a simple, industrial object can be transformed in so many different ways.”
In addition, RAD Napa is proud to announce a partnership with local artist Christina Young to install RAD Napa’s first permanent artwork: a large-scale “Quake Mosaic” created with salvaged materials from the 2014 earthquake and 2017 and 2020 wildfires. Mosaic in size, donated by hundreds of community members. Eight years in the making, the 406-section mosaic will be installed on a stationary train car donated by the Napa Valley Wine Train adjacent to the Napa Valley Wine Trail.
“The Rail Arts District has created dozens of public artworks since 2016,” McMinn said. “For our first permanent installation, it was important that the artwork have a strong connection to Napa. We’ve worked with Christina Young for many years, and we’re thrilled to have her help make Quake Mosaic a success.”
Community members can support these projects and more by donating through CanDo’s Napa Valley Give!Guide, which raises awareness and funds in support of exceptional nonprofits serving Napa County residents and fosters collaboration among its participating organizations. Learn more at CanDoGiveGuide.org.
About Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa
Founded in 2016, The Rail Arts District (RAD) enriches the community through investment and stewardship in Napa, Napa’s only arts district. RAD Napa begins in Napa’s Oxbow District and continues north for about two miles along the Napa Valley Vine Trail bike and pedestrian path and the Napa Valley Wine Train track. Murals, sculptures, landscaping and parks are some examples of how RAD is transforming these semi-industrial areas and neighborhoods with art. To learn more about RAD, a registered 501(c)3, visit http://www.radnapa.org or find RAD on Facebook.com/RADNapa, Instagram.com/RADNapa and Twitter @Rad_Napa.
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