About the Art Association Napa Valley
The Art Association Napa Valley is a private, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Napa Valley by supporting arts and culture throughout the county. We provide funding, advocacy, marketing and exhibition opportunities for local artists. A large portion of member dues and a percentage of art sold contributes annually to the AANV Scholarship Fund, which benefits local high school and college students who wish to pursue artistic careers.
2023 is our 75th Year!! Our all-volunteer organization is celebrating 75 years serving artists/members in and around Napa County as of March 2023. A community celebration and open house is scheduled for Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Art Center, 1520 Behrens Street in Napa. There will be demonstrations, art displays, docents to answer your questions and light refreshments.
Exhibition opportunities for members include rotating shows at local banks and businesses, and a co-operative gallery, Art Gallery Napa Valley, located at 1307 First Street on the west side of downtown Napa. Classes and workshops are held at the Art Center Napa Valley on Behrens Street. AANV also sponsors and runs the Open Studios Napa Valley Program. This annual program is held the last two full weekends of September, where participating/juried artists open their studios and work areas for general public tours. For more information and a catalog/map for the event, go to openstudiosnapavalley.org.
The association is also active in the Napa Valley community through its young artist scholarship program and the local library’s “Artist of the Month” shows, plus other shows and competitions.
AANV conducts monthly General Meetings, on the fourth Monday of each month. There are special presentations by members and invited guest speakers who lecture and/or demonstrate creating art in their own way. Members may also bring their paintings or other two-dimensional artwork for judging as the “Artist of the Month” which will then be featured in the Napa City/County Library for the following month. If there are questions about the General Meetings, please Contact Janis Adams: [email protected]
General Membership Meetings are held at the AANV Art Center, at 1520 Behrens Street, Napa, CA 94559. on the fourth Monday of the following months: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, and November. Meeting times are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include professional artist presentations and demonstrations, and exhibitions of member works. Light refreshments are served.
A Statement from AANV Board of Directors
Art Association Napa Valley believes that all individuals deserve to be treated equally and equitably. Our mission is to foster and encourage creative arts. We state clearly and without equivocation that we condemn racism in all its forms: conscious, unconscious, institutional, structural, historic, and continuing.
We are committed to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to promoting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.