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May 16, 2007

Saturday, June 2 event honors Chris Brown

Bay Area Artist Christopher Brown (right) will be honored Saturday, June 2nd

at The Oxbow School's annual fundraiser,Celebrating an Artful Life,

chaired by Christy Palmisano (left) of St. Helena.

Photo by: John McJunkin

Oxbow School Celebrates Artist Christopher Brown

at June Scholarship Event
Chez Panisse chefs, art auction including works of Christopher Brown, Nina Katchadourian, Randy Twaddle, Jock McDonald and art travel lots bring Bay Area arts lovers together to support school scholarships

Napa, Calif. The Oxbow School,the nation’s first semester-only secondary school for the visual arts, gathers Bay Area art and food lovers to honor painter Christopher Brown in its annual Celebration of an Artful Life Saturday, June 2 at 6 p.m. on the school’s Napa River campus, 530 Third Street in Napa.

Chef Jennifer Sherman and her Chez Panisse team will prepare a Napa Valley Riverside Feast as guests stroll through the campus studios and bid on silent auction lots donated by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists, as well as unique experiences tailored specifically for the art lover.  

Auctioneer and vintner Fritz Hatton will conduct an exciting live auction with lots including dinner at Margrit and Robert Mondavi’s home with Manuel Neri; two round-trip tickets aboard EOS Airlines; a seven-day Paris Art Tour complete with a luxury suite on the Left Bank, a studio visit with artist Tatiana Trouvé and extensive gallery guide; and a week for four in Vail, Colorado, including a tour of the Logan Collection led by Kent Logan. Last year, Vicki and Kent Logan made headlines when they announced a $60 million-plus bequest to the Denver Art Museum – the largest planned gift in the museum’s 113-year history. Guests can also bid on dinner at Chez Panisse; an evening with Deborah Butterfield and John Buck at the Napa Valley Reserve; original artwork by Christopher Brown, The Art Guys, Linda Connor, Michael Gregory, Nina Katchadourian, Jock McDonald, Bill Owens, J. John Priola, Naomi Kremer, and Randy Twaddle; dinner with Christopher Brown at Gretchen and John Berggruen’s Napa residence; and a handmade bicycle by Oxbow alumnus Hank Matheson, just to name a few of the many one-of-a-kind auction lots.

Honorary Chairs for the 2007 event include Margrit Biever Mondavi, Ann Hatch and Alice Waters.

Last year’s celebration honored artists Deborah Butterfield and John Buck, parents of two Oxbow School alumni, and raised a quarter of a million dollars to support Oxbow scholarships for students from the Bay Area and beyond. “One of the best parts of being a part of the Oxbow community is getting to know the artists on a more personal level. I have been a tremendous fan of Christopher Brown’s work for years. I am thrilled he is our honoree for this year’s benefit,” says benefit chair Christy Palmisano.

Tickets to the dinner and auction are $350, or $500 for a patron-level ticket. Patron tickets include a chance to win the 2007 Artful Life door prize: A Day of Art with Oxbow Head of School, printmaker Stephen Thomas. The winner will have the opportunity to be an Oxbow student for a day. For a complete list of auction lots visit www.oxbowschool.org/benefit2007.html. Purchase tickets online or call Phoebe Brookbank at 707-252-5427.

Editor’s Note: Photography is available for download here:

Contact: Phoebe Brookbank
Gwen McGill

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com
[Posted: 5/16/2007]

About The Oxbow School:

Board of Trustees
David Graves, Chair
Bonnie Levinson, Vice-chair
Charlotte Vaughan Winton, Vice-chair
William O. Barrett, Treasurer
Lauren Doliva, Secretary
Beth Barker
Christopher Brown
David R. Brown
Sabrina Mondavi Buell
Julie B. Harkins
Ann Hatch
Pamela Hunter
Anne Milne
Margrit Biever Mondavi
Robert Mondavi
Christy Palmisano
Laurie Mahan Sawyer
Stephen Thomas
Suzie Buchholz Tome

The Oxbow School - an innovative, interdisciplinary semester program combining visual arts with academics - gives high school students the skills necessary to negotiate and succeed in a complex and interdependent world.  Through rigorous studio art practice grounded in creative and intellectual inquiry, the program stimulates each student’s critical thinking abilities.  Oxbow students develop a new sense of identity, self-worth, and confidence that enables them to take responsibility for their learning and lives.

Oxbow is one of a growing movement of semester programs, offering in an intensive semester of study in the visual arts program for high school juniors and seniors, while keeping academic schoolwork at the forefront of an interdisciplinary setting. Oxbow students are exposed to painting, drawing, photography, digital media, printmaking and sculpture.  They engage with all of these media as they progress through an imaginative and challenging series of project-based assignments.  The program is small (no more than 48 students per semester), intense and rewarding. Student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1 is complemented with two artist residencies each semester and a rich program of lectures, visits, and professional exposure in the Bay Area. 

From its inception, Oxbow has been a school of access, attracting students from diverse backgrounds. Half of Oxbow’s students come from public schools, 30% of tuition income comes from donations to the financial aid program—more than any other semester program; two out of three students receive financial aid.

Students come from all over the country to study at The Oxbow School. States represented by Oxbow School’s current class: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

About Christopher Brown :

Christopher Brown is an acclaimed painter and printmaker who currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he first began showing his large scale figurative paintings in San Francisco in the late 1970s, his work was often linked with that of the Bay Area figurative painters who preceded him, including Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and Joan Brown.   Yet Mr. Brown's work achieved its own distinctive painterly style, and his work based on his study of historical photographs and films - including civil war photography and the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, respectively gained national and international recognition.  Much of this work, as well as later paintings that focused on images of water, or scenes derived from the neighborhood where he lives, deal with depictions of dramatic movement, light, and space.  He is currently at work on a number of projects, including drawings and prints as well as paintings based on further neighborhood studies and short film made from his rooftop in Berkeley, CA. 

Mr. Brown received a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from the University of California, Davis, and he served as a professor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1981-1994, where he was the chair of the art department from 1990-1994.  He is currently an Eminent Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in Oakland. He has received NEA grants in both painting and art criticism as well as awards from the American Academy and Institute of Art and Letters, and the Equitable and Rockefeller Foundations.  His works are in major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the De Young Museums in San Francisco, the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas and many private collections. He is represented locally by the prestigious John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco and in New York by Edward Thorp Gallery.

In spring 2000 he joined the Oxbow community for ten days as a Visiting Artist. During his residency students focused on one-hour, site-specific painting exercises.  Regular daily critiques were designed to give students critical as well as technical guidance.


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