Posts From June 2007

June 22, 2007

Meadowood in Napa Valley

 

 

Meadowood in Napa Valley

'Featuring Quixote Petite Syrah'

Meadowood’s Director of Wine Education Gilles de Chambure MS sends us this short segment from WinePeeks TV.

I hope you enjoy it.  Gilles is a valued wine country resource for groups hoping to gather to enhance their wine knowledge.

Pam Hunter

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com
[Posted:6/22/2007]

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June 18, 2007

River runs near it

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River runs near it

by: Catherine Bigelow - June 17, 2007

"This is such an amazing school," declared artist Chris Brown, the honoree at the Oxbow School's Artful Life Gala. "I wish I could have gone here when I was 17 -- I could have been a good artist!"

We thinks the talented artist is painting it on a bit thick. But he's right about the Oxbow School. Set upon a verdant hill just above an oxbow bend in the Napa River, the interdisciplinary, semeste rlong arts program for high school students could certainly inspire budding artists to achieve greater heights.

"The main thing for our students is they receive an important preview of college," said Oxbow Director Stephen Thomas. "Many are away from home for the first time and in completing our rigorous program, without their parents' help, are empowered."

Founded in 1997 by Robert and Margrit Mondavi and Ann Hatch, the one-of-a-kind institution (designed by architect Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc.) serves about 45 students a semester from around the country. And, as almost half the student body attends on full scholarship, school supporters started this art auction and spring gala five years ago.

"I grew up around art and always felt inspired by art," said Margrit Mondavi. "To see what it does for children -- how it can change their life -- what more is there than that?"

The graceful gathering of about 100 guests agreed -- as they raised $245K during the live art auction, which was led by the enthusiastic and cajoling auctioneer Fritz Hatton.

A sumptuous supper created by chef Jennifer Sherman and Chez Panisse (a family-style feast of early summer vegetable soup au pistou, grilled Liberty duck breast, new potatoes, white wine braised leeks and artichokes) was served under the trees.
Hatch found the site, which comprises about 3 acres in an area once known as Dogpatch. The property also includes historic Victorian buildings that once housed the valley's early Italian residents.

"Oxbow describes a natural phenomenon where a river comes in and turns back upon itself," said Hatch. "I think that image also perfectly reflects our school. You have 16- and 17-year-olds who receive a jolt of being taken seriously at Oxbow -- allowing them to turn back into themselves and open themselves up to their potential."

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com
[Posted:6/18/2007]

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June 5, 2007

Art lovers raise glasses- and scholarship funds-in Napa


Photos by, John McJunkin

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Friends of Napa’s Oxbow School, including founders Ann Hatch and Robert
and Margrit Mondavi, raised $245,000 for scholarships at a gala dinner
June 2.


The eight-year-old school’s annual “Celebration of an Artful Life” honored
Oxbow trustee Christopher Brown, an acclaimed painter and printmaker
living in the Bay Area.


Brown’s “Little Blue Run” was the top money-maker at the dinner’s live
auction, gaveled by celebrity auctioneer Fritz Hatton. Howard and Mary
Lester of San Francisco bid $38,000 for Brown’s 30-inch-square pastel on
paper.


The money raised at Saturday’s dinner will help high school juniors and
seniors with a passion for fine arts to afford the $18,500 tuition for the
school’s intensive, 16-week residential program. Out of the 484 young
artists who have attended Oxbow’s 16 semesters to date, fewer than 200
have paid the full fare.


“There is no greater joy than saying yes to a student who’s the perfect
fit for Oxbow,” event chair Christy Palmisano told a crowd that included
both Wine Country notables and prominent San Franciscans.
The light-yet-lavish meal, served al fresco on Oxbow’s riverside campus,
was catered by Jennifer Sherman and Chez Panisse with wines from
Saintsbury, and preceded by a cocktail hour with Schramsberg sparkling,
Robert Sinskey Abraxas, Hog Island oysters and other delights.

--Louisa Hufstader

Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com
[Posted:6/4/2007]

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June 1, 2007

Tsurukichi: Ancient indigo is the new black

Tsurukichi: Ancient indigo is the new black


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The rich, vibrant hues of indigo blue are replacing black in the wardrobes of this summer’s best-dressed women – many of whom are choosing the Tsurukichi Indigo creations of Matt Dick. This San Francisco fashion designer works with fabrics dyed at a centuries-old factory in Japan, where the ancient art of indigo brings out intricate patterns in luscious shades from robin’s-egg to deepest black-navy.


Indigo flags, waving in the spring breeze, guided guests to last Friday’s Tsurukichi Indigo trunk show at the Stags’ Leap District home of Pam Hunter and Carl Doumani. A nearby pavilion offered sushi and beer, but shoppers made a beeline for Dick’s designs, choosing delicately woven scarves, gossamer vests and boldly-printed bags and shirts.


Bolts of cloth in dozens of patterns, casually displayed at the edge of the lake, provided an elegant background as Dick demonstrated techniques for wrapping bottles in furoshiki, squares of cloth used in Japan since ancient times to package gifts and goods.  As an extra thank-you, every purchase was wrapped in an indigo bag.

--Louisa Hufstader

To purchase any of these items, please visit Matt Dick at his new San Francisco Location: Tsurukichi- 864 Post Street - 415-292-5550 - e:indigo864@mac.com


Editor’s Note: For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com
[Posted: 5/31/2007]

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