Posts From February 2008

Artist Katy Stone, lectures at Copia on Monday, February 21. (Photo by Ashley Teplin)

February 27, 2008

From gesture to monument: Artist Katy Stone at The Oxbow School For Ten-Day Residency

Katy Stone’s waterfall installations – some three stories tall – glisten with cascading light and color. She has created permanent, site-specific works in both her native United States and in Taiwan.

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Audrey Hepburn starred in Billy Wilder’s, “Sabrina,” wearing costumes designed by Edith Head.

February 22, 2008

Academy Awards 2008, Watch the Costumes

“No One Knows Our Name”

If you read, Dressed: A Century Of Hollywood Costume Design,” published by Harper Collins last November, you’ll be hypersensitive to the difference between red carpet fashion and the art of costume design when you watch the Academy Awards Sunday night.  Written by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, president of The Costume Designers’ Guild,Dressed” takes the reader from the lavish productions of Hollywood’s Golden Age to contemporary blockbusters, illustrating the pivotal role the costume designer plays in creating the authentic characters that move an audience to tears and to laughter.

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Historic stone walls frame Meteor Vineyard in Napa's Tulocay region. (Photo by John McJunkin)

February 18, 2008

Acclaimed Internet Pioneer Barry Schuler
Launches New Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvginon

February 2008, NAPA, CA.—Former America Online Chairman and CEO Barry Schuler announced this week that he will release a new Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon under the label Meteor Vineyard this Spring.  Trade and press will taste 2006 Meteor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from barrel for the first time this week at Premier Napa Valley.  The winemakers for Meteor Vineyard are Dawnine Sample Dyer and her husband Bill Dyer, who are 50 percent partners in this venture.

Schuler likens his first-ever Napa Valley wine country experience decades ago to a lightening bolt shooting through his body.  He says he knew then that one day he would grow grapes here.  In 1998, after pioneering a succession of new technologies in the Internet world, Schuler and his family established the 22-acre Meteor Vineyard property in the southeastern hills of the Napa Valley where the Tulocay AVA is currently pending.  The property is named for Medior Inc, the multimedia development company founded by Schuler and eventually acquired by AOL.

Schuler is best known for leading the AOL team that simplified the online service provider’s user interface, making it possible for millions of consumers to gain easy access to the internet.  In recent years, while developing his new Napa vineyard, Schuler started Raydiance Inc. to develop commercial applications for ultra-short pulse lasers to be used for tumor ablation and tattoo removal, among other things. In collaboration with Adam Rifkin and Brad Wyman, he also co-produced and helped finance, “Look,” a film shot entirely from the point of view of surveillance cameras.

Michael Wolf was retained by the Schulers to develop their vineyard property, which benefits from San Francisco Bay breezes and is characterized by a mix of well-draining river rock and mineral-rich volcanic ash suited to Bordeaux varietals, including cabernet sauvignon.

Meteor Vineyard is a compilation of three clones of cabernet sauvignon grafted onto different rootstocks.  Just 25 percent of the vineyard’s fruit is used to craft the Meteor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  The balance of the property’s grapes are sold to a handful of high-profile properties including: Arietta, Etude, Lail, Favia and Vineyard 29. 

The 2005 Meteor Cabernet Sauvignon will be sold primarily to those on the Meteor Vineyard mailing list, with a small allocation going to distribution channels later in the year. ####


Click here for the Meteor Vineyard fact sheet.

Click here for the Meteor Vineyard technical sheets.

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Kosher cookbook author Judy Zeidler and restaurateur husband Marvin prepared a feast of short ribs for L'Chaim auction high bidders Monty and Sara Preiser Sunday at Quixote Winery.

February 13, 2008

Famed Kosher Cookbook Author Judy Zeidler Prepares a Feast for L'Chaim, Celebration of Life

Quixote Winery hosted a Celebration of Life lunch this past weekend with winery owners Carl Doumani and Pam Hunter joining Kosher cookbook author Judy Zeidler and her restaurateur husband Marvin in the kitchen.  The lunch was an auction lot purchased by Monty and Sara Preiser of Florida and the Napa Valley at the 2007 L’Chaim benefit. 

L’Chaim Napa Valley was created to ensure the continuation of L’Chaim Napa Valley’s Annual Jewish Vintners’ Celebration.  This 3-day charitable event, now in it’s third year, showcases the contributions of Jewish Vintners in the Napa Valley, realizes support for charitable organizations in the Napa Valley, and brings members of the Jewish community from all over the world together in a broad-based philanthropic effort.  This year the Jewish Vintners Celebration will be held the weekend of June 20-22, 2008.

Zeidler is the author of The Gourmet Jewish Cookbook, The 30-minute Kosher Cook, Judy Zeidler’s International Deli Cookbook, Master Chefs Cook Kosher and host of the Jewish Life television show, Judy’s Kitchen.  This year she expects to release a new work based on 30 years of culinary research in Italy.  Sunday’s lunch combined recipes she has collected and refined over many years in her popular Brentwood cooking school.

She began with her famously moist gourgeres and an onion-anchovy pizza while guests sipped Doumani’s 2004 Panza Grenache-Mourvedre. Husband Marvin stepped up for the first course of a puree of pea and bean soup topped with a parmesan zabaglione.  Judy accompanied this course with homemade oven-baked potato chips she learned to make from Nadia Santini at Dal Pescatore in Italy.  Next came a risotto drizzled with Quixote’s petite syrah and the big event of the day, Judy’s justifiably famous short rib and vegetable casserole perfectly paired with the 2001 Quixote Petite Syrah.

Sighs were heard all around when dessert appeared, a walnut torte en croute that is sinfully rich. Doumani accompanied this with his 2001 Quixote Cabernet Sauvignon at the urging of the Zeidlers.  

Guests for the day included David and Emily Miner of Miner Vineyards and James Hall and Ann Moses of Patz and Hall.  The volunteer crew was comprised of Christy and Peter Palmisano and Jerry and Amy Giaquinta.

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Perceptions of teenagers are challenged by the photography of Chicago artist Dawoud Bey who speaks in Napa Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. ("Mgbechi," 2005 by Dawoud Bey)

February 6, 2008

Leonardo's Brain Discussed By Leonard Shlain M.D.

Oxbow School Spring 2008 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Mondays, 7 p.m.
February 18, Leonard Shlain; February 25, Katy Stone; March 10, Ari Marcopoulos; March 17, Alison Sarr; March 31, Dawoud Bey; April 14, Larry Rinder
Copia Auditorium, 500 First Street, Napa Ca 94558
Free admission
(707) 255-6000

Photographers, sculptors and even a surgeon will speak in Napa during the Oxbow School Spring 2008 Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

The six 90-minute lecture-presentations at Copia are open to the public as well as to Oxbow students and faculty.

On Monday, February 18, Marin County surgeon and author Leonard Shlain will deliver a slide show describing his current work-in-progress, “Leonardo’s Brain: The Left-Right Roots of Creativity.”

Shlain’s previous books, all best-sellers, include “Art and Physics,” “The Alphabet vs. the Goddess” and “Sex, Time and Power.”

His new work has two stories to tell: the life and accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci and the evolution of the human brain.

In a presentation packed with art images, the author will draw on both history and current neurocognitive research to reconstruct Leonardo’s brain.

Seattle sculptor Katy Stone will speak Monday, February 25. Stone’s work combines drawing, painting and sculpture. She paints, cuts and layers transparent sheets of acetate to explore natural forms with man-made materials, as in her assemblage “Spiders and Lace” (2007).

Stone will remain in Napa for a ten-day residency at Oxbow School, working with the young students from around the country who attend the semester-long, residential fine-arts program.

On Monday, March 10, photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos will speak and show his work. Born in the Netherlands, Marcopoulos now lives in Northern California. His work has been exhibited internationally, from the Whitney Biennial to Kunsthaus Zurich, and published in six monographs.

Marcopoulos’s film “Larry Wright” was broadcast as part of public television’s “P.O.V.” documentary series, while his “Key to the Riddle” was screened in New York during MOMA’s New Documentaries series. His current works-in-progress are a documentary on his friend Craig Kelly and a solo exhibition at MC Gallery in Los Angeles; he also has a new book called “The Chance Is Higher.”

Sculptor Alison Sarr is known for her use of folk objects and traditional images to address racial identity, homelessness and other aspects of contemporary society. Her work includes life-size sculptures and a series of portraits, on skillets and shovel blades, of African-American workers.

On Monday, March 17, the Los Angeles native will present a slide show and lecture that includes both early pieces and a preview of her commissioned sculpture of Harriet Tubman for the city of New York.

Photographer Dawoud Bey presents his Oxbow lecture Monday, March 31 and, like Stone, will remain in Napa for a ten-day teaching residency at the school.

A professor of photography at Columbia College in Chicago, Bey focuses his lens on teenagers: His large-scale color portraits aim to challenge our assumptions about young people. Bey himself was only 15 when he discovered the work of Harlem photographers such as James VanDerZee, who inspired him to begin making pictures.

Recently, Bey has begun to accompany his portraits with word from his young subjects. His works are in permanent collections in the U.S. and overseas.

The Oxbow lecture series wraps up Monday, April 14 with a talk by curator and art historian Larry Rinder, Dean of the College at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

While at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Rinder organized exhibitions including “The American Effect” and the 2002 Biennial.

Rinder has also served as assistant director and curator for 20th-century art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. In 2005, he was appointed to the San Francisco Arts Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

All of the Oxbow lectures take place on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m., presented in partnership with Copia: The American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts and supported by a grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
For more information, call (707) 255-6000.

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