Now Open- Art Gallery Napa Valley


Art Gallery Display

Ann Nunziata at Art Gallery Napa Valley

Our artist co-op was closed for refurbishing in January.  Can you believe we still had seismic work to do resulting from the earthquake of August 2015?  Thanks to the hard work of our tireless volunteers, we were able to re-open on time February 1st.

Come down and enjoy our freshly remodeled interior.  And don’t forget to pick up something for your valentine!

Art Gallery Napa Valley is located at 1307 First Street between Randolph and Franklin in downtown Napa.

W&N Masterclass Videos

Just a note to say you might find the Winsor & Newton Masterclass videos interesting.

Those of you who know me know that I’m an art supply junkie. Recently I subscribed to the Winsor & Newton Masterclass, Learning Tools for Artists. Naturally, W&N has produced these vides to promote their own materials, but I often learn something new.

The most recent installment is titled masterclass|Professional Water Colour Markers. I’ll let you follow the link to see for yourself, but in this short 2 minute video, I noted two details of interest.

One was that the marker can be inserted directly into the water to thin the color. That surprised me since most other nib type markers I’ve tried seem to completely stop working when you get them wet.

The other was that they seemed to suggest that a sized paper is desirable to keep the nib marks from showing. Visible marking has been one of the objections I have to using markers, so this comment caught my interest.  And I know that many artists actually soak their papers to remove the sizing, so this is certainly noteworthy.

I’d already found these markers an excellent tool to use in the damp environment on our sailboat, so I plan to experiment further with these markers en plein air and in the studio.

Here is a sketch I posted earlier at Anthony’s Cabana in Anacortes while waiting for our tasty salmon and chips.

plein air materials

India Ink and W&N watercolor markers

Exhibit at Rabobank, Napa

Exhibit at Rabobank

5 Artist Exhibit

The rain is pouring down in Northern California, but I braved the weather joining 4 other artists from Art Association Napa Valley to hang our work at Rabobank in Napa.  We think the pieces to together surprisingly well considering we cover a wide range of media including acrylic, pastel, photography and oils.

During the month of January, you can decide for yourself.  Rabobank is located at 700 Trancas St.  We’d appreciate it if you’d drop by and let them know if you like the exhibit.  Rabobank has been very supportive of local artists in Napa, and they deserve our thanks.

5 artists at Rabobank

back from left- Lis MacDonald, Ann Nunziata, Jeanne Dillon. Front from left- Maggy Walton, Emily Freiman





Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Finalé

Well, this is it!  I’m actually a day late, so I will leave my final item on sale until I close for a short winter holiday vacation.  My Winter Solstice and final item is my Watercolor Batik Painting of Fire ‘N Ice, one of my garden roses. (You did know that December 21st is the first day of winter, right?)

watercolor batik

Rose Fire ‘N Ice, Series No. 3/25, watercolor batik

My mini watercolor batik paintings are small versions of larger works, all completely original.  I’m trying different paints and colors for each one, and will only try 25 variations.  So this is a very unique limited artwork.

This particular version is my 3rd attempt and I tried gold gouache in the background.   Gouache is another word for opaque watercolor.  And for a limited time only, this piece is discounted in my Etsy shop.

It’s been challenging but fun to post a different work each day.  I hope you have enjoyed this.  If you did, shoot me a comment and I might try this again in the future.

Thank you,

Ann Nunziata

Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Day 11

This is the penultimate day of my Holiday Sale.  If you missed out on the special prices on the California Poppy Lavender Sachet or the Silk Batik Ophelia Lavender Wand, don’t despair.  Today I’m featuring my Barnyard Rooster Batik Print Ornament.

Rooster ornament

Barnyard Rooster Batik Print Holiday Ornament

This cute little guy is 2″ x 2″, printed on Kinwashi ricepaer, then affixed to a mini canvas.  He would just love to “hang out” in your kitchen.  You’ve spent a lot of time buying presents for your friends and family.  Head on over to my  Etsy shop to grab him for yourself.

Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Day 10

Only two days left for my Twelvetide Holiday Sale.  Today I feature two lavender items. One is my hand-woven Lavender Wand with silk batik ribbon.  The other is a  California Poppy Lavender Sachet.

lavender wand

Lavender Wand with Ophelia silk ribbon

lavender and poppies

California Poppy Lavender Sachet

These two items are price-reduced for today only, so head on over to my Etsy shop to take advantage of this opportunity!

Please note that you may have to choose expedited shipping if you wish to receive these by Christmas which is next Sunday.




Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Day 9

We’re starting to run out of time!  Only 3 days left for my Holiday Sale.  And you may have to choose a faster shipping method if you’d like to receive your items by Christmas.

watercolor batik painting

Pink Coneflower mini painting

Today’s special item is my 4″x4″ watercolor batik painting of a Pink Coneflower (Echinacea Rudbeckia).  This mini painting is available today only for $15, so head on over to my Etsy shop if you’d like to grab this one-of-a-kind hand-made artwork.

My flannel Lavender Pillow Pals have sold out, but I found two in a lovely lavender leafy cotton print, so I’m putting them on sale today as well for $3.  Grab them while you can!