3 Reasons Art Collectors Move to Napa Valley

There’s much more to Napa Valley than wine. The towns and countryside of this popular corner of California’s Wine Country are also well-appointed with art galleries, famous collectors, and resident artists.
If you’re looking for inspiration, or a new place to showcase your personal collection, Napa Valley real estate should be on the top of your list.
Below is everything you need to know about the Napa art scene.

Nearby art showcases

Photo courtesy of Artsy, DiRosa Center for Contemporary Art
While you’re looking for houses for sale in Napa Valley, be sure to note which galleries will be near your new residence—or great for outfitting your home with new pieces. There are dozens of excellent options in the area, but some local favorites include:
DiRosa Center for Contemporary Art: Protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust, the site features multiple galleries, a sculpture park, and a 35-acre lake, all located on 217 scenic acres in Napa Valley’s famed Carneros region.
The Jessel Gallery: The oldest and largest gallery in the Napa Valley. The gallery features fine art, jewelry, consignment clothing, crafts and gifts, workshops, and classes.
Gordon Huether Studio & Gallery: Gordon Huether’s Projects have included art installations for private corporations, airports, transportation centers, parking garages, hotels, universities, hospitals, recreation centers, civic buildings, libraries, and museums.
Lee Youngman Gallery: Established in 1985, Lee Youngman offers the finest traditional paintings by talented national and regional artists in oils, watercolors, and pastels, as well as sculptures.

Napa Valley not only showcases up-and-coming artists and niche art styles, but classics as well. It's truly an art collector's dream—the community has both the commercial infrastructure and the naturally inspiring environment to cultivate new artistic talent.

Napa’s local artistry

Behind every beautiful art piece is a great artist, and luckily Napa Valley has a whole host of resident creatives. From Marvin Humphrey to Peggy and Harold Francis, these Napa natives have helped shape the Napa art scene for decades. Other newcomers in street art, murals, and other modern styles include Ricky Watts, Meagan Spendlove, “Griffin One,” and Chris Jehy.
Between Napa, the Bay Area, and San Francisco itself, there are so many new artists to fall in love with nearby. And thanks to both its regional appeal and high density of galleries and outdoor art spaces, Napa Valley real estate is a great hub to discover California artists from around the state.

The future of Napa Valley art

While Napa, St. Helena, and other towns are home to classic regional galleries that have been around for years, there’s also a vibrant new side of Napa Valley’s art scene. This includes the movement to integrate infrastructure and art. The Rail Arts District shows off vibrant pixelated color on historic railroad brick, and the Cornerstone Gardens combine a beautiful, nature-filled walking path with sculptures and installations.

Ready to explore Napa Valley real estate?

Whether you’re a traditionalist or follow the hottest trends in California’s immense art scene, houses for sale in Napa Valley offer a bit of everything. Whether you’re ready to buy or just have more questions about the Napa Valley luxury real estate market, reach out to the local experts at Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley.

*Header photo courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

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