Where You Can Find Art In The Napa Valley
February 23, 2018
San Francisco Travel
Railroad Arts District (RAD)
Launched in 2017, the Railroad Arts District in downtown Napa runs along a 1.7-mile portion of the Napa Valley Vine Trail and prominently showcases striking murals from selected global artists. Perhaps best experienced from a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, RAD has re-energized Napa's commuter corridor and quickly become a landmark in the Valley's growing arts scene. Current murals include the 210-foot Knocking on Heaven's Door by Polish street artists Bezt and Natalia Rak; Chromadynamica, a 100-foot brightly colored abstract by Argentinean-Spanish graffiti artist Felipe Pantone; and "Floating Napa", an "ungravitied construction" by muralist Cinta Vidal from Barcelona.
Napa and Yountville offer the opportunity to view art while also enjoying the outdoors. The Napa Art Walk presents an ever-changing exhibition of regional artists' sculptures and work that enhance the downtown scene. A collaboration between the City of Napa and Arts Council Napa Valley, the art walk is also available through Otocast, a free smartphone app providing an audio guide for walking tours. The Yountville Art Walk has over 40 outdoor sculptures on view. Many of the pieces are for sale, with a portion of proceeds helping the Yountville Arts fund and other arts-related activities.