The Hess Collection and Napa Valley Film Festival Present:
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
The incredibly entertaining film by Neil Berkeley, chronicling the life of artist Wayne White
If there’s one thing you might not expect to see in the West Gallery of The Hess Art Collection, it might be a film about one of the creators of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, the iconic 1980’s television show that launched the career of Paul Rubens. But yes, on Sunday May 18, from 5-7 p.m. Beauty Is Embarrassing, the incredibly entertaining film chronicling the life of artist Wayne White, will launch a
series of art films this spring and summer, shown in partnership with the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) and The Hess Collection Winery. The award-winning director of the Beauty is Embarrassing, Neil Berkeley, will be in attendance on May 18, to introduce the film and be present for a lively Q&A following the screening. This is indeed a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the movie was made.
Seats fill fast!
Tickets are $20 and, of course, wine and appetizers will follow
Sunday, 18 May, 5-7 p.m.
followed by a Q & A and reception.
The Hess Collection Winery
4411 Redwood Road
Napa, CA 94558
Please contact Ashley Cox with any questions
 255-1144 X 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And here’s a bit more about the first film in the series from Neil Berkeley:
“Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee's Playhouse TV show which soon led to more work design some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Recently his word paintings featuring pithy and often sarcastic text statements finely crafted onto vintage landscape paintings have made him a darling of the fine art world. The movie chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of an artist struggling to find peace and balance between his professional work and his personal art. This is especially complicated for a man who struggles with the virtues he most often mocks in his art...Vanity, ego and fame.”
See the Beauty Is Embarrassing movie trailer here. The movie is 88 minutes long.
Other films in the series will be shown monthly. Save the dates (and watch for details) for June 8, July 20 and August 10.
The Napa Valley Film Festival
The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16, 2014. NVFF features over 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues throughout the four walkable villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers and celebrities interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels & culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions and winemaker dinners and more. Visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org to buy Passes and for more information, or call 707.226.7500. Advance lodging reservations are recommended as hotels and inns will sell out. The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California.
Check out 2013 NVFF Highlights here!
2013 NVFF HIGHLIGHT REEL
The Hess Collection Presents:
Between Photography & Painting- by SFMOMA Curator, Janet Bishop
Janet Bishop will explore the blurring of mediums in contemporary art, and look, in particular, at work that takes its strength from both photography and painting. Focusing on works from the Hess Collection and SFMOMA, as well as other key examples, the talk will address art ranging from paintings by Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Vija Celmins and Robert Bechtle, which take newspaper images or snapshots as starting points, to lens-based works by Yasumasa Morimura, Jeff Wall, and Sam Taylor-Wood that reference 19th-Century painting. Bishop will also provide a glimpse into the new SFMOMA, which opens in 2016.
Janet Bishop is curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. While the museum is undergoing expansion construction, she is overseeing “SFMOMA On the Go”—a program of partnership exhibitions and site-responsive projects that the museum is presenting throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Among Bishop’s last major projects for SFMOMA were The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Columbia University.
Reservations are limited.
Tickets are $20 and, of course, wine and appetizers will follow!
Please reserve a seat here
The presentation starts at 3pm
followed by a reception at 4.
The Hess Collection Winery
4411 Redwood Road
Napa, CA 94558
Please contact Robert Ceballos with any questions -  255-1144, X-244 or email@example.com
15th Annual Animation Show of Shows Hosted December 15
At The Hess Collection Art Museum Theatre
A travelling selection of the years best animated short films selected from major worldwide animation film festivals will be shown at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, 28 September, in the Hess Art Collection theatre at The Hess Collection winery in Napa.
The Animation Show of Shows is curated and presented by Ron Diamond, who has, since 1998, chosen award-winning notable short films for the festival, including seven Oscar winning short films. This entirely new collection, which runs for about 93 minutes, includes an international collection of the most original, funny, and intelligent short animated films from all over the world. Diamond is the former producer of The International Tournée of Animation and
The Animation Celebration and films shown in his festival have been nominated for Academy Awards 23 times. Admission for the showing is free, as is entrance to the Hess Art Collection. Patrons are invited to remain and enjoy selected tastings of interesting new release wines in the historic Hess Visitor’s Center. Selected films offered in the Hess theatre include:
Reservations are limited. Please contact Ashley Cox at  255-1144, X-226 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat for the Sept. 28 10 a.m. showing.
Please join us for an afternoon with acclaimed Bay Area Artist
Saturday April 27, 2013 | 5 pm
Presentation begins in West Gallery with Alan Rath
6 -7 pm: Reception with wine and appetizers in our private dining room
Please reserve a seat here
$20 per person
Note: You will need to enter 'Hess Collection' and the date at the VinoVisit reservation site then you will see this event in the list for Saturday, 4/27 at 5:00.
Alan Rath is a native Ohioan who works in Oakland, California. Rath holds a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering and his works use electronic media in a uniquely creative, refreshing and thought-provoking way of expression. Subtle humor and irony are intrinsic to Rath’s work and often play on our very human tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects, for example, when we refer to a machine 'running' or the hands of a clock. Rath’s sculptures occupy space as though they are sentient creatures, often appearing to observe us as much as we do them. Rath's observations about life and the media he chooses to express them will have you riveted.
For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Cox 707 255 1144 ext. 226 email@example.com
Robert Ceballos 707 255 1144 x 244 firstname.lastname@example.org
A dozen award-winning animated short films selected from major worldwide animation film festivals will be shown at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in the Hess Art Collection theatre at The Hess Collection winery in Napa.
The Animation Show of Shows is curated and presented by Ron Diamond, who has, since 1998, chosen award-winning notable short films for the festival, including seven Oscar winning short films. This entirely new collection, which runs for about 93 minutes, includes films from Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, China, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Canada, and the United States.
Diamond is the former producer of The International Tournée of Animation and The Animation Celebration and films shown in his program have been nominated for Academy Awards 23 times.
Admission for the showing is free, as is entrance to the Hess Art Collection. Patrons are invited to remain and enjoy selected tastings of interesting new release wines in the historic Hess Visitor’s Center.
Seats are limited. Please contact Ashley Cox at  255-1144 ext. 226 or email@example.com to reserve a seat for the 10:30 a.m. showing.
Selected films offered in the Hess Theatre Include:
(Several are inappropriate for people under 16)
The Brain Centrifuge Project
Here and the Great Elsewhere
Una Furtiva Lagrima
I Saw Mice Burying A Cat
Russia & China
Paulin Cointot, Dorieanne Fibleuil,
Antoine Robert, Maud Sertour
Emma de Swaef, Mark James Roels
Lois Accaries, Marie Ayme,
Claire Baudeau, Aundrey Janiver
Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Brings !WAR To Napa Valley
Award Winning Women Art Revolution Film Debuts At The Hess Collection
Arts Council Benefit Features Artist Conversation With Forum’s Michael Krasny
Saturday 28 April, 2012, 3 pm.
A moving collection of interviews with female artists recorded over four decades by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson captures the history of women in contemporary art, in their own, often contentious retelling of the impact of the feminist art movement that dates to the beginning of the women’s liberation and civil rights movements of the 1960’s. The award-winning film, featuring a rousing score by Carrie Brownstein, will debut in the West Galley of the Hess Art Collection at The Hess Collection Winery on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in a major fund-raiser for the Arts Council of Napa Valley, part of the Napa Valley Arts in April™ celebration organized by the Napa Valley Destination Council.
The Arts Council benefit begins with a garden wine reception at The Hess Collection at 3 p.m., followed by a conversation with artist Leeson in the West Gallery of the Hess Art Collection led by popular KQED Forum host Michael Krasny. The 83-minute film follows. Later, an exclusive dinner with limited seating with artist Leeson and Michael Krasny will further benefit the Arts Council.
The reception, talk by
Leeson led by Krasny and film screening is priced at $100 and procedes will go
to Arts Council Napa Valley. www.womenartrevolutionbenefit.eventbrite.com
Your $1,000 dollar tax-deductible donation, in addition to the reception, talk and film, welcomes you and a guest to an exclusive dinner with Michael Krasny and Lynn Hershman to round out one spectacular evening.
Click here to donate for the exclusive dinner.
For information about the exclusive dinner, which is a separate event and ticket, please contact Ashley Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or  255-1144 x-226.
For donation information, please contact: Kate Demarest at email@example.com or (707) 257-2117 ext 3.
Ms. Leeson has long been among the most popular artists at The Hess Art Collection, where her displayed work includes America’s Finest #2, DiNA, Cyberroberta, A Room of One’s Own and Roberta Breitmore. Often, her work is interactive and challenges the viewer. In all, Donald Hess has acquired 17 works by the artist.
!WAR was selected as one of the three best documentaries of 2011 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is an official selection of the Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto and Human Rights Watch Film Festivals.
Synopsis of !WAR (Women Art Revolution)
An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art,!Women Art Revolutiondeftly
illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.
For more than forty years, filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson (Teknolust,Strange Culture) collected a plethora of interviews with her contemporaries — and shaped them into an intimate portrayal of their fight to break down barriers facing women both in the art world and society at large. With a rousing score by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein,!W.A.R.features Miranda July, The Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, B. Ruby Rich, Ingrid Sischy, Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, Marcia Tucker and countless other groundbreaking figures.
Links To Additional Information
Tickets For !WAR Arts In April Benefit
Arts Council of Napa Valley
Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson
Napa Valley Arts In April™