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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

Art Tastings

Art Tastings is an easy going social series that offers a chance to learn something new. Each date may highlight art, music or a liecture. Snacks provided. FREE

The Calistoga Art Center, along with Rianda House and City of Calistoga, presents Art Tastings.  This is a series of art and culture experiences on Mondays in May and June to stimulate and entice the mind. Free

 At the Calistoga Art Center,

Monday May 14th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm -  Greek Cretan Lyra Music ...Come enjoy a bit of Greek Culture. Musician Petros Anagnostakis plays the Cretan Lyra and tells Greek stories. Sample some Greek culinary delights.

Monday May 21st, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Making Colors from "Local Stuff"  - From Kaves to Kandinsky

Humans always liked color. The earliest colors came from the earth, right where you lived ! These colors were used on the cave walls, on sculpture and our bodies. Eventually we mixed egg, or honey, oil or plastics and got our modern paints. In this class we will use local pigments from the Calistoga area to make colors.

There will be a  short slide show first, then a demo by the instructor second and then you can get your hands dirty with real pigment.

Instructor: Long time local college professor Channing Rudd

Monday June 4th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Paint a Master! Drawing and Painting is a basic human desire. First view slides of some beautiful modern art, then Artist and art historian, Channing Rudd will lead you in recreating a Master artwork.

Monday June 11th, 1pm-3pm Photomontage/Collage Box Keepsake. Artist Ann Renard will show you how to create your own keepsake wooden box using your favorite photos, magazine clippings and papers etc.

  1. The instructor will be providing  a small wooden box for everyone in the class.
  2. The class will bring favorite photos, magazine clippings, colored papers, etc. to turn the box into a favorite keepsake.
  3. They will also bring two pair of sharp scissors. Medium size and small.
  4. The instructor will provide everything else necessary to complete the project.
  5. Participants will be able to bring their creation home at the end of the class.

Monday June 18th, 1pm-3pm
Create Vibrant Mola patterned cards.
Utilizing designs and inspiration from Panamanian Molas, artist Mary Ann Schildnecht will show you how to create unique greeting cards using colorful cut paper.

Monday June 25th, 1pm-3pm
Surprise experience. TBA





...Come enjoy a bit of Greek Culture. Musician Petros Anagnostakis plays the Cretan Lyra and tells Greek stories. Sample some Greek culinary delights.



FREE to Seniors (those circa de "The Beatles” and before). Paint your own acrylic masterpiece and/or create a heart-inspired 3-D  treasure. You will be guided step by step as you sip on sparkling wine or cider. A light lunch is included.  RSVP, if you can to Or just show up at 10am and you will be welcomed.  1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga (Cropp Building, Fairgrounds)

2 local artists, Linda Wilds-Beltz and Karen Lynn Ingalls with guide you in two different mini art experiences for you to try!

The first in the series was Saturday May 13th.  Thank you Chick for an interesting and inspiring evening!

Chick Harrity will be showing his photographs and speaking about his experience.

 Nixon after a TV speech to the nation saying we were not bombing Cambodia.

Nixon after a TV speech to the nation saying we were not bombing Cambodia.

Chick Harrity has been a working photojournalist for 60 years starting on a medium sized daily in his hometown of Reading, PA in 1956 where he spent 9 years learning the basics from the legendary Clifford Yeich. He joined the Associated Press in 1965 as a picture editor on the New York desk, went back to shooting as AP’s Albany, NY photographer in 1966, spent a year in Chicago in 67 and transferred to their Washington DC bureau in 1968 where he began covering the White House.  In 1981 he moved across town to US News & World Report magazine where he was named Chief Photographer in 1984 and stayed until 2001.

 He then moved to Calistoga, CA where he is currently an occasional contributing photographer for the Calistoga Tribune, a thriving weekly newspaper with a circulation of 1,000.

 Major awards include the White House News Photographers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The National Press Photographers Association George Sprage Memorial Award, the Leica Medal of Excellence for Photojournalism, the White House Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year and the Associated Press’s Managing Editors Award of Excellence.

 “I have always thought of myself as being very fortunate to have been in a position to record history for 60 years and the opportunity to photograph every President from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush has been icing on the cake.”

 “The luck continues because I now have the pleasure of continuing to learn something new every day by shooting the Artists and the Winemaking process in the beautiful Napa Valley.”


Chick Harrity