Art in the Library 2015-2016


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Art in the Library

Each month the Napa Library exhibits art work by a different artist. A reception is held each month. Guests are invited to meet the artist and discuss his/her work. The Art in the Library program is a juried competition with artists competing in various media. A call for artists takes place each winter. Artists may submit their applications along with slides or digital images of their work. The work is reviewed and judged annually in the spring. Finalists exhibit their work for a period of one month.  

Apply to have your work exhibited as part of the 2016-2017 Art in the Library Program by applying to the Library's Art Call.  The deadline is March 31.



July 2015

Rosa Diaz-Serrano: Watercolors and Oils

Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Rosa Diaz-Serrano works in a variety of media. She will display both watercolor and oil work but finds watercolor to be her favorite expression for art. She graduated from the Liberal Arts College in Mexico majoring in watercolor. Serrano prefers to work in a realistic style but is open to all possibilities when painting. In her surrealistic work, flowers are mostly the subject she uses to represent life and death, feelings and emotions. Currently a resident of Sonoma County, she is an art instructor for the Windsor Senior Center.

July Serrano


August 2015

Tony Brown: Mixed Media

Reception: Friday, August 14, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Tony Brown is a self-taught multi-media artist. He has been creating art since the mid 1990s. Brown uses recycled materials in his work. He enjoys experimenting with different media including: encaustics, acrylics, photography, and found objects.


August Brown

September 2015

Landscapes Through the Lens by A Selection of Marin County Artists


Reception: Friday, September 11, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

The images on exhibit in September 2015 come from a group of Bay Area photographers who have worked together for many years.  Many of the photographers in this group showcase their art in competitions, individual and group shows.  These photographers have shown their work on a local, state and national level.  Some have been published and received awards. Their photographic interests include landscape, street photography, travel, journalism, nature and abstract images.



October 2015

Carlos Nieto III: OIls

Reception: Friday, October 9, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Carlos Nieto III is a self-taught artist of Colombian roots born and raised in Los Angeles. Early in life he discovered the colorful Mexican celebration of the “Dia de los Muertos”.It would help to shape his artistic voice. He has worked as a layout artist for the Emmy-winning show The Simpsons and as a visual artist for Disney Resorts and Universal. He is currently Artist in Residence at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, providing artistic therapy to the young patients.

   October Nieto


November 2015

Napa Valley Quilters: Textiles

Friday, November 13, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

In 1981 a small group of women met and formed the club that would become known as the Napa Valley Quilters. People interested in all aspects of quilting meet to learn about techniques and textiles. The Napa Valley Quilters meet monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 am at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa. All are welcome to attend.


November Napa Valley Quilters




January 2016

Franceska Gamez: Mixed Media 

Reception: Friday, January 8, 2016

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Franceska Gamez recently received her BA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento. She works primarily with paint but has recently been exploring mixed-media assemblages. She has created relief sculptures with repurposed materials. Some of the materials used include cardboard, paper, acrylic paint, spray paint, hot glue, and shellac.

   January Gamez


February 2016

Janice Peterson: Acrylics

Reception: Friday, February 19, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Janice Peterson’s creative spirit is sensitized to the changing elements around her. Her visual awareness and desire to express them started with designing logos and business cards as a graphic artist in her father’s print shop. She received an Associate degree in Studio Arts. She has had exhibitions in Northern California


February Peterson   


March 2016

Diana Liu Benet: Mixed Media

Reception: Friday, March 11, 2016

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm



The interplay of light, shadow as well as the negative space has captivated artist Diana Liu Benet’s attention since childhood. As a young girl she watched and learned as her father, an internationally known watercolorist, painted. She has a BA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA, and has studied with SF Bay area artist Chester Arnold at the College Marin.


March Benet


April 2016

Bay Area Studio Artists: Acrylics and Oils

Reception: Friday, April 8, 2016

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect day in your favorite place. That’s what the Bay Area Studio Artists have done in the show, A Moment Away. In these paintings, the artists depict moments away from the routine, apart from both the humdrum and the hustle and bustle of life. The works, both acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, represent an eclectic mix of styles, from realism to expressionism. The Bay Area Studio Artists (BASA) is a group of seven painters who have been showing their work together since 2010.



May 2016

Betty Malmgren: Photography

Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

With a background in print and photojournalism, Napa native Betty McCormick Malmgren enjoys travel and documentary photography. Travels to Africa, Egypt, China, Japan, Cuba, Mexico and Europe only represent the start of a quest to see the world. Malmgren also publishes and does photography for the Easy English Times, a newspaper for adult literacy and English as a second language. She has participated in numerous photography exhibits and won awards for her photography. 


May Malgren  


June 2016

Deborah Benioff Friedman: Mixed Media

Reception: Friday, June 10, 2016

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Deborah Friedman is an artist and veterinarian living in the San Francisco East Bay Area. She works with a variety of materials, with a special affinity for used teabags and momigami (kneaded paper) creating pieces that reflect her attachment to objects warmed with the luster of human use. She often works with books. A self-taught artist, she has worked extensively with East Bay artist Lisa Kokin.

  June Friedman