di Rosa

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues:

Location: 5200 Sonoma Hwy Napa CA 94559 USA

Mission: di Rosa is a place that provokes the imagination and creative spirit of our time and place through the celebration of the art and artists of Northern California in an extraordinary landscape.
Results: Now entering our second decade as an independent non-profit museum, di Rosa is responsible for managing more than 200 acres of open space, caring for nearly 2,000 works of art, and hosting rotating exhibitions. We are building a reputation for our growing roster of educational and public programs and as a vitally important resource for schools and colleges.
Target demographics: Art and nature lovers of all ages.
Programs: Docent giuded tours, artist lectures and panels, rotating exhibitions, family art activities, performances and artist residencies

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

It took me a surprisingly long time after moving to the area to learn what di Rosa was, despite always noticing it along the highway, thanks to the cut-out sheep placed on the hill side. Once I had learned what it was, it took me even longer to finally make it there, due to the limited times it is open without a reservation. So when I finally saw at least part of what it has to offer, I was astonished! All this wonderful art, and the beautiful estate, and the peacocks wandering around! It was hard to fathom why busloads of tourists weren't continually unloading to visit the premiere destination in Northern California wine country. For my birthday later in the year we made reservations and took along a bunch of visiting friends from Sacramento. None had heard of di Rosa before, but all left impressed. Information about the place is surprisingly hard to come by--despite having checked information online, I didn't know on the first visit what the free portion consisted of, or what comprised the paid tour. And the limited hours mean that I haven't taken many visitors there that I think would really enjoy it. But it is an extraordinary resource for the area that I hope to make great use of over the coming years.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The diRosa is one of the most amazing places! It is both a real gem of a place and an fine organization in an area where there are lots of facinating places and many worthy causes. Set in the exquisite natural beauty of the foothills of the Napa and Sonoma valley's it offers a perfect backdrop to the amazing art collection that was the brain child and heart child of Rene diRosa. Now wonderfully this place is in the public trust. This extroordingary and eclectic art collection is now available for the public to experience. This place is a sleeper and I believe will come to be kown as the true gem that it is, showcasing and preserving this astonishing art collection in this astonishing setting for many others to share and experience. As the arts continue to move out of the schools the diRosa moves forward to expand programs expose children to art and allow them to continue to experience art in their lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have lived in the area where the diRosa is long before it existed as a non profit or a museum. It has and continues to enhance the area and in the long run I hope it will continue to enrich the lives of all who come in contact with the incredible place and the incredible art.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage the County of Napa to ease the use permit restrictions for events and visitors to allow the diRosa to me MORE available to the public. The hours of visitation are very limited by its use permit as it exists in the Agricultural area of Napa. Surrounded by vineyards the Agricultural nature of the diRosa would not change. It would just make this gem more available to the public like on Sundays (it now has to be closed on Sundays) when most of the public would like to visit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up in Napa, but hadn't realized until recently that we had such a large and fascinating art collection, right here in our own back yard. The collection is the largest regional collection of art in the whole country, and covers the 1950s through contemporary art. My sister is not a fan of modern art (which the collection focuses on), but even she enjoyed the museum when she visited. I think a lot of people are put off by modern art because they don't understand it, and the knowledgable guides really help people to appreciate the art. The nature of the tour (only 20 people allowed at a time) and the space that the collection is housed in offer visitors the chance to really spend some quality time with the art. Every on who works and volunteers here describe it as a magical place to be, and I whole heartedly agree!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visitors are always thrilled to discover the collection, and leave excited about Bay Area Art. As a recent graduate from art school, I have relished the chance to see first hand the way a small, nonprofit museum works. I hate when I visit museums and they are really crowded--here, the tours are small so you actually get to see the art up close and study it in detail. It feels special to be able to spend time one on one with the art.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none--the tours are small and personal, the grounds are gorgeous, and the staff is always friendly and terrific!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none--very well organized and friendly

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes--I met a lot of really nice people, and gained valuable experience working in a small museum, restoring art work, in office work/working with databases, and in customer service. All of the skills are very valuable for the work place, and for my goals for working in the the art world.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very excited to get in the studio and make some work, when I got home!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Di Rosa - Art Alive:
This contemporary collection spans the work of artists from San Francisco to Davis California. The pieces are diverse, bold, entertaining and compelling. The collections includes world famous as well as unkown artists. One underlying theme can be felt whether viewing the sculpture garden, the chapel or the galleries - The passion of the collector, Rene di Rosa, a self described "artaholic."

As David Ross stated (former director of the Whitney Museum) "this is a great treasure for all of us who love and are concerned about the future of American art."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Giving tours and enlightening visitors..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get a better trolley to transport visitors

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a magical space to experience the most incredible collection of bay area art anywhere. Take a tour through 3 galleries of astounding art with friendly docents. Stroll the beautiful grounds complete with wild gardens, vineyards, peacocks and 150 pieces of outdoor sculpture. Bay are artists including Arneson, Wiley, Allen, deForest, Frey, Hudson, and hundreds more are represented here. Almost 2000 pieces of art by over 800 artists. diRosa is truly a treasure that you wont want to miss. It's the biggest surprise of the wine country. Daring, provocative, breathtaking.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My six years volunteering here have shown me an extraordinary group of people who are passionately dedicated to sharing, preserving and embracing the diRosa collection.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding to be able to expand on educational and conservation efforts.

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This magnificent venue lets you explore the microcosm of Bay Area Art through an enormously important and varied collection of pieces dating from the 60's to current work. Nestled in a 200 acre natural setting in Napa explore works from Arneson, Wiley, Allen, Frey, Hudson, and hundreds more artists. Take the 2 hour guided tour for the best experience and get ready to be amazed, thrilled and awed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I lead numerous school tours for diRosa and am always thrilled to watch the experience of the children absorbing this extraordinary art, letting it's effects seep in and finally emerging excited and filled with ideas of how to create their own art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

Volunteers at diRosa are not treated like interchangeable parts. They are encouraged to use their personal strengths (within reason, of course) to present the fabulous art collection to the public in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and informative. Volunteers who work 'behind the scenes' are valued, as are those who are more front-and-center.
The training for volunteers is very good. The artist presentations and in-service training keep the volunteers fresh and 'on message'.The scheduling is very respectful of the volunteers' lives outside of diRosa. These are three ways the diRosa shines.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visitors are often taken by surprise at diRosa. It is an intimate, personal experience that makes some of the most difficult work approachable. No one likes everything they see, but almost everyone sees something that takes their breath away. Repeat visitors are often surprised to 'discover' art that they had not previously seen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wave a magic money wand so diRosa would never lack funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beautiful setting in the northern California environment. The sculpture grounds and gallery spaces are an inspiration to visiting artists like myself. Educational for all ages. A wonderful asset to the art community and for visitors from around the world. Thank you di Rosa!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of di Rosa through inspiration which has moved my art forward and I have experienced the visual outcome of many years of work by staff, curators and artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue collecting and exhibiting art and providing quality experiences for visitors from around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We love to support the eclectic collection of contemporary S.F. Bay Area art, framed in a modern barn-like gallery,the founder's home and in rolling hills surrounded by lakes and vineyards - right in our own back yard in the Napa Valley. How lucky are we?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Tours throughout the many gallery venues and discussions with the artists about their featured work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more school groups to see what contemporary art encompasses.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The diRosa is a hidden gem! Right out there on Carneros Highway in Napa, with the cut-out sheep on the hill. So many wonder about it, and when they eventually get around to visiting, they are amazed. A collection of modern art placed in a natural setting amidst vineyards. Rene and Veronica diRosa created this non-profit foundation to share their art with the public. Whether you like modern art or not, this place is not to be missed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, enthusiastic and made visitors feel welcome and appreciated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be open to the public all the time without the necessity of guided tours.

Ways to make it better...

could have stayed longer and moved around at my own pace.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out so that more people can appreciate this wonderful place.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a great place for a Napa Valley visitor to experience when they become "wined out".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The di Rosa is an exciting and unique art experience in the Bay Area. It is located just south of the town of Napa, near the southern gateway into the great Napa Valley wine region. Of course there are many excellent art museums, schools, and galleries to visit in this area, but the di Rosa is quite different from the others. Works in this massive collection are almost all from Northern California artists, and date from the late 1950's to the present. This makes a visit to the di Rosa an unusually good opportunity to see and appreciate the evolution and diversity of art produced here over this period of recent history. The main problem with a visit to this collection is that it is impossible to absorb it all in one visit. I never leave without planning a return visit, and at the end of each visit I have noticed that I, and the other visitors too, are all smiling; the best recommendation possible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not only the art work, but the location, grounds, and galleries themselves are beautiful and well maintained. This makes a tour even more pleasant and enjoyable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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