January 22, 2011
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Volunteer & I am a docent guide.