Rail Arts District Napa Announces Art Installation of Latest Mural Located at CIA at Copia

San Francisco Bay Area Artist Hueman To Create Large-Scale Mural

At The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, California; Community Invited To View Artist In Action From September 23 – October 1, 2018

NAPA, Calif. (September 19, 2018) – In partnership with CIA at Copia, an epicurean destination in downtown Napa founded and operated by educational non-profit The Culinary Institute of America, the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa, a non-profit organization and the first art district in Napa Valley, has commissioned San Francisco Bay Area artist Allison Tinati, who paints under the moniker ‘Hueman,’ to create a large-scale mural at CIA at Copia. The mural, which Hueman will begin on Sunday, September 23 and complete on Monday, October 1, will be the ninth mural commissioned by the RAD. It will be located on the south and west sides of CIA at Copia’s building at 500 1st Street in the heart of Napa.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with CIA at Copia to bring this important work of art to Napa,” said Chuck McMinn, RAD Napa President. “We know that it will add a new dimension to Napa’s already expansive and thriving art scene.”

“We look forward to welcoming this beautiful mural, which will elevate the visitor experience here at Copia,” said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA California. “Creating a sense of community through food and wine is an important goal of ours, and working with Hueman on this project truly helps bring that goal to a reality.”

Allison Tinati grew up drawing and painting in Northern California. She often draws on the human condition to create colorful mash-ups of the abstract and figurative and the beautiful and grotesque. She is interested in creating motion and dimension on flat, two-dimensional surfaces. Her work at Copia is inspired by CIA’s extensive gardens on the property.

“The lettuce from Copia’s famed garden reminded me of flowers,” said Tinati. “I added some imagery of red butter lettuce and splashes of green from the plants throughout the garden to create an abstracted design representative of CIA’s mission with food.”

Tinati has created murals in Los Angeles; St. Petersburg, Florida; Clark, New Jersey; and recently at Treasure Island, San Francisco, among many other places. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and Hi Fructose.

The murals in RAD are curated by Thinkspace, which was founded in Los Angeles in 2005 and has been in the Culver City art district since 2009 as a gallery committed to promoting and supporting young and emerging art.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of RAD Napa’s partners such as Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, which is generously providing cars to the visiting artists, and the Napa Valley Wine Train, whose guests are supporting the nonprofit’s efforts through donations,” said Scott Goldie, co-CEO of the Napa Valley Wine Train. “RAD Napa is adding a sense of creativity and vibrancy to Downtown Napa that everyone can enjoy, so we encourage and welcome support from community members and our neighboring businesses.”

RAD Napa welcomes the community to become involved with its projects through sponsoring or supporting additional art installations that will be included along the trail, in-kind donations of guest homes, Airbnb, vehicles, drivers, hotels, materials, guest check programs, and volunteering.

For more information please visit www.radnapa.org.

About Rails Arts District (RAD) Napa
Established in 2016, the Rail Arts District Napa (RAD) is a non-profit organization led by the Napa Valley Wine Train, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, the City of Napa, and members of the local arts and business communities. Envisioned as a free outdoor art museum, this art district begins in the Oxbow District and continues northward for 2 miles along the Vine Trail bike and pedestrian path which parallels the Wine Train tracks. Murals, sculptures, landscaping, and parks are just some examples of how these semi-industrial areas and neighborhoods will be enlivened and transformed by RAD. If you believe in the cultural, educational, and economic value of public art, RAD welcomes your support. Visit radnapa.org for more information.

To Date, Rad has installed 20 works of art which include 8 murals and 12 utility box artwork wraps. Participating artists are from Napa, California and have come from all over the world including Poland, Spain, Argentina, and Australia. When complete RAD will have over 100 art installations.

About The CIA at Copia
Founded and operated by the famed Culinary Institute of America (CIA), The CIA at Copia is an epicurean destination in downtown Napa adjacent to Oxbow Public Market offering an array of enticing culinary experiences under one roof. The ultimate hotspot for food and wine connoisseurs in the Napa Valley, CIA at Copia offers experiential cooking classes, informative wine tasting seminars, private wine tasting experiences from K. LAZ Wine Collection, lively pubic events, several dining outlets including a signature restaurant, an upscale retail shop, a one-of-a-kind museum featuring culinary artifacts from legendary Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams, and more.

For more information about The CIA at Copia, visit the website www.ciaatcopia.com.

About the Napa Valley Wine Train
One of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored antique rail cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train features vintage Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and luxurious armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century. Conveniently located in downtown Napa and easily accessible, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers a car-free transportation option that bring guests from San Francisco to Napa Valley via the San Francisco Bay Ferry.

About the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a grass-roots nonprofit with a vision to build a walking and biking trail system to connect the entire Napa Valley–physically, artistically, and culturally. We are working to design, fund, construct, and maintain 47 safe and scenic miles of level, paved, family-friendly, free-access, multi-use path stretching from Vallejo’s Ferry Terminal to Calistoga. To date, 18 miles have been completed including sections in American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, Yountville, and unincorporated Napa County.

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