San Francisco Bay Area Artist “Hueman” Finished Large-Scale Mural At The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, California; Mural Titled “The Garden” To Represent Direct Inspiration from CIA at Copia’s Vegetable Garden
NAPA, Calif. (October 3, 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, theRail Arts District (RAD) Napa, a non-profit organization and the first art district in Napa Valley, 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 began on Sunday, September 23 and completed on Saturday, September 29, is the ninth mural commissioned by the RAD and was made possible through a generous donation from CIA Trustee Bob Muh and his wife, Berit. Titled “The Garden” to represent Hueman’s direct inspiration from the vegetable garden at CIA at Copia, the mural is located on the south and west sides of the building at 500 1st Street in the heart of Napa.
“We are thrilled to partner 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’re very pleased to welcome 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. Whether she is creating delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create colorful mash-ups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque. Hueman’s unique freestyle process involves creating tightly-refined compositions from a spontaneous beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays. Through this method, she specializes in creating tactile dimension and motion on flat, two-dimensional surfaces.
“I named this mural ‘The Garden’ as it’s directly inspired by the vegetable garden in the front of CIA at Copia,” said Tinati. “The red lettuce in particular reminded me of flowers and are featured most prominently in the piece. The entire color palette is pulled from the greens in the garden, the red lettuce, the stones on the building, and the blue Napa sky.”
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 and RAD Napa partner. “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 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 CIA at Copia
Founded and operated by the famed Culinary Institute of America (CIA), 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 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.