Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spring is Back and So am I

The cold and blustery days of winter are gone. The rains have ceased and spring is evident everywhere in the Napa Valley. As a result, the vineyards have awakened from their lengthy slumber. Just a few short weeks ago, the vines were void of anything green. Today, an abundance of small leaves have replaced the tiny buds that were the first signs of life on the dormant stalks earlier this month. Spring has also presented us with the first roses of the season. Napa's climate must be perfect for growing one of my favorite flowering shrubs. I can't recall having seen them flourish anywhere else the way they do here. They bloom over and over again from spring through early fall.

To celebrate the arrival of the season's first roses, I am sharing with you one of my favorite floral paintings in the gallery. "Glass Cat" is a lovely pastel by Tom Sierak, beautifully framed and protected by museum glass. With the frame it measures 31" x 38" and would be a delightful addition to almost any room in your home or office. I would love to find the perfect home for this beautiful painting and will offer a special Spring Savings by deducting the cost of the frame ($425) from the price. To take advantage of this special offer, you will need to place a deposit on the painting by May 1, 2009. Mother's Day is right around the corner. Give her flowers that will last a lifetime.

The warmer weather has brought life to our downtown as well. The tourists have begun to return to Napa after a rather slow and uneventful winter. We do enjoy some visitors in the off season, but nothing compared to what the warmer weather brings. Boots, scarves and umbrellas have been replaced with sandals, shorts and sun dresses. And hands that once cradled steaming cups of coffee, now embrace cups and cones of ice cream and other warm weather treats. Two cupcake stores have opened in downtown Napa recently. Both of which I have taste tested for you (I'm so thoughtful) and both receive very high marks from my sweet tooth. Among my favorites are Ooh La La from Sift and Fleur De Sel from Kara's Cupcakes.

A host of events and festivals are scheduled in the valley this year. Among them is the Festival del Sole which will be held July 17-25. 2009. The festival features concerts by some of the world’s most celebrated musical artists, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa’s top vintners, blended in a unique celebration of the art of life. Our clients are eligible for a 15% discount on concert tickets and VIP packages. Be sure to mention "Quent Cordair Fine Art" when you call for tickets.

The new Avia Hotel, located one short block from the gallery, will open very soon and will be a great place to stay if you are going to come to Napa for any of the events. They will also be offering special rates for the festival and the gallery.

So what are you waiting for? The gallery is full of uplifting and inspirational art and we are perfectly situated in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Come experience Napa! The first glass of wine is on us. :)

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