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Get Crafty in Napa During This One-Day Artisan Shopping Event

By Matthew Phenix

03.29.18

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The makers from fashion house Yolotli Studio will display their handmade wearables for NapaMakes.

Photo by Emma K. Morris

The makers from fashion house Yolotli Studio will display their handmade wearables for NapaMakes.

Set for April 7, the free exhibition—and the lavish farm-to-table dinner that follows—will benefit Napa’s beloved single-semester arts academy, the Oxbow School.

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We don’t need to say it again, but California’s Napa and Sonoma counties had a challenging 2017.  And as we’ve said before, the best way to help rebounding destinations bounce back quicker is to pack a bag and go—eat, drink, and be merry. On Saturday, April 7, the Oxbow School, a single-semester not-for-profit arts academy for high school juniors and seniors, will host NapaMakes, a sprawling “shopping event” featuring the work of some 20 makers and artists from wine country and the Bay Area—including letterpress artisans The Aesthetic Union and Shipwright & Co., Berkeley-based LuvHaus Ceramics, sculpture and textile studio Joy Brace, and timepiece-maker Bespoke Watch Projects—along with vendors supplying a menu of fittingly artisanal edibles.

But the downtown Napa exhibition has a higher purpose than just getting you to fill your suitcase with handmade sandals and skirts from Napa’s Yolotli Studio and fill your face with handmade East Coast-style bagels from Paulie’s: Profits from the event will benefit the Oxbow’s vital Stephen Thomas Scholarship Fund, named for the academy’s founding director and longtime head of school.

NapaMakes runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free, and kids and dogs are welcome. Afterward, make plans to attend a $200-per-person farm-to-table dinner prepared by chef Melissa Fernandez (formerly of Berkeley’s celebrated Chez Panisse) and served family-style with wines from some acclaimed local vinyards, including Ashes & Diamonds, Massican, and Poe.

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