The kitchen-sink school of sculpture
It may not be next-door, but Copia is just a few counties away, at 500 First Street in Napa. Though known especially for its food focus, Copia isn’t peripheral in its vision, as evidenced by its tag as “The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts.” While the free February admission is tempting with its spotlight on chocolate, Trashformations, a fine exhibit from entirely recycled materials, running through May 8, offers a very satisfying, non-caloric treat. Before you even get into the exhibit, you’ll spot the roadrunner sculpture, fashioned from shiny kitchen utensils, standing guard at the door. On the other side, Leo Sewell’s eye-dazzling “Seated Lady” reigns, born of a mélange of stuff: clocks, rulers, croquet mallets—everything but the kitchen sink. There’s also a curious necklace strung with 100 handgun triggers, a “Wrench Bench,” a school of fish carved from empty plastic laundry-detergent urns, and even “Trashy Lingerie.” For more information, call (888) 512-6742 or visit www.copia.org.