During public comment on November 1, 2016, at the Yountville Town Council meeting, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater General Manager Patricia Moskowite and Foundation Director Christopher DeNatale announced the Lincoln Theater would donate the remaining money needed to achieve the fundraising goal of $85,000 for the Yountville Underpass Mural Project.

DeNatale commented in his presentation that,

“The Lincoln Theater is excited that the mural will become a bridge linking the fantastic art offerings of the Town of Yountville with the arts institutions on the other side of the freeway.”

Following the presentation Moskowite presented a check $1,249 to Samantha Holland, Director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Yountville.

The Yountville Arts Commission picked up the long ago shelved Mural project of beautifying the underpass at Highway 29 and California Drive in Yountville. With a goal of honoring what is the main gateway into our beautiful town as well as the soon to be connection to the Vine Trail, the commission made this project a priority for 2015-16.

Starting in late 2014, the commission began working on the project by gathering information on the requirements for the installation from CalTrans and researching similar projects. We then began researching artists and methods for the installation. A community survey was distributed to get a feel for what our residents might be interested in seeing in that space. The Commission then crafted an RFP/Call for Artists that targeted artists based on their experienceand merit and not on the price or the actual design. The goal was to choose the best possible artist for the project which will be not just a mural… but a fine art installation on the walls of the underpass.

In September of 2015, the commission reviewed submissions from over 40 artists and based on a set criteria, juried them. The top 10 artists were selected and the commission juried them again based on stricter criteria and the top 3 artists emerged. Those artists were invited to a public meeting on January 11, 2016 and were asked to present information on their experience and thoughts for the Yountville project without bringing designs forward. Our goal was to select the artist based on merit and engage our public in the design process. From this voting process, the public chose our artists LC Studio Tutto (Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel) to design and install the Yountville Underpass Mural. This final design was vetted and voted on by the Community and the final design “The Memory of a Tree” was approved by the Yountville Town Council in August of 2016.

The project continues to move through the CalTrans permitting process with the goal of beginning installation in March of 2017 and completing during the Napa Valley wide Arts in April event.