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Art Honeymoon

Ann Trinca and J Kirk Feiereisen open Calistoga's ECHO Gallery


  • Kristin Farr

The typical honeymoon means lounging on Costa Rican beaches, simmering in onsens in Japan or relaxing at Niagara Falls. So how are artist-entrepreneurs Ann Trinca and J Kirk Feiereisen spending their postnuptial time together? Opening a gallery, of course.

In downtown Calistoga, the Napa couple are transforming the old 4,000-square-foot Silverado Pharmacy building into an alternative art space named ECHO, or "Every-Creative-Hand-Occupied."

"The focus will be a lot of local artists," says Trinca, marketing and events manager at di Rosa Preserve. ECHO, she adds, is intended to be a space that will be "flexible, adaptable and responsive to its users."

Currently, ECHO is hosting its first exhibition, "Bright Moments," titled in honor of a wedding poem written for them by Dominic Triglia (itself inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Bright Moments"). The show includes work from such local artists as Kristin Farr, Nancy Willis and Oscar Aguilar Olea.

"We want to strengthen the evolving artistic community in the Napa Valley. We have a vision of a salon-style environment where everyone is welcome to look, listen and be heard," says Feiereisen, who also owns Yo el Rey Roasting in Calistoga.

Be there for a grand opening, with live music by Comfort Slacks, on Friday, July 6, at ECHO Gallery. 1348-A Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 7pm. Free. 707.812.2201.—Catherine Zaw

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