In addition to the outstanding artworks in the auction, this year Collect! will feature an intimate LIVE AUCTION of some very special "experience packages" such as tours of famous collections, studio visits with iconic artists, and accommodations in exclusive lodgings. Here are just a few items awaiting your bid on September 24th. Can't attend? Email us about a proxy bidder.


Napa Collections Up Close:

Two days of art & wine adventures that start with a private tour at the renowned Hess Collection featuring works from Donald Hess’ private collection with tasting of current release wines in the tasting room immediately following. The following day enjoy the “farm to table” menu at the Fremont Diner along the Carneros Hwy, then explore the galleries and grounds at di Rosa – considered the most significant holding of Bay Area art in the world, with approximately 2,000 works of art by 800 artists. Includes overnight accommodations for one couple at a stylish private guest cottage overlooking surrounding vineyards at the base of Howell Mountain, 5 minutes from the quaint town of Saint Helena.  

Value: Priceless


Meet a Ceramic Master:

Renowned Bay Area artist, Jim Melchert will invite you and 3 guests into his magnificent studio in Oakland for an intimate look at his creative space. Enjoy wine and a basket of French treats provided by Le Petit Cochon, while you learn the process and meaning behind Melchert's distinct practice. Melchert has been at the center of the Bay Area’s artistic growth and served as head of the Visual Arts program at the NEA and Director of the American Academy at Rome. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley. Melchert has worked in a variety of media, including drawing, film, and ceramics. The path of his artistic development is conceptual, and his ideas led him to a unique process involving ceramic tiles: breaking them, drawing on them, reassembling them and painting the constructions with glaze. He has played a critical role in advancing the art curriculum at UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute.
See this interview with Jim by Elise Morris at The Studio Work.

Value: Priceless


Oliver Ranch by the Dozen:

Invite up to 12 of your friends to join you on a personal tour with Steve Oliver of his art-filled estate at Oliver Ranch in Sonoma County. The property features an extraordinary array of commissioned, site-specific art installations that are in dynamic dialogue with the surrounding environment. Tour participants will view installations throughout the property including works by internationally-renowned artists Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Viola Frey, Martin Puryear, and Richard Serra. The lucky host couple will get to stay the night in the Olivers' new live/work space in downtown Geyserville.

Value: Priceless