Napa Valley Life Magazine - Fall 2020 Edition

Page 116

NVL people & art

Photo by Layne Randolph

JESSEL MILLER Divine Inspiration

 BY LAYNE RANDOLPH

J

essel Miller is having the time of her life. She has spent decades at the heart and soul of Napa Valley’s art world, owning and operating the beloved Jessel Gallery on Atlas Peak Road since 1984. Jessel originally envisioned the former whiskey distillery as a giant gallery promoting her own and other artist’s avant-garde work, 114

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only to discover that was not commercially viable in the Napa Valley. She began painting vineyards and landscapes — “Whatever it took to keep a roof over us, and the bills paid,” she candidly explains. Over the years, the 6,500 square foot space evolved into an intoxicating mix of gallery-business-studioteaching facility-Napa Valley landmark.

Jessel is a bit of a Renaissance woman, fitting for an artist who studied her craft in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. She is an acclaimed artist, the author of six books (a seventh to be released soon), an art and painting instructor, a songwriter, and an accomplished businesswoman.


Articles inside

Six Elder Fraud Scams and How to Help Prevent Them

21min
pages 118-124

Jessel Miller

4min
pages 116-117

Sweetie Pies

12min
pages 108-114

Indigené Cellars

2min
page 115

Crazy for Cocktails To-Go

11min
pages 98-107

Corley Family Napa Valley

5min
pages 94-95

Rodgers Vineyards

2min
page 96

Cherish Market Garden and Orchard

2min
page 97

Fortunati Vineyards

2min
page 93

Downtown Rides: Locals and Tourists Enjoy Free Rides

13min
pages 85-92

C. Elizabeth

2min
page 78

Kukeri Wines

2min
pages 74-75

Akrasia Cellars

2min
pages 76-77

Mount Veeder Magic

2min
pages 68-69

Leto Cellars

2min
pages 70-71

Frank Family Vineyards

3min
pages 66-67

Angwin Estate Vineyards

2min
pages 72-73

Somnium Wine

2min
pages 64-65

Floating Over Napa Valley: Art Plus Science Equal Magic

3min
pages 26-29

Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon: A Perfect Match

6min
pages 60-63

Luna Vineyards

2min
pages 52-53

Benton Family Wine

2min
pages 56-57

Wine Spies

3min
pages 58-59

RD Winery

2min
pages 54-55

Calendar of Events

2min
pages 22-23

Inside Track: What the Locals are Doing

3min
pages 24-25
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