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Past Artists

Jefferson Hayman, Photographer (2010)

The Artist in Residence program brought photographer Jefferson Hayman to the estate, resulting in the creation of the photographic series of Stags' Leap Winery: the people, the land and its historic buildings.


Jefferson Hayman is an artist that works within the themes of nostalgia, common symbols and memory. He lives and works in Tappan, NY a small town located minutes outside of Manhattan and filled with the history of the American War of Independence.

From his training and environment Hayman has forged an individual visual sensibility. The photographs themselves are handcrafted silver gelatin & platinum prints that seem historically timeless, captured with a delicacy of tonality that harks back to the highest traditions of graphic art. The works are then paired with antique or artist made frames which place each piece into the realm of unique statements.

His work can be found in many private and public collections, most notably The Museum of Modern Art , The New York Public Library, President Bill Clinton , Robert DeNiro, The Boston Athenaeum, Ralph Lauren and Stags' Leap Winery.

Robert Lobe, Sculptor (2004)

The Artist in Residence program brought sculptor Robert Lobe to the estate, resulting in the creation of the sculpture Stags' Leap, in hammered aluminum, and Bacchus at the Leap, in anodized hammered aluminum, along with a series of drawings.


Robert Lobe is a New York based artists who works with nature in a self styled version of the traditional repousee method of hammering metal. His aluminum sculpture of natural formations have been widely exhibited and are in the collections of The Whitney Musem of American Art, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, The Albright Knox, The Walker Art Center, The LACMA, and Storm King Art Center.

His work on site has brought him to Callifornia many times. Most recently last spring at the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas. Crush of 2004 he was invited artist at Stags' Leap where he created the wall relief, "Bacchus At The Leap", the free standing "Stags' Leap" from a wild olive tree growing in the ravine and a series of 23 pen and ink drawings of grapes and vines which were titled "Ne Cede Malis". These works created with the inspiration and support of Stags' Leap were subsequently exhibited at The Montalvo Center For the Arts in Saratoga, California. Robert Lobe's work can be seen through Denese Gallery in New York, Eight Modern in Sante Fe.

Three new sculpture installations will be exhibited in Prospect Park in Brooklyn spring and summer 2011.

Paul Kos, Conceptual Artist (2004)

The Artist in Residence program brought conceptual artist Paul Kos to the estate, resulting in the creation of Stags' Leap Residency, a work-in progress video.


Since the early 1970's Paul Kos's work has challenged conventions of art media and subject matter. For a global audience, he staged new possibilities for artistic treatments of time, space and cultural systems. Kos, one of the founders of the Bay Area conceptual movement, has exhibited internationally and has work represented in major museum collections including New York's MoMA, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMoMA, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

    Public Collections:
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
  • Kadish Foundation, Paris, France
  • Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, California
  • Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco, California
  • Wallraff-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, Santa Clara, California
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
  • Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah

Patrick McFarlin, Painter (1998), Theresa Whitehill, Poet (1998), Rod Smith, Prose Writer (1998)

Santa Fe artist Patrick McFarlin brought a six-week portrait studio and salon to the Manor House, culminating in Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community, with over 100 portraits on canvas and paper of residents and professionals of the Napa Valley and writings developed by prose writer Rod Smith and poet Theresa Whitehill.

Patrick McFarlin, Biography

Patrick McFarlin is a self taught artist, aside from brief stints at Memphis Academy of Arts and California College of Arts and Crafts. As a teenager from the south, he used the articles "Tworkov paints a Picture," "de Kooning Paints a Picture," etc. from Art News as a launching pad.

After encountering the collages by another southern artist, Craig Rubadueux, McFarlin began producing brushy portraits. He developed the portrait brush further in the nineties, falling into an open salon working style that he dubbed Pat's Downtown Club. The portraits that came out of these salons were exhibited at SITE Santa Fe in 1997, after which he took the project on the road in 1998 to Stags' Leap Winery in Napa, California, resulting in the collection and traveling exhibit, Stags' Leap: Portrait of a Community, made up of his paintings and the writings of Theresa Whitehill and Rod Smith. The portrait run continued with an exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2001.

McFarlin's exhibiting career began after a move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965. His first one person show, cast aluminum sculpture, was at Light Sound Dimension Gallery in San Francisco. More shows followed until he was derailed by Eastern studies, which he pursued for ten years. Back on track and back in his home state of Arkansas, McFarlin produced national shows of paintings and sculptures. He now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Theresa Whitehill, Biography

Theresa Whitehill, poet, letterpress printer, and book designer, is cofounder of Colored Horse Studios, along with her husband, artist Paulo Ferreira. As working artists they bring a unique perspective to creative services for marketing and publishing, often combining poetic essays with newsletter design, logo creation that is based on telling the story of a business, beer branding complete with original illustration, and book production skills that include attention to details of the manuscript. Trained in book arts at Mills College in the early 1980s, Whitehill went on to become an accomplished letterpress printer and production manager while maintaining an active life as a working poet, publisher, and producer of literary events. The letterpress poetry broadsides of Colored Horse Studios are in many national and private collections, including Brown University's John Hay Library, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Getty Center.

Her work with Stags' Leap Winery began in 1998, when she was Poet-in-Residence for the project Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community, interviewing subjects who sat for portraits painted by artist Patrick McFarlin, and crafting those interviews into literary portraits to accompany the paintings. The winery later hired her to design and write their newsletters, which she did twice a year from 2000 until 2006. An opportunity to bring all of her skills into focus on a single project came about when Stags' Leap commissioned her to create an estate book. The winery was interested in a publication that would be informative and innovative at the same time, in keeping with the spirit of an estate with historical significance, extraordinary natural history, a dedication to the arts and literature, and world-class wines.

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