Coming Soon . . .

New Exhibit to Open May 8, 2020-

NOTICE: Postponed, new opening

date to be announced.

A Retrospective of Earl Thollander – Recording life through Art

It would be impossible to show every piece of his work, but our upcoming exhibit will give you a sampling of the life and art of Earl Thollander. Hosted by his family, wife Janet, children Wes (Lauren) and Christy you will have the opportunity to take a walk in his shoes and experience his life one piece at a time.

During his career he illustrated over 62 children’s, cooking and travel books. He produced at least 60 one-man showings and participated in countless group and invitational shows. This tireless productivity and focus are a tribute to his insatiable curiosity, love of learning, life and the recording of it through his art.

Earl Thollander was born in 1923. It is hard to imagine all that he accomplished, all that he was able to give back to the world he loved within a mere 78 years, but we suppose that is why God created heroes.

By 1964, Earl and his family had acquired a country home in Knights Valley making it a permanent residence in 1969. He became, and remains famous for his many pen and ink drawings of Mt. St. Helena, our vineyards and structures throughout Calistoga and the Valley.

Once asked how felt about his life here, he responded: “I am inspired and charmed by the life which surrounds me where I live. It could be an unusual sky of billowing clouds or bright sunlight shining through a break in them; fogs mysterious blanket of softness, or mists rising in the bright sunshine following seasonal rains. Spider webs illuminated in the grasses by morning dew glinting in the early light of day, or doe’s with their spring fawns grazing in the meadow below our house and gray squirrels leaping about bending down the tree branches; all inspire me to love life. To make pictures has been the joy of my life. I would gladly begin it all again.”


Earl Thollander, 1923-2001

We are proud to welcome you all to share Earl’s life of wonder on NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, 5:30-7:00pm at the Sharpsteen Museum. Wine and appetizers will be served. 

See you then!

Current Exhibit Showcases Police History

Show Runs Through April, 2020

Napa Police Historical Society's mission statement says it all: “To honor those who have sacrificed their time and efforts by remembering the past.”

The Napa Police Historical Society was founded in 2006 by Todd Shulman, a police officer with a keen interest in history. Since its founding, the Society has collected over 10,000 digital images, nearly 300 unique documents, over 400 insignias, and almost 300 pieces of memorabilia as well as vintage police vehicles.

As much of this collection as possible will be loaded into our five large display cases and ready for your appreciation at the preview grand opening. A media presentation is also in the works.

Shulman, the organization’s current Board President, will be present to greet attendees and answer any questions. We also hope to see his fellow Board members, Evangeline Tai, Officer Mike Walund, Chief of Police Steve Potter and other representatives and members of the law enforcement community. For more information on this organization, visit their web site: www.napapolicehistory.com

You will have another opportunity to meet Shulman later in the fall as he returns for a “Meet the Author” event. His published works thus far are most likely familiar, “Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley” and from the “Images of America” series, “Napa Police”. Date to be determined.


Sharpsteen Museum
1311 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

Admission is FREE

$3 donation is appreciated


Open daily from
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Closed Christmas Day & Thanksgiving Day


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