Elevated Talks 01

Artists + Architects:
The Potential of Place

The traditional boundaries between Art and Design are dissolving. Today, artists and architects are collaborating in new ways, as art is expanding beyond the traditional gallery and museums and into public spaces, airports, parks, transportation centers and hotels ... almost everywhere.

Art has a rich tradition of breaking out of the box here in the area. Think of Christo’s Running Fence in 1976, and Ai Wei Wei’s @Large show on Alcatraz Island in 2014. Other examples run the gamut from the annual Burning Man event to Oliver Ranch in Geyserville.

This first in a series of Elevated Talks kicks off with a group of prominent regional artists and architects with international renown and a connection to Healdsburg. Moderated by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Julie Eizenberg, speakers include architect David Baker whose firm designed the architecture and interiors of Harmon Guest House, landscape architect Andrea Cochran, artist and architect Johanna Grawunder, kenetic sculptor Ned Kahn and art consultant Svea Lin Soll. They’ll be sharing their work and insights about the interplay between art and architecture, and whether context counts in the art and design process.

Post-Talk Reception

After the presentation and discussion, guests can continue the conversation at a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception at The Rooftop bar.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support art education programs at Healdsburg Center for the Arts.


Saturday, January 26, 3-6p


Merritt Hall

Hosted by

Circe Sher
Harmon Guest House

Rob Forbes
founder of DWR and PUBLIC Bikes


The kickoff event will explore how art is being designed into architecture today, and the personal connection the topic has to Healdsburg. Featured guests will present and have a Q&A segment followed by a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Featured Speakers

David Baker


Andrea Cochran

Landscape Architect

Julie Eizenberg


Johanna Grawunder


Ned Kahn

Kinetic Sculptor

Svea lin Soll

Art Consultant

Rain Oculus | Ned Kahn
Elevated Talks Extra
Tours of Kahn Workshop and Grawunder / Jensen House

Sunday, January 27 | 10a-1p

Two exclusive excursions to artist Ned Khan’s workshop and Johanna Grawunder and Mark Jensen’s modern river house.