Pétanque and Art in Napa


Planning a weekend day trip to Napa? Now you can combine a game of pétanque – played as part of a hand-on contemporary art installation – with a visit to current exhibits and an expansive permanent collection of Bay Area contemporary artists at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa.

The museum has within its collection several major works by renowned San Francisco-based conceptual and visual artist Paul Kos. Pétanque has long played an important role in Kos’s artistic practice, including particularly his di Rosa masterpiece, “Chartres Bleu” (1982-86) and his di Rosa installation “Zizi Va” (1994). He has been an accomplished player of pétanque for decades and continues to play actively in San Francisco and at tournaments sponsored by Bay Area and Northern California pétanque clubs.

The museum’s exhibit of these two Kos works (https://www.dirosaart.org/tag/petanque/) was refurbished and rededicated in a ceremony on October 2 that included a presentation by Kos followed by a pétanque tournament. The di Rosa pétanque courts are now available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone who wants to play can simply leave photo I.D. with the Gallery 2 attendant to check out the equipment (or play with their own equipment.) The di Rosa encourages bringing a picnic and a bottle of wine and making a day of art and pétanque.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $20; $17 for seniors, students, and military; and free for educators and youth 17 and under.


Oakmont Pétanque Club logo imprinting is now available on customer-supplied clothing, including shirts and sweatshirts (front and/or back) and hats at 24Hr Shirt Printing, 1418 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa (beside Dierk’s Midtown Café). Five choices of Club logo artwork in any color are available.


The Club encourages all Oakmonters who may be interested in playing or learning to play pétanque (pay-tonk’) to come to the courts (between Berger and the OVA offices beside the Shuffleboard courts) at 9:45 a.m. on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. The Club has boules to lend, the game is easy to learn, and you’ll be playing right away. Anyone interested, regardless of experience, is welcome to join in. No dues are required – just sign up to be on the Club roster. Club play days are casual friendly games with teams randomly assigned. The courts are also reserved 10 a.m. – noon for Club player-arranged pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Next year’s tournaments and potluck picnic lunches are on Saturdays April 9 (Homage to Spring); July 16 (Bastille Day Fête); October 15 (Oktoberfest). Evening Pétanque games and socials are also planned for dates to be determined in June and August.

The Oakmont Pétanque Club wishes all Oakmonters Joyeux Noël and Bonne Année!


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