Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

"We are committed to providing a remarkable experience to collectors at all levels."

Our galleries show the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists, offering a great range and selection of styles and media. Many of the artists are featured in recognized museum, corporate and private collections and were chosen because of a proven commitment to their medium, their integrity, craftsmanship and professionalism.

Whether visiting gallery or sculpture garden, in Napa or Sonoma Valley, we invite you to celebrate the men and women who have shown great strength and perseverance in perfecting their craft.

Welcome to ÆRENA.

Michael Polenske

ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens
Founder + Creative Director

Michael was fortunate to visit Napa Valley often in his youth. He complemented his business studies with wine classes, then found himself working with the founders of the burgeoning technology boom in Silicon Valley. Michael observed many of his clients preferred investments that reflected their personal interests. He displays an impressive sensitivity to the prevailing zeitgeist with his own investments.

Michael began the current chapter of his life devoting his attention to "the business of leisure". Together with Paul Leary, he leads Bespoke Collection which offers a curated selection of boutique wines, one-of-a-kind objets d'art, and unique lifestyle experiences. ÆRENA Galleries is the artistic arm of Bespoke Collection, showcasing artists and designers in a number of beautiful gallery and sculpture garden settings throughout Napa Valley.

Karen Johnston

ÆRENA Gallery Director

Karen Johnston, has worked in the fine art arena for over 20 years in every capacity. During her early training as an artist, she discovered that working with people and art was a far more fulfilling process for her than creating it. With a love of the work, a deep appreciation for the dedication of talented artists, uncanny business acumen and a reputation for forging lasting relationships, Johnston bridges what is most often a divide between the artist and the collector.

Over the span of her career, Johnston has served as a premier Art Consultant, Gallery Director in both hometown and resort locations, and as President and CEO of a national art publisher and gallery group. She amalgamates these experiences in her discernment for fine talent and business opportunity, and her unparalleled attention to gallery and collector needs.

Michael Hajdaj

ÆRENA Team Leader | Senior Art Consultant

Michael Hajdaj has been immersed in the art world from the onset of his adult life. With a comprehensive knowledge of art, from the Masters to contemporary artists, Michael has been guiding clients with their Fine Art acquisitions for nineteen years, helping to begin and build countless superb art collections.

His pursuit and discovery for all things ancient, interesting or beautiful lead him to study photography, ancient metal fabrication techniques and classical archeology, earning him a BFA in Fine Arts and a double MA in Arts. Well-traveled, his personal quest for viewing art has taken him to over 23 countries.

Throughout his career, Michael has worked in galleries, beginning as a Fine Art Consultant, leading to Directorship. Having managed several galleries, including his own, Michael’s talents include mentoring accomplished gallery teams in their pursuit of developing client satisfaction.


Guests are welcome to peruse the design and art collections seven days a week at our gallery and sculpture garden locations.

ÆRENA Gallery | Healdsburg

ÆRENA Gallery
Healdsburg

115 Plaza Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

ÆRENA Gallery at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

ÆRENA Gallery at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

6711 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

ÆRENA Gallery | St. Helena

ÆRENA Gallery
St. Helena

1354 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

Open seven days a week
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

ÆRENA Gallery | Yountville

ÆRENA Gallery
Yountville

6795 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

Open seven days a week
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Please contact all of our locations at: 707.603.8787 or info@aerenagalleries.com


Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

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MacArthur Place

MacArthur Place

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Blackbird Vineyards

Blackbird Vineyards

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Request more information on our collections at each sculpture garden.

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MODERN MYSTICS
August 1 - 31, 2016

ÆRENA Galleries is pleased to introduce two new artists, Ann Shogren and Catherine Woskow, whose painterly interpretations of their internal and external worlds are explored throughout the month of August at Modern Mystics.

Experience the silent, yet vibrant communication of their truths, dialogues, and inspirations, through the energetic application of richly applied flowing paint.

Ann Shogren's use of color, the interplay that occurs when harmonious hues reside next to each other, and the aura of place, are the foundation for her paintings. Shogren states, “My paintings seem to be on a very fast evolution and my subject's medium, and even my style, seem to adapt to what I am seeing.”

Shogren's quest is to capture and hold the energy of a location in her work, in order for other people to experience it in their own way. “Positive, happy energy and interesting light, is what I am drawn to.”

Catherine Woskow draws her work from her inner world – conscious to maintain an active overview of what is occurring, and allowing the art to guide her, all the while making it a priority to allow the art to express itself. Woskow must continually remind herself to get out of her own way and to allow the process to dictate the direction of a work.

Working in series enables Woskow to fully explore a subject, while remaining acutely conscious of the different sources of her inner dialog. Are they from the mind or from the body? The finished paintings express the vital interplay between the two, resulting in a relationship that formulates one complete identity.

Shogren's paintings have been exhibited or collected by Venice Biennale 2013, GZArtVenice, Venice, GZ Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, Freemark Abbey, Alexander Mountain Estates, Stonestreet Winery, and more.

Woskow's works have been exhibited and collected internationally including a recent exhibition of her Head Series at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA. She is also the recipient of several grants and awards including L B Research and Education Foundation Grant, Rotary International Foundation Grant, and the George Haseltine Art Prize, Bradford Liberal Arts College, MA.

Contact your art consultant for a complete collections list or to schedule an appointment to preview the works in person. Be sure to visit any of our gallery locations or our website at www.aerenagalleries.com. In September, visit our new gallery and tasting room, RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection at 604 Main Street in Downtown Napa.

Christine Hersey

Christine Hersey

Gallery Director

Karen Johnston

Karen Johnston

Gallery Director

Michael Hajdaj

Michael Hajdaj

Gallery Director

Alexis Leigh Greenberg

Alexis Leigh Greenberg

Art Consultant

Angela Pustorino

Angela Pustorino

Art Consultant

Catherine Kleckner

Catherine Kleckner

Art Consultant

Chloe Johnson

Chloe Johnson

Gallery Administrator

David Buzanski

David Buzanski

Art Consultant

Deidre Martinez

Deidre Martinez

Art Consultant

Jeremy Steffen

Jeremy Steffen

Gallery Assistant

Nicole Schwager

Nicole Schwager

Art Consultant

Noah Harney

Noah Harney

Art Consultant

Patricia Ware

Patricia Ware

Gallery Administrator

Philip Herrschaft

Philip Herrschaft

Gallery Assistant

Rena Charles

Rena Charles

Art Consultant | Gallery Lead



We are always looking for great people to add to our team. Please look at our careers page for current opportunities.
Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens is a part of the Bespoke Collection.

The Bespoke Collection of brands includes Blackbird Vineyards and Recuerdo Wines. Through Bespoke Benefits, Bespoke Collection's loyalty rewards program, your purchases of art, design, or wine will automatically earn you points to redeem for one-of-a-kind experiences in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Mendoza, Argentina, or in your locale. Bespoke Benefits are acquired when you make a purchase in-person, via phone or email.

Bespoke Benefits include access to allocated and large-format wine offerings, tastings and tours at Recuerdo Wines, invitations to exclusive events, plus tailored experiences based on your interests. Additional benefits at the highest level allow you to enjoy portfolio road shows in your locale with friends and family, group luncheons, and overnight accommodations at luxury properties in Napa Valley and Argentina.

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