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refers to arts that are "concerned and designates a limited number of visual art forms, including painting, sculpture, architecture and printmaking. Schools, institutes, and other organizations still use the term to indicate a traditional perspective on the visual arts, often implying an association with classic or academic art.

The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline. This definition tends to exclude visual art forms that could be considered craftwork or applied art, such as textiles. The more recent term visual arts is widely considered to be a more inclusive and descriptive phrase for today's variety of current art practices, and for the multitude of mediums in which high art is now more widely recognized to occur. Ultimately, the term fine in 'fine art' comes from the concept of Final Cause, or purpose, or end, in the philosophy of Aristotle. The Final Cause of fine art is the art object itself; it is not a means to another end except perhaps to please those who behold it.

An alternative, if flippant, reference to "fine art," is capital "A" art, or, art with a capital "A."

The term is still often used outside of the arts to denote when someone has perfected an activity to a very high level of skill. For example, one might metaphorically say that "Pelé took football to the level of a fine art."

That fine art is seen as being distinct from applied arts is largely the result of an issue raised in Britain by the conflict between the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, including William Morris, and the early modernists, including Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. The former sought to bring socialist principles to bear on the arts by including the more commonplace crafts of the masses within the realm of the arts, while the modernists sought to keep artistic endeavour exclusive, esoteric, and elitist.

 

 
 

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Alan's
1371 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574-1904 707 963-9294
 
American Indian Trading Co.  ±
1407 Lincoln Avenue. Calistoga, Ca. 94515 707 942-9330  email
 
Art on Main
1359 Main St., St Helena, Ca 94574 707 963-3350
 
Artful Eye
1333A Lincoln Ave # A, Calistoga, CA 94515-1701 707 942-4743
 
Artists of the Valley
1307 First St, Napa, Ca 94559  707 254-2085
 
Blue Heron Gallery
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1300 707 944-2044

Christopher Hill Gallery 
1235 Main Street St. Helena, CA 707 963-0272

 
Fastframe
1346 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558-2912 70 226-3422
 
Fine Arts Search
6505 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1378  707 944-0202
 
Framery
1324 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559-2902 707 257-3045
 
Gallery 1870
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1300 707 944-9670
 
Generations A Fine Art Gallery
6795 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1353 707 944-1776
 
 
Henry Joseph Gallery
2475 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558-4645 707 224-4356
 
I Wolk Gallery  
1354 Main St, St Helena, Ca. 94574 707 963-8800 email
 
Images Fine Art South
6505 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1378 707 944-0404
 
Images Fine Art North
6540 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1378 707 944-0404
 
Jessel Gallery
1019 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA 94558-1501 707 257-2350
 
John's Arts & Crafts
P.O. Box 2473, Ca. 94558     707 252-6197  | email |
 
Lee Youngman Galleries  ±
1316 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1702
707 942-0585 email  800 551-0585 
 
Miles Metzger Studios
1080B Main Street, St. Helena, Ca 94574 707 9670623emial
 
MJ Schaer Design Studio & Gallery
1043 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA 94558 707 251-3726
 
North Light Gallery
1272 Hayes St, Suite D, Napa, CA 94559-1711 707 226-8885 email
 
Olaf & Company
1518 Trancas, Napa, CA 94558 707 257-6072 email
 
Raku Ceramics Collection
6540 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1315 707 944-9424
 
Vianello Fine Arts
2040 Oak Knoll, West Napa, CA 94558 707 253-9130
 
Visions Of The Napa Valley
6540 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1315  707 944-1277
 
Wine Country Art & Frame
1355 W Imola Ave, Napa, CA 94559-4724 70 224-4904
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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