Dana Johnson, Founder and Board President
A long-time believer in the power of art to bring joy, empower, heal, and connect people, Dana Johnson was inspired to to create Nimbus Arts after her family’s experiences with art in a children’s hospital. “At Nimbus, I love seeing people get completely absorbed by the process of creating something,” Dana says. “The calm and joy is contagious.” At Lewis and Clark College, Dana combined her study of art, English, and psychology to create a Community Arts major. She then studied library and information science at the University of Washington. After working as a librarian and then as a software designer in New York, Dana moved with her family to Napa Valley where she and her husband started Ovid Napa Valley Winery and where, in 2005, Dana founded Nimbus Arts. In addition to being empowered by art in general, Dana finds herself inspired by Pierre Bonnard, William Kentridge, Jacob Lawrence, Laura Owens, Rob Ryan, and all the artists at Nimbus Arts.
David Garden, Jr., Board Vice President
After majoring in film production, David created award-winning shorts as a film editor at Colossal Pictures in San Francisco. In 1998, David moved to Napa Valley and in 2005, when he heard about a new art center called Nimbus Arts, he jumped at the chance to become an instructor. He has been jumping ever since, working with students and bringing the joy of art to the Napa Valley community and beyond. “I am grateful for the freedom to include a variety of arts and sciences in my curriculum,” David says. “From outer space studies to toy-making, puppetry to music, alternative energy to game design, Nimbus Arts helps me ignite the creative spark.” Although David is six-foot, two-inches tall, he lives in a chicken coop. “The close quarters are a constant reminder to watch out where I’m going and to observe the world around me.”
In addition to serving on the board of Nimbus Arts, David is also a board member of Arts Council Napa Valley.
Matt Rogers, Board Member
Matt is an artist and community leader living in St. Helena with his wife and three daughters. A graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute, Matt works in various media and focuses on painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Matt’s work is the visual manifestation of his inspiration, travels, and life events—and he finds inspiration everywhere. When not working in his St. Helena studio, Matt is turning life into an event, bringing people together. As a working artist, father and philanthropist, Matt brings his extraordinary energy, commitment to art, and enthusiasm to the Nimbus Board.
Matt shows his work at the Caldwell Snyder Gallery in St. Helena, San Francisco and New York, Ma(i)sonry in Yountville, and recently exhibited at St. Supery Winery.
Claire Stull, Board Treasurer
Claire grew up in a family of artists and art-lovers and this early appreciation for artistic expression formed the basis for her successful career in interior design. Moving to Napa a decade ago, Claire is one of the valley’s most important and influential art patrons. She served as a di Rosa board director for six years and brings incredible passion and a deep understanding of the importance of art in education and as a means to connect communities to Nimbus Arts.
Sue Furdek, Board Secretary
Greg Pitts, Board Member
Since an early age, Greg has possessed a passion for artistic expression and finding art in nature, resulting in him living in outdoor-focused rural and agrarian locations such as Middlebury, VT, the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado and the Napa Valley, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Greg can often be found painting, playing music with friends or riding his bike or skis in the woods.
Greg also believes in the power of community and has participated at many levels and ages – as a Planning Commissioner, City Council member, coach of multiple sports and Cub Scout leader in St. Helena. He is also currently an advisory member to Saira Hospitality, a non-profit that focuses on training underprivileged communities to strive in hospitality related employment.
Outside of his passions and his family, Greg owns a boutique hospitality advisory firm focused on projects in inspiring destinations and is currently developing a bicycle-centric hotel in the heart of Napa Valley. Prior to moving to Napa Valley, Greg worked as an environmental economist studying climate change and other impacts on our natural environment for groups such as U.S. and CA EPA and the World Bank.