Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Playing with Grapes

Two of my top art collectors own Ardiri Vineyard and Winery. Every year, on Memorial Day Weekend, they invite me to participate in their fun wine event. I always bring my freshest vineyard pieces out to the show and then paint one or two more while I'm there. Ardiri couldn't be more beautifully situated atop a hill, overlooking a valley of patchwork farmlands with Mt. Hood in the distance. Lots of painting inspiration! Ardiri always put on a fabulous event. Though I myself am a non-drinker...everyone who comes through raves about how fantastic their wines are. My collectors also own a vineyard in Napa Valley, so they do a California/ Oregon blend that is very unique. You can visit Ardiri all year long. Here's their address:

35040 Southwest Unger Road
Cornelius, OR 97113
(503) 628-6060

These are the paintings I brought with me to the show.  Two were chosen for next year's wine labels.
I waited until after John and Gail had chosen their pieces before titling the paintings.  I like them to pick the names--especially since these paintings will be appearing on their 2011 wine labels.
"Chahelem Gold 2011"
24 x 36

Art Collectors and owners of Ardiri Vineyards and Winery, Gail Lizak and John Compagno added "Chehelem Gold 2011" to their collection.  This painting will be featured on the 2011 Chahelem Gold 2011 label.
"Due Stati 2011"
48 x 48

Gail and John chose my Due Stati 2011 for their 2011 red wine label.
 "Walking through Wine Country"
48 x 12

 "Fields of Gold"
30 x 48
 "Sun-Ripened Grapes"
36 x 18

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