Friday, July 29, 2011

"The Art of Wine" Prints

 These are all the prints that are in the Art of Wine show at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum through the 28th of August.

A few years ago I embarked on a journey that has been life changing. There was an  opportunity to visit as many Oregon Wineries as possible and to ask for one bottle of wine for Oregon Mozart Players auction and I took it. From over 150 to over 270 bottles the second  year.
During these visits I have learned more about wines and wine making, been afforded the opportunity to take part in all aspects of the industry from planting to harvest to bottling. Along the way I have sat quietly in a vineyard as the sun cam up waiting for bud break, listened to the murmur of activity as the grapes are picked and sorted, and sat down satisfied with a hard day of labor stacking cases, with a glass of freshly bottle Pinot Noir.
Giving something back for all this has become very important for me and a few months ago I came upon the idea of creating photographic etchings to show, sell, or give away to help promote the wineries here in Oregon. I started with Saginaw Vineyards and a picture of their big Birch tree. After turning it in to an etching I became obsessed with getting an image of a tree somehow related to the different wineries here in Lane County. The culmination of this, after a chance conversation with Jill Hartz the Director of the JSMA, was a show of the works printed on wood, a series of wine tastings at the museum, an edition of 30 etchings of 17 wineries, some very happy studio assistants, and a dinner on the 27th of August to celebrate our bounty.
The next project for me is a set of ten etchings of ten Salud! wineries each year for the next 4 years to be auctioned off at the November Salud! Auction.

The program follows below:

Passports are $75 and are your ticket to the exclusive Winemakers dinner at the Museum on August 27th where you will enjoy a pre-event wine tasting and sit with one of our winemakers at their table. You will enjoy a 20% discount at all the participating winery tasting rooms between August 2nd and August 27th. Get your passport stamped and you will qualify for incredible wine gift baskets and more!
Event Dates:
August 2nd – Kick-off wine tasting at the Eugene Cascades and Coast Adventure Center
August 13th – Wineries without walls tasting at the museum (joined by other local favorite wineries)
August 20th – Wineries without walls tasting at the museum (joined by other local favorite wineries)
August 27th – Winemakers Dinner at the Museum.

Price: $75.00

Questions? Call 541-221-8592 or 541-346-3027
The Passport to Culture is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Arts Commission and a Lane County Tourism Special Projects Grant.

In order from the top: Territorial, Benton Lane, Brigadoon, Chateau Lorane, High Pass, Iris Hill,King Estate, LaVelle, Meriwether, Noble, Pfeiffer, Rain Song, Saginaw, Sarver, Shadow Mountain.
All the prints are on acid free white paper that is torn to 8X11 inches and the images are 5X6 inches done with Burnt Sienna Charbonnel etching ink. The edition size is 30 and all are numbered and signed.
The set of 17 prints sells for $25 or individually for $35. Set numbers 1, 7,19, 11, and  29 are already sold.

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