First Annual Art and Wine in the Vines

On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines.  Here is the press release for this interesting event.  Enjoy!

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Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity WinesNoble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.

Open to guests of all ages, Art & Wine in the Vines

features a colourful roster of events intended to connect people with artists, vintners and culinary purveyors from the Okanagan Valley. The art walk event allows attendees to wander freely between the adjoining Liquidity Wines and Noble Ridge Winery vineyards and participate in festivities occurring at both sites; alternatively, guests can hop aboard a shuttle connecting the vineyards (the shuttle will run at regular intervals throughout the weekend). Along the art walk path, artists will demonstrate plein air painting and lead interactive tutorials (11am to 4pm; times vary by artist) while wine-tasting stations will keep guests refreshed. Tickets cost $15, and include art walk admission as well as wine tastings, a commemorative glass and shuttle access. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liquidity website.
Vancouver based sculptor Marie Khouri will be presenting an exclusive lecture on Saturday the 15. During the lecture, Khouri will share insight into her process, artistic practice and personal history, including the influence of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots. Though at this time the event is fully booked, art aficionados are encouraged to include their names on a wait list by calling 778-515-5500, ext 2, or emailing info@liquiditywines.com.

Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at  Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.

Do You Like Beer, Are Artistic, and Live in Alberta?

Here is a cool contest that came across my email.  The Alberta Beer Festivals has a contest to have someone design a label for a beer specially made for their Craft Beer Festival.  You have to be an Alberta resident to apply for this contest, but it would be cool if BC Craft Beer organizers also did something similar here.

If you are from BC and traveling to Calgary in May, or to Edmonton in June, why not try to go to one of these beer festivals?

Here is the press release from the Alberta Beer Festival.

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Alberta Beer FestivalEvery year, Alberta Beer Festivals partners with the Olds College Brew Master Program to brew a beer to celebrate the Calgary International Beerfest (May 6/7) and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival (June 3/4).  This year, ABF is holding 3 separate contests to help us CHOOSE the style of our beer, then NAME the beer, and finally design the beer LABEL for the beer.
Click HERE for a list of awesome prizes you could win!

 

NAME IT contest – February 1st to February 7th, 2016

Last week’s contest helped us name the beer and the winning name is RALE YARD RED ALE!  Congratulations Tamara Konrad of Edmonton, Alberta who wins some great prizes for having her name chosen. Thank you to everyone who participated! Now that we have a name, it’s time to Label It!

 

LABEL IT contest – February 16th to March 4th, 2016

You voted on the style and the name, now we want you to design the beer label for Rale Yard Red Ale, the official 2016 ABF beer:

  1. Go to www.albertabeerfestivals.com/label-it
  2. Review the label requirements and start designing
  3. Submit your label design before noon on March 4th, 2016 to be entered to win!

 

Design the LABEL for the official 2016 ABF beer and win! Alberta Beer Festivals wants you to design the beer label for its official 2016 beer. The winning entry will receive a fantastic prize pack, including an invitation for them and a friend to be beer judges at the Calgary International Beerfest. The winning entry will be showcased at the Calgary International Beerfest in May and at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival in June. The winner will also be invited to be part of the team that brews the beer on March 9th, the media launches in both Calgary and Edmonton in April, and will be featured in an article in Branded Magazine!  Contest open to all Alberta residents.

 

Tuscan Estate Montestigliano Hosts Art Exhibit and Dining Under the Stars

As I wine, music and arts lover, who wouldn’t be excited about hearing of such an event in Tuscany, Italy?  It certainly peaked my interest, but is not in my plans.  Just in case you are taking a trip to Tuscany shortly, you may want to consider attending this event at the Tuscan Estate Montestigliano.  Enjoy!

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Montestigliano in Tuscany

Montestigliano in Tuscany (Image courtesy montestigliano.it) 

Throughout July, Tuscan estate Montestigliano marries terroir and culture in a yearly art exhibit held in the granary above its ancient barn.  This year, five international artists (painters, photographers, writers, musicians), all members of the Stanza 251 group, descend on the historic locale to exhibit their cool, contemporary work in this timeless, rustic setting.  The show can be seen every Monday from   July 1 to July 22 in the afternoon between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., or by appointment.   For more information, contact info@montestigliano.it or call +39 0577 342189.

Special Event July 17

On July 17 Montestigliano opens its doors to an evening of Prosecco, opera, fine dining and art.  Guests will enjoy an apertivo, view the artwork and settle into an evening of music and song with Baritone Pierluca Porri, accompanied by Francesca Giovannelli on the piano.  Pierluca has sung with Europe’s most famous opera houses such as L’Opéra de MonteCarlo, Le Theatre Royale de la Monnaie a Bruxelles, il Liceu di Barcelona, and the Opéra Nationale de Paris.  Dinner will be served in the estate’s courtyard, under the Tuscan stars. Price:  40 €.

About Stanza 251

Stanza 251 http://www.stanza251.com/is an on-line e-zine of fiction, poetry and imagery, founded by Carlo Zei and Stefano Loria. A new poem or story appears on the site every Tuesday, anew image every Friday. Stanza 251 also publishes a series of e-books and paperbacks, and organizes literary and visual arts events.  All of the artists at the show participate in Stanza 251. 

Participating Stanza 251 artists include: 

  • Stefano Loria: Co-founder of Stanza 251, Loria is a painter and writer.  In the Visual Arts field, he is considered one of the leading representatives of new-generation abstractionists.
  • Francesco Niccolai: A professional photographer, Niccolai has dedicated himself for years to making portraits of jazz musicians and much more.  He has recently developed a personal series of unpredictably nuanced and intimate landscape photographs.
  • Andrew Smaldone: an American artist who has lived in Italy for years, Smaldone has developed a specific poetry of images, painting environments emptied of their original function, almost reducing them to pure geometry and light.
  • Tomoko Sugahara: A Japanese artist of rare sensitivity, Sugahara works on an idea of subtle, fragile painterly atmospheres, producing juxtapositions that are sometimes material, sometimes chromatic.
  • Carlo Zei:The other co-founder of Stanza 251 who, aside from writing, is engaged in photography. He explores landscapes with a poetic, ironic eye, for which he prefers black & white prints, as exemplified in his series, “Christo on the Beach”.
  • Matthew Licht: A writer on the edge between realism and paradox, his adventure stories are animated by a parodic intent, but are richly nuanced with existential and social themes.  All of the ingredients of his stories are flavored with an irresistible sense humor, which makes for a particularly pleasant reading experience. He is also a skilled performer.
  • Marco “Shark Guitar” Naffis: One of Tuscany’s most brilliant Blues and Country guitar players.

About Montestigliano:

Montestigliano is a privately owned farm estate (agritourismo)with self-contained 18th century holiday villasavailable for rental.   All have been professionally restored and furnished.  Each is fully equipped with kitchens and private baths. Every villa has easy access to some of the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany.  With 2475 acres of cypress avenues, olive groves, fig trees and ancient terraces, it’s an ideal location to walk, enjoy the countryside and truly experience Tuscany.

Follow Montestigliano:

On Twitter:   https://twitter.com/Montestigliano

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fattoria.montestigliano

Burrowing Owl Fundraising Evening with Art of Terry Isaac and Feathered Guest

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery logoDo you like Burrowing Owl’s wines? Do you like art, especially of nature/wildlife?  Are you available to be in the Okanagan on Friday November 30?  If so you may want to attend this dinner.  Press Release details are below.  Enjoy!

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November  21, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – On Friday, November 30 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will host an event to celebrate the continuing recovery of the endangered burrowing owl.  Held at the winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant, the evening will feature a sumptuous three-course dinner and the unveiling of a never-before-seen painting by wildlife artist Terry Isaac.  Special feathered guest “Pilot”, an imprinted burrowing owl, will attend the event accompanied by Burrowing Owl Conservation Society (BOCS) Local Area Director Lauren Meads.

At the celebration the artist will show his new work “On the Fence” for the first time.  Guests can purchase limited-edition prints, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to the BOCS.  The price of the dinner includes a donation to the same organization.  The culinary team at the Sonora Room has prepared a special three course menu for the event, and servers will be happy to suggest wine pairings from Burrowing Owl’s cellar.

Where and When is this Dinner

Sonora Room Restaurant, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Friday, November 30 2012
6:00pm

Tickets $60 inclusive of taxes and gratuities (wine and other beverages not included)

Seating is limited, so call 1.877.498.0620 ext. 1 or email youwerkerk@burrowingowlwine.ca to purchase your tickets.

Special accommodation package:  Dinner guests can stay the evening of November 30, 2012 at the Burrowing Owl Guest House for just $99 (regular rate $169; based on double occupancy; taxes not included).  Saturday morning breakfast is included.  A limited number of rooms are available, so call 1.877.498.0620 ext. 3 to make your reservation

Twitter: @BurrowingOwlBC fundraising dinner Nov 30 http://tinyurl.com/d53wtgr

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About Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert.  The winery is known for supporting the conservation work that is helping the burrowing owl make a comeback in British Columbia.  www.bovwine.ca

About the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society

A non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to the goal of re-establishing self-sustaining populations of the endangered burrowing owl species.  Its Burrowing Owl Recovery Program, started in 1990, is the longest sustained program of its kind in North America .  Volunteers in Kamloops and Vancouver raise owls from captive breeding pairs, and the yearlings are released into the wild on an annual field trip. www.burrowingowlbc.org

About Terry Isaac

Originally from Oregon, internationally-renowned visual artist Terry Isaac continues to feel a sense of wonder and inspiration when observing the natural world.  His finely-detailed depictions of birds and animals in their natural environment are simultaneously realistic and magical.  His work is in public, private, and corporate collections around the world.  Limited-edition prints of his work often sell out, as he is very selective about the images he reproduces, and the edition sizes are small.  Isaac currently lives in Penticton, BC.   www.terryisaacsart.com