Final exhibition of winery-inspired art by local artists opens on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 5-7 P.M. at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center with complimentary wine and food tastings
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Albany, N.Y. -Art and wine enthusiasts are welcome to attend the opening of Hudson Valley Art & Wine - A Grand Celebration at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square (corner of Broadway and Clinton Ave.) at 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 3, 2011.
On view will be 18 local artists’ works inspired by twelve of the region’s wineries, including Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent and Brookview Station Winery in Castleton-on-Hudson, whose wines will be featured at the event. Paired food tastings will be presented by Classé Catering of Albany and R & G Cheeses of Cohoes. The event is open to the public.
The Art & Wine “pairing” project is part of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine’s year-long celebration to create awareness of the art, wine and cultural experiences that have a deep-rooted history in the Hudson Valley region. The pairing of local artists and wineries has produced an exhibit of inspiring works that capture the spirit of the local vineyards, wineries, and the winemaking process. The exhibit includes oil landscapes, abstract acrylics, still life, photography and mixed media sculpture including pieces made from barrel staves used in making wine.
“The idea of the Art and Wine pairing project is to educate people about the Hudson Valley’s rich history of art and viticulture, and to promote local artists and winemakers to new audiences,” states Robert Bedford, Executive Editor of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, “so in keeping with the flow of the Hudson River, we started with the premiere of the exhibit in Westchester - the gateway to the Hudson Valley - and are concluding it in New York State’s Capital region, piquing the public’s interest all along the way.”
“This exhibit showcases the beauty of our region, while educating the public on the rich heritage of winemaking in the Hudson Valley,” states Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Visitors to the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center will be able to enjoy this showcase through December, allowing them to savor the intricacies of the artwork and the process by which it was created.”
For landscape artist Judy Reynolds, who hails from Kinderhook, being paired with Brookview Station Winery was an educational experience in making wine from fruits other than grapes. She captured the vistas of the distant Helderberg mountains and Goold Orchard’s apple trees in pastel on a crisp fall day last year, working quickly en plein air despite high winds. Goold Orchard, home to Brookview Station Winery, celebrates their 100th harvest this year, and produces the apples and pears that are the basis of their award-winning wines.
Photographer Ann Gabriele of Catskill captured the essence of Hudson-Chatham Winery in a minimal and delicate Polaroid process, focusing on the tension between the fleeting and enduring beauty at the vineyard over the seasons. Hudson artist and gallery owner Joan Damiani also captured the mood at Hudson-Chatham. “I took many photographs, capturing seasons, light, weather, people, fruit and events. The most satisfying aspect was seeing the Hudson-Chatham vineyard in its many moods, the commitment during the wine production phase and finally, the enthusiasm of the winemakers who love and treasure this land.”
The traveling exhibit of over 35 works by 18 artists was shown at several Hudson Valley art galleries over the summer, with opening celebrations that included wine tastings by the region’s wineries. Galleries included M Gallery in Catskill, (the town known as the birthplace of American Art); and Hudson Valley Gallery on the waterfront in Cornwall-on-Hudson. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center marks the fourth and northernmost stop for the exhibit. The exhibit will remain on view at the Visitors Center until January, 2012.
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About the Hudson Valley Art & Wine - A Grand Celebration
In May 2010, a juried selection of 18 professional artists were chosen to pair with one of 12 Hudson Valley wineries to create, in their own medium, original wine- or vineyard-inspired artwork. The artists, from many different regions in the Hudson Valley, were given a year in which to create their work. Preliminary works previewed at Locust Grove Historic Site last December, and the final pieces were unveiled in May 2011 at the Grand Celebration event that took place at Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, in Westchester. The exhibit then traveled to several galleries in the Hudson Valley over the summer months.
About Hudson Valley Wine Magazine
Hudson Valley Wine Magazine is the only publication dedicated to promoting the wines and wineries of the region. With an award-winning format, it has a readership of wine lovers of all ages. Now in its fifth year, it is the “go-to” resource for wine enthusiasts looking to explore and experience the wines and wineries of the region. It is a complimentary, full-color publication distributed to affluent venues throughout the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas, including the metro-New York and tri-state areas.
About the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center (ACCVB)
The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/
About the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is the oldest grape growing and wine producing region in the U.S., home to Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest, continuously-operated winery since 1839, and Benmarl Winery the country’s oldest vineyard. Landscapes in the Hudson Valley region have inspired artists for centuries - with views that were made famous by painters of the Hudson River School, America’s first and oldest art movement, founded in the mid-19th century. The Art & Wine pairing project celebrates the region’s connection to both.
APPENDIX A - WINERY & ARTIST “PAIRS”
• Applewood Winery & Jan Horton (acrylic);
• Applewood Winery & Crista Pisano (oils);
• Benmarl Winery & Sasha Chermayeff (oils);
• Brookview Station Winery & Judy Reynolds (oils);
- Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery & Lee Anne Morgan (Fine Art Photography);
• Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery & Barbara Rubin (oils);
• Glorie Farm Winery & Virginia Donovan (oils);
• Glorie Farm Winery & Patrick Milbourn (oils);
• Hudson-Chatham Winery & Joan Damiani (oil & photography);
• Hudson-Chatham Winery & Anne Gabriele (photography);
• Millbrook Winery & Vineyards & Susan Togut (mixed media);
• Millbrook Winery & Vineyards & K. Velis Turan (mixed media fiber);
• Palaia Vineyards & Paul Gould (oils);
• Robibero Family Vineyards & David Borenstein (mixed media);
• Stoutridge Vineyards & Paola Bari (overglaze on porcelain);
• Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery & John Laurenzi (acrylics);
• Whitecliff Vineyard & Robert Breur (sculpture in clay and wood);
• Whitecliff Vineyard & Vince Natale (oil and graphite).