It’s already November! Can you believe it? Here in Seattle, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing color… fall is officially here.
Although I’m enjoying the season’s foliage and the cooler temperatures, I catch myself remembering my favorite summer activities, in particular the first annual Cork & Canvas event at my brother’s winery in Livermore, California.
Picture it: California sunshine, Ehrenberg Cellars Winery and wines, my Totem and landscape paintings, enthusiastic wine and art lovers mixing and mingling… It was a perfect summer event.
Combining my brother Chris’ award-winning wines with my ever-evolving artwork was a dream come true for both of us. We’ve talked about doing it for years. This summer, we decided to make it a reality. No easy feat, let me tell you.
The first hurdle was getting my artwork to California. This was imposing. Thankfully, the folks at my local shipping shop helped me pack my canvases and ensured they arrived at Chris’ safe and sound. Thank you bubble wrap.
Next up was transforming Chris’ tasting room into an art gallery. We had to get creative. Using curtain panels, rigging lights, and hanging my paintings on the ends of wine barrels, our impromptu art space slowly emerged. Never underestimate the versatility of portable work lights!
At last, it was opening night. What a fun evening. I met great people, discussed art, and, most importantly, spent time with Chris in his element. It was obvious his creative genius and strong work ethic resonates with everyone he meets. His fans love him. I heard glowing reports and effusive compliments at every turn. It was amazing. Needless to say, I was enormously proud.
Photos attest to the great level of warmth and sharing that made for such a warm and inviting event. I wish you all could’ve been there.