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Vintage North Jersey Wine & Art Trail Set For March 12 & 13, 2016


There are connoisseurs of fine wine and connoisseurs of fine art.   Visit our member wineries on this weekend and you can be a connoisseur of both!  Each participating winery will display works of local artists and will offer wine tastings.

Old York Cellars  will be celebrating the Vintage North Jersey Wine and Art Weekend with the artists from their current exhibition, PARTners in Paint. Artists will be on hand answering questions and guiding guests through their work in the gallery. In addition Old York Cellars will have live music around the cozy fireplace, and as always wine tasting featuring our award-winning wines. Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm.

Four Sisters Winery will be featuring local artist, Jeff Echevarria.  If you haven't seen Jeff's work before, you don't want to miss this. It's truly astonishing.

Jeff works primarily with charcoal and pastels.  Having graduated from Spectrum Institute for the Advertising Arts many life times ago and has been freelancing ever since.

His artistic journey has run the gamut of wine labels to tatto design and illustrations for such companies as White Wolf games, Dragon Magazine and Ars Magica. Jeff was honored to be selected for Infected By Art Book - Volume 2.

"After suffering from a near fatal car accident in 2011, which left me paralyzed from the neck down and I was told that I would never walk again let alone draw. I found myself seeing everything in a brand new light."  Jeff's recovery has been to say the least miraculous and he has been able to create his stunning artwork once again. Jeff's charcoal renderings cover a wide range of subject matter including wildlife, fantasy and spiritual.

Wine Tasting, Wine Cellar Tours, Light Refreshments. Cost $5 per person.

Ventimiglia Vineyard is delighted to host gifted local watercolorist, Katie Della Terza.  Her work includes rural scenes, country still life and wild life images.  She will bring both original watercolors and also prints to offer affordable artwork to carry "a bit of country" to guests' homes. Katie's website (katiedt.weebly.com) has more information,& samples of her work. Katie will be with Ventimiglia both Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13 from noon to 5pm.  Sample delicious wines while enjoying lovely artwork!

At Terhune Orchards, artists of the local Plein Air Club will paint in the orchards and have work displayed for show and sale.  The group of five artists, who work primarily in oils and pastels, have painted the central Jersey landscape from Stockton to Burlington County and from Bucks County to Sandy Hook. Artist Debbie Pisacreta of the Plein Air Club will hold a demonstration on Sunday March 13 from 2 to 4 pm entitled “A Painter’s Approach to the Plein Air Landscape.” The whole family is welcome at Terhune Orchards.  After wine tasting, explore the farm, barnyard and discovering art.

Villa Milagro Vineyards will display the works of the following artists throughout the weekend.  Artists will have works for sale. $10 – wine tasting, gift glass, glass of wine to enjoy as they walk around to view the gallery.

Lewis Whitaker’s garden is certified and registered as a designated Monarch Butterfly Waystation where he grows milkweed on which to feed and raise his Monarchs.  The recent decline in Monarch populations has raised federal proposals to place them on the endangered species list.  Whitaker’s photos of his beloved butterflies capture their elegance and grace.

Ed Norman, resident of Riegelsville, PA, loves birds.  He travels up and down the East Coast visiting wildlife refuges to photograph them.  Norman states that his photos capture the bird’s “personality in hopes that this will kindle a love of nature and a desire to protect it.”  He loves the historic Riegelsville Bridge built by Roebling and may have photographed it more than any other photographer!

Jack Caffrey turns photographs into indelible, durable art.  His works, primarily of landscapes, is etched into metal giving it both brilliance and a surreal detail.  Colors take on added depth in this medium and accentuate details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Steven Russell’s work, most often seen around Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley focuses on contemporary realism inspired by nature.  His surreal close ups of everyday nature scenes transform them into “paintings” comparable to any of the great artists.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards will feature art by Kenneth Lewis Sr. in Full Flavored Expressions.  Wine tasting $6 per person includes 6 samples and etched HVV glass, from 12-5 pm.

Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr. is a self-instructed Artist who began painting on canvas at the unusual age of 47 years.  Kenneth has a spiritual relationship and deep sensitivity for what he produces.  For the last decade, Kenneth expressed his artistic creativity through interior design and furniture repurposing.  He has always loved art and appreciated great Artists; thus, for a few years he owned a unique custom frame shop.  Framing much loved artwork allowed Kenneth to be near his passion of art, while not yet pursuing his surreptitious gift.

Since that time Kenneth has created enormous collections of work.  He was an Exhibitor at the 2015 Art Expo NY where he sold 5 originals, 100 posters, and 80 journals.  He was one of the Artists featured in Art Expo NY Solo 2016, as well as featured in the Art Expo NY Promotional Video 2016.  Kenneth hosted/curated 2 group shows, he held 3 solo shows, has artwork in 2 galleries, he has participated in 4 group shows, and created his own website where he continues to sell many pieces across the country including original works from buyers in Texas and Massachusetts.

Unionville Vineyards will exhibit local artist Gordon Haas:

“In developing his artistic style, Haas took liberties in painting independently of typically structured art classes. His go-to studio became the rural outdoor landscape surrounding his high school. Haas was quickly noticed because of his inherent compulsion to create work. Perhaps unbeknownst to the budding artist, Haas was already following in the footsteps of early masters and paving the way for his future as a professional painter: ‘I really got in to plein-air painting before I knew what it was.’ “

Haas Gallery in Lambertville showcases original oil paintings of Bucks County, Amalfi Coast, and Tuscany.

Paintings will be available for sale. Stop by the tasting room during this weekend and sample award winning wines while listening to another local, guitarist Larry Tritel play timeless classics.

Cava Winery and Vineyard  will partner with Warwick NY’s Wine and Design Studio to offer art classes and wine tastings. Get both your painting palette and your wine palate ready! Saturday from 6 to 8pm guests will receive 2 wine glasses to paint. Materials and instruction will be provided. On Sunday from 3 to 5pm we will be guided through painting a design on canvas. Ticket price for both days is $35 and that includes a tasting of four of Cava’s delicious wines. To purchase tickets in advance go to www.wineanddesign.com/calendars/warwick.

Beneduce Vineyards will be displaying various works of art created by the students of Hunterdon County Polytech as well as hosting local musicians both days.

Open Saturday from 12-8pm and Sunday from 12-6pm.  908-996-DUCE and located at 1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown, NJ.

Visit each of the participating wineries websites for winery details, costs and hours of operations.