Art Under the Oaks

Art Under the Oaks

A consistent theme of this blog is our ability to blend wine tasting with nearly any other activity. Grocery shopping, theme park riding, even touring model homes; we’ve been able to add a dash of wine tasting. Hey, it’s a win-win, right? So when we went out to view some art, why shouldn’t there be some wine poured?

Alden Lane Nursery hosts an annual “Art Under the Oaks” that brings together local painters, photographers, jewelry makers and artisans in unique media. Local bands and orchestras lend a soundtrack to browsing the art and beautiful plants. But to push it over the top, Alden Lane invited some local wineries to offer tastings. Just about a perfect way to spend an afternoon!
It shouldn’t be surprising the our beautiful valley attracts fine artists, but every collection of local artists impresses. We saw some amazing oils, photographs, weavings, and (my favorite) some back yard decorations made from recovered materials. This windmill is destined for a flower bed in the back yard.
Another example of repurposed materials art is this wall piece, by Angela Johal, made entirely from winery-related materials. Angela showed a lot of her art, but this piece was my favorite by far.
Of course, the wine tasting was a big hit with the attendees! Many local wineries participated, and the scattered seating under the mature trees made for an ideal environment for really getting to know a new wine. Nicely done, everyone!
So next year, if you are in the mood for some great art, great wine, great landscaping and even a live musical soundtrack, check out Art Under the Oaks. Bringing together so many wonderful aspects of living in our valley. You will not be disappointed.

About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?

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