Will Marino will be showing his work with paper dartboards. Will “unwinds” the paper core of the dartboards and reshapes them into intricate and beautiful forms of color and texture. Will was a 2006 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship recipient and has shown in galleries and museums around the country as well as appearing multiple times in Artweek magazine. This will be Will’s first appearance as a First Friday artist.
For all those who missed this class in December, here’s another chance. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn food pairing theory presented by Original Sin Desserts and Catering. Wines will be paired with a selection of flavors prepared by Chef Tanya DeCell. Tanya will discuss the basics of food and wine pairing. The class will feature five wines from Santa Cruz Winemakers and will showcase a selection of varietals including Grenache, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Cost is $25 per person and reservations can be made by contacting Vinocruz at (831) 426-8466 – RSVP ASAP to reserve your space as seating is very limited!
Join us and taste 5 sparkling wines. This years’ tasting includes a Cava from Spain, a sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir, a dark red sparkler of Pinot Noir, 2002 Kathryn Kennedy Blanc de Blanc and a French Champagne from the house of Marcel Moineaux. Nominal tasting fee charged and there will be discounts on bottles purchased that day. Come stock up for the Holidays!
First Friday Art Tour this month featuring the art of Gracia Stanfield. “My paintings are intersections between me, my Spanish culture, and my renaissance as an immigrant in a new land. The clash of cultures and changes in my life are juxtaposed with illustrations of dreams, emotions and reality. These paintings are my adventure, both a part of my heart and my mind; always with my feet on the earth and with my head in the stars. My work is one of constant reinvention.”
Stop by this First Friday Art Tour to meet artist Johnny Amador and see his art celebrating the Mexican tradition of the “Day of the Dead”. The show will include many of his pieces, large and small. We will have Sugar Skull face painting by renowned local traditional artist, Bly Morales, and we will enjoy appetizers from El Palomar!
Join us this Saturday, Oct. 19th 2-5 pm and meet Winemaker Michael Muccigrosso. Michael will be bringing us a selection of his wines to taste. Muccigrosso Vineyards is a family-run endeavor committed to producing small quantities of hand made fine wines designed to satisfy everybody. Since the early 80’s when they first planted vines on their Santa Cruz Mountain property, they have studied the winemaking process from vine to glass. Over the years they have learned a great deal about getting results with as little intervention possible. Congratulations go to Muccigrosso as they win big in the 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition; Double Gold (Pinot Noir) and Silver (Zinfandel)! We will enjoy tasting 5 wines. $10 tasting fee will be waived with a bottle purchase.
Join us for First Friday Art Tour and meet artist Matt Jones who channels spirit onto canvas. He is a self-taught artist that is inspired by love, surfing, fishing and most of all…music. “Live painting” in the presence of live music is his ultimate inspiration. The music leads him into a meditation which allows him to get out of the way of himself, and become an empty vessel that allows music to channel the universe into art. The more he gives himself to the music the more his paintings come to life with celebrations of vibrant colors and spontaneous movement. He has painted live with many amazing musicians such as India Arie, Brett Dennen, Anthony B, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ziggy and Damion Marley, Eryka Badu, Ani DiFranco and many more. He paints yearly at the Harmony Festival, Earthdance, the High Sierra Music Festival and is open to all opportunities to collaborate art with music.
Join us this Sunday, meet winemaker Mica Raas. We will be tasting Mica’s Merlot, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Malbec. As a micro-winery, Myka Cellars creates artisan, terroir driven wines from sustainable grapes from the heart of the Monterey Bay. He employs a hands off approach using natural fermentation and gentle handling to let the grapes shine.
A $10 tasting fee will be waived with a bottle purchase. Lite snacks will be provided.
Join us for a Sunday guest winemaker pouring and meet winemaker Les Wright. 37th Parallel became bonded and had their first vintage in 2009. They are a “micro – winery” trying to make a great wine. They currently make 4 -5 different varietals each year with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their wine palette does, however, include cabernet sauvignon, dolcetto, syrah and merlot. As much as possible they source our grapes from the Santa Cruz mountains. But they are not afraid to venture in to other AVA’s including Napa and Calaveras County. They age most of their wines about 18 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels before bottling. Lew Wright says, ” We try to stay true to the varietal and do not seek to impose our will on the wine.” The story of 37th Parallel begins in 1935 or so underneath this small house on Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley, California built by Giaccomo Thiella after he emigrated from Italy. He carved his own winemaking cellar from shale underneath this house and made zinfandel from his own small vineyard on the property. Over 75 years later, “we’ve tried to pick-up where he left off.”
W. M. Vinci’s captivating acrylic abstracts bring a new sophistication to collisions of color and texture. Vinci describes his goal as wanting to “bridge the gap between art and science,” and to that end his process is markedly physical and individualized. He prepares surfaces with sand, metal, fibers, salt, wood, and many other materials, and keeps a close watch over the viscosity and temperature of his paints. Vinci then conducts his disparate elements as tightly as a symphony, with just as much complexity, divergence, and convergence. Saturated colors, splattering, washes, calligraphic characters, geometric shapes, and even recognizable objects are all interwoven. Though dense layers of imagery are Vinci’s specialty, he is not afraid to adjust or reign in his methods for a particular aesthetic. His body of work contains both lively paintings that recall Abstract Expressionism, and meticulously formed images that focus on the interaction between a single meandering line and one color. W.M. Vinci was born in Indianapolis and today lives in California. He often takes inspiration from his surroundings, including Yosemite and Big Sur.