Friday, May 9, 2014

Behind the Wine Label by Tamara Belgard in 1859 Magazine

Wonderful article about winemakers and thier labels!

Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis | Ghost Hill Cellars, á La Main Wines


As is the case with many winemakers I’ve interviewed, Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis describes her entrance into the world of winemaking as “serendipitous.” She also phrased it as “a crazy series of events.” Her career life began as an Oregon National Guard Aviation Technician. How she came to make wines of grace and beauty is a whole different story. Pittock-Shouldis is able to utilize many of the skills that made her a great aviation technician in her winemaking—such as reverse engineering and the ability to learn from experience. But it’s in winemaking that she seems to have honed her artistic skills. “Wine is a catalyst. It creates a spark that creates the memories and experiences of our lives. Wine seems to tie it all together,” she says. In wine she found her passion. Making wines that become an integral part of people’s lives is what she most enjoys about what she does.
 
Pittock-Shouldis still serves in the Guard once a month. She’s also a mother of two and is busy creating her own brand, á La Main Wines (translation: To be done by hand), a selection of Rhône-style wines that will launch later this spring. Pittock-Shouldis has also been on a quest to revive the old Gypsy Dancer wines, a brand that disappeared after the untimely death of the Gypsy Dancer winemaker Gary Andrus. This revival is more of a stretch for Pittock-Shouldis—not only her own personality into the wines, but to create a different style of wine, like Andrus would have made.
Though Pittock-Shouldis loves Pinot noir (and in my humble opinion, her Ghost Hill Cellars Pinots are some of the best in the Willamette Valley), what truly inspires her are Rhône-style wines, including syrah and viognier—wines she’s now making with fruit from Dukes Family Vineyard. The new á La Main label showcases a piece of art by Robert Canaga featuring her two childrens’ hands with grape juice flowing between them. One look at her label and it’s easy to appreciate not only the strength, but the passion, dedication, love and allure.
Here is the entire piece. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TRANSPORTED: Paintings by Robert Canaga at Coos Art Museum



February 13, 2013                                 
"Passage" 36x48 oil and wax on canvas
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TRANSPORTED: Paintings by Robert Canaga at Coos Art Museum

Coos Bay, OR - Coos Art Museum presents TRANSPORTED, a solo show of mixed media paintings, combining raw pigments, oil and wax by Oregon-based artist Robert Canaga, April 18 through June 28, 2014. The opening reception is Friday April 18 from 5 to 7pm and coincides with the opening of Expressions West 2014 the Museum’s Western states painting competition for which Canaga served as juror.

In TRANSPORTED, painter Robert Canaga explores images of the vessel as both object and symbol. The thematic forms bring to mind containers or sailing vessels from antiquity, familiar contours repeated throughout history. Boldly colored and textured in Canaga’s signature style, the series evokes a sense of solidity and purpose with its simple, satisfying shapes.
 
"Shadow" 60x30 oil and wax and acrylic on panel
“These paintings are based on the idea of transport from one place to another,” says Canaga, whose work is influenced by the artist’s two near-death experiences. TRANSPORTED’s metaphorical reference to the body-as-vessel, carrying the soul, cannot be overlooked. The paintings do not convey fragility; quite the opposite, they vibrate with celebration of their own place in the universe. “I’m more whole at 64 than I was at 24, more held together, in a sense,” continues Canaga. “I’ve escaped amazing circumstances, but remained solid.”

Even the smaller paintings seem larger than their dimensions. Their energy radiates outward with the artist’s confident orchestration of color and composition.  Canaga describes himself as a color purist. He elaborates, “I carry precise colors in my mind’s eye. The windows of my studio do not reveal the surrounding landscape, because I deliberately decided not to be influenced by the external Pacific Northwest palette. I’m fascinated by color frequencies and how those frequencies relate to each other.”
"Blue Bowl" 36x36 oil and wax on canvas

Coos Art Museum director, Steven Brooks, comments, ”We are very pleased to have one of the areas most active and innovative artistic leaders exhibiting at the Museum. We are also pleased that Robert Canaga has agreed to jury Expressions West 2014 a painting competition that exposes the Oregon Coast to the art of thirteen western states.”
 
"Moon Jar" 36x36 oil and wax on canvas
About the Artist:
Robert Canaga was born in Oregon and makes his home in Eugene. He is known as one of the state’s most experimental printmakers, and currently focuses on abstract painting in oil, raw pigments and wax. His involvement in the arts community spans decades. He is curator at The Gallery at the Watershed in Eugene, past President of the Board for Oregon Mozart Players and former curator at Opus 6IX Gallery. His work is collected nationally. Canaga is also owner of Robert Canaga Galleries in Portland and Eugene. More information about the artist can be found by visiting his website at http://opus6ixgallery.blogspot.com/
"Celtic Bowl" 30x60 oil and wax on panel

About Coos Art Museum:
Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.
 
"Vessel: Jar #1" 5'x5' oil and wax on

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Print

"Red Shoes"
My latest etching. Inspired by a chance afternoon shadow.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Break This Jar for the Coos Art Museum

Please spread the word. The recent destruction of the Ai Weiwei vase prompted this. Since I was going to have this jar broken at the bottom of the painting anyway as part of the artwork, why not make it more interesting. Also, you get to keep what is inside. $200.



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During the show (April 18th through June 28th) we will have a drawing to find out who gets to come pick up the jar from under the painting and drop it. Money will be donated to the Coos Art Museum and the act will be posted on YouTube. $5.00 per ticket. You could be infamous.
Date of breaking will be announced.
Please share. You can also enter from afar and we will have someone drop it, saying "in the name of-------- we break this jar" or whatever clever thing you want said. Send your entry to "Break this Jar" c/o CAM, 235 Anderson Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420.
We will write your name on the entry form. Enter as many times as you wish. Good luck.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Demonstration at The Gallery at the Watershed

I will be doing a relief solarplate demonstration  Saturday the 22 of March at The Gallery at the Watershed on 3rd and Mill. Free, and you get a print while they last.