ART @ AVINODOS: WINE + WATERCOLORS OPEN HOUSE
Presented by AvinoDos Winery + Shmulik Krampf
Free Event, with Wines Available À La Carte
New tasting room, new wines, new artist collaboration!
As part of Arts Council Napa Valley’s ‘Arts in April’ celebration, AvinoDos Winery is pairing with multimedia artist Shmulik Krampf to showcase the junction of winemaking and art. The exhibit will highlight how both disciplines transform the natural elements – the soil, the grapes, the vines, the terrain, the sun, the rain, the trees – into wines and art pieces that delight and tickle the essence of the human need for creativity.
At our Wine + Watercolors Open House event on Sunday, April 14, Shmulik will be conducting a hands-on painting demonstration at the winery where you will have a chance to observe and interact with the artist as he creates a large-scale watercolor painting. During the session, we may explore using wine as part of the paint medium and may even encourage painting with your less-dominant hand.
We’ll also be uncorking several new wines for you to experience, including Rosé, Zinfandel, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the tasting, you’ll be able to meet AvinoDos’ winemaker and owner, Dan Dexter.
901 Enterprise Way, Suite B
Napa, CA 94558
The event is free, with wine tastings available for purchase à la carte.
RSVP online via Facebook.
A Word from the Artist – Shmulik Krampf
“My first recollection of art was at the age of four. I clearly recall the fascination I felt when I saw the broken lines that I created with a pencil held in my hand. This was the first time I felt a deep satisfaction from the act of creation – a primal instinct that I believe is a core part of the human experience. Since this first experience, I learned as much as I could about the different fields of art.
A little later in my childhood, I became an avid chess player. This childhood passion evolved into an invaluable tool for how I approach art and life. Marcel Duchamp, the father of conceptual art and renown chess player, observed that “while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”
Chess is a game in which losing is acceptable. It is only by losing can a player become better. Duchamp enjoyed playing chess, even if he repeatedly lost games, without losing his enthusiasm for the game. Similarly, for me, the training from chess allows me to enjoy working on the canvas despite mistakes and failures.
After spending a year in Europe, visiting and studying as many churches as I could, I decided to get an art degree. After five years of being rejected by the same school, I went to the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv. I am grateful for this experience of rejections. Despite going to another school, I still had an opportunity to study with Chaim Kiewe, a painter who became my mentor and was part of the “New Horizon” movement founded in the early days of the Israeli state.
When I moved to the US, I put my painting career on hold and focused on nurturing new and established artists. I created and managed art spaces that have exhibited thousands of artists from all over the world, including new graduates from San Francisco art schools.
Refusalon is an art space based on the French Salon des Refusés that showed rejected works in the 1860s. In English, the word also implies recycling, garbage, and disagreement. I am attracted to art that plays on the concept of regeneration and transformation of materials – whether they originate in conditions that are pristine and perfect or have been broken, rejected, and thrown away.
I am very excited with the opportunity to showcase the junction of winemaking and art by exhibiting my pieces at the AvinoDos winery. During the exhibition on Sunday, April 14, I will be conducting a hands-on painting demonstration. I invite you to bring your chess board.”