Most visitors head to Loudoun’s wineries to meet with friends, listen to a little music, let the kids run around outside, and, of course, to share a bottle of their favorite vintage.
But there’s more to see. This month, two wineries are rolling out fresh art exhibits by local artists.
At North Gate Vineyard near Purcellville, Anne Stine has been tapped as the newest Artist-in-Residence. Stine will hold public reception showing her work—entitled”Living Water”—on Sunday July 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Her art will be on display through Oct 1.
Stine began painting at a young age and developed a love of working with a variety of media. After a career in arts marketing, her passion for painting led her to leave a conventional career and open her first creative business, Anne Stine Decorative Painting in 1999. She painted murals for residential and commercial clients until 2014, when she shifted her focus to original art work.
Stine concentrates primarily on the ancient wax-based medium of encaustic paint into which she incorporates oils, pigmented shellac, vintage papers, textiles and salvaged found objects.
“My art attempts to capture nature and allows the viewer to slow down and take in the view and reconnect with the natural world,” she said. “This show focuses on the restorative beauty of water in its nature setting.”
She works from her home studio in Purcellville where she teaches mixed media and encaustic wax painting.
North Gate Vineyard is located at 16031 Hillsboro Road.
Also this month, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard features a mixed media Exhibit by Jill Evans-Kavaldjian.
Owners Bonnie Archer and Bill Hatch have been busy the past few years building their farm vineyard with a new winery and tasting facility on their farm south of Leesburg.
When it was time to put art on the walls, Archer, a former teacher, recalled seeing a painting of two figs one year during the Western Loudoun Artist’s Studio Tour. It took some work to identify Evans-Kavaldjian as the artist and then invite her to exhibit in the tasting room.
Evans-Kavaldjian, who is the president of the Loudoun Arts Council, agreed.
“It’s always great to get your work out into the community. And adding Zephaniah to the arts council’s artWorks venues was a no-brainer,” she said.
The exhibit will be on display through the end of August.
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The winery and tasting room is located at 19381 Dunlop Mill Road. For more information, go to zephwine.com.