Monday, November 29, 2010

Robert Mondavi Winery

I can't believe it's been 2 months since Ryan and I got back from San Francisco and Wine Country, and this is my first post about our trip... With the exception of my "Airport Art" post which doesn't really count as part of our trip. We spent 4 days in San Francisco and 3 days in Wine Country and I have so much to share...

What inspired this post was opening our bottle of Robert Mondavi 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon that we picked up in Napa at the Robert Mondavi Winery. We are re-living the beautiful moments of our honeymoon sip by sip.

The Robert Mondavi Winery was our first stop when we arrived in Wine Country. Since this was our first winery visit we decided to sign up for the $25.00 per person Signature Tour & Tasting... It was well worth it and let me tell you show you how amazing it was...

 Saint Francis, Bonze and Glass Mosaic by Beniamino Bufano, 1929
"This large bronze sculpture of St. Francis, greets visitors as they arrive to the winery. There are several sculptures of St. Francis at the winery, as the Franciscan missionaries were the first to bring wine grapes to California." via

 Welcoming Muse, sculpture in bronze by Henry Wadell
acquired by Robert Mondavi Winery in 1982

Fermentation Room

Barrel Aging

In the distance, another sculpture of St. Francis by Beniamino Bufano 
from the 1950's watches over the barrels.


The Making of Corks

In the Tasting Room

I'm so glad we decided to take a guided tour of the vineyard. It was an absolutely beautiful property and we learned so many neat things about growing grapes, grape varietals and wine making. At the end of the educational tour we were offered a delicious wine tasting.

Our visit to the Robert Mondavi Winery was amazing! Wine making has to be one of the most interesting and delicious occupations.

Do you enjoy wine? Does grape growing and wine making interest you or do you simply love the results?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hello Winterpeg!!!

We were lucky here in Winnipeg that Winter held off until now. We had an incredible November with above average temperatures. Now it's time to face reality! This is just the beginning...

10:25 AM Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB - November 19, 2010
10:25 AM Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB - November 19, 2010
10:25 AM Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB - November 19, 2010

Stay warm and drive safe Winnipeggers!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We Named Her "Sofia": Before & After Framing

My sister in law came into the gallery a few weeks ago to see what ideas I had about re-framing a piece of artwork she recently inherited. This beautiful original painting, very dear to her, was purchased by my mother in law while in Paris in the 60's.

We could see from the sticker on the back that she had it custom framed at Eaton's. The frame was chipped, cracked and outdated. The artwork was in need of a well deserved update.

We looked at several different mat & frame combinations and decided on a neutral ivory top mat with a rust coloured accent. I love how the rust accent mat brings out and compliments the soft blue sky so well. We chose this frame because it had a contemporary yet rustic quality and the geometric component worked really well with the buildings in the background.

Most of the frames I use in the gallery are from a company called Larson Juhl which are grouped by collection and then by number. The name of the collection of our selected frame was called "Sofia". Beautiful! So this is what we're naming her.

Here's a Before & After...

What do you think of "Sofia" in her fresh new look? Isn't she beautiful?!?!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Great pARTy!

Last night was the opening reception for the New Artists 2010 exhibition in the gallery. We had a great turnout and a great time!

The show featured Winnipeg artist Brandy Lynn, Kenora artist Melissa Jean and BC artist Peter Wyse. Anytime there is a local artist in attendance we always have a fantastic turnout. Add relatively local artist Melissa Jean from Kenora (only 2 hours away) and we had a PARTY!

Me & Featured Artist Brandy Lynn

Me & Featured Artist Melissa Jean

Brandy Lynn and Melissa Jean being young emerging artists, brought in a refreshingly younger crowd to the gallery. I had the opportunity to meet lots of their family, friends and new collectors. Every time I turned around Melissa was introducing me to another one of her cousins. She has a large family, many of whom are also living creative entrepreneurial lives.

One of Melissa's cousins happens to be award winning photographer Joel Ross. Joel and his team are known in the community mostly for wedding photography but also handle engagement, maternity, newborn, baby, kids, family and commercial photography. He's a young guy to have already built such a successful photography business. This morning Melissa dropped off a disc of fun photos Joel snaped at the opening last night. Check them out below! Also visit to learn more about his professioanal photography.

Jerrod, Melissa, Joel

Me, Melissa, Rick

Me & Ryan

Here's a couple silly shots...

Trying to take a nice photo - Take ONE

Trying to take a nice photo - Take TWO

In an upcoming post I am excited to share more about another one of Melissa's cousins who's company converts reclaimed wood into beautiful hardwood flooring, architectural design, furniture and ART projects.