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Simultaneous Exposure of Sandi Whetzel’s Wine Art at Seven Feathers Casino Resort March 2, 2013

Grape de Menthe ©Sandi Whetzel
Jewels of the Vine ©Sandi Whetzel

Call it serendipity or just blind luck–My wine art will be featured at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon in two different exhibits on the evening of March 2, 2013.

I am the featured artist of the “Greatest of the Grape” event from 7-11 p.m. in the Seven Feathers convention center March 2. (Tickets for that event have already sold out.) I also have two paintings hanging in Seven Feathers Gallery 7 on the first floor near the hotel lobby, across from the River Rock Spa as part of the “Vineyards” exhibit. That exhibit opens March 2 and runs through June 5. The artworks of 15 various media artists represent vineyards, grapes, wine and the wine industry of the Pacific Northwest. Opening Reception for “Vineyards” is from 5-7 p.m. March 2 in Seven Feathers Kabi Cafe. Gallery 7 is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Admission is free. For a sneak peek at the art in Gallery 7, visit

There’s never enough time to set up my art booth at the “Greatest of the Grape”, but if I can manage to be set up by 5-6 p.m., I will do my best to quickly trot across the expanse of Seven Feathers to put in a brief appearance at the Gallery 7 reception for “Vineyards”. There will be 5 awards including a Purchase Award” presented during the reception at 6 p.m. In addition to that presentation, I will enjoy meeting the people in attendance. Wish I could be two places at once.

The original of my painting, Grape de Menthe, (used to promote the “Greatest of the Grape”) is one of the paintings hanging in the “Vineyards” exhibit in Gallery 7. A high quality hand-embellished giclee reproduction on gallery wrap canvas of that painting will be auctioned off during the “Greatest of the Grape”. Wish I could clone myself, too.

To see more of Sandi’s art, visit her website

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Applegate Valley Days Coming This Weekend!

2012 Applegate Valley Days

A very ambitious festival celebrating all the diversity and fun of Applegate Valley living, with and arts & crafts market, farmer’s market, wine tasting, barbeque, canine agility demonstrations, wood-fired pizza, historical displays, quilt exhibits and live music on the river at Cantrall-Buckley Park! $5 for tickets – proceeds benefit Cantrall-Buckley Park.

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New Blue Heron Vineyards takes root in Garden Valley

I read this article yesterday from The News-Review and was shocked I hadn’t heard anything about this project sooner. Once development is complete, this would be the largest vineyard in the Umpqua Valley. Maybe it is unnecessary, but I always feel so u…

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Optimistic Harvest Outlook

I’m an optimist, and apparently so is Pat Spangler of Spangler Vineyards in his recent interview with Wine Press Northwest:Thursday, Sep. 01, 2011Umpqua Valley grapes look better than 2010By Eric Degerman, Wine Press NorthwestROSEBURG, Ore. — While fo…

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Troon Vineyard Pioneers Two Varietals

Southern Oregon has over 36 grape varietals growing in its soil. When you ask growers’ which grape they think Southern Oregon grows best, you will most likely hear answers like Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Viognier. If you ask Chris Martin about t…

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