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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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2011 ~ The Ending of the Retreat

Sunday morn breaks with azure skies and warm golden sun rays. We’ve all spent spots of last night and the after-breakfast time, allocating the mixture of piles into separate suitcases and boxes. The atmosphere was loving yet sad, knowing soon … Continue reading

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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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Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association Chooses Sandi Whetzel’s Painting, "…and Let There Be Wine!" to promote the 2011 Greatest of the Grape Event

“…and Let There Be Wine!” 30×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
Originally uploaded by sandiwhetzel

I envisioned the concept for this painting to reflect the fertile valleys, rivers and vineyards that abound in the Umpqua valleys here in Oregon. I imagined the huge goblet suspended in a rose-colored atmosphere. I enjoyed directing the heavenly wine streaming from the bottle down into the goblet. The force of the wine landing in the bowl of the goblet caused the flow of the wine to separate; swirling up both sides of the glass simultaneously and then rippling back down again as the wine continued to pour. This energetic movement of the wine resembles terrain with lush vegetation on both sides of the goblet. A river gently cuts through the wine and the vineyards on the three hills spring forth.

I had no idea what I would title the painting until it was finished. Then it reminded me of the firmament at the time of creation when God said, “and let there be light” and there was light, and it was good. After he separated the water from the firmament and brought forth land and vegetation he might have said, “… and Let There Be Wine!”

The painting was created to compete in a contest for a new logo for the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association. The Winegrowers liked the painting and the title so well that they decided to use the image and it’s title for the theme of the 2011 “Greatest of the Grape” event. The image of my painting appears on posters all over the county. The organization ordered a high quality giclee reproduction of the painting to be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the event, March 5th. This is the second time that organization has used my art to promote their annual event. The first time was in 2006 when they chose my painting, “Uplifting Spirits” to illustrate their theme of “Over 100 Cork Poppin’ Years.”

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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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