Archive for June 12th, 2018

The Parking Lot View!

June 12, 2018

VineyardThe view from the parking lot of the winery (Boskydel Vineyards) has long been appreciated by visitors and artists alike.  Here is a rendition of the view by a local artist, Stephanie Schlatter, who painted an entire series titled “On the Michigan Wine Trail” in which she explored the relationship between art and wine.  In the artist’s own words, “from its lakes, both great and small, to its ever-changing landscapes, Michigan is truly a beautiful and inspiring place to call ‘home.’  I am particularly drawn to the lush areas of this state that have rolling hills, vibrant colors and rich soil where the vines live and grow.  As an artist I want to know these places — I need to know them.  I feel fortunate to live in close proximity to these unique locales, and to experience the beautiful medley of all four seasons.  I’ve gotten to know the people who live and farm Michigan’s bountiful wine regions.  I’ve listened to their stories, and explored their artistic processes from the ground to the vine, from the grape to the glass.

‘On the Michigan Wine Trail’ was inspired by these wine country explorations.  It’s more than just a series of paintings attempting to re-create it beautiful scenery.  It explores the essence of Michigan’s wine regions’ many seasonal faces.  It reveals the hearts of the people who live there, and what happens to them as they inhabit and grow attached to this enchanting place.  It captures the magic that I personally found there, which has, in turn, captured me.

My series, like their wine, tells of the people: their journeys, their art and the relationships they’ve built with the land.  The stories are all there on the canvas, like a bottle of wine, waiting for us to uncork it.”

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