Celebrating Wine Country Exhibit & Sale

celebrating wine country logoI will be one of six artists exhibiting artwork for the upcoming art show & sale,”Celebrating Wine Country”, at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.

My theme is vineyard animal helpers. A number of Niagara area vineyards combine quality winemaking practices and ecological principles by, ’employing’ sheep, hawks, chickens and other animal helpers for pest control and other services.  For example, Featherstone Winery has a small flock of sheep to eat leaves from the grapevines to enhance fruit quality by exposing the grapes to more sunlight and air circulation.

In celebrating our rich history, agriculture, business and high quality of our Niagara vineyards and wineries, I chose to express and highlight the important animal helpers and the ecological consciousness of a number of local vineyards. Sheep, hawks, chickens and other animals are “employed for pest control and other services. Sheep eat leaves from the grapevines to enhance fruit quality by exposing the grapes to more sunlight and air circulation. Hawks keep birds away from the ripening fruit simply by their presence over the vineyard. Chickens and geese eat unwanted insects. The animals add to the beauty and splendor of the vineyards.

Featherstone Winery and Southbrook Vineyards were kind enough to let me visit and take reference photos for my paintings.  They are both wonderful wineries and well worth a visit.  I will be exhibiting three painting for the show.

Here is a preview of some in-progress photos of my paintings, but please come to some of the opening events to see my finished work and the work of the other artists.  There will be a preview for Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre members on Aug. 28 at the Hinterbrook Winery and an Opening Reception at the Pumphouse Arts Centre for the public on Sunday September 13 at 2:00 p.m. I will be at both events so please stop by and say hello.

In-progress, and finished painting photos at the end:

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Wendy Malowany

Wendy Malowany earned her B.F.A., majoring in Painting, and her M.S. in Art Education. She has been drawing and creating since her childhood in the U.S. and Scotland, creating art at a professional level for over 25 years, and teaching art to children and adults for over 20 years. Painting has been her preferred medium since the beginning of her artistic career, particularly oils, but she does sometimes work in other media. Her artwork is inspired by the objects and scenes she encounters daily, in an expressive realistic style. Architecture, animals, landscapes, and nature in general, are the predominant themes of her artwork. She immigrated to Canada after marrying her Canadian husband in 2010, and works in her studio on their 8 acre hobby farm in Wainfleet, Ontario. Wendy sells her work locally, online, and her work is in collections internationally.

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