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By Crispin Courtenay
Artist Jill Kemerer-Roberts hosts an “Art plus Vino” painting class once a week at several wineries in Temecula, including Keyways Winery, Callaway Vineyards and Winery, and Oak Mountain Winery. Artists and future-artists alike sit down in an alfresco setting, acrylic paints in hand with a cool glass of wine near-by. This week’s Art Plus Vino classes took place at Keyways Winery in Temecula, CA.
The price is a nominal $39 for Temecula Grapevine friends, and comes with all artist tools and a complementary glass of wine. The class typically lasts for four hours. All materials are provided.
Coming out to the wineries in the off-hours midweek is a wonderful experience. Instead of the throngs of crowds, you are presented with a bucolic country-side, with the sounds of songbirds, whinnying horses, and the soft breeze rustling the leaves of the oak trees where the artists set up home.
The art group gathered at one of Keyways Winery’s most idyllic spots, property adjacent to the event area. The first thing to notice about this Art+Vino gathering is the generous portions of wine allotted each artist. (I notice this instantly, as my other profession is peddling wine!) These students are here to paint, and are concentrating intensely on their work.
Sure there was wine and a beautiful setting; however the goal was to produce some beautiful art under Jill’s excellent tutelage. Over the course of several minutes, paintings evolved from completed backgrounds, to filled in with a bevy of details.
Today’s drawing was two parrots perched in a tree, fascinating for this reporter to watch all the detail come to life so quickly. The mood and environment was very laid back, with Jill circulating every few minutes to evaluate paintings and give pointers on perspective, color, brush strokes, and more. Perhaps more relevant, she tried to correct what her students thought they saw in the study that they were copying, and look again, and reevaluate the lines and undulations actually present.
Jill is a wonderful and vibrant artist instructor, non-critical, helpful where need be, yet with that unwavering eye that captures anything not true to form. Not to worry, she will help guide you back on to the path, in a kind and playful manner. It was a rather remarkable experience watching all these artists recreating the same image. This particular group was highly-skilled over all, most with a fine arts background. The differences in drawings were minute, owing more to character and individuality than diverging from the subject matter in a new level.
Jill takes on all comers, and all you have to do is show up with a will to paint with acrylics and enjoy the scenery. If you are on the fence about participating, it is worth trying once, such a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The worst that could happen is that you go home with a Picasso, the best, perhaps a future Rembrandt.
Winery locations vary, week by week, so check out Jill’s website at: http://www.artplusvino.com or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtPlusVinoGetUncorkedGetCreative
Phone: (858) 774-5855