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Art + Vino at Idyllic Keyways Winery, a mid-week Temecula Wine Country Treat

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.

Keyways Winery in Temecula, Ca

Keyways Winery in Temecula, Ca (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.


Jill approaches her art classes as a job. However as soon as she steps foot onto one of the wineries, all the stress and tension drop away, and painting becomes so much fun. (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.


LouAnn Gates, a retired high school special education teacher, with a M.A. in art, joined the class to–finally, forty years later– place her degree to work. She enjoys the camaraderie of the classes, and making friends with other artists. (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.


A study under the Keyways Winery arbor (c) Crispin Courtenay

Students work with their instructor to gain insight into their work.

Sandy (s.p.?) is a Pilates and Yoga instructor...and before she could answer what she likes about the class, Jill chimed in, and said: "It helps to keep her centered".

Sunni is a Pilates and Yoga instructor…and before she could answer what she likes about the class, Jill chimed in, and said: “It helps to keep her centered”. (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

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Maria, is a former painter (artist), and joined the class as a way to return to painting. (c) Crispin Courtenay

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 blocking in parrots (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.


Susan painted years ago, and wanted to get back into it. (c) Crispin Courtenay

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

About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

3 comments on “Art + Vino at Idyllic Keyways Winery, a mid-week Temecula Wine Country Treat

  1. Jamie Grijalva
    September 19, 2013

    I love that you’re doing this Jill! Great job! I will have to come out one of these days and participate! Looks so relaxing!


    • Ashley Ludwig
      September 19, 2013

      Agree. Personally I wanted to go tomorrow but the kids have a day off from school!!!


  2. Jill Roberts
    September 22, 2013

    Hi Jamie and Ashley, you deserve time to Get Uncorked and Get Creative. It’s a fun time and good for the soul!


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