The Representational Art League will be at Moonstone Crossing Winery, 529 Trinity St. in Trinidad for a three-month show including two art changes, and two receptions. The first reception was already held on Oct. 1, and the second will be Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday from noon to 6p.m.
The Representational Art League prepared for their exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery not only from visiting vineyards but also by gathering together to set up still lifes related to wine, resulting in a fun day of painting and camaraderie. For other sources, they used family and friends' photos of Mendocino wine country.
The Representational Art League exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery has been planned since well before May of this year, giving league members enough time to visit wineries, paint "en plein air" and shoot reference photos. One such July visit was to the Winnett Winery in Willow Creek, home and vineyard of Sharon and Dave Winnett. Timed with the blooming of lavender and roses amid the vineyard, ripe pickings from overloaded cherry trees and a cool visit to the barrel room, the members had much inspiration to capture.
The Representational Art League will be showing all new work at Moonstone Crossing Winery in Trinidad starting Saturday Oct. 1 and running through Dec. 29, 2011. For this three-month show, the league decided to paint the romance of all things related to wine.
The Representational Art League was formed in 1987 by a group of serious, producing artists to create, display and promote representational art in Humboldt County, California.
Styles of the artists vary from impressionism to realism, from whimsical to narrative. Paintings are in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil.
Business meetings are held monthly and include a critique session of members' current work. The members support and encourage each other and interact in the pursuit of improving their art.
One major exhibition, at least, is held annually featuring all new works.
A few of the major accomplishments by the league have included: developing and sponsoring with the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, the first "Art and Wine in the Park," which continues to this day: also establishing an art scholarship trust fund by curating the 1991 North Coast Invitational art exhibit in the Eureka Inn.
The league donates cash awards to Redwood Art Association juried and judged exhibits, and also to the Humboldt County Fair.
The league has remained small, by choice, and membership is by invitation.