Berryessa Gap celebrates Yolo County sunflowers

Plein Air Artist, Marti Walker and eight other artists will showcase their sunflower artwork at the Berryessa Gap’s Yolo County Sunflowers Art Show. Courtesy photo

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In mid-June nine Plein Air local and regional artists began painting sunflowers from across Yolo County. Their sunflower art will be on display at the Yolo County Sunflowers Art Show, hosted by Berryessa Gap Vineyards, July 1 through until Aug. 31.

From mid June to late July, Yolo County sunflower fields notoriously attract visitors who travel from all over to see them. Meghan Murphy, the Marketing Manager at Berryessa Gap, said the sunflower blooms gave inspiration to pastel artist Marti Walker and Lynda Hinds, Berryessa Gap Manager, who thought the show would be a perfect opportunity to bring a group of artists together to capture the beauty of these fields through their paintings.

The finished artwork will be on display, and available for purchase, at the Berryessa Gap Tasting Room (15 Main St.) in downtown Winters, and at the Berryessa Gap Winery location at 27260 Hwy 128.

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An Artist Meet & Greet is scheduled for Friday, July 10, from 6-8 p.m. outside the Downtown Tasting Room location.

The Meet & Greet is an opportunity for the artists to meet with the public. The nine featured artists are Marti Walker, Karen Fess, Beth Winfield, Sally Paul, Phillipe Gandiol, Kris Matthews, Jaime Montiel, Barbara Tapp and Marie-Therese Brown.

Two Winters Main Street Plein Air Paint nights are planned for July 17 and July 24 from 6-9 p.m. outside the Downtown Tasting Room location. Visitors will can observe artists painting on Main Street while enjoying local food and wine.

Wine will be available for purchase at both events. Murphy noted they will be following social distance guidelines at the events and asks the public to do the same. Her tips were to wear a face covering and to be mindful of social distancing while observing artists painting or art work on display.

Murphy said owner Corinne Martinez has always been a big supporter of the arts and loved the idea of this collaboration.

“I am, and I know Berryessa Gap is, personally excited about this show. Not just because the sunflowers are so spectacular this time of year, but because we have the opportunity to hold space for local and regional artists to showcase their work,” Martinez said. “The impact on COVID has forced many galleries to close. When Lynda and Marti were chatting about the sunflower season and art, they both agreed Berryessa Gap would be a great location to showcase this work and spread some joy in the process.”

Murphy encourages the public to follow Berryessa Gap on Facebook and Instagram in the event there are any notable changes to the paint night schedule due to county or state COVID-19 related guidelines. She said information will also be posted at the downtown tasting room and on their website. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BerryessaGap/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/berryessagapvineyards/.

For more information on this event or a painting at Berryessa Gap email events@berryessagap.com or call 530-795-3201.

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