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A Blending of The Senses at Winmark Wines

When Winmark Wines added a gallery to their already well-known sculpture gardens and gorgeous Cellar Door in 2021, it was to connect visitors to art, nature and wine.


One year on, the addition has been a screaming success, with a steady flow of visitors enjoying the blending of senses intrinsic in the works of some truly talented artists and winemakers!

The Gallery represents several artists, including painters Felicia Aroney and James Ainslie.

In a true blending of art with wine, James Ainslie's piece "Far Folded Mists 4" sits proudly on both the walls of the Gallery and now on the label of Winmarks newest release, 2021 Chardonnay (read more in our pick of Signature Wines on page 28).

His paintings resonate with an inherent passion for the country's unique beauty, particularly the sandy dunes and reflective waters, and as with fine wine, it's all about the terroir and the senses.

"As an artist, my paintings are often a direct result of a location. The colours, textures, smells, and patterns, in fact, the essence of a place, inspire my images. The interpretation may be realistic but often may develop more abstractly," says Ainslie.

The upcoming A Little bit of Italy in Broke festival will see another represented artist, Felicia Aroney, give a Still Life Painting Masterclass where attendees will choose from still life vignettes of lemons, vine leaves, flowers and more and be guided by Felicia to create a piece using watercolours, all while enjoying a glass of 2021 Winmark Chardonnay! Various small to medium size canvases will allow multiple paintings to be undertaken under Felicia's expert guidance.

Felicia's works have been a favourite of many visitors to the Winmark Art Gallery. She draws inspiration from her European heritage channelling the distressed and peeled painted facades of classical architecture. She also combines her love of the Australian environment in the expression of her collages.

All paints, brushes and canvases will be supplied (and of course, a glass of wine to help creativity flow!) Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from the best. To book your spot at a Saturday 30 April or Sunday 1 May Masterclass, visit events/a-little-bit-of-italy



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