Argyle Winery and the Pacific Northwest College of Art will celebrate the unveiling of the 2020 Art of Sparkling artwork online this year.
Argyle's Art of Sparkling program provides three students from the PNCA with scholarships — the three artists create original pieces of art reflective of their interpretation of Argyle — located at 691 Highway 99W in Dundee — which is then used as the label for the 2020 Art of Sparkling three-bottle set.
This year's labels, designed by Eduardo Soto, Roger Schuff and Shannon Driscoll, were unveiled online Oct. 1. The 2017 Argyle Vintage Brut collection became available for purchase during the event.
All three participating artists drew inspiration from different aspects of Argyle's winemaking process.
Soto wanted to pay homage to the relationship between grapes and the people who harvest them, calling it a representation of the "relationship between the harvester and the sacred act of growing and making wine." Schuff was inspired by Argyle's "unique care and attention to their craft." Driscoll said her goal was to capture the "phases of the winemaking process and the importance of their relationship to one another."
"We have all fallen in love with this program over the past five years and eagerly look forward to the new artwork each year. It has become a tradition," said Argyle Marketing Coordinator Cathy Martin. "It is an incredible way to support our local arts community while nurturing the next generation of artists."
Under normal circumstances, the winning artists take a comprehensive tour of Argyle's vineyard and facilities. This year, Soto, Schuff and Driscoll were led on a virtual tour and were provided a "vineyard in a box" to provide inspiration.
"We knew that the artists were interested in textures, colors and patterns that they usually get to see firsthand when they come to visit," Martin said. "Since they couldn't come to the vineyard and winery, we sent some of Argyle to them. Each kit included an older vine, some soil and some of the materials used in winemaking."
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