A to Z Wineworks adds a familiar face as artist in residence
Hadley Hatcher is the offspring of Oregon wine luminaries who has struck out on her own into a world perhaps inspired by the beauty in which she was raised.
Hatcher was recently tabbed as A to Z Wineworks' 2021 artist in residence, taking up the post from photographer Adrian Chitty and following his path of first working in the winery before taking up palette and brush.
According to a press release, a pandemic-caused furlough from Los Angeles and the music industry allowed Hatcher to return home to Newberg to participate in the harvest last fall as an intern. Now that her internship is complete, the self-taught painter will continue as artist in residence.
The daughter of the winery's co-founders, Deb and Bill Hatcher, Hadley Hatcher "grew up surrounded by vineyards and immersed in the Oregon wine industry, occasionally skipping classes at Newberg High School to clean barrels," the release said.
She migrated east to for her college education, graduating from the University of Vermont with degrees in the classics and Eastern European literature. She studied for a year at the University College of London while bartending in Soho to fund her travels. She transitioned from her focus on photography to painting several years ago.
Future artist in residence spots at A to Z Wineworks will be open to applications beginning this spring.
"The 15-month immersion program offers the opportunity to work and respond artistically over the course of a full vintage," the release said. The successful candidate will join the winery's harvest crew, which the release said boasts 229 alumni from 21 countries for the initial harvest, then split time between winery duties and artistic pursuits during the second harvest.
"The residency concludes with a public showcase of some of the year's work through a gallery showing, lecture, reading or performance," the release said.
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