Art & Wine Lands in Albany

The setting: a beautiful fall evening in early October at historic Quackenbush Square in Albany.

The event: a celebration of the final opening of the Hudson Valley Art & Wine travelling exhibit, hosted by the Albany County Convention & Visitors Center.

The evening began as each guest was greeted at the door with a souvenir glass of chilled Millbrook Vineyards Tocai Fruilano. Over 120 guests – members of ACCVB, press, representatives from the State Government and local artist associations – milled around with glass in hand, taking time to relish the artwork that was created by local artists in the Hudson Valley vineyards.

Several of the artists were on hand to offer their insight, including Judy Reynolds who created beautiful pastel pieces at nearby Brookview Station Winery, K. Velis Turin whose fiber sculptures were inspired by Millbrook Vineyard’s lush landscapes, Vince Natale who focused on Whitecliff Vineyard’s winemaking tools to create a realistic still-life, and Crista Pisano whose detailed, yet tiny works captured the essence of Applewood Winery. Virginia Donovan and Patrick Milbourn who both painted at Glorie Farm Winery, and Paul Gould – whose painting from Palaia Vineyards made our issue’s cover – also reveled in the evening’s festivities.

The turnout was great and the atmosphere was relaxed as both artists and guests lingered in the gallery and courtyard and even explored the museum, savoring the plentiful wines poured by Hudson-Chatham and Brookview Station wineries. There was a wonderful spread of catered foods to compliment the wines.

The Art & Wine exhibit, curated by Hudson Valley Wine Magazine premiered in Westchester this past May, and has been making its way through the Hudson Valley ever since. It showcased in Cornwall and Catskill over the summer, each with its own opening celebration, and featuring wines local to each gallery.

The exhibit will be on display at the Albany Heritage Center through December 31, so be sure not to miss the final stop of Hudson Valley Art & Wine!

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