The 8th Annual Vino de Sueños Art & Wine Benefit Auction – 2015

In Events, Painting by Zoe Nathan

The 8th annual Vino de Sueños charity auction was from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 7th, at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel. The ticket costs $50 and includes an event wine glass, (though there’s a $45 Early-Bird Special until Oct. 7th for next year!) People Helping People has put on this charitable event annually for the last seven years. Most of the proceeds benefit vineyard and agricultural workers in the Santa Ynez Valley.

_DSF4080At Vino de Sueños 2015, with artist Peggy Brierton.

Although I arrived late, I was glad to see that, as usual— there was a good turn out this year. Many folks are not aware that the auction ends and is cleared out an hour before the event ends. The space at the Marriott is donated, so the staff and volunteers do a very efficiently speedy job of cleaning up and out, which while impressive and commendable, left some interested parties bewildered, lacking a chance to look carefully at the art before they finished considering making their bids. So all interested in attending next year, be warned: make selections early on, and then enjoy the wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. For this year’s submission, I created a painting from photos I’d taken of the 2014 Old Spanish Days Parade in Santa Barbara. The flamenco dancers were talent from the schools of Linda Vega and Daniela Zermeño. I put them and one of the musicians in the parade into a landscape inspired by Bridlewood Winery. Below are the limited number of photos I got this year before the auction art was snatched away.

_DSF4083This year I submitted, “Baile.” The original painting is on the wall, and a framed print on canvas was shown on the table. Also visible are pieces by Suzan Hamilton-Todd and Seyburn Zorthian.

_DSF4084At Vino de Sueños 2015, with a volunteer at the Rideau table. My painting “Baile” was paired with a Rideau 2013 Bon Temp Red.

_DSF4090At Vino de Sueños 2015, with artist Teresa McNeil MacLean. (Rebecca Gomez’s multi-media painting in the background.)

Rideau-LabelIn 2015, “Baile” was paired with a Rideau Vineyard Bon Temp Red. This painting portrays many talented flamenco dancers from the Santa Barbara area, and a backdrop of Bridlewood Estate Winery in the background.Zoe-Nathan-Rideau-2015


Contributing Artists: Peggy Brierton, Carol Carbine, Jim Farnum, Kevin Gleason, Rebecca Gomez, Suzan Hamilton Todd, Patricia Hedrick, Renee Kelleher, Teresa McNeil MacLean, Andrew Moore, Zoë Nathan, Karina Puente, Seyburn Zorthian. Participating Wineries: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Foley Estates & Vineyard, Foxen Winery & Vineyard, Ken Brown Wines, Longoria Wines, Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Palmina, Quail Crossing Vineyard, Rideau Vineyard, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, Standing Sun Wines, Stolpman Vineyards, Vogelzang Vineyard.