Voting is complete for our next Artist Blend label winner, but the art we received was too good not to keep sharing. While we can't wait to announce the winner this spring, in the meantime, we encourage you to get to know this year’s finalists a little better. You can request more information, browse portfolios, or even commission your own piece - their contacts are below.
Thank you again to all the artists who chose to submit their work to the #ArtistBlend17 contest, and a big thank you to the finalists who took the time to become a part of our story and share a piece of our world at November's Hye Society release parties.
Sample bottle placement for #artistblend17 finalists at the "voting booth" in the Hye Society Lounge.
1. Alexandra Clion – Cheers
Alexandra Clion is known for her one of a kind art glass, but she created this colorful abstract piece just for William Chris Vineyards Artist Blend 2017 contest. Clion specializes in unique glass jewelry through flame work techniques.
2. Marilyn Querejazu – Anything Is Possible
Marilyn has a backyard studio in Austin, Texas where she creates art in several media. “Whenever I pick up a brush I either find or cast off some bit of knowledge about color, light, and contrast," she says.
3. Ann Marie Knox – Peekaboo
Simply put, Ann Marie Knox captures the spirit of her surroundings through playful, abstract watercolors. Her style is whimsical with a distinctive, vibrant affinity for the use of color.
4. Jaimie Lee Peterson – Solar Eclipse Over Texas Vines
Jaimie is an artist in the TX Hill Country. She has combined her love for wine, viticulture, and painting to create unique artworks on Texas grape leaves.
5. Diane Fraser – Gulf Stream
Diane Fraser was unable to attend this year’s art show due to massive property damages she experienced during Hurricane Harvey. She was able to salvage the Gulf Stream work featured in this year’s contest and sent it to William Chris for our wine club members to enjoy.
6. Ashley Whittenberger – Squad Goals
Ashley Whittenberger is based in the Texas Hill County. In addition to being featured on Dot & Bo and HauteATX, her work has been licensed by Tree-Free Greetings and has been shown as far away as the beautiful island of Vieques in Puerto Rico at places like Gallery Galleon.
7. Debbie Carroll – Ruts on a Red Dirt Road
Inspired by the landscape, Debbie Carroll paints scenes from her travels, She especially loves the big skies of West Texas and the high plains that inspired “Ruts on a Red Dirt Road” as pictured headed out towards the vineyards William Chris manages in the panhandle - like Lahey Vineyards featured in the November Barrel Tasting.
8. Kayla Koenig – Up Close and Personal and Wonderwall
Kayla Koenig is a Texas born and raised artist using abstract forms of expression to create fine art for the abstracted mind. The result: fine art creations that Kayla hopes her audience will enjoy and love for years to come. Kayla's submissions were so unique that TWO of her works caught our eye -- and our audience on Instagram's as well.
9. Mary Cunningham – Eye of the Storm
Longtime wine club member, art lover, and aquaholic Mary Cunningham entered her first Artist Blend contest this year with her mixed media work. Coming from a family of creatives, Mary finds inspiration in the natural landscapes of the Texas hill country she calls home.
10. Kara J Shaw – Flow Residence No. 4
Shaw focuses her art on the micro-moments of human reactions. Within each of these delicately brief instances, Shaw takes a mental record of how to paint it, because those are occasions where she thinks, “God may sit quietly.” Her current body of work is about the search for captivating ethereal light, and reflective water within those very brief glimpses of movement.
11. Jamie Craddock Johnson – Blue Ain’t Your Color
Jamie Craddock produces original, abstract art using a wide variety of mediums. Her fun style speaks to a wide variety of artistic tastes. Jamie brought with her a series of prints she dubs, “The Wine Dogs,” you might just see our vineyard pups featured soon!
BONUS: Instagram Winner & Honorable Mention
Captain Casual – Save or Spend
This year, we had so many talented artists submit via social media. As a result, we were able to introduce a whole new audience to the Real. Texas. Wine. we work so hard to grow and craft. We wanted to recognize our top “engager” from all entries on Instagram, and Captain Casual was it! Comb through his profiles and you’ll likely see a few posts all about William Chris wines.