Art Gallery

In Our Gallery: Megan Simmons

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Join us tonight for the first autumnal West Seattle Art Walk and meet Megan Simmons, whose work will be up in our Tasting Room through the end of the year.

We’ll let Megan do the talking:

"For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been making or creating something with my hands. I went to art camps as a kid -- was a designer on the yearbook staff -- learned how to sew clothing, quilts and home décor -- became a graphic designer -- and even learned to build furniture in woodworking school. I would be lost without my tools, fabric and a wide range of art supplies. Most recently, my tools of choice are paint brushes, water-soluble crayons and lots of acrylic paint.

I get lost in the layers of paint, while mixing colors and creating texture. I’m inspired by bold statements, raw textures, street art, nature, and the spaces between objects. Painting on paper gives me the freedom to make mistakes and explore more freely. I find relaxation in the chaos of scribbling, doodling and mark making… covering up layer after layer until I discover areas that I don’t want disturbed.

A resident of West Seattle for more than 18 years, I live with my husband and two teenage daughters. I am a freelance graphic designer for several local non-profit organizations and small businesses, and I volunteer in the community. Now, I am excited to be sharing my art with you.”

Instagram/FB: megartstudio

Take a look and take the opportunity to enjoy some Viscon Cellars wines

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In Our Gallery: Debbie Bianchi

Join us at Viscon Cellars during regular tasting room business hours to view the artwork of Debbie Bianchi from the rest of this month through September 2018. Her whimsical nature-themed paintings add a jolt of lively color to our walls this summer that should be seen in person!

To meet the artist, your next opportunity is during the West Seattle Artwalk in September (second Thursday). 

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"I am proud to say I was born and raised in West Seattle and now have the opportunity to share my perspective of what is beautiful with my fellow lovers of art and creativity. Free birds dance across the canvas among fanciful, fairy tale inspired blossoms, trees and landscapes. Freedom of motion speaks to me and I try to capture this sense of magic and indulgence in my work. These creations grow from acrylic paint, paper, charcoal and pastel.“

Stop by the tasting room to take a look and enjoy some Viscon Cellars wines

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In Our Gallery: Jessie Summa Russo

 "777"  Mixed media on canvas

"777" Mixed media on canvas

Join us on Thursday, April 12th for West Seattle Art Walk.

This quarter, Viscon Cellars is hosting the mixed media collages of Jessie Summa Russo from April through June. Jessie  studied art and illustration at Sarah Lawrence in New York and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, but has called West Seattle home for the past twenty years. 

She has exhibited etchings, paintings, photography, charcoal drawings, and mixed media collages in several local galleries and cafes.

"My daylight basement functions as both art studio and band practice space, and I love it even though it is too hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. I enjoy doing commissions, and recently I have been building my own custom wood frames and designing the mats too, adding a new layer to the overall composition. I believe art is for everyone and bare walls make me sad.“

Stop by the tasting room on 4/12 from 5PM until 9PM to have a look and enjoy complimentary handmade pasta and homemade cake with some Viscon Cellars wines

 "Electrodynamics"  Mixed Media on vintage album cover

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Mixed Media on vintage album cover

 "Airmail"  Mixed Media on wood

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 "Top Name In Sound"  Mixed media on wood

"Top Name In Sound" Mixed media on wood

 "Stereo Fidelity"  Mixed media on vintage vinyl record

"Stereo Fidelity" Mixed media on vintage vinyl record

 "Sleep"  Mixed media on vintage vinyl record

"Sleep" Mixed media on vintage vinyl record

In Our Gallery: Greta Musland

Join us Thursday, January 10th for West Seattle Art Walk.

Viscon Cellars is hosting the artwork of Greta Musland from January through March. 

"Appreciating both abstraction and figuratism, I often find myself combining both in a single painting as well as incorporating graphite within the confines of the oil painting or oil bar with acrylics.  I enjoy experiencing the contrast of paint's fluidity and the precision of drawing and often find them quite compatible."

Stop by on Thursday to browse Greta's mixed media pieces and sample some Viscon Cellars wines.

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In Our Gallery: Encaustic by Sandy Simpson

Thursday, November 9 is West Seattle Art Walk.

Viscon Cellars is pleased to present the latest artwork of Sandy Simpson, who has moved from watercolors to encaustics. She shared with us a few words about this transition:

"I LOVE the transparency; it’s who I am. This new found medium has taken me through gardens and vineyards, music and travel. Layers upon layers of wax have found a home in my heart."

Stop by on Thursday for a look at Sandy's newest passion and a taste of the latest and greatest Viscon Cellars wines.

Sandy's art will be hanging through December, so if you can't make this Art Walk, put December 14th on your calendar.

Hope to see some of you for Art Walk, it's always a good time.

Hanging In Our Gallery: Oil Paintings by Pamela Resnick

This Thursday, September 14 is West Seattle Art Walk. We are delighted to showcase the fine art of painter Pamela Resnick.

Stop by and take a look at her beautiful depictions of nature, while sampling some Viscon Cellars wines. As an extra special treat, Pamela will be painting live in the Viscon Cellars Winery Tasting Room from 5-9 -- a great opportunity to see creative expression in action! 

Landscapes, underwater seascapes, and still-lifes zoom in on the plants and create a sense of peace among the sheer variety of organic colors:

See you there!

West Seattle's Viscon Cellars to feature the work of local artist Lindsay Peyton

SEATTLE – Jan.4. 2017 – With shared Texan roots, winemaker Ben Viscon and painter Lindsay Peyton discovered a fast friendship and a kindred creative spark in West Seattle. Their respective mediums may differ, but both Peyton and Viscon are driven by a passion to make beautiful things. And now both of their creations will be featured side-by-side. Peyton’s work will be on display in the Viscon Cellars tasting room, located at 5910 California Ave SW in West Seattle, from January through March.

Peyton will be on site during the West Seattle Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month – Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9. The show comes on the heels of Peyton’s recent museum show in Houston, as well as a unique interactive installation in Issaquah over the summer.

“The Viscon Cellars exhibit will feature all new paintings,” Peyton said. “None of the paintings have been shown anywhere before, so that is always exciting for me.” Peyton said she chose recent work that fits the character and identity of Viscon Cellars.

“Viscon Cellars is such a community gathering spot, a place that brings together friends and neighbors,” she said. “I am selecting work that has that feeling for me, whether it is a painting of a favorite Seattle bar or a friend’s living room where I spent a lot of time. I also did a painting of the Viscon Cellars tasting room, inspired by Ben and his passion for wine.”

Both Peyton and Viscon are from the Lone Star State, which is how the artist and winemaker originally bonded. “When I first came into Viscon Cellars, I noticed a Texas license plate on the shelf,” Peyton said. “That’s how I learned Ben is from Texas too. We started talking and became instant friends.”

This will be the first time Peyton’s work is shown within the city limits of her current home of Seattle.   “That is super meaningful to me,” she said. “I'm extremely grateful to Ben for the opportunity. Being in my neighborhood allows me to invite new friends who have never seen my work.”

The Viscon Cellars tasting room is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. The space opened in 2014, a major milestone for the winery that owner and operator Viscon built from the ground up. What began as time spent volunteering with local wineries eventually blossomed into creating his own. “I’ve always had an innate curiosity about the science, the art and the romance behind wine,” Viscon said. “I got bitten by the bug while volunteering, then eventually decided to get serious about it.” He went back to school for winemaking and grape growing, while working more than 60 hours a week at his day job.             “I studied every night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.,” he said. “After graduating, I would consult with local wineries, and take some vacation time from my day job during harvest to help out where I could.”

By 2011, Viscon Cellars was born.

“That is when I made my first commercial vintage,” Viscon said. “We released those wines in August of 2014, which is when the tasting room opened.”

His story left an impression on Peyton.

“Ben Viscon is extremely inspiring,” she said. “He left a corporate job to take a chance on a creative dream. He is so thoughtful about the wines that he makes. I feel like he and I are similar in that aspect. We both put a lot of time and effort into what we make.” She is also struck by the fact that Viscon makes all the wines himself – and runs every aspect of the business with only help from his wife and a few friends.  “It’s an amazing effort,” she said. “Similarly, my paintings take months to make. We both put everything we have into what we create, heart and soul. That's why I want everyone to meet Ben.”

Showcasing local artists like Peyton is part of the vision Viscon has for his tasting room. 

“I love the arts,” he said. “My family owned some art galleries in El Paso, where I grew up. My dad had a kind of combination art gallery and artist supply studio that he owned and ran. As a kid, I worked with him all the time on weekends and summer breaks. I gained an appreciation for all forms of art.”

With his tasting room, he wants to help local artists share and sell their work.  “Now that I am a small business owner myself, it is important to me to support art,” he said. “I want to feature local artists and help them tell their story. It is also a conversation piece with my customers. They come in for the wine, and then they start noticing the walls are full of beautiful art and start asking questions.”

Peyton and Viscon both believe that her art and his tasting room share a similar warmth.

“I do think the tasting room is a natural fit for my art,” Peyton said. “The space is definitely unique. Everyone loves the wine -- and talking to Ben and his family. It definitely has that pub feel -- a place where you're not necessarily there for the drink, but to talk to the owner or run into a neighbor. It has this warm, inviting feel. I want people to feel like they can walk into the interiors and spend time in them.”

Which is exactly how Viscon describes Peyton’s work.

“When Lindsay paints a room, she captures the essence and the warmth of the space,” Viscon said. “She can portray the essence of a place and you feel like you have been there. You see it and think, ‘Oh, I could just go sit on that chair, or I could just be right there and have a drink.’ Her work is warm in the sense that you can kind of tell there have been souls in the rooms she paints, like they are still there.”

For more information about the artist, visit lindsaypeytonart.com.

For more information about Viscon Cellars, visit visconcellars.com.