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"Ode to Van Gogh" a "Wine and Watercolor" workshop presented by artist Sheri Garwood
"Ode to Van Gogh" a "Wine and Watercolor" workshop presented by artist Sheri Garwood
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Thoughts of wine and food pairings can ignite the imagination and palette.

Wine and chocolate, Wine and cheese. Wine and your favorite dish.

The right wine can go with just about any gastronomical delight.

When it comes to wine, however, artist Sheri Garwood has discovered one more combination that is sure to please…"Wine and Watercolor".

Recently, Garwood began offering a rather unique type of workshop that gives participants the opportunity to delve into the artistic arena minus the inhibitions and intimidations that often block creativity. By using wine and hors d'oeuvres as icebreakers, Garwood has paved the way for many a painter to leave hesitations behind.

Having previously presented her workshops, including several at McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, Garwood will be visiting another art venue this weekend, Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank.

Entitled “Ode to Van Gogh”, this special one-night event will examine work by the world-renowned post-Impressionist artist, followed by the hands-on portion of the program.

In each of her “Wine and Watercolor” presentations, Garwood focuses on a prominent artist, who then serves as an inspiration for workshop participants. In his short life of 37 years, Vincent van Gogh produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings, plus hundreds of watercolors. The scope of his work, as well as his popularity and recognizability, make him a most suitable subject for a “Wine and Watercolor” workshop.

A native Californian, Garwood’s own experience in the arts spans several decades. She says her interest in drawing was augmented one summer when she was a child, and she broke her arm. Her cast had prevented her from swimming and riding her bicycle, so she turned to drawing as a pastime.

Eventually art would become a passion for Garwood leading to a career in fashion design. As well, besides being an artist herself, she discovered the joy of teaching. It’s this desire to help others realize their own artistic potential that keeps Garwood looking for innovative ways to get others involved in the arts.

This will be Garwood’s first time presenting a “Wine and Watercolor” workshop at Towns Burr Gallery. Started in 2008, by watercolor artist Connie Towns Burr and photographer Bruce Burr, her spouse, the venue strives to enrich the Burbank community by spotlighting the work of mainly local artists.

“We’re trying something new this time,” said Towns Burr. “Everyone brings their favorite bottle of wine and we’ll provide the hors d'oeuvres…It should definitely be a lot of fun!”

(“Wine and Watercolor” will be presented on Saturday, August 2, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Towns Burr Gallery. The gallery is located at 3609 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, 91505. For additional information call: (818) 845-7144. Click here for registration information. Registration fee includes all supplies. No experience is necessary, and beginners are most welcome. Free parking is available at the rear of the gallery off of Cordova Street.)

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