Written by Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
Postponed – Painted Barrel Trail 2020
The Painted Barrel Trail will be postponed until further notice. We will re-open the trail after the Government recalls the closure for wineries. Once the wineries are allowed to open for regular business, we will annouce the date of the final weekend to purchase tickets, and the date of the drawing of winners. Keep an eye out for when the trail will re-open so you can purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a beautiful hand-painted barrel, and a case of wine!
Bent Creek Winery
Barbara Hoffman began building birdhouses after finding some old barn wood at her grandfather’s Oklahoma homestead. Every piece of wood she picks up inspires her to showcase its natural grain. We cant wait to see what Barbara does with the barrel!
Big White House
Laura Marion is our winemaker’s sister and a very talented artist in the more traditional sense of the term, generally with oil on canvas.Her work is displayed throughout our tasting room as well as on our wine labels, making our wine both delicious and beautiful.Though you’ll find her visiting the winery, Laura is a musician, artist and actor based in Los Angeles.
Charles R Winery
Owner, Bonnie Bartlett and friends, Dorothy Maestas, Cheri Newkirk, Lorraine Wells, and Helene Hallett are painting this year’s barrel! Bonnie is no newbie to the Painted Barrel Trail, as she has participated in painting a barrel since the first year! Past barrels have sported beautiful full grapevines and even a live rendition of the famous Charles R tree that is featured on their wine label.
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
Madison is the granddaughter of Jim and Cheryl Perry, proprietors and winemaker of Eagle Ridge Vineyard. Madison is 15 years old and a student at Livermore High School. Madison loves to paint and is currently taking a class in it at school! She jumped at the opportunity to hand paint a wine barrel and show her artistic ability and creativity to the local community. Keep an eye out for Madison’s barrel when visiting Eagle Ridge Vineyard!
Fenestra Winery’s artist is Lorna Edwards, our very own Tasting Room Manager. Lorna has always had a passion for creativity and taught elementary age art for many years. Her barrel this year was inspired by the growth and beauty of vineyards that she gets to view every day.
Garré Vineyard & Winery
Hilary Mills Lambert believes in painting from life whenever possible and carries her paints on her travels around California and New England. Her current Atelier training at the Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland is the icing on the cake in a long period of concentrated study. Drawing and painting the human figure in the classical tradition is a spring-board to her current body of work.
Leisure Street Winery
Christina is a local Livermore artist that has been creating and selling her art for several years in the Livermore Valley. Christina focuses on wood burning decorative home items such as cutting boards, barrel staves and other signage as well as custom hand painted wine bottles, ornaments and other items. You can visit Christina at Leisure Street Winery during Barrel Tasting Weekend to see her hand painted barrel, and her other art pieces available for purchase!
Omega Road Winery
Alexandra Henkelman loves creating…whether it’s in the cellar with wine, in the kitchen with food, or with a barrel and some paint! While her responsibilities at Omega Road take much of her time, Alexandra enjoys getting a bit creative in some of the spare moments.
Page Mill Winery
Jennifer Wake and Ashley Simerman have worked together for the past seven years painting sets for local high school and after school theater productions. One project involved painting the Swiss Alps on the theater’s back wall for “The Sound of Music.” The painting was so well-liked, the school kept it up for over a year after the production closed.
Retzlaff Estate Vineyards
Suzy Spragge was born and raised in the Tri-Valley with a passion for art, music, and cycling. She’s a mother of 7 children and married to her better half, William. She has a home-based business at Cornflower Hill where she uses her creativity in painting, sewing, and hammering a nail or two. Outside of her home, she’s an Art Instructor at Pinot’s Palette and a Barista at Parchments Cafe in Livermore. In her pastime, she dabbled in creating music and rode her bike along the countryside.
Janeen Heath is a lifelong Northern California resident. Her father, who was an accomplished oil painter, introduced her to the art world at an early age. When Janeen approached her 62nd birthday creativity took a whole new direction. The intricate portraits and lifelike sculptures began to feel too confining and she began to experiment with various textures and acrylic mediums. Her current abstract artworks have hidden meanings and the interpretation is for the viewer to find as she leaves hints and paths to follow. Her paintings are multifaceted, and each one can have up to a dozen layers that blend together to form the final painting.