Art of Oak is such a unique expression of art that I decide to take a final look at the pieces and share some of the rewards reaped from this creative endeavor.

For anyone who didn’t see the previous Art of Oak blogs—an introduction and a closer look—here is a quick summary of how this all came about.

This adorable one-of-a-kind pet bed, created by Candidia Saniorenzo, is available for purchase. See below for details.

This adorable one-of-a-kind pet bed, created by Candidia Saniorenzo, is available for purchase. See below for details.

2016 is the Wine Road’s 40th anniversary. As part of the yearlong celebration and in the spirit of giving back to the community, the Wine Road created several fund raising opportunities for local charities. Proceeds from sales of Art of Oak pieces will be donated to the Luther Burbank Center, Education THROUGH The Arts. (Note: the Center’s name changed in March. It was formerly known as Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Children’s Art Programs).

This win-win art adventure gives 40 very creative artists the chance to showcase their work through re-purposing oak wine barrels—barrels donated by Wine Road members. It gives 40 very lucky art lovers the chance to buy one-of-a-kind barrel art. And best of all, the funds raised by the Art of Oak sales will go to a charitable organization that supports the arts for local children.

Education THROUGH the Arts

Here is the art program’s mission from their website:

Quietly (and not so quietly) at work outside of the spotlight, the Center’s Education Through the Arts program serves to enrich the lives of children in our community through a broad range of learning opportunities. One of the leading programs of its kind nationwide, the Center’s approach to arts education is both unique and highly effective. It not only teaches about the arts (music, theater, dance and visual art) but also uses the arts as a dynamic tool for teaching and learning all core subjects, such as math, science and literature. Hence the name: Education THROUGH the Arts.

This fabulous bear painting by Travis Kubota is available for sale. If it is not sold by Saturday, May 14, 2016, it will be auctioned off at the Ruby Affair.

This fabulous bear painting by Travis Kubota is available for sale. If it is not sold by Saturday, May 14, 2016, it will be auctioned off at the Ruby Affair.

Last Chance to Get Your Own Art of Oak

As of today, a dozen Art of Oak pieces remain available for sale. And, the program has already raised over $20,000, with more to come. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the remaining Art of Oak items can contact the Wine Road office at 800-723-6336 or 707-433-4335, or email info@wineroad.com.

On Saturday, any Art of Oak pieces remaining will be sold at the live auction held on Saturday, May 14th at the Ruby Affair, the Wine Road’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Soda Rock Winery. Tickets for the Ruby Affair are still available if you’d like to enjoy a night of wining, dining, dancing and auctions.

Enjoy this final look at Art of Oak.

Happy Sipping!

#ArtOfOak #RubyAffair #EducationThroughTheArts

All of the Art of Oak pieces above and below are available for sale. On May 14, 2016, any unsold Art of Oak items will be auctioned at the Ruby Affair .

Whimsical Barrel by Maxfield Bala (left) and Fire scene by Zach Rhodes (right)

Whimsical Barrel by Maxfield Bala (left) and Fire scene by Zach Rhodes (right)

 

Bacchus Sonomacus by Jon Ton (left) and Colorful butterflies and flowers by Olivia Boyd (right)

Bacchus Sonomacus by Jon Ton (left) and Colorful butterflies and flowers by Olivia Boyd (right)

 

Women enjoying wine by Ryan Taylor (left) and Butterfly girl by Ursula Xanthe Young (right)

Women enjoying wine by Ryan Taylor (left) and Butterfly girl by Ursula Xanthe Young (right)

 

Sonoma scene by Kathryn Henderson (left) and beautiful fruit and floral barrle by Lizzy Kirby

Sonoma scene by Kathryn Henderson (left) and beautiful fruit and floral barrel by Lizzy Kirby

Flamingo by Olivia Boyd (left) and rolling kitchen cart by Sonoma Barrel Design and Decor (right)

Flamingo by Olivia Boyd (left) and rolling kitchen cart by Sonoma Barrel Design and Decor (right)

Posted by Rebecca Germolus

Rebecca Germolus, co-owner of Maximum Value Marketing, loves Sonoma County and playing along the Wine Road. Rebecca daily immerses herself in wine country by providing cost-effective marketing and writing solutions to wineries and restaurants.

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