As a "celebrity" (I use that word loosely), I am often asked to do the most interesting things. When I received a call from Rising Gallery in downtown Dallas asking if I'd be interested in judging an art competition, I didn't hesitate! This wasn't just any art competition - the two-day event was actually part of Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration. Artists submitted works that had to meet certain criteria. The one below was my absolute favorite - I believe it came in second place. The attention to detail was stunning - made me feel like I was back in Sonoma. Well, minus the heat and humidity.
The Jordan Winery blog described the event as follows:
A family-owned winery well-known in Texas for its food-friendly Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Jordan kicked off its 40th birthday festivities in Texas with the 4 on 4 Dallas Art Competition, part of a coast-to-coast, four-city initiative to marry the distinct flavors of metropolitan cities with the essence of Jordan wines and Sonoma wine country. RISING Gallery on Jackson Street, owned by Bryan and Taber Wetz, hosted the Dallas-Fort Worth call to entries, culminating in a one-night-only public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting, which was hosted by D Magazine, and presented 20 stunning works of art that highlighted diverse painting techniques and talents—and featured distinctively Dallas elements, from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Reunion Tower to cowboy boots and horses. The event took place April 24 with approximately 150 guests in attendance—local Jordan wine fans, D subscribers, art aficionados, local tastemakers and the artists themselves. Guests sipped on 2009 Jordan Chardonnay and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres (coconut-crusted lobster tail skewers, Texas goat cheese truffles, beef kabobs, shaved tenderloin on crostini) by Doug Boster Catering. The panel of expert judges for the competition included Dawn Neufeld, a star on VH1’s “Football Wives”; Peter Simek, arts editor for D Magazine; Susan Roth Romans, owner and curator at Ro2 Art; Veletta Lill, executive director of Dallas Arts District; Cris Worley, director of Cris Worley Fine Arts; and James Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur Kent Rathbun. The anticipation was palpable as the judges handed in their top three choices.
The winner of the competition was an artist by the name of Tom Ford - he took home $5,000.00 in prize money for creating an amazing piece of work commemorating Jordan Winery's 40th!
On a special note, we had a chance to chat with John Jordan, CEO of the winery. We started sharing stories - I told him I got my law degree at UC Davis which is only about 45 minutes away from their base in Sonoma. John told me he's also a lawyer. I love hearing awesome tales of lawyers doing really, really cool things. The Jordan folks told us they host an epic Halloween party every year - the Neufelds might have to take a trip to wine country this year!
Thanks again to Rising Gallery, Frankie Garcia, D Magazine and Jordan Winery for including me in this fabulous event. We hate that would couldn't participate in the other festivities that weekend but are sure hoping to make it up to you!!! The Neufelds will be crashing soon!