Fine Art Portrait, Vineyards and Wineries

Celebrating the Walla Walla Women of Wine Calendar for 2017

February 16, 2017

Last year I partnered with talented winery owner and winemaker  Mary Derby of DAMA Wines to produce  a fine art black and white portrait of the notable women of wine in Walla Walla. At first we thought it would be fun to feature naked women. We  actually collaborated on a lovely portrait of Mary just wearing her muck boots while holding a glass of wine and sitting on a wine barrel. While quite a lovely photo, not all of the women were receptive to the idea of posing nude! I could not exactly blame them.

I was then inspired by Annie Leibovitz’s work on the 2016 Pirelli Calendar. I wanted to focus on the women’s  strength and character, by having the images all in black and white in the same location. Ali Mayfield generously donated the production space at The Walls Winery before it opened to serve as a “studio.”  To further the Leibovitz aesthetic, I painted my own canvas backdrops to emulate her photographic style. The calendar itself was beautifully defined by graphic designer Whit Gurley of Angled End Identities.

It was also important to the women that a portion of the sales, once printing expenses were covered, would be donated to the Enology and Viticulture scholarship program at Walla Walla Community College. At first Mary and I were concerned that there would not be enough women to include in a 12 month calendar.  We ended up with 16 – not all winemakers, but all who have an influential role in the local industry.

The cover image of Amy Alverez Wampfler wine maker for Abeja Winery

Amy Alverez Wampfler wine maker for Abeja Winery

Portrait of Darcey Fugman-Small of Woodward Canyon

Darcey Fugman-Small of Woodward Canyon

Ashley Trout of Vital and March Cellars

Ashley Trout of Vital and March Cellars

A portrait of Anna and Kathleen Schafer of aMaurice Cellers for the Walla Walla women winemaker calendar

A portrait of Anna and Kathleen Schafer of aMaurice Cellars for the Walla Walla women winemaker calendar

Holly Turner winemaker for Three Rivers Winery

Holly Turner winemaker for Three Rivers Winery

Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant wine maker and Cecile of Cayuse Vineyards

Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant wine maker and Cecile of Cayuse Vineyards

Mary Derby owner and winemaker for DAMA Wines.

Mary Derby owner and winemaker of DAMA Wines

Denise of Eisenhower Cellars

Denise of Eisenhower Cellars

Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker for Forgeron Cellars

Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker for Forgeron Cellars

Annette Bergevin general manager and co-founder of Bergevin Lane Vineyards

Annette Bergevin of Bergevin Lane Vineyards

Winemaker Ali Mayfield of The Walls Vineyard

Ali Mayfield of The Walls Vineyard.

A portrait of Nina Buty, founder and president of Buty Winery in Walla Walla, for the women and wine calendar

Nina Buty of Buty Winery

Julia Russell owner of Mansion Creek in Walla Walla, Washington

Julia Russell of Mansion Creek Cellars

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