Local artist Jami Tobey is set to unveil a new group of paintings at her artist reception being held from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 15 at Lorimar Winery’s new tasting room in Temecula’s wine country.
The event will also feature the reveal of the first Lorimar wine label that celebrates the artist’s award-winning paintings.
Tobey will be at the reception and her paintings will be available for purchase at special promotional prices, spokesperson for the artist, Bradley Weaver stated.
Tobey says the Lorimar paintings are her boldest to date, and represent a more modern approach to her craft.
Collectors of Jami’s work will still recognize her trademark swirling clouds and vivid fields of color, Weaver added.
The artist has also been painting wine barrels that will be on display at the reception.
“To date, I have painted three wine barrels and each one has been a little unique in texture and surface,” Tobey explained. “I like the bumps and ridges…that is part of what makes it an enjoyable process.”
She added that the painted barrels are a type of functional art and she envisions them on patios or with bar stools as a unique table.
With the opening of the new Lorimar winery tasting room, the owners seek to create the first-of-its-kind art gallery in theTemecula Valley that features world-class art.
“Jami’s art is infused with bright colors and unexpected surprises,” said Christy Lester, the winery’s co-owner and gallery director. “Talking about her art is so much like describing about wine, and that’s why she’s such a natural match for us.”
Tobey’s work is rooted in her fascination with the natural world. For Jami, the paintings are free of boundaries, rules or preconceptions.
“My work is all about taking what nature comes up with on its own and then putting my own spin on it. These bold colors and crisp shapes reflect my own interpretation, my own celebration of the natural world.”
When it comes to wine, Jami only recently sipped a glass of red while painting.
“I have never actually had wine while painting until the other day when I was painting at Lorimar,” the artist said. “I love their wine called Adagio, it’s perfect.”
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at email@example.com.