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Portrait in Cork by Visiting Artist Scott Gundersen

Cork Art for the Community!

Michigan Artist Scott Gundersen has been in town creating a cork mural of Dr. Charles (Chas) Nagel. Last month, Dr. Nagel was posthumously inducted into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame at the Legends of Washington Wine gala held at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

It makes my heart sing to see art being encouraged and funded in my home town. Especially wine art!

Today, at the Richland Farmers Market, I spoke briefly with Scott while he was nearing completion of his 100 hours work of art. There is a lot of preparation for this type of art, especially those many nails hammered into the back of his wood "canvas." When I saw him this morning, he had about 10 hours of labor left to complete the portrait of Dr. Nagel.

Detail assembling cork mosaic.

You can see Scott working on this project tonight and tomorrow. He will be at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick, Washington 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Scott works from a palette of wine corks.

Tomorrow, Scott will complete the mural. He will be at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick from 10 am - 4 pm. Food will be available and a wine garden will be open from noon until 3 pm. Wineries pouring include: Gordon Estate, Purple Star Wines, Powers Winery, Kiona Vineyards & Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Chandler Reach Vineyards.

Sunshine interview at the Richland Farmers Market.

The completed work will be on display at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland, Washington.

Box of donated wine corks from local wineries.

Inspired by recycling, his love of mosaics and wine, he collected corks for two years before starting his first cork mosaic in 2009. Since then, he has used over 300,000 corks in mosaic portraits.

Scott has created cork art for the John F. Kennedy Center, the Spanish Royal family, the Portuguese Government, Hallmark, TBS, Royal Caribbean and many others. Scott lives in Grand Rapids Michigan with his family and three children.

Dr. Nagel a portrait in cork 10 hours from completion.

See more of his wonderful cork art at his Scott Gundersen tumbler site.

You can learn more about Chas Nagel in Washington Tasting Room Magazine.

Sponsors of Art Uncorked: Gesa Credit Union, Col Solare Winery, Frichette Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Hedges Family Estate, Kennewick Washington, trysk.

For more information call 509-426-3227


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