Art Show at the Winery

August 14, 2007 at 8:04 pm | Posted in art, country living, dating, faith, family, flowers, food, gardening, gifts, knitting, love, marriage, photography, relationships, romance, summer | 15 Comments

Oil Painting of an Apricot with Blue Butter Crock by J L FleckensteinThis weekend marks the beginning of the six-week art show of my oils and watercolors atThe Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton, New York. The Niagara Wine Trail Wineries are hosting Art Weekend, August 18th and 19th and I am the featured artist at Marjim Manor.

My husband and I traveled a portion of the Niagara Wine Trail on our anniversary, visiting a total of six wineries that day. Of the six we visited, Marjim Manor was by far the most beautiful in my opinion. It is situated near Lake Ontario in a beautiful fruit farming community. Owned by Margo Sue Bittner and her husband Jim, the Winery is operated by Margo. Jim Bittner is a partner in nearby Singer Farms; the wines made at the Winery at Marjim Manor are made primarily of fruits from Singer Farms.

The Manor is gorgeous and has quite a history that goes with it, including a few ghosts that seem to haunt the place. There is a beautiful wrap around porch where most of my oils will be hanging, while my watercolors will be hanging in the interior foyer. Follow the link in today’s blog to the Marjim Manor website for more information and stories about the Winery and the people behind it.

Two Black CherriesIf you would like to attend the show, I suggest you visit this weekend if possible because some number of the paintings will be gone by the end of the weekend. I will continue painting during the six weeks of the show and hanging new paintings as they are available, but I have no idea what the overall display will be like at the conclusion of Art Weekend.

Today I present to you three pieces from the show, and over the three weeks or so I will reveal one painting daily on my One Painting a Day blog, so that even if you are too far away to attend the show, you will get a chance to see all of the paintings. After Art Weekend, once I know which paintings are still available, I will begin offering some of the remaining paintings for sale via eBay auctions or directly on my I Live on a Farm website.

As for the sneak preview paintings featured on today’s blog, I offer some background on each.

The first piece is a painting of an apricot that looks quite a lot like a peach. It is positioned in front of a pretty little blue butter crock I use for storing vintage buttons. This one is oil on pure eucalyptus hardboard; the size is ten inches by ten inches.

The second is a painting I created of two cherries my husband and I picked at the u-pick cherry orchard out at Singer Farms. We picked a few pounds of several varieties of their cherries one beautiful afternoon in July, and I photographed samples of each variety on my pretty north-facing stone window sill before we ate them all. For the art show, I created half a dozen cherry paintings. This is an oil on pure eucalyptus hardboard; the size is six inches by eight inches.

Three Pears Laying Down an Oil Painting by J L Fleckenstein

Finally, “Three Pears Laying Down”. This is an oil painting on antique barn wood from our barn. Our barn is about 200 years old, and the cedar siding on it is about 100 years old to the best of our knowledge. During colder months and harsher weather, pieces of the siding break off and fall to the ground especially on the west side of the barn. I started collecting pieces of it last winter thinking I ought to come up with something artistic to do with the scraps of wood. One idea I have is to create oil painting on them. This is the first I have done, and I am pleased with the texture and the way the oil paint looks on the antique barn wood. The texture of the wood is quite rough, so I prepped it with three coats of acrylic gesso before creating the painting. The size is approximately three inches by ten inches.

In total, the art show will begin with twenty-one oil paintings and seven watercolors. Over the next few weeks I will reveal each of the paintings on my One Painting a Day blog, as mentioned above.

I will be at the Winery at Marjim Manor Saturday the 18th from one to five, and Sunday from one to four … so if you can come by and would like to say hello, please do.

To those who have been sending their well wishes for the art show, thank you so very much. I will keep you posted as it progresses.

Very best wishes,



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  1. Your paintings are beautiful!

    I love visiting local wineries

  2. Hi Firefly!
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Sorry I haven’t visited the blog lately but it has been crazy around my house.
    The pig roast sounds like it was a wonderful time.
    I love the painting of the 3 pears. I’m sure it will go quickly as will all your paintings. Best of luck with the show! Can’t wait to view other paintings over the next few weeks.
    It was great to read your blog and catch up with you today!
    Your Friend, Ann

  3. Your paintings are wonderful…a treat to see them! Hope your show is a great success and you have fun :o)

  4. The paintings are amazing. Thank you for sharing on your blog. Hope the show is a runaway success.

  5. firefly your paintings are breathtakingly beautiful!!
    Enjoy the art show, and much success to you…



  6. I am still amazed that you can turn out such beautiful paintings so quickly! The colors are so rich and the images so restful. I’m sure your show will be a fabulous success. Hectic, but successful. Enjoy,

  7. Ooh… I really wish I could drop by and see your paintings, meet you… thank you for posting the pictures so I can enjoy a small idea of the beautiful Art Show.

  8. Hello again, Dreamer of Dreams, Creator of beauties in color. I truly love your paintings, especially the apricot which, for me, is masquerading as a peach.

    Here’s to a Master Painter and to your past victories and many, many successes yet to come!


  9. Firefly, your painting are so fantastic! I love them all, especially the cherries. They just jump out at me! Thanks for sharing the paintings with us.

    The very best success with the show. Wish I could drop in and see everything you have done for the show!

  10. Those truly are beautiful paintings, very well done, and I love the blog, just added it to my favorites!


  11. Oh, I hope you had a great time this weekend – and once you are famous and showing at all the big galleries we can say we knew you when. I must tell you that when I walk past my pear each and every day I am struck anew at how much I love it.

  12. Your paintings are beautiful; I bet they’re even more gorgeous in person. Good luck at the show!

  13. I did think that your apricot painting was of a peach. It is quite pretty.

    I hope your show is going very well and that you have a great time.

  14. I haven’t been by your blog in a while, although it still resides in my sidebar as one of the very first bloggers I found who gave me pause. It is so refreshing. I love your paintings and hope to own one some day. Congratulations on being the featured artist!

  15. I am so far behind in my reading, that I am just now getting to post. The winery sounds delightful. My hubby and I love doing tours like that and you have inspired me to check out the trail. Maybe for an anniversary trip as well? We aren’t too terribly far away, and I have family up near Lake Ontario.

    All the best for the show!! The paintings look wonderful. I hope you continue to share some of them here, especially if you add new ones to your repitoire!! CONGRATS!!!

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