Studio Sweep Sale Continues

Bishop’s Stock’s annual Studio Sweep Sale continues through January. This is the perfect time to browse the paintings. Some are framed and ready to hang. Prices range from $50 for unframed 6×6 panels to $2600 for a beautifully framed 36×36. In between there are many choices of work by Ed Challenger, Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Barbara Hagar, Sharon Himes, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Barb Mowery, Carole Boggemann Peirson, Fred Sprock, and Nancy West. The sale will close January 27.

January Featured Wines – 2016 Grand’Arte Alvarinho, Lisboa, Portugal & 2015 Bodegas Altivo Tinto, Dao, Portugal

2016 Grand’Arte Alvarinho, Lisboa Portugal   $13

This wine is a southern and warmer take on Alvarinho that is found in northern Portugal. It brings out the ripe perfumed character of the grape. Apricot and golden plums show both the fruit and the generous texture. This is a dry wine of real finesse with an intense aroma of ripe orchard fruits. It is full-bodied with a delicious, creamy character which is countered by a fresh, citrus quality on a long finish. This is an excellent aperitif, particularly recommended with fish, white meat, soups, salads and any light flavored dishes. Wine Enthusiast included this in the Best of 2017. Alcohol: 12%

 

2015 Bodegas Altivo Tinto, Dao, Portugal  $10

This is a blend of Jaen and Trincadeira grapes that offers flavors of dark berries preceded by aromas of cocoa. It has medium body tannins that offer a smooth mouthfeel. Some reviewers consider this a rich and intense wine like those produced in Douro just to the north of Dao. This is a great pairing for beef and other hearty roasts. If you have venison in your freezer from this year’s hunt, the Altivo is a great match. Alcohol: 13%

December Featured Artist – Stan Sperlak

 

 

 

 

 

Marshes and beaches along the Atlantic coast consistently appear in Stan’s pastels. In this show he uses both brilliant and tonal saturated color for both plein air and studio paintings. Stan captures the pureness of nature’s color values by layering intensely pigmented pastels. He achieves texture from both the paper he selects and the way he uses the pastels. You see movement of the wind in short energetic strokes. Tranquility of the ocean you see in long horizontal bands of color. The atmospheric relationship between land or sea and sky is predominant in all of Stan’s work. Undoubtedly, Stan’s pastels clearly represent his emotional connection to the beauty of this region. Everyday Stan lives his love of the outdoors through his painting, a busy landscape business in Cape May Court House, NJ and life on Crow Creek Farm. As a master teacher, Stan shares his artistic vision and skills in workshops all over the world.

 

December Featured Wines – 2016 Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy & 2016 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo, Abbruzzo, Italy

2016 Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi, Marche, Italy $15

This Verdicchio is light sunshine in a glass. It is a succulent wine with beautifully balance minerality and notes of citrus and mint. As typical with Verdicchio grapes there is a satisfying bitter almond finish. This wine is a perfect pairing for antipasti and creamy seafood pasta. Alcohol: 13%

 

2016 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo, Abbruzzo, Italy  $14

This Montepulciano wine is bright ruby-red in color. This youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish. This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, and mushroom risotto. Alcohol: 13%

November Featured Artists – Lois & Kathryn Engberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of our patrons will remember the first time we showed Katie Engberg along with her mother, Lois, and her grandmother, Barbara Beauchamp in 2013. Katie was then in her second year at Grand Central Academy in New York. Since graduating in 2016 she is now an instructor at this renown atelier school continuing to teach the classical traditions she learned under her mentor, Jacob Collins. In November Katie and Lois will be featured once again. This fall they returned from a stay in Lucca, Italy where Katie taught two drawing workshops and Lois enjoyed painting the beauty of the area.

This show will reinforce the influence art has on both mother and daughter. Katie will show her development as a talented figure artist and Lois will offer images from her stay in Italy along with her classic still life paintings.

November Featured Wines – 2015 Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling & 2015 Montinore Estate “Red Cap” Pinot Noir, Oregon

2015 Montinore Almost Dry Riesling, Oregon                                          $14

This is fresh and flavorful Riesling.  It has tropical aromas of starfruit and mango that blend with notes of honeydew. On the palette are flavors of tangerine and key lime with some herbal notes and earthiness. The beauty of this wine is it really is almost dry making it a perfect wine with turkey. It also complements salads and spicy foods. This is a very versatile wine for the holiday. Alcohol: 11.3%

 

 

2015 Montinore Estate “Red Cap” Pinot Noir, Oregon                           $18

This is a  Pinot that greets you with aromatics of black cherry, hints of smoke cinnamon, clove and earthy undertones. Sweet fruit of juicy raspberry and red cherry are balance with both cranberry and herbal notes. Savory, gentle coating tannins lead to a round clear finish. This is a versatile wine for your Thanksgiving menu. Alcohol: 13.9%

 

October’s Featured Artist – Carroll Klingelhofer

Bishop’s Stock is often a place that draws artists as they visit the area. Several years ago Carroll Klingelhofer stopped by with the hope of meeting my husband. You see, they are both graduates of Washington & Lee University and fraternity brothers with just a few years between their time in Lexington, Virginia. Introduction made then our conversation moved to Carroll’s work as a representational painter. Shortly after this visit Carroll returned with paintings for us to display and we started talking about a featured show. That show will open on October 6. Included in the show will be landscapes from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Carroll is a practicing attorney, but he finds himself at his easel almost everyday. His profession does not limit his commitment and time devoted to study, visits to museums and shows, talking with other artists and taking workshops. This is how he has become a quality artist with a talent for capturing the realism nature offers. The show includes changes of season and nocturnal settings.

October’s Featured Wines – 2016 Blu Giovello Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy & 2014 Villa Pillo Borgoforte, Tuscany, Italy

2016 Blu Giovelll Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy                                 $12

This wine is produced in Friuli, Italy. This white has a crisp acidity in the mouth with an almond-like finish. Before you taste, catch peach, apricot, melon and pineapple for a fruity sweetness on the nose. This is a dry wine that is light and crisp. It is a great pairing for creamed vegetable soups that are a nice fall menu item. Plus the unique blue bottle is easy to find on our shelves! Alcohol: 12%

 

2014 Villa Pillo Borgoforte, Tuscany, Italy                                   $18

Borgoforte is a classic Tuscan wine. Each year Villa Pillo adds selected wines – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – to blend for a subtle complexity and richness. Considered a “Super Tuscan,” this has aromas of violet, black currant and rosemary accented by licorice and tobacco flavors. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness ensure a wine which expresses itself in its ripe black fruit components and full body. For smooth body and elegance, the wine is aged in small oak barrels. Wine Spectator named this as #25 in their Top 100 wines of 2016. This is a great wine with pasta, red meats and game of any kind. Alcohol: 13.5%

 

September Featured Artists – Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During September Bishop’s Stock is featuring two artists who moved to the Snow Hill area several years ago. When Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock discovered Worcester County’s proximity to coastal bays and adjacent marshes they knew this was where they wanted to build a home and settle into Eastern Shore life. One of the driving forces in this move was to create studio space for each of them in a setting surrounded by the landscape they love.

Both Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock call themselves “landscape artists” but that is about as close as they get with their unique painting disciplines and techniques. Several years ago Christie, an art consultant, returned to painting to focus on the beauty of the salt marshes surrounding their home. Christie does studies in acrylic on paper and creates oils on panels – all that reflect a time and place that constantly changes with time of day and season. Her painting style “utilizes” the freedom nature holds over marshland and gives her a chance to “escape” to her studio.

Fred Sprock is a full time painter who is quite disciplined. He considers himself a landscape artist who scouts compelling imagery that ranges from a dying tree to the architectural interest of a farm house. When a subject or image catches his eye he takes photographs to use as references. He returns to his studio and does studies that may or may not become larger studio paintings. Even his still life paintings he considers “landscapes” since they are part of a smaller setting. His paintings have a luminescence he gets from layering paint many times with palette knives, scraping off to leave depth then finishing 10% of the painting with brushes.

 

September Featured Wines – 2016 Dio Fili Xinomavro Rose, Macedonia, Greece & 2016 Ktima Mitravelas “Red on Black,” Peloponnese, Greece

2016 Dio Fili Xinomavro Rose, Macedonia, Greece                              $10

We are offering 2016 Dio Fili Xinomavro Rose, a rose made from Xinomavro and Moschomavro. This is among the top 10 most highly rated Macedonia – Greece wines (based on critic scores.) It is a rich and fruity wine that that has a touch of red currant and cranberry. The palate is fruit forward with subtle shades of berry and citrus. The finish is refreshing and berry laden. This is a nice “end of summer” wine. Alcohol:  12.5%

 

2016 Ktima Mitravelas “Red on Black,” Peloponnese, Greece       $13

2016 Ktima Mitravelas “Red on Black” from Nemea, Peloponnese is this month’s red selection This is made from 100% Agiorgitiko grapes. The vineyards are situated in the middle Nemea where the soil structure is a mixture of Clay, limestone and sandy soils. This wine has a fruity upfront palate and soft in the middle. It will benefit with a slight chill especially in the summer months. Drink on its own or with food. Alcohol:  1