July’s Featured Artists – Deborah Rolig & Barry Mason

When an artist who has shown with us asks if he can show again, we are pleased but when he asks if he can show with a specific artist, we are ECSTATIC! So in July our featured artists are Barry Mason and Deborah Rolig (Barry’s choice.) They met in February 2017 through the abstract show. Barry was drawn to the artistic “voice” that drives Debi’s expressive paintings. Similarly Debi was inspired by Barry’s constructed paintings. The opening reception for Debi and Barry is First Friday, July 5 from 5 until 8.

Debi’s paintings in July will echo the creative stimuli she uses in her large and smaller paintings. As she says, when she starts a painting “images seem to pop right out of my head” reflecting personal feelings and thoughts. Recently Debi has been curating an annual show for the Art League of Ocean City focused on the creative work of women who she feels also integrate their feelings and thoughts in their work – both 2 and 3 dimensional. This year’s show, Rise, opens in October.

Barry’s work in the show will continue his fascination of constructing canvases on wooden frames to make them float. This approach makes the shape as important as the actual paint on the canvas. As a native of Snow Hill, Barry’s attraction to the vast scenic landscapes, the beaches and islands along the Eastern Shore blends with the work ethic taught by his ancestors as a lifelong source for his creativity. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, Barry now lives in Mt. Vernon, New York, and is a successful photographer, artist and teacher. It is always a pleasure when he comes to the gallery on family visits and a bigger pleasure to have him showing with us.

Deborah Rolig
Barry Mason

July’s Featured Wines – La Villa de Maison Vialade White & Red, Pays D’Oc, France

2018 Villa De Maison Vialade White ($10) is a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne with 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is perched on the terraces bordering the Mediterranean coastline in the Minervois region. The temperate Mediterraean climate helps make this an aromatic wine. It is moderately “fat” on the palate and is very delicate. This is a great summer wine as an aperitif or served with grilled fish. Alcohol: 12.5%

2017 Villa De Maison Vialade Red ($10) is 100% Marselan which is a cross of Grenache Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has intense purple hues. On the nose it is jammy with red and black fruit. This has soft tannins with good aromatic intensity. This is a great summer red for grilled meat. Alcohol: 13%

June’s Featured Artists – Lois Engberg & Carole Boggemann Peirson

One of the things we like to do at Bishop’s Stock is pairing
artists together for a featured show. Our Featured Artists in June, Lois
Engberg
and Carole Boggemann Peirson, were last featured in 2017.
Carole showed with Barb Mowery and Lois showed with her daughter, Katie. Since
Lois and Carole have traveled together and often find time to paint together,
they are a perfect “pairing.” Lois is known for her classic “Old
Master” still life paintings of seasonal flowers taken right from her
garden but she also follows her love of nature’s bounty as a plein air and
studio artist. Elements of Eastern Shore life fill her paintings. After being
an accomplished still life artist Carole was introduced to plein air painting
in 2008 and she has not stopped painting the beauty of nature. She is
fascinated by light and hidden elements revealed in landscapes, county roads,
dunes and marshes. Lois and Carole will fill the gallery with light and color.
The opening reception is First Friday, June 7 from 5 until 8. We will
offer wines from Spain for tasting.

Featured Wines for June

2018 Protos Rueda Verdejo, Spain $13

2018 Protos, Rueda Verdejo is greenish straw color, that says “bright and clean.” It is powerful, fruity with green apple, citrus and tropical fruits, white blossoms, fragrant herbs and fennel hints. This is very fresh, well-balanced with good acidity, flavorful, and fruity, with a long finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Verdejo pairs well with lighter summer foods but it is a star with seaford.Pairs well with soft cheeses, seafood.  Alcohol: 13%

2016 Protos Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino, Spain $15

2016 Protos, Ribera del
Duero Tinto Fino
is ruby in color with a
purple hue. Black fruit aromas are well balanced with oak and brings sweet
spicy and nice toasty notes. This Tempranillo has good structure. It is tasty,
sweet, well balanced, with pleasant smooth tannins and toasty reminders on the
finish. Pair with grilled red meat and spicy grilled poultry. This is an
unfiltered wine that can be decanted. Alcohol: 14%

April Featured Artists – Lynne Lockhart & Kirk McBride

In April Bishop’s Stock comes alive with shrimp boats, dinghies, sycamores, dogs, goats and lots of nostalgia. Many patrons know this means New Work by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride. During the past year Lynne and Kirk have been using their creative energies to further explore subjects using different palettes, painting sizes and techniques. Lynne has gone through old photos to capture a feeling of simple family life. The workshops she has taught on animal studies have added to her small painting series. Kirk’s work reflects his love of old vehicles (desert bug to work trucks) and boats docked or sailing in the bay and small creeks. He has continued his series of New York City streetscapes and magnificent trees. Some of the work in the show is shown but you can see all of the paintings check their albums on our Facebook page.

April Featured Wines – Marisco Vineyards 2018 The Ned Pinot Gris & Marisco Vineyards 2016 The Ned Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

2018 The Ned Pinot Gris ($14) is instantly recognizable with its skin-contact giving a delicate salmon pink color. The highly fragranced nose bursts with aromas of apples, lychees, lime blossoms and a touch of honey. The acidity on the palate is crisp but not searing and is balanced by a dry, chalky-textured mouthfeel that finishes with a zing of lime zest. This Pinot Gris can become your best friend when enjoyed on its own, but it also pairs well with your favorite fish dish accompanied with a fresh watermelon salad. Alcohol: 14%

2016 The Ned Pinot Noir ($20) is a classic New Zealand Pinot Noir and has less acidity. It is a balanced wine. It is deep red cherry in color, with a herbaceous nose and red fruits aromas. This wine is light bodied, offering rich notes of red cherries, red currants and cranberries. This is a crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir. It is light and dry to enjoy it on its own or paired with ham, pork or white meats. Easily this is a food-friendly wine. Alcohol: 13.5%

Group Show by Gallery Artists

In March our feature is new work by selected gallery artists. Most of the work is representational in varying sizes. Christie Taylor will show paintings from her last stay in Ballycastle, Ireland. Nancy West’s work reflects her small painting project she has done this winter. We are pleased to include small expressionist paintings by Hunter Nesbitt. The paintings shown below offer a preview. The opening reception is First Friday, March 1 from 5 until 8.

March Featured Wines – 2017 Sula Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled ($14) & 2017 Sula Vineyards, Shiraz Estate Bottled ($15), Maharashtra, India

Sula Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled is herbaceous, crisp and dry, with aromas of bell peppers, freshly cut green grass and refreshing acidity on the palate. Notes of white peach barely prepares the taste buds for full-on citrus flavors of lemon, grapefruit and orange peel. It is bright and zesty on the palate, and the finish offers an unexpected but pleasant jolt of eucalyptus.This pairs well with spicy Indian food, especially coastal and Southern coconut-based curries and dishes flavored with coriander. Also pairs well with spicy Oriental food. Alcohol: 13%

Sula Vineyards, Shiraz Estate Bottled is 85% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and has a deep purple core and a full body with soft, ripe and rounded tannins. It has medium intense aromas of red fruits, cinnamon, blackberries, cacao and spice.This wine is richly structured with lively jammy flavors of red fruits and herbs mixed with pepper and hints of vanilla spice. It finishes in a long length. Pairs well with spicy foods – especially with Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala or Mexican food and Italian red pastas Alcohol: 13%

February Feature – Winter Abstracts

Art comes alive in February! This is the 12th year Bishop’s Stock presents Winter Abstracts  as a way to shake the winter blues. Many artists return for this show each year but someone new is often added. This year new artist John Beam will show with Petra Bernstein, Abbi Custis, Scot Dolby, Maureen Farrell, Ann Hayden, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Anne Holland, Barbara Mowery, John Nyberg, Linda Perry and Maurice Spector . The opening reception is February 1 and the show will be here until February 27. Below are some of the paintings to be on display.

February Featured Wines – 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray & 2016 Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, France

February’s wines come from the Loire Valley. We have featured wines from this region before but we like to offer varietals produced by different winemakers from different parts of the region. The Loire Valley wine region is divided into 3 parts – Upper, Middle and Lower. In each section different varietals dominate. Both of February’s wines come from the Upper Region where Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are dominant grapes. 2017 Marcel Dubois Vouvray is 100% Chenin Blanc. 2016 Bourgueil Alouette produced by Domaine de las Chanteleuserie is 100% Cabernet Franc. These wines are grown in vineyards within 30 miles in the Upper Region along the Loire River.

Marcel Dubois Vouvray ($14) is 100% Chenin Blanc which makes it a light yellow straw color. It is medium bodied with aromas of fresh apples and pears. This is well-balanced with good acidity and a crisp finish. Serve with chicken, pork, salmon or a simple mushroom risotto for a great pairing. Alcohol: 11.5%
Bourgueil Alouettes Cabernet Franc ($15) uses “Cuvée Alouettes,” to refer to the name of the domaine where sandier soil tends to soften the tannins and defines the wine as fresh, supple, fruity. Wild berries with a twist of pepper make this is a red wine that is ready to be drunk young. Alcohol: 13%