Cliff Lede Vineyards

Backstage Tasting Lounge

Cliff's Ladies

This temporary exhibit of a private collection features seven stunning works by various artists, including:

Deborah Oropallo was born in Hackensack New Jersey. She received a B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.A/M.F.A. from The University of California, Berkeley. Although originally trained in painting, Oropallo’s practice incorporates mixed media including photomontage, computer editing, print technique and paint. Her composite works utilize layered visual sources to produce a dense interplay between time, place, form and content. The resulting works bear traces of the distortions that evolve or remain from digital manipulation and removal.

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, painter Tim Okamura earned a B.F.A. with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts in 1991.  After graduating with an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Journalism, Okamura moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he continues to live and work.

Tony Sherman is a Canadian painter born in Toronto.  His dramatic portraits are contemporary meditations on a range of character types encompassing villains and celebrities, bombshells and intellectuals.  Working in the unusual media of encaustic, dissolving pigment into melted wax that is swiftly applied in translucent layers to the canvas, Scherman achieves a life-like essence, telegraphing moments of psychological intensity in his magnified faces.

Yigel Ozeri is known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of young women in vast transcending landscapes. His near photo-realistic oil paintings convey the spirit of his subjects.  Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power. Ozeri seizes fleeting moments and gives them life.

Les Thomas has long recognized painting as a language in its own right, and its diversity in terms of poetic and conceptual messages, exhibited by each individual picture.

“As much as I have told gallery people, I do not paint in true encaustic. Rather, I “use” waxes of various concoctions in tandem with a variety of paint applications in order to make pictures. In my opinion, painting in a true encaustic style bleeds into paint pigments of their true potential and expressive authority. That the layering and characteristic of wax is in fashion -in terms of the contemporary Artworld- does not interest me at all. The waxes I use are but one component of the pictures that I make.


Backstage Experience

Get a Backstage pass for access to our limited production wines. This cool and comfortable lounge also features rotating art exhibits and, of course, classic rock music. Prior reservation required.

Days Thurs. - Mon.
Time 10 am - 3 pm
Fee $75 per person

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On this experience, we are unable to accommodate anyone who is less than 21 years of age; this includes toddlers and babies in arms. Maximum party size of eight guests.