Dear Friends and Art Lovers,
It has once again been quite awhile since I made a Blog post! Life gets busy and suddenly so much time goes by!
But it is not for lack of wonderful events not happening! Throughout this crazy covid time - I have had an amazingly productive, and exciting year! It's actually kind of hard to believe!
I'm gong to create 2 or 3 Blog postings at this juncture, as I my Art events from this year are really quite monumental! From winning the amazing Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine label competition, to having one of my paintings featured in the lovely 'Better Homes and Gardens' magazine - to working on a couple of very powerful and amazing commissions. Then being asked to do a Radio Interview, and then a T.V. Interview - WOW!
So, Firstly - the information on Winning the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ART Competition.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is a truly outstanding French Winery and Vineyard. I am utterly thrilled to now be a part of their 'wine family'!
The late Georges Duboeuf seems to be responsible for making the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine as well known and loved as it is today. With very careful hand harvesting, using grapes from the Beaujolais region the 'Beaujolais Nouveau' - the first wine of the harvest - is made each fall in France. This 'first wine' gives hints of the what the same grapes will produce once aged over more time. The Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be enjoyed in the first year or two of being harvested and bottled.
The Beaujolais Nouveau wines had been being sold in the U.S. for many years, but about four years the Le Vins Georges Duboeuf decided to have a competition among American artists to have their art featured on the label of their Beaujolais Nouveau.
I learned of the 2020 competition in late March - as the first Covid lock downs had begun. Actually, another artists' email alerted me to the competition - 2 days before the deadline to submit my Art!
I submitted my painting, 'Russet Vines', 18" x 24", Oil on canvas - and quickly asked my supporters and friends to 'vote' for my painting. Amazingly, out of over 1,000 entries, my painting became one of 14 finalists! It was incredibly exciting - but I hadn't won - Yet...
Russet Vines, 18" x 24", Oil on canvas
At this point, I had to once again ask my amazing and incredible supporters and friends to 'Vote' for me! After 2 weeks of voting from around the world (!), and then another 3 weeks of waiting to hear the results, I was finally given the fantastic news that I had WON! WooHoo!! This meant my painting was to appear on over 1,000,000 bottles of wine, plus I was to receive prize money. It was (& is) Really Fantastic amid all the uncertainty and negativity of covid. It very much gave me hope and promise for a brighter future!
However, I couldn't alert my supporters until Georges Duboeuf officially made their announcement, so in all my excitement, I had to keep this amazing news quiet - for awhile...! So, finally after the first week of June - I was able to share the wonderful news with my supporters.
Once the Competition became Public, and I was able to share with my supporters and friends this wonderful achievement. And since then, more great events have happened!
"Island Artist Maeve Croghan Wins Wine Label Art Competition
As soon as 'Nouveau Release Day' happened - I began receiving photos from all over the country of my painting in people's local wine shops and grocery stores! It was quite exciting! Photos were received from Michigan, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Idaho, Minnesota, Illonois and more - with the brilliant wine box cases and the bottles with my paintings on them! It was - and is - very exciting to be able to share my Art so broadly. I am very happy to have my Art be able to be 'in the world' this way.
Then - even more publicity happened - including a LIVE Radio interview (at 4:30a.m. PST!), and a T.V. interview!
I will include these fantastic events in a separate Blog!
The 2020 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau box covered with my 'Russet Vines' painting on all sides in a wine shop.
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Original rendition of my Painting, 'Russet Vines' on the 2020 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Bottle. In this version, my whole painting was featured. However, their designers used their 'artistic license' to morph the painting a bit.
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There are actually three wines that were released as the 2020 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wines.
The 2020 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine
What makes most happy is that my Art, my painting 'Russet Vines' will be being shared with the world ~ on over 1,000,000 bottles of wine! I feel having my Art out in the world, is most important. Hopefully somehow the Art will positively affect the purchasers and enjoyers of the wine, and my Art can bring more goodness into the world.