Artist Natalia Wohletz will present a selection of her linoleum block prints at the Fine Art Fine Wine Fair this weekend in Orchard Lake.

Artist Natalia Wohletz will present a selection of her linoleum block prints at the Fine Art Fine Wine Fair this weekend in Orchard Lake.

Image taken from the artist’s website, peninsula-prints.com


Fine Art Fine Wine returns to St. Mary’s

By: Tiffany Esshaki | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 13, 2019

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ORCHARD LAKE — Next weekend, there will be a little something to tantalize every palate — and palette — during the annual Fine Art Fine Wine Fair at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory.

The show of nearly 100 juried fine artists from around the country will present their wares in a boutique-style art fair at the lakeside campus of St. Mary’s, with an even wider variety of mediums than what was featured last year for visitors to admire and buy, including painting, sculpture, metalworking, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fiber and more.

Among those unique pieces will be linoleum block prints by Milford artist Natalia Wohletz. She’s been creating prints for the past five years, but this will be her first year doing shows. Many of her images capture well-known Mitten State locations, like Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, the Michigan Supreme Court and downtown Milford.

“I would say the prints are pretty earthy and joyful. I like to create prints that will remind people of happy memories, so a lot of my work is based on nature and Michigan scenes,” Wohletz explained. “It’s meant to elicit joy. There are enough hard things going on in our world that I’d like to make people’s lives a little bit brighter with my art.”

Of course, helping to make spirits bright at the two-day event will be the wine samplings from regions around Michigan, France and Spain.

Wohletz said she’s particularly excited for this event because of the setting and, of course, the libations.

“I heard this is a really gorgeous location, but to be honest, I love wine. I do. So when I saw Fine Art and Fine Wine, I thought, ‘Yes, I want to be a part of that,’” she said.

Among the selections she and other of-age visitors will be able to try are four new varieties of wine from Mackinaw Trail Winery in Petoskey, which will debut the wines during the event.

Two of those will come from the winery’s Marquette grape variety, planted six years ago, according to Mackinaw Trail Winery owner Ralph Stabile.

“The Marquette makes for easy-drinking reds, not over-the-top oaky and not over-the-top tannic,” he explained. “It’s a bright fruit, and it makes a nice rose too. It makes an unbelievable electric red rose; it’s almost cranberry like.”

Between sips and art sales, guests can enjoy live acoustic music throughout the weekend from local artists like “Boogie Woogie Kid” Matthew Ball, Brazilian jazz vocalist Sheila Landis, and the groups Escaping Pavement and SQ3.

Admission to the art fair costs $5; kids 13 and under are admitted for free. Wine tasting tickets are available in advance at a discounted price on the fair’s website. Tickets cost $45 and $65, depending on amenities.

The Fine Art Fine Wine Fair will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23. For more information or to purchase advance wine tasting tickets, visit FineArtFineWineFair.com.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is located at 3535 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake.

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