Full Immersive Artistic Experience
Along with environmental and wellness initiatives, A to Z Wineworks supports literacy and the arts. The liberal arts can enrich lives and expand vision through engagement with diverse, thoughtful perspectives that help us grow as human beings. The winery’s art residency program offers an immersion within a dynamic setting far from an artist’s usual surroundings and obligations. The time and space afforded after the initial harvest enables an artist to reflect and expand their work in a fascinating new environment. They might produce an individual project, a body of work in response to the winery, or continue developing their course of study and exploration.
The winery benefits from the presence and participation of the artist in residence who brings new ideas and fresh inspiration as well as artwork for the campus. The community benefits when the artist in residence presents talks, demonstrations, experiential opportunities, and exhibits of their art. In the tasting room, selections are chosen to reward attention mirroring the wine tasting experience. An initial response to the color, clarity, and feel of a work can deepen upon reflection and perhaps even leave a lingering impression after departure.
Meet the Artists
Krystyny Vandenberg is an artist working with painting and textiles whose work explores the significance and the difficulties involved in forming relationships with family, friends and identity. Themes of community, how we connect with others and history are central to her work. She started her career in after school art classes in 2002 and she went on to receive her BFA in studio arts with an emphasis in drawing and painting from Biola University in 2017. She received her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2022. Her work has been exhibited throughout California and internationally including a solo show at the Helen and Abraham Bolsky Gallery in Los Angeles, California and group shows at the Brea Gallery (Brea, CA) the Clara and Allen Gresham Art Gallery (San Bernardino, CA), the Colonnade (Long Beach, CA) and at the Enoteca (Redondo, Portugal). Her work is currently held in collections at Biola University and the Municipal of Redondo. Her interest in history and art led her to participate in an archeological field school in the Alentejo region of Portugal in 2017. Learning how history influences art and how art affects history became important to her work. She participated in an artist residency in the town of Redondo in 2018. There she was able to physically combine painting and archaeology by using materials found on the digsite and around town to paint the people she was surrounded by. She now has her studio based in Southern California and frequently collaborates with local artists and curators.
After working harvest and gaining knowledge in a craft I haven’t had experience in before, I’m looking forward to imbuing that newfound insight into my artwork. I’ve talked to so many people here about their love and passion for wine, food and community and I really want that to be the main emphasis in the work. I want to explore the history and tradition of winemaking and show our connection to our past and the winemakers who came before us, while celebrating the lives, stories and skills of our current A to Z workers/winemakers/interns.