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Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Gardens

If you're ever in Paso Robles and you'd like a pleasant afternoon surrounded by beauty, you'll find it at Sculpterra Winery. I don't drink wine, but I love to visit because there's always something new to see. I was last there on July 4, when the owner, Dr. Warren Frankel, a local physician and medical missionary who founded His Healing Hands, threw a big party for the locals. It was the second year I attended. It's always relaxing, and conversations are encouraged with the folks around you. Food and drink are provided, and a lot of our friends are usually among the other guests. The public is invited. There was music and also a few patriotic speeches that were worth listening to. Dr. Frankel's own speech was the most inspiring.

The grounds of the tasting room are adorned with herb gardens which provide a lovely setting for the gigantic of granite and bronze by John Jagger. One of the granite sculptures, Puma , is feared in the top photo. My favorite of the bronze ones, Sweet Dreams , is in the photo below. It reminds me of me. I wish I could relax like that.

I took the photo.

Since Mr. Jagger's death in 2013, local artist Dale Evers has followed him as sculptor in residence. I can't think of a better choice. I always enjoy walking by Dale's studio downtown because he always has a lot of his work displayed outside. That's why I was able to recognize the work below as Dale's even before I knew he was the new resident sculptor.

I took the photo.

His work is distinctive and when you've been exposed to it often enough, you can usually see his style in new works you didn't know he'd done. That's what happened this year at Sculpterra. I saw lots of new sculpture there and thought to myself, “That looks like the work of Dale Evers.” Then I read the plaques with the artist's name and discovered I was right.

Independence Day is one of the most crowded days at Sculpterra, unless some other special event is going on. Sunday afternoons there is normally a free concert, and every month there is a new featured artist exhibit in the tasting room inside to entertain your eyes. And, of course, there are also prize-winning wines, which is the main reason most visitors stop by.

Which sculpture did you like best of these? Do you think you might enjoy a Sunday afternoon here?

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

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OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 11, 2014, 1:43 AM

The sculptor of "Sweet Dreams" must be owned by a cat to so accurately depict the attitude of such a flopped-out feline.

bestwriter wrote on September 11, 2014, 2:10 AM

You have taste BarbRad. It is only the artistic eye that can pick things such as these. Enjoyed viewing them.

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 3:29 AM

I had that same thought. But how different the puma is in style.

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 3:32 AM

I appreciate the art other make, but can't make it myself. i love listening to the great composers, but can't fathom how they were able to hear in their minds all the instruments playing the different parts they were writing.

bestwriter wrote on September 11, 2014, 4:38 AM

Beethoven's 9th symphony was composed by him when he was totally deaf

tinamarie wrote on September 11, 2014, 10:42 AM

I enjoyed reading this. The pictures are beautiful and each sculpture has it's own story that any viewer can decide with their own eye.

BarbRad wrote on September 11, 2014, 11:27 AM

Too bad you can't see it in person.

tinamarie wrote on September 11, 2014, 11:50 AM

I will one day! We are thinking for our 20th anniversary to make a trip to California and do some of the Winery Tours. :)

SLGarcia wrote on September 11, 2014, 2:21 PM

I have never been to Paso Robles, but I have had some good wines from there. If I ever have the opportunity I'll have to visit this winery. The sculptures you have pictured are amazing.

LynnWrites wrote on September 11, 2014, 4:21 PM

What an interesting place. I'd love to visit there someday. I can see why it would be busy on Independence Day. The sculptures are amazing, I liked all of them that you shared. The butterflies look so real and bright, the detail in the cats is amazing. It takes talent to do something like that.

BarbRad wrote on September 12, 2014, 3:39 AM

It's a delightful place to wander around.

BarbRad wrote on September 12, 2014, 3:41 AM

His resident sculptors are (were) the best. There are many more sculptures there I did not show you.

BarbRad wrote on September 13, 2014, 2:50 AM

If you ever get near Paso Robles, let me know. I can show you some of the most beautiful wineries.

oldies909 wrote on September 14, 2014, 11:52 AM

I love to drink wine in fact my friend makes his own so I get it fro free! Sounds like a cool place love the pics!

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2014, 2:15 AM

It's a cool place even if you don't drink the wine.