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 Sculpterra 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 sculptures 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.
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.
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?
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