RISING SUN — Visitors meandered through the grassy hills surrounding Dove Valley Winery and Vineyard on Saturday afternoon, looking at artwork, as live music filled the air during the winery’s annual “Art and Wine Festival,” now in its sixth year.
Each year, Janelle Hepbron Griffith, owner and manager of the winery, likes to mix it up a bit by adding new vendors and activities for her guests.
This year some festival-goers got involved in glazing pottery, while others enjoyed a glass of wine and a painting class, and even more joined an outdoor yoga class.
The “paint and wet your palette” class, put on by Kennett Design of Kennett Square, Pa., was sold out on Saturday with nearly 40 students, a mix of men and women who were ready to try their skills with an artist’s brush.
All eyes were on teacher Cristen Hess as she demonstrated the first step--using a small paper plate to sketch the center of a sunflower that the whole class was tasked with painting. Before long, the budding artists added color and the painting took shape.
Participants paid a fee that included all their art supplies and one glass of wine, but many students bought a bottle to sip during the two-hour class.
“I think my painting will get more interesting with more wine,” said Mary Ann Street, of Conowingo, one of the students who bought a bottle.
Street shared that bottle with her daughter Melissa Street, who lives in Baltimore.
“We’re having a mother-daughter day,” Street said, as they both laughed.
Amanda and Angie Hall, of Elkton, brought John Long, of Wilmington, Del., with them to the class so that they could learn to paint together.
Jeff and Elinor Cundiff, of Newark, Del., were returning for their second “paint and sip” class. This time they brought friends from Chesapeake, Va.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Cundiff said.
Doug Barry, who teaches art at North East Middle School, had several students interested in learning the art of raku glazing that he demonstrated using handmade equipment.
Cecil County Arts Council Interim Director Annmarie Hamilton and a group of volunteers hosted face painting and a silent auction right next to the entrance to the wine tasting room.
Outdoor yoga classes next to the vineyard was another one of the other activities offered to attendees. Adonia Garvin, who teaches Satori Yoga at Sundance Studio in Rising Sun, as well as private classes, instructed classes throughout the weekend event.
About 20 vendors offered a variety of items, including clothing, pottery, food, jewelry, greeting cards, wine racks, purses, bags and lights.