Sunset Hill Vineyard honors the heritage of the Lyme Art Colony with the vineyard’s limited edition Artist Series labels, designed by local artists. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the wine is donated to a charity chosen by the artist.
The first Cabernet Franc Artist Series donation with some of the proceeds from the 2014 label goes to Lyme Art Association. The artist on the 2014 Cab Franc is Leif Nilsson, who designated Lyme Art Association as his charity of choice.
The winery donated $600 to the LAA, representing $2 for each bottle sold of the winerie’s 2014 Cabernet Franc. Leif is an Elected Artist with the LAA, and his painting "Selden’s Creek – end of day" was used on the wine label.
Stated Nilsson, “Growing up in Old Lyme I was not only surrounded by the landscapes painted by the American Impressionists, but also by their actual paintings which hung at the Florence Griswold House, the Town Hall, the Church and the Elementary School. The Lyme Art Association is where The Lyme Academy was born and where I studied art, so when Sunset Hill Vineyards invited me to be the first artist of the series and asked what local charity I would give a percentage of the sales to I immediately chose the Lyme Art Association because it is the birthplace of American Impressionism. The painting Selden’s Creek - end of day epitomizes the soft light favored by the impressionists and is part of Lymes’ vast land trust.”
Co-owner and wine maker Donna Moore said, “We knew that Lyme and the LAA have a rich history with the Lyme Art colonies and American Impressionism and we wanted to honor this history with our Artist Series Labels designed by a different local artist each year. My husband Matt and I have always been fans of LAA, so when Leif chose them as his charity of choice, we were happy to help out and give back to the community.”
LAA’s gallery manager Jocelyn Zallinger stated, “The LAA appreciates Sunset Hill Vineyard’s contribution. Community support is essential to the association, and it’s especially meaningful when one of our artists and his painting is featured in the project.”
Sunset Hill Vineyard’s second Artist Series label rolled out on July 1st. The artist on the 2015 Cabernet Franc is Michael DesRosiers whose charity of choice is Lyme Consolidated Elementary School Art Department.
For more information about Sunset Vineyards, visit sunsethillvineyard.com.
For more information about the Lyme Art Association, visit lymeartassociation.org.
To see more of Leif Nilsson’s work, visit nilssonstudio.com.