September 21, 2017

The Colors of Michigan Artist Stephanie Schlatter

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In both wine and art, the first thing a viewer notices is color.  One of the most colorful artists in the Midwest, Stephanie Schlatter of Grand Rapids, is working with more Michigan wineries and tasting rooms these days.  Schlatter has now exhibited her paintings at 10 wineries in Northern Michigan and she is looking to expand south.

“I love that collectors have a fun approachable way to connect with my art while having a great time at Michigan wineries,” Schlatter said.

Frequently, Schlatter is commissioned to paint by wineries and tasting rooms and then sells her canvases at the winery. For example, Schlatter is the featured artist at Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township.  Her collaboration with Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room includes art classes and live painting fundraisers for the non-profit organization Absolutely Art: A Project for Change.

Stephanie Schlatter

Stephanie Schlatter

Michigan by the Bottle co-owner Cortney Casey recalls how she first become exposed to Schlatter’s work. “Several years ago, my husband, Shannon, and I began noticing Stephanie’s artwork at various wineries in Northern Michigan, and it stood out because of the gorgeous bright colors, and, of course, the subject matter: Michigan vineyards,”  Casey said.

As Casey planned the decor for the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township, she immediately thought of Stephanie’s artwork. “We feature about a dozen of her larger paintings on the walls in our main space, and we also carry her smaller mixed media pieces and prints,” Casey said.

In the Leelanau Peninsula,  Chateau de Leelanau Winery recently unveiled  a massive outdoor vineyard mural painted by Schlatter.  The mural is on the outside wall of the winery’s tasting room and is easily seen when driving north on M-22 toward Suttons Bay.

“The outdoor seating beside the mural offers wine tasters a great location to relax along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail,” says Chateau de Leelanau’s co-owner Matt Gregory. Schattler’s art is also featured on the wine label for Chateau de Leelanau’s new sparkling wine, Muse.

The connection between wine and art is not only visual.  As Elizabeth Slater reported in Vineyard and Winery Management this month, studies have found that wine tastes 50% sweeter under red lights rather than blue or white lights.  Schlatter agrees there is an interrelationship between the senses of sight, taste and smell.

“Yes, I do think the visual effects the whole wine and food experience,” Schlatter said.  “I suppose that’s why eating alfresco is so popular.” 

Homepage photo: Stephanie Schlatter painting on location at Blustone Vineyards on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Spring on the Vineyard- when the slumbering earth stirs giving rise to the green buds that become the fruit of our wine. A magical time of re-birth.

“Spring on the Vineyard- when the slumbering earth stirs giving rise to the green buds that become the fruit of our wine. A magical time of re-birth,”says Stephanie.

My most current work which is all about the light. In any season it is the light that makes the landscape come alive

“My most current work which is all about the light. In any season it is the light that makes the landscape come alive”

Along the shores of lake Michigan where the vines soil into the waters is the winding magical road of M@@. It's right where you want to be and a source of great inspiration in my work. 1020601 and 1020594 which both have the M22 sign

“Along the shores of Lake Michigan where the vines soil into the waters is the winding magical road of M22. It’s right where you want to be and a source of great inspiration in my work,” says Stephanie.

 

 

About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.