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3rd Annual Marin Open Studios Celebrated at Madrigal Wine Tasting Salon and Gallery in Sausalito

Winery Continues Bay Area California Artist Series

April 4, Sausalito, CA – On Sunday, April 29th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host the 23rd installation in its Art and Wine series, featuring the work of local professional Marin County Artists including Don McCartney & Simin Massoudi with art curation by Shiva Pakdel. This exhibition is a celebration showing our support of Marin Open Studios, a vibrant community wide event that celebrates the county’s rich culture of art.

Marin Open Studios is an annual free art event that has taken place during the first two weekends in May for 25 years. Over 270 world-class artists and their works are featured for viewing and for sale at the event. The installation will be on exhibit in the Madrigal Salon from April 23 – May 22.

Don McCartney

Don was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the only town to serve as the headquarters for both the North and the South at different times during the Civil War. A happy Southern and Midwestern childhood made up of small town happenings and rural ramblings, later turned into more urban high school years in Belleville, Ill. Some athletic records were achieved and making art came into focus.

Attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Don graduated in 1968 with honors and a degree in Graphic Design. In 1970, after more than a year at his first job as a designer and illustrator in St. Louis, MO, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he landed a job in the art department of Rolling Stone magazine. Thus, began a career in publication design. Other magazine, newspaper and book design work followed in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a production designer for two Rolling Stone offshoots, Rags magazine and Earth Times magazine. Don was the art director for Francis Ford Coppola’s City magazine and U.C. Berkeley’s Alumni magazine, California Monthly. Subsequently, he held positions as Senior Designer, Art Director and Design Director at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle during his 25 year employment and earned numerous awards of excellence for design work.

Nevertheless by Don McCartney

Leaving newspapers in 2002, Don began a solo career as sole proprietor of Don McCartney Design (DMD), now located in San Rafael, CA. Clients range from ballet to booze and the arts. The Marin Open Studios logo, Tour Guide, and all MOS advertising is Don’s design work.

Don’s personal works are created using enlarged details of his original drawings and paintings and combining those with scanned imagery from currency and stock certificates These scanned images are layered in Photoshop and output as a single fine art permanent pigment print (giclée). In addition to creating fine art prints and committing graphic design, Don enjoys playing old-time banjo and petting all dogs.

Simin Massoudi

Courage by Simin Massoud

Artists Statement: I first discovered the joy of painting in the 1970’s. My imagination encouraged me to paint with fluid brush strokes and a palette of dynamic colors. The importance of imagination in the creation of art fascinates me. Imagination breaths visibility into that which was previously invisible. Reality is born from the union of imagination and creation. Tangible beauty is ordered from the disorder of chaos that surrounds me. My art seeks out in a few simple lines, the Visual language to express feelings within my heart. I love to paint people and to capture the essence of my subjects by means of those simple lines that express deep emotions. Emotions of love, longing, loneliness and sorrow are often in my work and also mirror the stages of my life. Each painting tells a story and is, as Picasso once said, “just another way of writing a diary”.

A painter for over 40 years, Simin Massoudi’s Iranian heritage evokes a seamless interweaving of East and West and consists of semi abstract figurative images and simplified forms using line drawings. Ms. Massoudi has exhibited her work in California, New York, London and Paris. Her paintings are also in many private collections in United States and Europe. Her work is also in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan. The influence of the rich culture of Iran and the modern masters of the West can be seen in her work, which brings both worlds together in the balanced and dynamic harmony.

Entrance to the Madrigal art and wine event is complimentary. RSVP sausalito@madrigalfamilywinery.com

The Madrigal Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery is open from 12-7pm daily.

For information, contact Wine Salon Manager Patricia Gatti at (415) 729-9549 or pgatti@madrigalfamilywinery.com

For more information on Marin Open Studios, visit: http://marinopenstudios.org/

About Madrigal Family Winery

Located on Highway 29, halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley, the Madrigal Family Winery continues the family tradition of viticultural leadership and wine production. Since the 1930s, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by Chris Madrigal, the family’s 3rd generation.

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