As many of you know, on November 28, 2015, Winesong and the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation lost one of our most beloved and long-time friends, Lowell Herrero. When considering our selection for Artist of the Year for 2016, our hearts and fond memories were our guides. So, with the gracious consent and support of his wife, Janet, it is our privilege to once again honor Lowell with this recognition.
The Herreros began attending Winesong in 1997 and over the years unofficially adopted Winesong and our hospital. Lowell and Janet were a familiar and welcome presence every September. Lowell’s characteristic good humor, natty attire, and twinkling eyes (behind designer eyeglasses!) endeared him to everyone he met.
Highly successful with one-man shows and his commissioned paintings, Lowell had nothing personal to gain by donating to Winesong and helping our local hospital.
However, from 1997 through 2015, the Herreros donated a special piece of art every year — sometimes two pieces. Several times Winesong sold one of his limited framed prints twice and, in 2009, we sold his print to 3 bidders because the bidding just would not stop. He loved depicting large, brightly attired people picking overly large, juicy grapes, ripe olives, and lush lavender. Bidders treasured (and continue to treasure) his endearing worldview.
Continuing this tradition, Janet has provided an iconic image titled Garvey Grape Harvest in memory of Lowell. It will grace the cover of our auction catalog, appear in posters and other materials. It will also be etched on a 3-liter bottle of wine from Grace Family Vineyards, the Honored Winery of 2016. A giclee on canvas will also be offered for auction. In all of these ways, Winesong will bring Lowell’s sublime vision to our community one more time.
When you join us on September 9th and 10th, you will be a joining a celebration of the life of a world-class artist, loving husband and father, generous Winesong donor, and joyful friend. We grieve with Janet, but are honored to bid him farewell as 2016 Artist of the Year by raising our glasses to toast Lowell.