Last year we worked together on a project called “Crushed Grapes and Open Minds”. We had this idea of finding wine that would pair with some of RuBen’s beautiful art. RuBen with Act2Art ever the overachiever, decided he would paint a piece for each wine we chose. We chose 5 wines and he painted a piece to pair with each. The idea connected scent memory and art, both in the creation of the pieces and peoples reactions to them.
We chose 5 wines, a Champagne (A.J. de Margerie a Bouzy Grand Cru), a Sauvignon Blanc (Starborough Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand) a Syrah (Carhartt 2013 Estate Syrah Santa Barbara), 2 Zinfandels (Tobin James 2010 Fat Boy & French Camp Zin) and a Dessert wine (Chateau Megyer Tokaji Aszu 2010). RuBen Permel of Act2Art is an accomplished artist. He’s actually quite the renaissance man, he is an actor and dancer, a puppeteer, a costumer, a painter, a writer, a film maker.
We spent an afternoon with RuBen while he painted, actually priming a canvas for what became the signature piece for the event. A few days before the “Crushed Grapes and Open Minds” event. The Artist RuBen Permel came by to install the art works. He brought the 5 paintings inspired by the wine, as well as a selection of other pieces. We spent the morning finding just the right spot for each work.