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Put A Bird On It

This weekend we are welcoming our new art show.

Painted portraits of small song birds
By Suzanne Brooker

The artist’s reception is Saturday from 2 to 4 pm.
To get in the spirit, we’ll be pouring wines all day with birds on the labels.
Flock to the shop and check out the show.

Artist Statement:
When I began work on this series I didn’t realize how compelling painting birds would become. Everything about them is precise, from the shape and length of the beck to the complex layered pattern of their feathers. In contrast, a bird’s photograph will often show the background as vaguely blurred foliage that needed imaginative invention to succeed as a painted image. How could I keep the painting from becoming stiff and lifeless even if it meant losing some precision? I eventually settled on using smooth gesso boards which could hold all the finest details as the transparent layers of oil paint created a surface much like watercolor or egg tempera.

Summer Shop Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6PM

Father’s Day, Juneteenth, New Art, & Free Play Tickets

So what else do you have to do?  Come by the shop and try some wine, see some art and Pick up some tickets.  We’ll be pouring:

2021 Domaine de l’Idylle / Famille Tiollier, “Le Tithonien” Mondeuse  $20
Grown on chalk soil, this 100% Mondeuse has fine acidity and layers of spice. Minerality adds further texture.

2016 Còlpetrone, Montefalco Rosso  $18
70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot
This Umbrian dry red imparts an ample fruit nose of raspberries with hints of spices and vanilla. On the palate it is full-bodied and structured with tannins that complement the wine’s roundness and a long flavorful finish

2021 Cascina Ca’ Gialla, Langhe Nebbiolo  $15
An everyday Nebbiolo with lovely floral notes. Scent of dried rose petals, green tea leaves and well-handled tannins with no astringency despite being so young.

Free tickets for All New Cells a play by the Shattered Glass Project.
written by Aliza Goldstein
directed by Alison Kozar
produced in association with Theater Off Jackson
June 2-18, 2023
Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.
Theater Off Jackson
409 7th Ave S., Seattle WA 98109

You have to come by the shop to get them.  First Come, First Served

Also this weekend we get New Art on the walls:

Ambient Light
Photographs 2015 – 2023
By Fred Birchman
June 18th to August 12th

Opening Reception Thursday June 22nd 4 to 6 pm

June Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM


Spring is in the air and we have warmer weather for the weekend.  To celebrate this Saturday we are pouring a fresh white wine from Campania in southern Italy to help put a spring in your step.  Sunday is the artist’s reception for the new show gracing our walls.  Patrick of course will have a few things open to sip while you look at the art.


2019 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina $18
A white from Campania, with lots of green pear and lime with some stone and almond undertones. It’s full-bodied, layered and very intense with beautiful fruit and focus.


(Re) Emergence
{Entrances and Exits}                                                                                                                       

Artwork by Chi Stewart
March 12th to May 14th
Artist Reception
Sunday March 19th
3 to 5 pm

Artist’s Statement:
The last 3-4 years have certainly been a challenging change point for me, as it has been to most everyone.  These paintings reflect an evolution from fear and approach boldness. The pandemic years ironically gave me time to experiment with new ideas and concepts and have the space to listen more closely to my own inner voice. Since I sometimes think in images, we see here paintings of Obstacles, sacred spaces Falling, Entrances and Exits, Autumn and Winter scenes.  And in Partnership we witness a reminder of both the light and dark side everything.

In the end my Muse whispered, “Have Some Fun!”  Hence the Pears.

Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Face, New Art, New Deal

It is whole new year at the shop.

There is a new face these days at the shop.  Patrick, Mark, & I are pleased to welcome Dave Guttman to our team.  Dave has worked for a couple of our wine distributors as well as being an avid wine enthusiast.  From his apartment on Capitol Hill he has toured the world one bottle at a time.  Dave will be holding down the fort this weekend at the shop.  Stop in and say hello.

We are also starting the new year with new show of paintings and drawings to grace our walls.  Natural Things — Choses Naturelles by local artist Renée Simard.  Come feast your eyes along with your palate.

And this weekend we will be tasting a new deal in a Spanish Reserva.  Stop in and have a taste.

2013 Domino de la Abadesa Ribera del Duero Reserva  $20
Old vine Tempranillo aged in barrel for 27 months and then 14 months in bottle.  The wine exhibits intense and complex aromas of mature black fruits, balsamic vinegar, and a touch of spice. The wine is smooth and balanced on the palate with mature, well-developed tannins and a round mouthfeel. Was $30 Now $20

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Wine, New Art

Swing by this weekend and see our new show

Color and Light

Recent oil paintings by Susan Roberts which will be enlivening our walls through October.  Sunday, Susan will be here from 3 to 5 pm so stop on by and meet the artist.

You might also want to check out these two artistic wines from Sicily that have just hit our shelves.

2020 Petraio, Nero di Avola  $14
This spicy, black-fruited Nero d’Avola feels fresh, lively, and generous. The juxtaposition of deep aromas with the freshness adds an intriguing tension.

2019 Tornatore, Etna Rosso  $22
95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio
A uniquely rich and focused wine made of the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape. It expresses itself with aromas of cherry juice and preserves, wild strawberry and a very characteristic volcanic and mineral intensity that is unique only to the wines of Mt. Etna’s volcanic soil.

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Introducing Suzanne Brooker

Introducing Suzanne Brooker
Suzanne is the artist for our currently hanging show.
Near Water
Oil Paintings by Suzanne Brooker
August 10th to September 11th

Come meet Suzanne and see the show this Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Art

Near Water
Oil Paintings by Suzanne Brooker
August 10th to September 11th

Water is an element of change. Unlike air, it has the appeal of visible weight and direction when it is bound to the ground and creates paths through the landscape. A trickster with many disguises, the dynamics of water is a constant challenge to render in paint from the dancing currents of fast water running downhill to the sculptural effects of the water course over rocky shores.

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Art

Stop by the shop and take in the new art on the walls.  We have an exciting show by Grego Rachko up for the next month.  Stop in and check it out.

Still Life After All
A collection of portraits and still lifes
by Grego Rachko
June 6th through August 7th

Artist Statement.
My name is Grego Rachko. My artistic practice focuses on drawing and oil painting, working with collage in both areas. The imagery is figurative and incorporates decorative patterns. Spirituality and psychology are my main themes, including ecology, social justice and humanism. I show regularly in group gallery settings, alternative and community spaces and my work has been collected for years by average people.
I started doing still life paintings and drawings in the early 1990’s and had been doing some intense figurative work about AIDS. Still life painting was the outlet I needed to express joy through color, composition and mood. I enjoyed the directness of them. And continue to explore their possibilities.

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM



Professional Artist / Arts Educator / Curator / Montessori Teacher


My artwork which you are currently viewing here at the Madrona Wine Merchant is collage and mixed medium collage on canvas and hand paper bowls. Collage is a French word meaning to glue. I create my collages with found and fine papers. My collage work is portraits of well-known and not so well-known people. Still life’s, collages inspired by my travels and life in Jamaica, West Indies and decorative collage bowls.

I,Patricia Ann Wilson, am a Professional Artist and an Arts Educator along with being a Montessori Teacher. I have two degrees in Art. A degree in Commercial Art, from Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. And a BFA in Drawing and Painting. Collage, Printmaking, Ceramics and Arts Education along with a Certification in African Dance. When I completed my BFA in Drawing and Painting I attended, the Art Institute in Chicago, Cornish College of the Arts and The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where I completed my BFA. I also have a Masters in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a local and internationally exhibiting and teaching artist.

I am currently starting again my, “JUST GLUE IT” Adult COLLAGE group which meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. And I am currently registering Saturday and Sunday art classes for Children and Adults. I teach independent sessions. And if you would like to purchase art from my show or make other purchases or request a commission; call 206 225 8489 / or


Artist Opening
April 24th, 2022 3-5 PM
Madrona Wine Merchants
1127 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

New Year, New Art!

We have art hanging on our walls again for the first time in quite a while.  Come check out the show.

by Pam Stokes

Artist Statement

I started painting in my forties with absolute beginning drawing and watercolor classes.

I loved the immediacy of watercolor and how different it could look depending on how you apply it. It seemed magical to me how layering coats of paint could change the colors and bring the painting to life. Watercolor can be bold and dramatic, but I always favored the delicate details that watercolors can highlight.

I have also been involved in the Urban Sketching movement and love meeting with fellow sketchers at locations around the city to sketch and paint in our notebooks. It’s a wonderful welcoming community for any level of artist. I keep trying to sketch buildings and landscapes, but I am continually drawn to the smaller details like plants or small details of a building instead of a larger cityscape.

The organic shapes in the small details of nature have always intrigued me: the patterns of leaves, the graceful points of rose hips and dried pods and flowers past their prime are more interesting to me than a rose at perfect bloom.

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM