Sections

From water to wine

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Photo gallery

1/4
Iconic image: Jen Ferguson’s oil painting “Benediction in Blue” will be on display at the “Between Two Worlds” exhibit at Brooklyn Oenology, opening on June 2.
2/4
Sea the sights: “Evensong” is one of artist Jen Ferguson’s Brooklyn landscape paintings.
3/4
Bridging the gap: Jen Ferguson’s “Inuendo.”
4/4
Super-fund: Ferguson’s painting “At Rest — Gowanus Canal” reflects the view near her Gowanus studio.

Her work transcends labels!

An urban landscape painter will display her renderings of two of the borough’s iconic bridges — the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge — at the opening of her solo exhibition at Brooklyn Oenology Winery in Williamsburg on June 2. Artist Jen Ferguson — who has also designed wine labels for the show’s host — says that the bridges became her artistic muses when she moved from upstate New York to Dumbo.

“I was looking at both those bridges every day, day in and day out. They became my visual landscape,” Ferguson said. “That was what was around me all the time. I think I became a little obsessed.”

She had a minor culture shock when the rolling hills she was used to were replaced with tall towers and gothic-style bridges. An artist who studied at Pratt Institute, Ferguson wanted to paint the borough’s bridges with the same beauty she saw in the bucolic hills of the north, she said.

“I was coming from the countryside and moving to Brooklyn — what I’m seeing around me all the time, I came to see the beauty of that,” Ferguson said. “I started painting the architectural landscaping with the same approach you’d paint a pastoral countryside.”

The owner of Brooklyn Oenology, Alie Shaper, spotted Ferguson’s work and asked her to design two labels for the winery. The first, for a red wine called “Motley Cru,” used a Dumbo street scene that Ferguson had already painted. The second, for a Riesling titled “Friends,” features an assortment of adorable animals, which Ferguson created especially for the label.

The June 2 opening will feature $2 off glasses of “Friends” and a 10 percent discount on bottles. But Ferguson herself will not be purchasing too many bottles, she said.

“I love all wine, I would say I’m a big fan of red wine, but I’m such a lightweight,” she said. “I’m like a one glass kind of artist. I’ve never been able to be a wine drinker and work at the same time.”

The best reason to pick up a bottle, however, is not always the contents, said Ferguson.

“A lot of the reason that people buy wine is for the label,” she said. “And I’m guilty of that too, I pick wine for labels.”

The artist now lives in Carroll Gardens and has her studio in Gowanus, so she no longer has a view of Brooklyn’s beautiful bridges — but she is still painting the world around her, she said.

“Now I’m working on the Gowanus, which is a little less romantic than the Brooklyn Bridge,” she said.

“Between Worlds” exhibit at Brooklyn Oenology [209 Wythe Ave. between N. Third and N. Fourth streets in Williamsburg (718) 599–1259, www.brooklynoenology.com]. Opening reception June 2, 7–10 pm. On display until June 21.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Gimme from Yourz says:
Den afta da wine tranformz it 2 booty jooze yo!
June 2, 2016, 8:14 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your community:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!