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Fraser: Winery tasting toasts local artist

by Maria Chavez
Special to the Sky-Hi Daily News

Local artist Greg McFadden and the Winter Park Winery are teaming up for an art opening and wine tasting next Friday, Dec. 7.

While there, patrons will enjoy two-for-one glasses of the winery’s featured wines and view McFadden’ s new art pieces, titled “A Compilation of Waters.”

The art opening and tasting will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. with complimentary appetizers.

McFadden has been capturing Western landscapes working as a professional river guide and plein air painter since 1990.

His works are primarily watercolors with pen and ink washes. Every original painting is created outside using actual water from the river. Each piece is painted in one session, using only one water vessel and only one brush.

The light, reflections, and time of day are integral in the palettes that McFadden uses.

Most of his collections are designed around the river runner and are inspired from the passion and continuing relationship that he has with the river.

“My concept is to express these rare landscapes, seen only by a limited number of people, through integrating the colors we see with the purest natural element, water,” he said. “I believe that by using the actual water from these sites, there is a somehow sacred aspect to each piece holding a glimpse of the beauty and inspiration so abundantly felt there.”

In addition to his art, McFadden is also a river guide and ski guide, based in Fraser.

He has a design degree from the University of Colorado and has worked in the outdoor industry since 1991. He has worked on the middle fork of the Salmon and Main Salmon for over 12 years. In the winter, he teaches avalanche education courses in Colorado and also guides cat ski tours at Brundage cat-ski in McCall, Idaho.

McFadden is also a ski tester for Skiing magazine and has been featured in Men’s Journal, 5280, Powder and Skiing. He rows and paints his way down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon annually. Visit him online at

During the event to toast McFadden’s latest works, the winery will be featuring its 2006 white zinfandel, 2006 merlot, 2005 cabernet, 2005 red zinfandel, 2005 Grateful Red, 2005 sauvignon blanc and 2005 chardonnay.

Located in downtown Fraser along U.S. Highway 40, the Winter Park Winery prides itself on its wine, small-town charm and great atmosphere. Like the wine, it offers a bold, rich and flavorful spice to the local community.

The tasting room itself offers wine by the glass, bottle and case. All the grapes are crushed, pressed and bottled on site.

There is roughly enough seating for groups of 20, so get there early to ensure your group a table.

Also, be sure to stop in with your guitar or poetry this winter for the acoustic, freeform Open Mic Night. Exact dates have yet to be determined – watch this newspaper’s event calendar in the next couple weeks.

For more information on the event, contact Maria Chavez at (303) 921-3316 or visit the Winter Park Winery online at

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