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Old Town Cellar Installs Dual Gallery Exhibition of Metal Wall Sculptures & Photography for “Art & Wine” Series

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Art and wine lovers are invited to the August edition of the fun new summer art event series in Old Town La Quinta, “Art & Wine” presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) and Old Town Cellar.

“First Tuesday Reception” on August 3rd, 5 to 7 pm – Meet the Artists & Enjoy FREE Wine Tasting & Appetizers

August’s Opening Reception will feature Metal Sculptors Ric & Tim Vigallon, and Photographer Bart Aldrich—all regular exhibitors at La Quinta Arts Festival and Art Under the Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta. Their artwork will be on display and for sale at Old Town Cellar throughout the entire month of August.

Brothers Ric &Tim Vigallon reside in Joshua Tree where they create vibrant hand crafted metal wall hanging sculptures, mostly made out of stainless steel and aluminum. Although their art primarily focuses on wildlife, “woody” surf wagons, native flora and fauna, and ocean scenes, they are also adept at creating custom commission pieces. They have sold their sculptures to the Art in Public Places programs for the City of Palm Desert and the City of La Quinta. Ric and Tim’s distinctive work can be displayed outdoors or inside the home. Contact info: / 760-366-8152

Bart AldrichIndio based photographer Bart Aldrich (a former wine sales representative – how fitting for the occasion) began to craft his career as a landscape and travel photographer in the 80s. While Bart is still highly recognized for his representational photography, the area that makes his work unique and sets him apart from other photographers, is his abstract works, a process and style Bart calls “Abstract Photo-Painting.” Several of Bart’s travel, landscape and abstract works have been published in photographic magazines and book covers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia – most recently in the May 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer. Website:

Bennett Lane WineryWine Tasting for the evening’s reception will be hosted by Bennett Lane Winery. In four short years this Napa Valley winery has garnered an incredible thirteen 90+ point scores with Wine Spectator. It has been making a splash with its lush textured cabernet sauvignons and a no-nonsense red wine varietal blend, Maximus—an incredible blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah—named one of California’s “Outstanding Values” by Wine Spectator. Bennett Lane Winery is located at 3340 Highway 128, Calistoga, CA 94515, Phone: 1-877-MAX-NAPA Website:

Appetizers will be courtesy of TKB Bakery & Deli. Short for “The Kids’ Business,” this former mom and pop bakery has expanded into three retail bakery delis in the desert, noted for the highest quality sandwiches and desserts for which they bake their own bread and perfect their own recipes. A TKB production facility for their original frozen doughs is now distributing cookies and muffins to its wholesale customers in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. TKB Old Town La Quinta is located at 78015 Main St., #108. Phone: 760-771-3777

Event Sponsor Old Town Cellar’s All Day Summer Happy Hour, created to coincide with the Art & Wine events starts at 3 pm (when the bar opens) until closing Monday through Saturday, with live entertainment on the weekends. One can purchase any of 30 items featured on the Happy Hour menu for only $6 each. This is a great opportunity to sample a glass of premium wine or taste the Old Town Cellar signature sliders or BBQ ribs at Happy Hour prices while admiring the incredible artwork for sale. Old Town Cellar is located at 78015 Main St., Suite 109 in Old Town La Quinta. Phone: 760-771-8950 Website:

Mark your calendars for the fourth and final “Art & Wine First Tuesday Reception” of the summer on September 7th showcasing Mixed Media Artist Joanne Casey and Painter Leslee Adams, whose artwork will be on display at Old Town Cellar throughout the month of September.

La Quinta Arts Foundation ( is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1982 driven by its mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.” In alliance with its Premier Sponsor, the City of La Quinta, LQAF provides a year round schedule of cultural events and programs benefiting students, artists, residents, and visitors to La Quinta and beyond.