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• Crushed grapes and bottles are inspiring

09 May

Hudson Valley Wine magazine is instrumental in combining the wines and the arts of the region for mutual benefit. What some may not know is that the effort involves recycling as well.

The magazine is behind the upcoming event “Hudson Valley Art & Wine: A Grand Celebration,” a May 20-21 gala fundraiser at the historic Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown. At that event, which is in support of Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, original works by Hudson Valley artists who used local wineries as their inspirations will be unveiled.

One of the artists is David Borenstein, an architect known for re-purposing materials and building houses for sustainable living in the Hudson Valley area. His work for the Lyndhurst event is based on his inspiration at the Robibero Winery in New Paltz.

“ … The first time I was at the winery, I picked up a discarded Poland Spring bottle,” Borenstein said. “I crushed it, to show how they are now designed to crush. When you put a few of those bottles together, they resemble a cluster of grapes.

“I am always searching and creating new media. It is part of the art, if you will. Right now, for this show, I have collected water bottles, mostly Poland Spring, and filled them with paint. It allows me to paint in three dimensions.”

Borenstein collected hundreds of bottles, turning them into more than 12 pieces of art, ranging from wall pieces, mixed media sculptures, and even furniture, as shown above.

Tickets and event information are available online or by calling (518) 731-1332.

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