Water marbling dates back to East Asia in the 10th century.
It was not until the 18th century, however, when Europeans began utilizing the technique, learning it from Central Asian caravan traders. Intricate marbling patterns can often be found on covers of bound books from this era, several of which are on display at Durant & Booth.
Artist and water marbling expert Sheryl Oppenheim works in Brooklyn, NY, but her elegant yet modern pieces are equally at home among the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley as they are hanging in urban contemporary art galleries.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better
Utilizing this classic technique, Sheryl worked closely with design firm Stranger & Stranger and the Durant & Booth winemaking team to create a color palette inspired by each wine's tasting notes. Jasmine, orange blossom, rose petal, vanilla, tobacco, cherry and dozens of other exotic wine descriptors were transformed into rich swirls of color, meant to bring life to the wine inside each bottle.
Now bestowed with these stunning pieces of original art, Durant & Booth's unique wine labels evoke those 18th and 19th century books, with each wine's varietal, appellation and vintage presented on the label's "spine" bordered by intricate marbling patterns. In this way, Durant & Booth becomes a library of wine, as bottles are arranged to fill the walls of the soaring, airy two-story space.
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Sheryl traveled from Brooklyn to Napa for Durant & Booth's grand opening in August 2016, presenting a live demonstration of her art to dozen of mesmerized guests. Today, Sheryl continues to produce art for Durant & Booth, with select pieces for sale to guests of the tasting salon. Durant & Booth also offers marbling art classes for those wanting to try their hand at the technique. Visit the Events page for more information on upcoming classes.