The Artist at Work

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The Artist at Work

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Instant Gratification at the Biltmore on Saturday

Though the weather has been capricious, extending April showers into May and making short sleeves and sun basking a rare pleasure, Spring is nevertheless here and settling in. Yesterday, Beltane, or May Day, marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice - the time to plant seedlings, pick wildflowers, and celebrate the earth, good work and all things a little finer than base capitalism.

Since the last blog, we've marked some momentous arrivals that declare the joy of the season: eternal return, birth, turning over a new leaf. The hummingbirds have returned - I've had at least one report of a male ruby-throat at a feeder in South Asheville. And right on cue, nearly always timing their return with the hummers, kindred travelers, Marcus and Anne have returned to these hills and sun-scrubbed meadows from the southern coast. I've also celebrated a rare arrival: my son, Cormac Ulysses, was born in march, right before the Equinox, and yesterday, we spent May Day watching the grackles, cardinals and mockingbirds in our yard court one another.

Though Spring has toyed a bit with our souls and bodies with her fitful chills and rains, we invite you to come celebrate all our new season arrivals this weekend at the Biltmore, and take a little piece (or sip) of spring home with you. Marcus and Anne will be at the winery on the estate from 11:30am-5pm on Saturday, May 4th. Marcus will be signing wine bottles of Biltmore's Spring wine, a lovely rose' of Pino Grigio adorned with Marcus' piece, Biltmore in Bloom. Special edition prints of Biltmore in Bloom, framed and unframed will also be available. You will also be able to get a glimpse of the book, Flight of the Mind, Marcus; 25-year retrospective, which promises to set your spirit soaring above any passing clouds.

If there were such a mythic figure as a May Queen, she would live inside Marcus' Biltmore in Bloom, probably sipping on a bottle of Biltmore Spring wine. So come see if you can find her this Saturday. We would love to see you!

If you can't make it to the Estate Winery, prints are also available at Art Accents in Weaverville. Check out the framing options on Marcus' official site here.