June 5, 2009
The weather was less perfect, but the atmosphere inside PINOT in Olde City Philadelphia was warm, inviting and very exciting. On display for the first time in ten years were paintings by nationally acclaimed artist Samuel J. Formica. Creating a feeling of being surrounded by the smells and tastes of wine, ‘Le Quattro Stagione del Vino’ sets the mood for the enjoyment of wine during all seasons. Formica’s paintings are very unique in that each is comprised of 48 small canvasses making each painting 36” by 64” in size. When displayed, one is surrounded by all that is wine in every season with colors and textures of paint that is compelling. His technique brings a life of it’s own to the paintings. Fall brings an explosion of bright, deep, rich color and the feeling of a brisk, zesty flavor, winter brings the softer tones of white snow against the stark bareness of the season that just radiates cold and crisp feelings, spring comes alive with the burst of life that begins anew with a vibrant, exuberant feel and summer is gentle, warm and breezy bringing forth a smooth and comfortably lazy, hazy days of summer flair. One can imagine matching a wine to compliment each of these seasons. Mr. Formica is to be commended on taking tasting wine to the next level of sensory perception, that of wine imagery or “Wine Set To Art”.
Also on display were paintings utilizing corks that have been collected by Mr. Formica. Always one to see the artistic value of everyday items, Formica has very expertly integrated corks into another set of unique paintings. He has creatively designed the corks into geometric arrangements that compliment the paintings around them.
In 2003, Formica was recognized for his “Looking to the Future’ painting featuring Benjamin Franklin. This painting, with a wonderful historic theme, is currently on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Former Presidents, Clinton, Ford
and G. H. W. Bush, all have lauded Mr. Formica for capturing such historical significance through this unique painting.
PINOT is located at 227 Market Street in Philadelphia and is a fascinating wine specialty shop featuring ‘everything but the grape’ for the wine lover. Pinot is also home of ‘The Wine School at PINOT’, the Olde City branch of The Wine School of Philadelphia.
Visit PINOT at www.PinotBoutique.com.
Visit Samuel J. Formica at www.samuelformica.com
By: Barbara Garton www.timeforelvis.com