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“Luminous Nature Paintings” Celebrating the Glory of Nature


Presented at Madrigal’s Sausalito Tasting Gallery Continuing Bay Area California Artist Series

Maeve Croghan
Maeve Croghan

December 4, 2018, Sausalito, CA – On Thursday, January 10th, Madrigal Family Winery’s Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery will open “Luminous Nature Paintings” the latest exhibit in its Bay Area Art and Wine series. The exhibition features the work of the California Artist Maeve Croghan and is curated by Shiva Pakdel. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 10th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. The exhibit is on view from December 12– January 22. The Tasting Salon is open from 12-7pm Thursday through Mondays.

“We have always loved seeking out local artists and performers, who, like us up at the winery in Calistoga, are committed to a craft and to creating a personal vision and enjoying life,” commented Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery’s Founder & President. “What a perfect way to spend a cool winter afternoon or evening, sipping a great glass of wine, looking at art and listening to music.”


I grew up being on a small Island in Northern Michigan every summer. As the Island had no cars, we lived much of our time outdoors in the summers. This instilled a deep connection and love of Nature. Being near and being affected by the Natural world has been integral to my whole life.

In my art I share this intimacy with the Nature. I begin most of my paintings outside, deeply experiencing the surroundings as I am painting it. There, I am influenced by the all the elements. I often push reality in my work in color and form, giving the paintings a sense life and movement that we may otherwise be only able to feel.

The paintings are often composed to draw the viewer in, so they will also deeply experience our natural world. In the work the viewer experiences nature through a lens they may have felt, but possibly not expressed. The paintings are a passage to a reality we often feel, but may not communicate.

Tamalpais Oak Shadows

Tamalpais Oak Shadows

My work is completed in the studio. There, I mostly work from my memories and feelings of being at the site, as I don’t use photo references. As I build the painting and let it evolve, it often changes from the original scene, taking it’s own direction. This is a very intuitive and introspective part of my process. The paintings can take months, even years to finish – until they finally feel ‘right’.

My art materials are of high quality oil paints ground from pigments and linseed oil – also close to nature.


Maeve Croghan’s innovative interpretations of nature have gained her much acclaim. She has been painting since she was 15. Maeve studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Reed College, the Portland Museum Art School, and the Corcoran School of Art. She has a BA from New College of CA in ‘Art and Education’.

Maeve was born in Alexandria, Va. and moved to Northern California in 1990. She grew up living every summer on an island in Northern Michigan. Here she developed a reverence for the lakes, woods and Nature. She paints from a deep connection to the environment. Her love of the land is understood in her color filled paintings. Her move to California initiated her plein air painting journey. She has been greatly influenced by the land, sea and botanical life of California.

The recipient of many prestigious juried awards, Maeve’s paintings have been shown in many museum shows, as well as numerous in galleries around the country. Recently her paintings were shown at the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, Japan, Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, Ca. and the Manoogian Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Mi. Her paintings are featured on the wine labels of Castoro Cellars of Templeton, Ca.

Maeve’s art is in prominent collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico. Maeve’s paintings have been published in the juried books, “ART of Northern California” and “American Art Collector”, as well as the “Studio Visit” Art Journal. Mackinac Memories, Ltd. published a book on Maeve’s Paintings, “The Essence of Nature – Maeve Croghan’s Exploration in Paint of Mackinac Island, California & Beyond”. Maeve teaches plein air painting classes and has been invited to be a Juror in for various Art Shows and Plein Air Painting events.

www.maevecroghan.com ~ maevecroghan@earthlink.net ~ (231) 215-0399

Entrance to the Madrigal art and wine event is complimentary. RSVP to sausalito@madrigalfamilywinery.com

The Madrigal Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery is open from 12-7pm daily, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays during winter. For information, contact Tasting Salon Manager Patricia at (415) 729-9549 or pgatti@madrigalfamilywinery.com

About Madrigal Family Winery

Located on Highway 29, halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley, the Madrigal Family Winery continues the family tradition of viticultural leadership and wine production. Since the 1930s, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by Chris Madrigal, the family’s 3rd generation.

Madrigal Family Winery Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery

819 Bridgeway

Sausalito, CA 94965




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