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Business Beat: 06/01/2016

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Benson shows at open studio tour

Robert Benson painting of dog
Dash Dog, Sunbather, by Robert Benson.
Kenwood artist Robert Benson will be exhibiting his newest paintings in the Art at the Source Open Studios Tour on June 4 and 5, and 11 and 12, and he invites you to attend. Benson's works will be on display at 3154 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol, at host-artist Pamela Nachtigall's new studio/gallery space. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benson has been active in the Sonoma County art scene since 2001, and has been creating new work just for this show. He has always done landscape and still life work and recently has been doing more figurative work of people and animals.

Benson recently was awarded “Best of Show” at the Day on the Green at Montgomery Village on April 30, among a field of dozens of artists, in the categories of painting, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. The juror was Sandy Erickson of Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg. Benson conducted a watercolor class/workshop on “Values, Light and Shadow in Landscape” for this event. He was also awarded First Place in the Painting category of the Montgomery Village Fine Arts show in Fall 2013.

Benson is taking on students for private instruction in watercolor and can be reached at 481-1956.

Visit Tag's & Co in Kenwood

Tag's & Co. (the former Painted Farm House) is located at 9255 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. In addition to perusing quality antiques and vintage goods for your home and garden, you can enjoy some special events this month.

On June 4 there will be wine tasting by Sunce Winery from 3 to 5 p.m.

On June 11, 11-12:30 a.m., there will be a flower arranging class by Jenner Conn. Cost is $35, which includes flower and vase - you must bring your own clippers. This class is limited to 10 people. Sign up at the store.

La Rochelle Winery will be offering a wine tasting there on June 18 from 3-5 p.m. Wine tastings are free.

For more information call 799-4663, or go to

Vintners & Growers award scholarships

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation (SVVGF) awarded $19,000 in scholarship funds to the college-bound children of Sonoma Valley winery and vineyard employees. Over the past 22 years, the SVVGF has awarded just under $275,000 to deserving students who have at least one parent employed by a winery or vineyard within the Sonoma Valley region.

This year's scholarship recipients and their affiliations include: Grace Avellar, Justin-Sienna High School (Carneros Vineyard Management); Georgia (Gracie) Bundschu, Sonoma Valley High School (Gundlach Bundschu Winery); Alexandra (Lexi) Dobson, Sonoma Valley High School (Larson Family Winery); Callie Hogan, Sonoma Valley High School (Anaba Wines); Ricardo Pulido, Sonoma Valley High School (Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards); Quinn Sheridan, Sonoma Academy (Treasury Wine Estates).

The SVVGF Scholarship Committee was made up of Pat Stornetta, Chair (Leveroni Vineyards); Jeff Bundschu (Gundlach Bundschu Winery); and Alan Ross (Ross Vineyard).

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a nonprofit organization serving over 500 members whose mission is to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley's grapes, wine and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. To learn more about the SVVGA visit or call 935-0803.

Employment relationship seminar

The Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council, in partnership with the state's Employment Development Department, is hosting a seminar on June 15, “The Employment Relationship: Knowing What, How and When to Document.” The presentation will take place at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, 7:30-10 a.m.

Presenting will be John Hyland, an employment attorney with Rukin Hyland Doria and Tindall, LLP.

The talk will provide an overview of the required and recommended employment documents for all stages of the employment relationship, and practical tips for effective record creation and management.

Space is limited. Reservations must be received by June 10. Cost is $45 for Employer Advisory Council members, $75 for nonmembers. Fee includes a breakfast buffet and seminar materials.

To register, call 576-2015 or email

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