Business Beat April 1, 2018
Murals at En Garde WineryPeter and Paul Mester are artists working in the En Garde winery tasting room in Kenwood to create a series of murals commissioned by George Olah, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry as part of a “pay it forward” arts program that dates back to famed artist Pablo Picasso.
“This is amazing,” said Szakal, who with his wife, Sandra Scott, started En Garde Winery a little over 10 years ago. “This is completely out of the blue, and we are delighted with the art,” Szakal added as the artists performed the finishing touches on the panels installed in their Club Member’s Lounge.
En Garde is a boutique producer of around 2,000 cases annually and has had their tasting lounge in Kenwood since 2012. In keeping with the tradition, Szakal is planning to commission the Mesters to create murals for someone else.
Besides appreciating fine art and wine, Olah, the Mesters and Szakal all have something else in common: they are all of Hungarian descent. Szakal is currently hoping to send the artists to some other winery or business that is Hungarian-owned. Other clients of the Mesters include French actors Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard, the University of Cambridge in England, and town halls and hospitals across France and Germany. Work on the murals at En Garde concluded on March 15, and a grand unveiling will be set at some point in April. For more information contact Paul Morand at En Garde, 282-9216.
Bicycle shop expands to new location in Boyes Hot SpringsTeen Services Sonoma’s (TSS) Operation Bicycle repair enterprise is growing. In April, Operation Bicycle will move to a larger facility – down the street from the TSS headquarters, to the new Vailetti Plaza commercial space on Highway 12 in Boyes Hot Springs, expected to open at the end of April. The new location will provide more space and better visibility for Operation Bicycle to sell and service bicycles for Sonoma Valley youth and the general public.
Operation Bicycle was formed in 2012 when bike enthusiast and educator Adrian Palenchar started volunteering with TSS. He and fellow volunteer, Chuck Palenchar, transformed the Teen Center’s basement into a bicycle repair hub. Two years later, TSS raised enough money to hire Adrian and now employs three teens on a regular basis as the shop has expanded its hours and reach.
To learn more about Teen Services and Operation Bicycle, go to www.teenservicessonoma.org.