Town Square

Post a New Topic

In Vino. . .Ars Longa

Original post made by John Barry on Feb 9, 2010



If you walk into Kevin Milligan's gallery at 408 Hartz Avenue, you'll notice a LARGE piece of art in progress that is not hanging on the walls and is not for sale.

It's a bar, being crafted by local artisans Tom Walsh and Dan Parks. Walsh is carving a relief design into the bar's front, and Parks is topping it off with acid-stained cement.

When the structure is completed and Milligan has jumped through all the necessary and expensive regulatory hoops, you'll be able to enjoy a glass of wine in an art-suffused venue. Until then, this gallery owner has a license to sell unopened wine by the bottle or case.

"I view the setting as an art gallery that happens to have a wine bar," says Milligan, adding that "art and wine go well together." Even though Cork's wine bar, across the street from the gallery, recently closed, Milligan says that "the neighborhood is becoming known as a wine-tasting destination." Just up Hartz from the gallery sits Vines, which opened a couple of years ago. And on Prospect Avenue is relatively new arrival Vinoteca. On tap to open in the near future is Wild Vine Lounge on Prospect Lane.

Wine sales are bound to add to Milligan's bottom line. He notes that he has been able to continue to sell art even during the recession. Commission work has been steady too, he says. "People come to the gallery and ask me if I can make a custom painting or mural for their home and or business. Sometimes they ask for custom work from other artists represented at the gallery."

Milligan has also benefited from the economic-stimulus program, which helped pay for the costly permits required for outdoor seating. Patrons will eventually be able to sip en plein air.

A plein-air optimist, Milligan sums it up thus: "It is all good!"

Comments

There are no comments yet, please share yours below.

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

David Brooks at his Best and Worst
By Tom Cushing | 11 comments | 953 views

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads
By Tim Hunt | 34 comments | 879 views

Spedowfski Announces run for Livermore City Council
By Roz Rogoff | 1 comment | 603 views

Be an Exhibitionist!
By John A. Barry | 5 comments | 277 views