SARASOTA, Fla. — Florida Winefest & Auction (FloridaWinefest.org), a nonprofit that provides funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, recently revealed the signature piece of art to represent and celebrate its lineup of 2015-16 events.
Brendan Coudal, a popular artist who creates mid-century styled paintings of mermaids, women, fish and more, has created “Perfectly Paired” to serve as the main visual on promotional materials for Winefest.
The 24-by-36-inch oil on canvas painting features a mermaid leaning on the edge of a glass of wine, much like a woman might lean against the edge of a pool. Coudal used his wife, Nicole, as the model for the piece, having her pose with a hula-hoop balanced on two chairs so he could visualize the rim of the wine glass.
“I wanted to create something that reflected the colors, fun and beauty the Suncoast has to offer,” Coudal said, “and I thought, ‘what better than a mermaid splashing around in a glass of wine?’”
Coudal’s image of the mermaid enjoying a swim in a wine glass will also be auctioned off, along with other items and experiences, at the Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction on March 19, with proceeds benefiting several children’s charities in the community.
“The charities that Winefest supports are near and dear to me and my wife’s hearts,” Coudal said. “We particularly appreciate the fact that Winefest helps organizations that serve children in poverty as well as special needs children and adults.”
About Florida Winefest & Auction
For 25 years, Florida Winefest & Auction has provided funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The nonprofit has awarded $8 million in grants to 84 charities since 1991.
The 2016 festival will include Wine & Winemakers Dinners; Bayfront Showcase Lunch Tasting; Banquet on the Block; Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction; and Wine on the Water. For more information, call (941) 952-1109 or visit FloridaWinefest.org.
About Brendan Coudal
Brendan Coudal has called Sarasota home for 30 years. An avid fisherman, Coudal started painting saltwater fish in 2001. In 2007, he began painting in an illustrative style inspired by mid-century artists. His work has been featured in many local and national marketing and merchandising campaigns. Brendan’s paintings are enjoyed and collected by people near and far, including actress Linda Hamilton, reporter Jack Perkins and author Stephen King. For more information, visit www.BrendanCoudal.com.