Amorim Cork America
For Immediate Release Amorim Cork America will host an opening reception presenting the artwork of Scott Gundersen at its North American headquarters, at 360 Devlin Rd, Napa, on December 8th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Scott Gundersen’s media is, recycled wine corks. The origin of Gundersen’s wine cork portraits can be traced back to his travels through the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007. He loved how so many of Congolese people wasted nothing– every item, whether an old water bottle, broken shoelace or the bark from the Banana tree, was creatively repurposed. Compelled by the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the people he met in each village and market, Gundersen returned home dedicated to infuse his own art with these same concepts. Drawing on this idea of recycling, along with his love for mosaics and his penchant for drinking red wine, Gundersen collected corks for two years before making his first recycled wine cork portrait in 2009. In the years since, Gundersen has used over 200,000 corks in mosaics created for private collectors and corporate clients on four continents. http://www.scottjamesgundersen.com/cork/ In 2015 the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts commissioned Scott to create four murals for their IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix exhibit. The four murals created for that exhibit are now part of Amorim Cork’s private collection and will be featured at the reception. Mr. Gundersen will speak about his creative process in working with natural cork. Also in attendance will be Mr Patrick Spencer, Executive Director of the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, a forest conservation NGO. Mr Spencer will give a short presentation about the environmental and social importance of the worlds cork forests. www.corkforest.org Please call Amorim Cork America, (707) 224-6000 for further details and to register for the event.