Ace Wine Photographer Bob Dickey Opens His Exhibit of Eclectic Wine Country Art at Monterey Street Wines with Guest Winemaker Chuck Carlson

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Central Coast Ace Wine Photographer Bob Dickey will be exhibiting his eclectic paintings and answering questions about his art at Monterey Street Wines in Downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 7, from 6pm-9pm during SLO’s “Art After Dark”.  To add to the ambience of the evening, Legendary Central Coast Winemaker Chuck Carlson will be pouring a selection of Carlson Wines & Curtis Wines for guests to enjoy including the 2011 Carlson Cabernet Franc, 2012 Carlson Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, and 2012 Curtis Viognier.

Dickey’s paintings are created from his original photos.  He alters the photos digitally to simulate the feeling he had when photographing the scene.  “Sometimes the final ‘painting’ and the original photo are similar –sometimes the only connection is within my head,” says the artist.  Finally, he prints onto photographic art paper with ultra chrome ink.  The result is a museum quality work with archival durability.

Bob Dickey, Ace Wine Photographer

Bob Dickey’s art education has been informal and eclectic.  He has taken classes over his lifetime in various colleges, community colleges and adult education programs, but never sought an art degree.  He sculpts in alabaster and paints with acrylics.  He has taken pottery and mold making courses; and sometimes replicates his sculptures by casting them in resin or concrete-like materials. He takes conventional photos for local wine-related events such as the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association festivals; the Brander Bouillabaisse Festival; winery Open Houses and special events for wine personalities.  His photos have been used with stories in over two dozen publications, including:  Wine Enthusiast, Santa Barbara Magazine, US Airways, Santa Barbara News-Press, and The Tasting Panel.  He was Art Director/Chief Photographer for Wine&DineSB for five years. His photos have been used by the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Association for their posters, postcards and brochures, as well as for their web site.

Winemaker Chuck Carlson

He designed SIDEWAYS: the map, showing the locations the movie’s characters visited in discovering themselves and Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara wine country, which included over a dozen of his photos. He photographs the local wine country for local and national publications and major wine events such as: Santa Barbara Vintners’ festivals, The World of Pinot Noir; The Chardonnay Symposium, Wine Waves & Beyond, The Taste of Pismo,The CCWC Dinner at Hearst Castle and the International Food & Wine Festival.  His art is currently in several winery tasting rooms and he has periodic shows. Additionally, Bob immerses himself in wine in every way, except literally. He has studied winemaking, wine growing and wine business at Hancock College and UC, Davis—and attended wine conferences throughout the state. He has participated in every aspect of winemaking from pruning to pouring; co-hosted a radio wine show; and taught wine marketing at Hancock College. He teaches wine classes for Elderhostel/Road Scholars; speaks to assorted groups; and leads tours through the Santa Barbara Wine Country. He is an associate member of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association.  Find more on Bob Dickey in the press at and on Facebook.


Monterey Street Wines (formerly Vintage 1255) is located at 1255 Monterey Street, in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Bob Dickey’s art exhibition begins Friday, March 7, from 6pm-9pm, held concurrently with SLO’s “Art After Dark”  and will be on display for 30 days.  Some of Dickey’s work can also be viewed on Facebook.




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