LaBelle to host unveiling, artist reception

AMHERST – LaBelle Winery has commissioned a major work of art, crafted by artist William Schnute – a self-taught master carver.

Schnute’s piece represents the first commission for the Art Gallery at LaBelle Winery Permanent Collection, created by Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboldea, owners of LaBelle Winery.

At the unveiling event, Schnute’s piece titled "Cesar’s Watch" – a 300-pound white oak high-relief wood grapevine wall motif sculpture – will be celebrated for the outstanding workmanship of the artist. The piece depicts the living properties of a grapevine and coexisting habitat, with an above- and below-ground perspective.

There will be a brief lecture by the winery owners and artist who will share their perspectives on how the subject of the motif was decided upon and the painstaking and intricate process in creating the piece.

The reception will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the unveiling and discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served. To register for this event, visit There is no charge for this event.

Schnute’s Oak Leaves Woodcarving Studio is open for viewing by appointment 654-7543.