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The Artists:

Ed Voelkel


Ed won his first art contest at age 7 and later completed the Famous Artists School course. In 1972 he graduated high school and became an Eagle Scout with a bronze palm. During high school, he found he had a passion for sculpture, pottery, and throwing the shot put and discus. Ed attended CSU Fullerton and became a graduate in 1978. Ed trained and signed with the National Football League as a tight end for the Los Angeles Rams. However, a football injury to the wrist ended both his NFL and shot putting career. Ed decided to start anew, and acted in Hollywood for 14 years doing movies and commercials. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry 11 Bravo, and while stationed in Germany, he bought a Mercedes Benz and toured Europe, where he saw many famous artworks. These creations by the classical grandmasters inspired him to continue his own artistic journey. He returned to the U.S. and started Voelkel Designs Studio in 1983, with a passion for doing the hardest sculpture of all - portraits. He moved to Wine Country (Healdsburg, CA) with his family and developed the Wine Series and Wine Pioneers in bronze, which is now expanding to other wine growing regions in the nation and abroad.

Gavin Voelkel

sculptor, lead-designer

Like his father, Gavin also became an Eagle Scout with a bronze palm and has developed a great interest and passion for art. He first began with the study of pottery and drawing in high school; however, he yearned for a greater understanding of traditional work and practices. When he graduated from high school in 2009, he moved to Europe and lived there for a year studying and touring cities throughout Germany and France. After seeing the powerful imagery in the paintings and sculptures of the grandmasters, he felt inspired to create forms of sculpture that works to integrate the classical styles into a new contemporary manner. Upon his return from Europe, he enrolled in Southwestern College for fine arts where he is a Phi Theta Kappa scholar, and is in the top 3% of the school for academic achievements. He is now the co-owner of Voelkel Designs Studio, where he is a sculptor and designer. His main emphasis and style of art is figurative classical sculpture and portraiture.

Stella Han

painter, designer

Stella's paintings gives us a newer take on traditional expressionistic qualities, blending the whimsical with realism, she delivers a landscape of her individual thoughts, juxtaposed to our hectic modern world.


The Wine Pioneers

Legendary Vintners

Their achievements and successes immortalized in bronze:

An homage to the founding fathers of the wine industry as we know it today, these distinguished individuals have earned themselves a place of honor recognized by people all over the globe.

The Wine Pioneers in Bronze serves as a way to recognize their achievements, and by showcasing to the world the people themselves, future generations can develop an understanding and appreciation of the history behind these great individuals.

Commission your winery

Sonoma and Napa Counties Wine Pioneers in Bronze:

"Will immortalize the achievements of the legends in the wine industry, and create a must see destination for the county."

- Charles McPartland, Mendocino County -













South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

The Wine Pioneers marks its expansion into new counties and wine growing regions with the addition of Jim Carter of South Coast Winery and his award-winning winemakers.

Jim Carter2 time Golden Bear Award winner and pioneer of southern California wines


Jon and "Doc" McphersonSouth Coast winemakers


South Coast Winery 34843 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591

Our Works

some of our other projects:
The Grape Picker Bronze Sculpture Half Life Size Bronze Grape Picker Sculpture Grape Grower - Growing Grapes Sculpture Grape Crusher - Stomping Wine Grapes Sculpture Marine Corps Color Guard Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Monument Unveiling Half Life Size Bronze Grape Cluster Sculpture Life Size Bronze Grape Cluster Sculpture The Wine Taster sculpture Bronze Barrel Wine Bottle Holder Sculpture Rafanelli Winery Bronze Grape Cluster Sculpture Gate Celani  and Mondavi Family Vineyards Bronze Plaque Gate Sculpture Steppin' Out Magazine Bronze Grape Cluster Gate Sculpture Karl Eller Phoenix Rising Bronze Sculpture Greyhound Monumental Statue Sculpture Healdsburg Bronze Olympic Flame Sculpture
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Legends & Founders

Their achievements and successes immortalized in bronze:

Great people from all sorts of different occupations have influenced the world through their talent, determination, and dedication. By creating everlasting portraits of them, we can continue to honor their legacy.

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Ed Voelkel with Emmy Award winner and Hollywood Producer Bob Stewart Ed Voelkel at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood_gallery Ed Voelkel with Rock & Roll legend Ray Manzarek of The Doors_gallery Ed Voelkel with Hollywood producer Tom Werner Gavin Voelkel with surf music legend Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean Rock and Roll R and B singer and guitarist Bo Diddley Ed and Gavin Voelkel with plaque of Thor Industries founders Wade FB Thompson and Peter B Orthwein Milt Brandt of Brandt Insurance in Healdsburg California Ed Voelkel with Henry Trione at the unveiling of Charles Chop Demeo's bust


- The Ultimate In Artistic Luxury -

From custom portraiture to care of your bronze:
Plaques, Busts, and life-size portraits
Handmade Bases & Pedestals
Care of your Bronze
Custom Art
Payment plans
Payment plans are available and can be be set up on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Great art is expensive, yet it is a valuable investment in yourself or your business. It is our pleasure to provide you with the ultimate in artistic luxury.

We like to work with companies and people to help mitigate the cost involved; and are open to trade options and service propositions.


Throughout the nation we have been commissioned by an array of clients, from corporate entities to private homes & galleries alike.*

*Due to non-disclosure agreements, some of our clients and private collector's names are witheld until completion of the project.