Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Stays Local With Commemorative Wine
This September 9-20th, artists and visitors will flock to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to celebrate the 31st year of the Fall Arts Festival. The festival, which began in 1985 as a way to extend the shoulder season of the famous ski town, has become one of the premier arts festivals in the Rocky Mountains.
This year, the Festival offers an exciting new collaboration with Jackson Hole Winery. Each year, the festival creates a signature red and white wine to commemorate the event. Not only does the wine make a great souvenir for visitors, but also part of the proceeds of the sale of these wines is designated to support the festival. In the past, the wine has been bottled in California, but this year the wine was bottled locally at Jackson Hole Winery.
The winery, which is family owned and operated, produces and stores wine made from the finest California grapes. A slow fermentation and aging process at the winery’s high altitude gives the wine a distinctive personality. This year, the white wine offering is a 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and the red wine is a 2013 Dry Creek Valley Syrah. The wine will be available for purchase at jacksonholewinery.com, bottledwyoming.com and local retailers, including The Liquor Store.
As far as art is concerned, the Quickdraw Art Sale & Auction is one of the highlights of the festival, because it gives art lovers a close-up look at the creative process. On Saturday, Sept 19, over 30 artists will gather in the town square to create a piece of artwork in 90 minutes. After watching art come to life before their eyes, visitors can bid on their favorite piece in the auction tent.
At the auction, guests can also bid on this year’s featured artwork, “13 Minutes to Eternity,” by renowned artist Billy Schenck. Additional highlights of the festival include the Taking it to the Streets art fair (Sept. 13) featuring local artists, the Taste of the Tetons food and wine tasting (Sept. 13), the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes (Sept. 18-19) and the Western Design Conference (Sept 10-13).
For more information, visit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.