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A Taste of Summer with Art Presence

Yesterday’s Taste of Summer opening celebration of the Britt Festival was a colorful…artistic…and hot! way to welcome the 2013 concert season and summer in Jacksonville. There was art all over town, and Art Presence led the way. We know a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep my typing brief (it’s another beautiful day out there today!) and post the pictures I took of our artist members making sure art had a presence in town and the kids who participated in the art activities we presented on the lawn in font of the gallery…

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Taste of Summer: Jacksonville PResents Plenty for Arts & Culture Lovers today from 11 - 4!

Taste of Summer, chalk art made for the Britt Festival opening celebration 2013 by Cathy Gallatin

Today’s Taste of Summer Festival, the annual opening celebration of the Britt Festival’s concert season, is geared up to entertain arts & culture visitors of all ages to Jacksonville from 11 am to 4pm today!

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Tantalizing, Artistic Wine Pairing at 2012 UV Wine, Art & Music Festival

“Mmm …” 12×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
Originally uploaded by sandiwhetzel

This tempting, sensual wine pairing will make it’s artistic debut at the 43rd Annual Umqqua Valley Wine, Art and Music Festival in Roseburg, OR, Sept. 8 and 9, 2012.

“Mmm …”  he’s thinking as he reaches for the wine bottle.  But what is she thinking?  If you could see a close-up of her facial expression she might be thinking, “Mmm, he’s cute. I’m looking forward to him choosing me.” Or, she could be thinking, “Mmm, could he be the one? Should I submit, or hold out for a better offer?”  It just might be a shift in the power play between them.  What’s your wine fantasy?

When I came up with this concept for my most recent painting, I realized it was a pretty simple composition that needed a little more detail other than the man’s hand reaching for the beautiful wine on a plain table. The addition of the checkered table cloth provided the necessary detail, as well as a little Italian restaurant ambiance.  In the bargain, the treatment of the table cloth added a sense of depth perception leading up to the wine bottle and beyond.  You might not realize how much thought and planning is required in the composition and execution of paintings I dream up.

Besides great wine and food and various artisan creations, festival attendees will be treated to thrilling music performances by the Lloyd Jones Band, DK Stewart Band, and Velvet Whiskey.  For entertainment schedules, directions and ticket information visit here

Admission to the festival Saturday, from 11 am – 10 pm is $10 and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm is $5.  Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.  There will be free wine sensory and cooking with wine classes, as well as the Cool Rides Car Show.  Other activities include Umpqua’s Got Talent Finals, Motorcycle Show, Wiener Dog Races, German Band, Wineries, various Artisans, Beer and Food Booths and Family Fun Activities.

Lloyd Jones, Portland, OR roots artist, combines New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century.  This music is not about louder and faster.  It’s about time, meter and groove.

DK Stewart has been a guiding force behind several North West bands that have gone on to national acclaim.  Tributes to New Orleans, Chicago blues, East coast swing and rockin’ boogie woogie can be heard in all the original music by this thrilling band.

If you attend this festival I hope you’ll stop by to see my art in my booth 10A and introduce yourself.  I’ll be serving up 6 new refreshing varietals among my growing series of wine acrylic paintings.  It will be a dose of visual intoxication without guilt or consequences. You can see more of my art here

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Tantalizing, Artistic Wine Pairing at 2012 UV Wine, Art & Music Festival

“Mmm …” 12×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel Originally uploaded by sandiwhetzelThis tempting, sensual wine pairing will make it’s artistic debut at the 43rd Annual Umqqua Valley Wine, Art and Music Festival in Roseburg, OR, Sept. 8 and 9, 2012.”Mmm …”&nb…

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Call to Artists: Music in the Mountains Festival Seeks Fine Art Vendors for Late September Event

We are eagerly preparing for the 2011 Festival. We would like to invite you to be one of our vendors. We are looking for high quality artisans with products that are strictly made by the vendor. NO RESALE MERCHANDISE, please. If you know of other artists who would be interested in participating please feel free to give them our contact information.

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