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World of Wine Festival Supports Local Art & Thriving Wine Industry

Jacksonville, Southern Oregon (August 4, 2011) — Southern Oregons’ World of Wine Festival supports both local art as well as a growing wine industry. The Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival has announced for 2011 that it has moved to a Jacksonville Oregon venue, and expanded from a single day event into a multiple day festival. “Jacksonville offers a more centralized location and the ability to expand, as well as being a gateway to the area’s wonderful wine regions,” said Chairman Lee Mankin. “The historically rich setting also offers numerous unique shops and restaurants that will enrich the festival, while at the same time providing much needed meeting facilities and convenient lodging.” The festival will be held the week of August 22nd, culminating in the Grand Tasting on the evening of Saturday, August 27th, hosted in the Big Tent on the Bigham Knoll Campus.

You can learn more about the world of wine & buy tickets online by visiting us online at www.worldofwinefestival.comThe World of Wine (WOW) Festival is Southern Oregon’s premier wine showcase. With Recent news that Oregon’s wine industry contributed $2.7 billion dollars to the economy(http://bit.ly/nOvcEc), it comes as no surprise that this year over 50 wineries will participate. More than 750 people are expected to attend the grand public tasting, which accompanies a professionally judged wine competition stacked with high caliber judges.This year the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival released its first open call to Southern Oregon artists, seeking wine-themed visual art to be considered for its 2012 festival poster. In partnership with numerous southern Oregon art societies, local artists were challenged to submit artwork inspired by the wines & vines that cover the region that they call home. The panel of judges that gathered in mid-July included:
  • Joe Ginet
    • President of the Applegate Valley Vintners Association
    • World of Wine Festival Art Chairman (8yrs)
  • Robert Roos
    • President of the Jacksonville Lodging Association
    • Member of the Jacksonville Business Association
    • Commercial Arts Degree
  • Linda Boutacoff
    • Masters in Art
    • Watercolorist
Eight pieces were presented to the judging panel before a winner emerged. Please join the World of Wine festival in congratulating Jaime Bryn from Williams, Oregon on her winning oil on canvas piece titled “Ladybug”. All of the finalists will be available for purchase at this years’ festival silent auction, meanwhile, “Ladybug” will be held for use in the 2012 festival season’s promotional material and will be auctioned off at next years festival. Looking to make your bid? Your chance to do so will be during this years Gala Dinner on Friday, August 26th. An exhibit of the winning entry and finalists will be open to the public free of charge Saturday, August 27th from 3 – 5pm in the auditorium at Bigham Knoll. During this time you can also purchase & pick up tickets for the Grand Tasting event, which follows from 5 – 9pm, when many of these winning art pieces will be presented for final bidding at the silent auction. Buyers beware, if you fall in love with Jaime’s piece, you’ll have to wait until next year to make your bid![slidepress gallery=’wow-festival-entries’]

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For more information, we invite you to:

Visit us online at  www.worldofwinefestival.com

Email us at [email protected]

Call our event coordinator Liz Wan at (541) 441-7711

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