From its inception as a small art auction and wine-tasting event, Art and the Vineyard has grown into the premier art and wine festival in the Southern Willamette Valley. The festival, which is the principal fundraiser for the Maude Kerns Art Center, attracts over 20,000 visitors annually. Monies raised from the festival help fund the Art Center’s year-round exhibitions and art classes in all media for children, teens, and adults.
The “Art” at Art and the Vineyard is represented by paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wall hangings, and wearable art created by over 90 artists in the Artists’ Marketplace. It includes the garden furniture, ceramics, gates and arbors, and outdoor sculpture by the over 20 artists in Art For Your Garden, where artwork is enhanced by the flowers and foliage of native plants. And there’s also art to be enjoyed at the Specialty Booths as well as artist demonstrations throughout the festival.
The Wineries area gives wine connoisseurs and novices alike the chance to sample the best the Willamette Valley and beyond has to offer. And to complement the wine are dishes from many nations available in the International Food Court.
Art and the Vineyard is a festival with multi-generational appeal. The Youth Art Arena gives the younger crowd the chance to enjoy art-making activities and displays provided by a variety of community organizations. The Youth Stage provides entertainment - - music, theatre, dance, storytelling, and more - - all three days of the festival.
It’s not only the visual arts that give Art and the Vineyard its special flavor. Main Stage Music plays a big part in the weekend’s festivities. This year’s event again brings in regionally and nationally recognized talent.