Monday, June 17, 2013
See, sample and savor wine and art at the second annual Art and Wine Festival at Main Street Square on June 22 to 23, sponsored by Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market. The event is free to enter.
Executive Director Megan Karbowski expects this event to be one of the largest events of 2013. Last year’s event drew thousands to Downtown Rapid City, this year’s event will include even more activities, including kids’ games and artistic performances.
“The whole family is invited to come to the Square, run through the fountains and check out the art,” Karbowski said. “Those 21 years of age and older may participate in tasting a selection of 50 wines, or can visit the beverage garden featuring refreshments to accommodate everyone’s palate.”
Tickets for the wine tasting are on sale now at www.MainStreetSquareRC.com. There are two options for packages: an All-Inclusive Package, which is an unlimited tasting package that includes a wine glass, and a Taste-As-You-Go Package, that includes a wine glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tickets will be available for sale at the event. All wines offered at the tasting will be available for off-sale purchase at a special Art and Wine Festival price.
Performing artists include acoustic duo Jami Lynn and Dylan James; acoustic artist Lang Termes; visionary Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke; Gordy Pratt with a musical comedy; and the St. Thomas More Jazz Ensemble.
“We will also have the Academy of Dance Arts do a special performance on the lawn,” Karbowski said. “They will essentially use their bodies as paintbrushes and create a masterpiece. We can’t wait to see the art happen right before our eyes.”
Dick Termes will display his “Termespheres,” spherical paintings that are described as revolving three-dimensional space/time explorations of entirely closed universes.
Main Street Square granite sculptor Masayuki Nagase will be on site, preparing the first granite stones for carving. He will begin carving during the first two weeks in July.
South Dakota wineries featured include Prairie Berry of Hill City, Shadé Vineyard & Winery of Deadwood, White Headed Robin Winery of Viborg, and Naked Winery of Custer and Hill City. Distributors included are Cask & Cork and Johnson Brothers Western Wholesale.
Approximately 50 artists will be featured in the 2013 festival including fine art by J Green Molds, the Silver City Fire Department, Larry Hayworth, Steven Boyd, Jim Tunell, Pamela Cullen, Northern Plains Studio, Tanner Lamphere, Weaver Art Gallery, Jot King, Gary Rowley, Out of Nowhere, Debra Kroger and Photos by Deb Leilani.
Art exhibitors included are Linda Meyer, Diane Mattern, Debora Anderson, Nancy Sandy, Shannon Dvorak, Daron Krueger, Sally Barlow, Abigail West, Kate Qualley Peterson, Dawn Rasmussen, Scott Haynes, 7055 Inc., 5C Indian Jewelry, Lakota Bows & Arrows, N Ashley Designs, D&M Creations of the Black Hills, John Vernon Creations, CD&LL Home Décor, Shaviq Designs, Antler Wear & Emporium, Suzie Cappa Art Center and Elaine Green.
Craft vendors are Debra Petres, CaLinda’s Pot Shop & Gallery, Bling Dreams, Mark Levsen, Michelle Lyon, Ellen McErlane, The Repurposed Artist, Silonti Jewelry, Oh Geez! Design, …by Christie and Kelly’s Kards.
The Rapid City Arts Council will have a booth, as well as the Dahl Gift Shop.
The Black Hills Area Community Foundation is featuring “Square Up For Giving” where the organization will match up to $500 in contributions made online at giveblackhills.org. All contributions will be used to encourage art programs in the area.
Sponsors Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market will offer free cheese and Diamond crackers at their booth.
The festival will culminate with a wine auction at 3 p.m. on Sunday, featuring auctioneer Joe Bennington.
To purchase tickets and browse more information, visit MainStreetSquareRC.com, call 605-716-7979, or stop by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 100. On the website, click on “Concerts and Festivals” and select “Art and Wine Festival” on the drop down menu.