WICHITA – Autumn & Art, which last year drew 29,000 attendees, takes place Sept. 15-17 on Bradley Fair Parkway. This year’s event will feature 98 artists from 22 states, including 31 Kansas artists.
Jeff and Judy Goodwin are the Grant Thornton LLP Featured Artists for Autumn & Art 2017. The Goodwins create richly-colored porcelain and gold jewelry by combining techniques inspired by the Italian glass artform millifiori and a Japanese clay technique, nerikomi.
Activities will include the Art of Bloody Marys (a build-your-own bar) presented by The Good Egg from 10am-1pm, and Whiskey Tasting from 2-5pm on Saturday and Sunday; the Chill & Charge Lounge with a charging station by Living Sound and alfresco billiards courtesy of Chilton’s Billiards & Spas; and over-sized lawn games, including giant Jenga and chess provided by Bluestem Rentals.
Admission is free for the public, thanks to festival sponsors and the Patrons who support the event by purchasing a $120 Patron Ticket. Patrons enjoy a lavish opening-night party from 6 -9pm Friday, with gourmet food, specialty wine, beer and spirits; a silent auction and wine pull; Patron gifts; and live entertainment by the Steel Drum Band and Phlox. Patrons also get reserved parking and complimentary beverages throughout the weekend.
Friday night’s Patron Party silent auction features airline tickets, spa treatments, artwork, vacation packages, passes to some of the area’s most popular galas, and more. Autumn & Art Patron Tickets are available by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817; online at AutumnandArt.com; or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services office, located next to Williams-Sonoma.
Art-themed family fun will be offered Saturday and Sunday. A variety of free, hands-on art activities will be available at Artie’s Art Studio, coordinated by Mark Arts. Artie’s Masterpiece Games give youngsters a chance to have fun while learning about classic paintings. In addition, Artie’s Clubhouse, a kids’-only gallery, will offer artwork for a kid’s budget from noon-5pm on Sunday.
Entertainment — from live music, dance and theater to art demonstrations — will be presented throughout the weekend. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to enjoy on the parkway. Cuisine from Jason’s Deli, Outback Steakhouse and On the Border will be offered at the Culinary Pavilion.
A unique musical event will make its debut around the perimeter of Bradley Fair Lake. “Inuksuit: Drums on the Pond,” a modern music work by John Luther Adams, has been described as “the ultimate environmental piece” by the New York Times. The 40-minute work is scored for 9 to 99 percussionists and was written to be played outdoors. Von Hansen, professor of percussion at Friends University, is organizing the event and has recruited 99 college and high school student and faculty percussionists to perform this unique symphony for the first time in Kansas.
Autumn & Art will be open 6-9pm Sept. 15; 10am-7pm, Sept. 16; 10am-5pm Sept. 17 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair, which is located at Rock Road and 21st St.
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