The fourth annual Autumn & Art, a juried art festival that lines Bradley Fair Parkway with artists, food and activities, is scheduled for Sept. 13-15 and will feature more artists than in the past plus a new activity for children and more options for VIPs.
Details of the event, which is put on by Wichita Festivals Inc., were announced Tuesday at a news conference at YaYa’s EuroBistro, a restaurant in Bradley Fair.
This year’s event will feature the work of 95 artists, up from 78 last year. The artists, which will be selling drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramic pieces and more, come from 21 states, including 34 artists from Kansas. Ten of the artists are from Wichita.
“We have an abundance of riches with the quality and quantity of artists that were juried into this year’s event,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, the president and CEO of Wichita Festivals Inc.
The three-day event will begin with a $75-a-person patron party on Sept. 13 that will feature live music and food from Bradley Fair restaurants YaYa’s, Newport Grill and Redrock Canyon Grill. It’ll also have live music, cocktails and an auction of a piece of art created live on site.
A new feature is a VIP area, which will include access to reserved parking and a VIP tent throughout the weekend. That ticket is $100 per person.
Otherwise, admission to Autumn & Art is free.
Organizers also have added “Artie’s Clubhouse,” a kids-only area that will feature pieces of art for sale priced between $5 and $10. Parents won’t be allowed in.
“We don’t want Mom in the tent saying, ‘Pick that one. It will match your room.’ We want these budding collectors to choose art that speaks to them,” Jarvis said.
The jury chose Colorado-based artist Pamela Spika as the festival’s featured artist. Her painting “Always a Dreamer” is featured on the festival’s 2013 poster.
Spika said on Tuesday that Autumn & Art has a good reputation among artists across the country.
“You guys have started something really great here,” she said. “Everyone knows it’s a very quality event. The word is out.”
The weekend also will include food from Bradley Fair vendors and other hands-on activities for children.
Last year, about 15,000 people attended the event.