The fifth annual Autumn & Art, a juried outdoor art festival that lines Bradley Fair Parkway with artists, food and activities, is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 and will feature a few additions, including paddle boat rides and a wine tasting that will double as a singles mixer.
Details of the event, which is put on by Wichita Festivals Inc., were announced Thursday at a news conference at Newport Grill, a restaurant in the Bradley Fair shopping center.
This year’s event will feature the work of 99 artists, who will be selling drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramic pieces and more. The artists come from from 21 states, including 21 artists from Kansas. Ten of the artists are from Wichita.
The singles wine tasting will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept.13. Tickets to that are $25 a person and can be purchased at the door. The Wichita River Festival’s paddle boat rides will be on Bradley Fair lake and will cost $5 for a 15-minute ride.
“It’s your once-in-a-lifetime chance on Bradley Fair Lake to take a little people-powered ride,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, president of Wichita Festivals Inc.
Admission to Autumn & Art is free, though the festival will sell $100 patron tickets that will give their holders reserved parking, free beverages throughout the weekend and admission to an opening-night party with food from Bradley Fair restaurants, wine and spirits, a silent auction and a live performance by The Cherokee Maidens. Patron Tickets are available by calling Wichita Festivals at 316-267-2817, at AutumnandArt.com or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services offices next to Williams Sonoma.
Las Vegas-based fiber artist Prince Duncan-Williams was chosen as the festival’s featured artist. His silk fiber mosaic “Rhythms III” is featured on the festival’s 2014 poster.
“This is my third year here, and I fell in love with Wichita the first year I came,” Duncan-Williams said Thursday. “I’ve been preaching about this art show to all my friends that are artists.”
The weekend also will include food from Bradley Fair restaurants and hands-on activities for children.
Last year, about 15,000 people attended.