Wichita Festivals, Inc., producers of Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, have announced that due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditionally alfresco fine-art event will instead be presented online, and will still include the opportunity to shop for art from fine artists and a virtual opening night Patron Party.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get creative,” said Ty Tabing, president/CEO of WFI. “As always, the safety of our attendees, who are also our neighbors, is our priority. But our creative and determined staff is busy developing an online event that’s fun and unique. We hope you’ll join us!”
Fidelity Bank returns as presenting sponsor for Autumn & Art: An Online Art Fair, which will take place 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. During festival hours, attendees can visit artists’ booths virtually to browse and buy the works for sale, and even talk with them via video chat.
“One of the best things about attending an art fair is the chance to talk to artists about their work and process,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication for WFI. “Autumn & Art will continue to be a great place to do that, and we are excited to see some of our favorite artists from past A&A events.”
In addition to exploring and purchasing original artworks in a variety of media including jewelry, glass, drawing, fiber art, ceramics, woodwork and more, attendees can enjoy entertainment, artist demos, tutorials, fun for kids and more.
One of the most popular elements of Autumn & Art is the Opening Night Patron Party. This event will be transformed, packaged and delivered to your door as a beautifully appointed package, complete with gourmet food, wine, beer and spirits; Patron gifts including a limited edition mask; and a program with entertainment and activities. The Patron Patio Party-in-a-Box is $100 per person. Proceeds help cover the cost of Autumn & Art. Find info and order tickets at AutumnandArt.com.
“We are encouraging our Patrons to gather with precautions for social distancing on the deck, porch or in the backyard with their social ‘bubble,’ and eat, drink and enjoy their party packs together,” Mott said. “Autumn & Art needs the support of our Patrons now more than ever.”
Signature events in and around Wichita, including Tallgrass Film Festival, Zoobilee and the Kansas State Fair, have opted to go virtual, cancel or postpone due to concerns about the rapid spread of COVID-19 at large gatherings, as have major events throughout the world, from the Tokyo Olympics to Coachella to Wimbledon.
Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community.