Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Ellijay River Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, Fainting Goat Vineyards and Gilmer Arts are proud to host the 2nd Annual Plein Air at the Vineyards. Regional artists, working outdoors, “en plein air” in and around the vineyards over a three day weekend beginning Friday, June 10th, and ending Sunday June 12th will create art based on the stunning views of the host vineyards. Works previously created by the artists will be available for purchase at the closing reception, in a live auction. Events will include an opening reception on the evening of June 10th, a “Quick Draw” painting competition on the afternoon of the 11th, and a reception and live auction on the event’s closing afternoon/evening.
Portions of the proceeds from sale of the artwork will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Ellijay, and Gilmer Arts.
On Sunday, representatives of each participating vineyard will select a “Vintners Choice” award winner from the works created by the artist painting at their location. That artist’s work will be featured as part of the vineyards’ marketing efforts.
The public is invited to visit each of the vineyards, watch the artists as they work, enjoy and purchase the artwork displayed, participate in the live auction, and enjoy the beauty that is the Ellijay Wine Country.
Ellijay Wine Country Passports will be available for $27 presale, $30 at the event, enabling patrons to visit and sample wine at each of the 5 participating vineyards, as well as participate in all event activities, including the Opening and Closing receptions. Passports will be available for advance purchase at each vineyard, and at Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton Street in Ellijay.
For more information, please contact Theresa Miller, event coordinator 404.281.3013.
Visit the Ellijay Wine Country website www.ellijaywinecountry.com, or the individual event hosts at their websites: