This will be the seventh year for Wichita Festivals’ three-day Autumn and Art event, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ve missed one the city’s classiest events.  The alfresco “outside” fine-art show and sale features 100 artist from 23 states, displaying fine-art works in a wide variety of media, including:  paintings, drawings, and photographs as well as glass, jewelry, wood, ceramic, and fiber pieces. 

Even though the event is sponsored by the same group that brings the community the annual Riverfest, don’t think big crowds, blaring music and overcrowded food courts.  Thing a slow stroll along art-lined streets, with the architect of Bradly Fair and the Bradley Fair lake as the back drop.  Typically cool fall weather, accompanied by a gentle breeze, light music, and mature people who stop intermittently to take in and appreciate all the event has to offer. 

Hopefully you’re getting the idea of the different kind of fun Autumn and Art offers.  Did I forget to mention, it’s all free.  Of course, you’re encouraged to purchase art from any of the specially selected artists in this year’s show. 

On Saturday and Sunday, attendees can purchase a bite to eat or dine in the Culinary Pavilion, where Bradley Fair restaurants Il Vicino, Jason’s Deli and Outback Steakhouse will offer a selection of menu items. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at cash bars along the parkway. 

You can bring the kids.  There are fun activities for them in Arties Clubhouse where they can create their own hands-own art project.

Autumn & Art hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 17; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Sept. 18 on Bradley Fair Parkway, just east of Bradley Fair at Rock Road and 21st Street North.

For those who want to go all in, the festival kicks off on Friday night with a Patron’s Party from 6-9 p.m.  The event features specialty wine and spirits, gourmet food from some of Bradley Fair’s finest restaurants, and great music.   Tickets, $100 per person, can be purchased by calling Wichita Festival at (316) 267-2817; online at autumnandart.com’ or at the Bradley Fair Guest Services office.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

You can also dine – there are actual chairs set up to sit down and eat – at one of three festival vendors.  There’s food vendors, and slow walks along art  Inc. and Laham Development officials today announced details about the sixth-annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, which is presented by Fidelity Bank and opens Friday. 

The alfresco fine-art show and sale features 101 artists from 23 states, including 34 Kansas artists. Original fine-art works in a wide variety of media will be available, including paintings, drawings, and photographs as well as glass, jewelry, wood, ceramic, and fiber pieces. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of sponsors and Patrons. 

“Once a year, a national-caliber fine-art show pops up along Bradley Fair Parkway, and thanks to our generous sponsors and Patrons, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the experience,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Whether you’re browsing or buying, you can take in the beautiful artwork and enjoy music, food and drink, plus activities for all ages.”

Autumn & Art kicks off Friday with the popular opening

New activities for Autumn & Art 2015 include a Wine & Art Tasting featuring an olive-oil tasting; a Whiskey Sampling; a Cigar Bar; Fun with Hoops; and Celestial Caravan, a photo booth sponsored by The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley. Artists Hallie Linnebur and Meghan Miller will transform participants with costumes and props and pose them in an early 20th century science-fiction scene to produce a one-of-a-kind souvenir photo. 

Fidelity Bank returns as presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Wichita Luxury Auto Group, Martin Pringle, The Flint Hills Group at Morgan Stanley, Grant Thornton LLP, IMA, Apricot Lane, the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation, Legend Senior Living, Trust Company of Kansas, J.P. Weigand, PixPro and The Bar’s Open.

“The continued growth of Autumn & Art reminds us all that the creative spirit is alive and well in Wichita,” said Clay Bastian, president of Fidelity Financial Corporation. “We are proud to support this inspiring celebration of artistic expression.”

Also partnering with Wichita Festivals, Inc. to produce the event are The Wichita Center for the Arts, Newport Grill, Redrock Canyon Grill, YaYa’s EuroBistro, Tree Top Nursery, PrairieFire Coffee Roasters, RedGuard SiteBox, The Frame Shop, House of Schwan, Jacob Liquor, The Fresh Market, Docuplex, Hilton Garden Inn and Living Sound. Media partners for the event are Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Radio, Intake Studios, KAKEland, SPLURGE! and Visit Wichita.

For more information about Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair or Wichita Festivals, Inc. contact Teri Mott, Director of Marketing and Communications, at (614) 506-9307 or teri@wichitafestivals.com. 

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