Ward + Blake Architects Announced as Title Sponsor for Western Design Conference Fashion Show in Jackson Hole Wyoming

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Award-winning Jackson Hole residential and commercial architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects reveals its support for Western artists and designers by becoming the title sponsor for the Fashion Show at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyo. Ward + Blake shares a passion for Western landscape and culture with the functional artists of the Western Design Conference, a signature event of the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in September.

Jackson Hole-based Ward + Blake Architects, longtime supporters of the Western Design Conference, will be the title sponsor for the event’s popular Fashion Show.

We have a great passion and respect for the West, which we see mirrored in the remarkable craftsmanship by these top artists.

Known for innovative and environmentally responsive modern architecture that takes its cues from the ruggedly beautiful and often challenging landscape of the West, Jackson Hole’s Ward + Blake Architects has been a long-time supporter of the talented artisans of the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) who similarly look to the West’s storied heritage, culture and natural world for inspiration in creating their one-of-a-kind pieces. For the WDC’s 23rd year, award-winning Ward + Blake will be taking on a new role as title sponsor for the WDC Fashion Show, a highly anticipated event that occurs during the Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party on Sept. 10 at the Snow King Sports & Events Center in Jackson, Wyo. The WDC Exhibit + Sale will continue at Snow King Sports & Events Center Sept. 11 - 13, 2015.

“We have a great passion and respect for the West, which we see mirrored in the remarkable craftsmanship by these top artists,” says Ward + Blake Architects principal Tom Ward. “We appreciate the Western Design Conference’s philosophy of presenting finely made functional art that provides fresh perspective on what’s ‘Western’ to attendees from around the world. As a measure of that appreciation, we’re pleased to be the WDC’s first title sponsors, supporting the opening night fashion show – an event known for its live performance excitement and the enthusiastic involvement of the Jackson community.”

The Opening Preview Party, a special night for visitors and locals alike on Thursday, Sept. 10, provides early entry into the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale. This gala celebration begins at 6 p.m. with an opportunity to shop and meet over 130 artists and designers. Guests view one-of-a-kind creations while sipping signature cocktails and enjoying gourmet bites by Café Genevieve. A captivating addition this year is the Designer Show House where juried artists’ creations and custom interior design come alive by integrating one-of-a-kind objects into a home environment.

A highlight of the evening is the always stunning Fashion Show. Designers’ innovative couture collections are modeled in an intimate runway format, where Jackson locals often appear as models in the event. The collections of handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories are typically accompanied by fabulous themes and great music, making for a highly visual and fun experience. A Winners' Circle Art Auction precedes the Fashion Show, allowing guests to bid on new works by a select group of top award winners from previous years. Tickets for the Opening Preview Party, Live Auction and Fashion Show are $50/person; $125/person for limited reserved seating. To purchase tickets, visit http://westerndesignconference.com/events/.

Founded by principals Tom Ward and Mitch Blake, Ward + Blake Architects has been creating homes and public spaces that capture the independent spirit of the West since 1996 out of its office in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Ward + Blake designs reference the land and the history of the region while also embracing cutting-edge construction materials and techniques. The firm was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for the design of an extraordinary private residence in Squirrel, Idaho.

“Tom and Mitch have been long-time supporters of the Western Design Conference and I am thrilled to have them as title sponsor of the fashion show this year,” says Western Design Conference Executive Director Allison Merritt. “The lineup for this year’s fashion show is outstanding and the event is sure to impress as well as being a crowd-pleaser.”

About Ward + Blake Architects
Ward + Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: to be provocative in thought, flexible in nature and disciplined in execution. Since 1996, the firm has earned recognition for architecture that is sensitive to its environment and successfully integrated with its surroundings, including being named 2013 Firm of the Year by the six-state AIA Western Mountain Region. Ward + Blake creates buildings that are tactile, modern, bio-climatically responsible, honestly expressed, technologically sound and artfully crafted. A recent monograph, In the Shadows of the Tetons: Selected Works of Ward + Blake Architects, provides an overview of the firm’s award-winning work. For additional information, visit Ward + Blake online at http://www.wardblakearchitects.com or call 307.733.6867.

Media Contact: Anne M. Parsons, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, anne(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 303.777.7667

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