Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Announces September Dates for 32nd Year of Popular 12-Day Wyoming Event

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The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, a 12-day roundup of arts ranging from gallery walks to ranch tours, culinary arts to architecture and interior design, will stampede into Jackson, Wyo., Sept. 7 – 18, 2016. Held in the famous Wyoming mountain town known as the “Last of the Old West,” the event is a hub for art and culture enthusiasts and includes more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free.

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival QuickDraw artist Amy Lay paints a moose in Jackson Town Square for one of the September festival’s famed events.

Many of the events are open to the public at no charge, offering visitors a budget-friendly introduction to Jackson Hole.

Art captures the glories of nature when the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival takes over the town of Jackson, Wyo., during one of the most beautiful times of year in the valley. The 32nd annual installment of the fall festival will take place Sept. 7 -18, 2016, announced Maureen Murphy, director of special events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the festival. The autumn timeframe is considered a best time to come to Jackson, with the long days, moderate temperatures and surrounding mountains ablaze with colorful fall foliage, creating an atmosphere destined to inspire both artists and art lovers.

With more than 50 family-friendly events – including art auctions, spectacular home and ranch tours, food and wine tastings and gallery openings featuring top Western painters and sculptors – it’s easy to fill a visitor’s itinerary for the full 12 days of activities. And many of the events are open to the public at no charge, offering visitors a budget-friendly introduction to Jackson Hole.

Among the many favorite events returning to the festival this year will be the Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk where more than 30 Jackson art galleries open their doors to showcase magnificent art accompanied by complimentary food and wine. Another appetizing event is the Taste of the Tetons where guests can sample delicious creations by the valley’s top chefs while sipping wine on Jackson’s elk antler-framed town square, the hub of many Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival events.

A marquee event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival returning to town is the Western Design Conference (WDC), taking place Sept. 8-11 at the Snow King Events Center with its annual exhibit and sale of the latest in Western-inspired contemporary functional art. The four-day WDC brings together a juried selection of best-in-the-West craftspeople and their one-of-a-kind work, attracting design lovers and collectors from around the globe.

Interior design and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy the return of the Showcase of Homes tour, where select residences allow visitors to peek behind usually closed doors to see the work of some of Jackson Hole’s finest designers. Visitors also have the unusual opportunity to meet the designers and architects, who are available in homes to “talk shop.”

Another event that gives guests a chance to interact with artists is the always exciting QuickDraw, where a talented selection of artists is given exactly three hours to complete plein air masterpieces on Jackson Town Square. The artists’ paintings and sculptures are then featured in a live auction where a spirited crowd begins the bidding.

About the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival:
Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyo., is served by major airlines including Delta, United, American and SkyWest. Reservation information for Jackson’s numerous hotels, as well as a complete schedule of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival events taking place Sept. 7-18, 2016, may be found at http://www.jacksonholechamber.com. For additional information, contact Maureen Murphy at Jackson Hole Chamber, 307.733.3316.

Media Contact: Amy Stark, WordenGroup Public Relations, amy(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335

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