The Western Design Exhibit + Sale Announces 2020 September Dates for Popular Four-day Event to Stampede into Jackson Hole

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The annual Western Design Exhibit + Sale returns to the Snow King Events Center September 10 – 13, 2020, capturing cowboy-to-contemporary Western spirit and bringing artists and buyers together in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With over 100 juried artists showcasing and selling handcrafted functional art and welcoming more than 4,500 annual visitors, this four-day celebration offers guests the opportunity to mix, mingle, eat and drink while shopping one-of-a-kind pieces from exhibitors specializing in home décor, jewelry, fashion, woodworking and mixed media.

Custom cowboy boots on the fashion show runway at the Opening Preview Party kicking off the four-day Western Design Exhibit + Sale, September 10-13, 2020 (photo by Katie Cooney/New Thought Digital).

Guests of the Western Design Exhibit + Sale sip wine while they mingle with artists and art lovers and peruse the 28,000 square feet filled with furnishings, fashion and accessories.

The dates are set for the Western Design Exhibit + Sale to return to Jackson Hole September 10-13, 2020, for its 28th year. While the more than 100 juried artisans chosen to participate in the four-day celebration hail from all over the country, they share a special love for the West that inspires their beautifully handcrafted functional art. Created in mediums including leather, metal, wood and textiles, their work is highlighted at the event, allowing visitors a hands-on experience and opportunity to talk with the artists. The Western Design Exhibit + Sale opens with an iconic live runway fashion show and also features a six-room Designer Show House constructed in the middle of the showroom floor at the Snow King Events Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

Each year, the selected artists bring their finest collections to picturesque Jackson Hole to show and sell their pieces, each accompanied by a unique story, to the more than 4,500 visitors who enter the showroom over the course of the event to experience the festive, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity. Guests of the Western Design Exhibit + Sale sip wine while they mingle with artists and art lovers and peruse the 28,000 square feet filled with furnishings, fashion and accessories that reflect the best of the Old and New West.

Kicking off the Western Design Exhibit + Sale is the highly anticipated Opening Preview Party on Thursday, September 10, a celebratory soiree to see and be seen, where visitors and locals gather for an evening that includes a live auction of specially selected pieces followed by a runway fashion show unveiling a variety of Western-inspired couture, all paired with tasty catered bites sampled with local spirits and signature cocktails from one of the party’s five open bars. Party guests can browse the showroom and get an advance look – and opportunity to purchase first – from the artists' offerings.

Returning to the Exhibit + Sale is the consistently impressive, true-to-scale Designer Show House, which features professionally designed interior spaces by a handful of highly talented design firms from across the country. Guests can find inspiration for their own homes as they stroll through the display rooms, talking shop with the designers.

Other returning favorites include another round of “Artitude Adjustment” happy hours offered daily at 2 p.m. with complimentary cocktails for guests to sip while shopping. And on Friday, Sept. 11, more than $20,000 in design excellence awards will be presented to artists chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with sponsored cocktails and artisan chocolates. The Exhibit + Sale continues through Sunday, September 13.

Drawing art enthusiasts and collectors from around the world, the four-day Western Design Exhibit + Sale is a signature event of the two-week-long Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, which brings an estimated 30,000 visitors to Jackson each September.

Tickets are $15 for an Exhibit + Sale day pass; VIP entry and reserved seating at the Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show is available for $125 per person; $50 general admission. All tickets include open bars or daily happy hours.

About the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale:
The annual Western Design Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with a love of the West. The Western Design Conference was founded 28 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The Western Design Exhibit + Sale moved to Jackson in 2007; Allison Merritt continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. Additional information, including schedules and tickets, is available at http://www.westerndesignconference.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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