City to hold first Art and Wine Festival at Christmas Hill Park

Talented local artists and winemakers will be on hand to show
off their crafts Saturday at Christmas Hill Park.
Gilroy – Talented local artists and winemakers will be on hand to show off their crafts Saturday at Christmas Hill Park.

The Gilroy Community Services Department and the Visitor’s Bureau have joined forces to expand the annual adult art show to a full-blown Art and Wine Festival where families can enjoy the work of local artists and taste the fruits of local wineries.

The work of more than 35 artists will be exhibited at the outdoor gallery, including 80 ranging from watercolor to mixed media pieces.

“What’s really exciting is it is a larger venue whereby festival goers will be exposed to the art exhibit,” said Cathy Mirelez, cultural arts and museum supervisor for the city.

At least half of the pieces will be for sale, said Mirelez.

“Gilroy has had an adult art exhibit for nearly 30 years,” Mirelez said. “We’ve moved it to a few locations, but it’s been at the Willey Cultural Center [the last few years].”

The event will include the music of four local groups on the Gazebo stage at the park. A kids corner with four craft booths will offer a chance to youngsters to try their hand at creating.

The focal point of the event will be an Awards Ceremony for the artists from 12:45 to 1:45pm on the Gazebo stage. The awards include Best of Show, Mayor’s Award and first, second and third place in each of eight categories.

In addition to the artwork, eight local wineries will be offering glasses of their vintages and the Coast Range Brewery will be offering up its brew. Wine glasses with the festival logo will sell for $4, with $4 tickets for wine and $2 tickets for beer. The 21-and-older crowd can also purchase $1 tasting tickets if they’d like to sample the varietals on site. In addition to non-alcoholic beverages, booths will serve food ranging from cheese and fruit platters to barbecue.

Admission to the event is free.

“The artists that did participate [before], all of them are really excited because of the change in venue,” Mirelez said.

For more information, contact the Gilroy Community Services Department at 846-0460.

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