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El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire

Apr 30, 2009 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

For anyone who enjoys fine art and fine wine, congratulations. This is your Mecca. Now in its sixth year, the El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire brings more than 100 artists from all over the nation to Town Center to showcase their work, ranging from oils and acrylics to mixed media, bronzes, sculptures and jewelry. Sprinkle in some of El Dorado Hills’ finest wineries and you’ve got two full days of great entertainment that rivals anything you’ll find in Sausalito or Santa Barbara. 

“This is truly a fine art show,” says Dave Williams, owner of Hang It Up Gallery and founder of the event. “We’re going to have a great selection of art and artists from around the state and around the country.”

Some of the featured art and artists include Delia Bradford, who’s very well known for her impressionist landscape and floral paintings, the wonderful glass art of Tim Lazer, and the acrylic works of Dennis Nagatani. To accompany the art, 20 wineries from the El Dorado Hills region will be on-site offering tastings, all against a backdrop of live music and theater performances throughout the weekend. 

This year, the Affaire happens to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10. Mom and family can easily make a day of it by combining the Affaire with strolls through Town Center’s various shops, stopping for lunch at one of the restaurants, and even catching a movie. More than 15,000 people are expected to visit the Affaire, which has enjoyed growing attendance and popularity with each successive year. 

“This whole idea started when one of my artists suggested Town Center would be a great place for an art show,” Williams says. “So I developed a business plan, presented it to the Mansour Company, and got the ‘okay’ to move forward with it.”

That first year, the event drew about 1,500. It was originally designed to be a fundraiser for the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, but as it grew in popularity in subsequent years, it attracted attention. The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce became a partner in promoting and producing the event in year three, and two years later the El Dorado Hills Arts Council officially got involved. 

“We see the Affaire as a great way to showcase our community,” says Debbie Manning, executive director of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce. “With so many visitors coming from all over northern California, we’re hoping they’ll discover the charm of El Dorado Hills and want to come back.”

Admission to the Affaire is free, although there is a cost for the wine tasting. Specifically, 20 dollars enables you to sample any or all of the featured wines, and net proceeds from the event benefit the Arts in Education programs of the El Dorado Arts Council, the Friends of Youth programs of the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club and the El Dorado Hills community outreach programs of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce. <hr>
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