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Southern California’s Largest Wine & Food Festival Opens Artist Call for Entries to Create 2011 Official Festival Art

San Diego, CA (January 26, 2011) – The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Southern California’s largest wine and food festival scheduled for November 16-20, announced today its Featured Artist call for entries.  Each year, the Festival selects one artist as the Festival’s Featured Artist to capture the overall look and feel of the food and wine Festival through an original painting, which is then used as the basis for the event’s marketing collateral and official Festival poster, said Michelle Metter, the Festival’s co-producer.

“The official Festival artwork captures the essence of the event, from the city’s delicious food and wine landscape, to the luxury lifestyle of those who attend,” added Metter.  “Over the years, we’ve seen an incredible amount of talent from artists, with each year’s Festival poster varying in style but equally appealing.  It will be interesting to see what this year’s Featured Artist has in store for us.”

Previous artists have included David Tyrone Villa (“The Spirit San Diego,” 2010), Robert Holton (“Good Cheer,” 2009), Christopher M. (“A Perfect Pair,” 2008), Cynthia Colis (“Pucker Up,” 2007), John Heimstra (2006), Cindy Clarke (2005), and Karen Pike (2004).

The Featured Artist is responsible for submitting a “mock-up” of the Festival poster for consideration by the Festival Board of Advisors.  The design must incorporate a wine bottle with “San Diego” and the current year (2011) on the label.  If approved, the artist must create an original painting of the design, which will then be donated to the Festival’s nonprofit live auction at the end of the weeklong event series, benefitting the American Institute of Wine & Food’s Culinary Arts Scholarship Program.

In return, the Featured Artist receives his or her artwork featured on all marketing collateral associated with the event including postcards, brochures, Festival program, website, Festival posters, advertisements, etc.  The chosen artist is also featured as a celebrity appearing at the Festival’s Grand Tasting where he or she receives a 10 by 10 exhibit space to display and sell artwork.  In addition, the artist’s bio and headshot will be featured on the Festival’s website and program with a link to the artist’s website, he or she will receive a full-page black and white ad in the Festival program, and inclusion in an electronic broadcast to over 15,000 food and wine enthusiasts and industry trade.

Artists interested in being considered for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Featured Artist should fill out the Featured Artist application on the Festival’s website and submit his or her concept rendering electronically to no later than February 15, 2011.  Applicants should note that all Official Festival Posters and Artwork contain a few common threads, such as San Diego and the year of the Festival written on the bottle.  Also, the piece should in some way capture the essence of the event as a fun celebration of food and wine.  All artists participating will be narrowed down to a list of finalists who will be juried by the Festival’s Board of Advisors.  If selected, the final artwork will be due to Festival Management by April 1, 2011.

Now in its eighth year, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown into a world-class wine and culinary extravaganza.  The five-day wine and food festival features wine tasting seminars, cooking classes by James Beard award-winning chefs, the San Diego WineRave, an elegant Reserve Tasting, and the Celebrity Chef Luncheon and AIWF Big Bottle Auction. The festival culminates on Saturday at the star-studded Grand Tasting Event.
For more information, please call Festival Management at 619-312-1212, or visit the website at


The 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods.  Held November 16-20, 2011, the event benefits the American Institute of Wine & Food culinary arts scholarship program.  Over 800 wines, 40 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants, gourmet food companies and exhibitors participated in the 2010 Festival.  For more information visit Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions.  For more information call 619-312-1212.

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