Update: First Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party on Friday, November 22, 2013

GD Beaujolais Nouveau-2013

GD Beaujolais Nouveau-2013

The Amarillo Art Institute will pop the cork on its first annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party on Friday, November 22, 2013 in the Special Events Room at Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard from 7pm – 10pm.

Grand traditions have developed in honor of the release of the Beaujolais, with the biggest festival, Les Sarmentelles, taking place in Beaujeu, the capital of the Beaujolais region. Celebrations erupt in honor of the year’s first Beaujolais Nouveau, a young red wine bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. Each year since 1985, millions of cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are shipped from France to distributors around the world at midnight on the third Thursday of every November. The 5-day festival in Beaujeu kicks off in the early evening the day before the Beaujolais Nouveau and features wine tasting, live music and dancing. During the afternoon on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a heated tent offers wine and a range of local foods for visitors to sample. In the evening, a torch lit parade honors the farmers that made the wine. Fireworks at midnight mark the release of the new wine, which is then drank until dawn.

This delicious French wine is produced from the handpicked Gamay grapes. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a wine making process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavors as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear. Around 49 million liters of Beaujolais Nouveau are produced each year, making up nearly half of the region’s total wine products.  About half of this is exported, with Germany and Japan the biggest markets, followed by the USA.

Amarillo Art Institute joins the rest of the world in celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2013. The Institute is located in Amarillo’s first indoor mall, Sunset Center, now known as Sunset Galleries. Amarillo Art Institute began in 2004 when a group of artists travelled to Palo Duro Canyon for the Institute’s first plein air workshop, which was followed by a grand opening of the Institute that summer in Sunset Galleries.

This 1st annual Beaujolais Nouveau fundraiser will support Amarillo Art Institute’s classes, workshops, scholarships, and programs benefitting artists and art lovers here and in surrounding areas.

As Amarillo Art Institute celebrates the uncorking of the new wine, we are excited to spotlight nine of our incredibly talented master artists who are an integral part of inspiring, educating, and enriching, the lives of those in our community and the surrounding areas through art. German impressionist Guido Frick who studied with the great painter Sergei Bongart will be painting a magnificent still-life in oil. Art Collector, Gallery Owner, Abstract Artist Ann Crouch will be working in acrylic on canvas. Classical Russian Artist and Instructor Emin Abbasov will be painting a portrait from a live model. Photo-Impressionist Artist Michael Longhofer will be painting a contemporary western scene. Artist Liz Bonham, classically trained in Realism and Impressionism, will be working on a beautiful still life in oil. Wildlife and Nature Photographer Dick Wilberforce will have his newly published book ‘God’s Critters’ available, Portrait and Plein Air Artist Joshua Sorenson will be painting in his very strong and powerful Sorenson style. Potter Luz Angela Crawford will be working with her unique handbuilt Columbian-influenced pottery, and Western Artist Jack Sorenson will be working his phenomenal western art magic as these exceptional artists grace us with their creative and artistic presence as they demo around the Events Room throughout the evening with their work being available for purchase. There will also be a fantastic silent auction that will include hand-painted tablecloths and art by local artists, Chris Johnson, Parks Lowe, Lunell Gilley, Cherine Kuster, Walter Wolfram, Karen Herpich, Cindy Kelleher, Amy Grigsby, Steve Cost, Cale Rogers, Brian Guffey,  Dallas Mayer, Carol Snelson, and North Carolina artist Alexis Lavine. We are also honored to host a retrospective exhibit of over 50 paintings by Maggie Price, PSA, IASMC, PSNM, Second President Emerita, International Association of Pastel Societies, presented in her memory.

The Institute strives to inspire, educate, and enrich lives through art. It’s workshops and classes feature national and international instructors. Classes and workshops are offered to children and adults in a wide variety of mediums providing inspiration to participants at every age and stage of creative development, with opportunities to explore and appreciate the arts in an exciting environment surrounded by the working artists, studios, and galleries located in Sunset Galleries and Panhandle Art Center.

Partygoers will stroll the Special Events Room at beautiful Sunset Galleries, enjoying French music, sipping Beaujolais Nouveau, tasting delicious food, bidding on amazing silent auction items and artwork and enjoying magnificent masterpieces which will be demonstrated by the Master Artist Instructors at Amarillo Art Institute.

Please join Amarillo Art Institute for an evening of delicious wine, great food, fine art, and friends as we join others around the world in celebrating the Beaujolais Nouveau 2013!

What: Beaujolais Nouveau Party, a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit Amarillo Art Institute

When: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013

Where: Special Events Room, Sunset Galleries, 3701 Plains Boulevard

Details: Tickets cost $50 per person, and can be purchased at the Amarillo Art Institute by calling 806-354-8802. Office hours are 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the door.

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