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2007-09-18
Media Contact: Christopher Taranto
Phone: 805-239-8463
Website: http://

PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY SEEKING ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL ARTIST SUBMISSIONS
Submissions now being accepted

PASO ROBLES, CA (September 18, 2007) The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announced that submissions for artwork for the 2008 Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival are now being accepted for review by the 2008 Paso Robles Zinfandel Committee until Monday, October 1. One piece of artwork will be selected to become the marquee artwork for the 2008 Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival, scheduled for March 15, 2008. This is an open call to all artists, with a $750 commission available.

The selected original will be professionally framed and auctioned at the Zinfandel Festival live auction. In 2007, the Zinfandel Festival drew nearly 1,000 participants, and the festival artwork was paired with a large format bottle of the Zinfandel Festival Commemorative Blend to earn $4,500 at the 2007 festival auction. Proceeds from the event benefit healthcare and education for the vineyard worker community in Paso Robles.

The selected artwork will appear on the 2008 Zinfandel Festival Commemorative Blend label, Zinfandel Festival auction booklet, festival brochure, posters and other promotional materials. The artist will receive credit on all materials and have the opportunity to display and sell other artwork at a downtown Paso Robles business prior to the festival, and have a display area at the 16th annual Zinfandel Festival on Saturday, March 15, 2008. The 2007 Zinfandel Festival original piece was a 42 inch by 42 inch oil on canvas painting produced by Lisa Roche of Carlsbad, California entitled "Jammy".

"Wine and art are synonymous with one another and we are excited to provide the art community a way to be showcased along side the great wines of Paso Robles," said PRWCA Executive Director Stacie Jacob. "Last year’s piece was by far the most unique and played well to a wine theme. There is so much talent along the central coast; we can hardly wait to see what is submitted this year."

For more information and application materials, interested artists can visit pasowine.com or call the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance at 805.239.8463. Artists’ packets will also be available at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance office, 744 Oak Street in Paso Robles.

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 170 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com
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