William Chris Vineyards (WCV) has announced they are accepting submissions for the Annual 2021 Artist Blend Label contest which runs through October 31, 2021. During the submission window, artists can upload their original artwork via Instagram for the chance to be featured on the label of the Artist Blend wine.
Artists interested in submitting must follow William Chris Vineyards on Instagram, post a photo of their original artwork with the title of the art piece in the caption, tag William Chris Vineyards, and hashtag #artistblend2020. Each entrant is also required to complete the official registration form on the WCV website here.
Once the submission period closes, a panel of judges from WCV will narrow down the artwork submissions to 10-15 finalists. Finalists will be notified via email and must participate in either a virtual or in-person “people’s choice” art exhibit for William Chris Vineyards Hye Society wine club members. Finalists will be notified no later than November 10, 2021.
This year, in addition to being featured on the 2020 Artist Blend label, the winning artist will be able to display or sell their art in a series of artist receptions and showings with WCV’s Hye Society wine club members. The winner will also receive a case of the Artist Blend wine valued at approximately $500 and “industry discounts” on WCV wines for one year.
The appreciation for art flows from the vineyards to the walls in the tasting room. The team at William Chris Vineyards sees a connection between art and winemaking and the Artist Blend honors that connection. From the first vintage label featuring artwork from Mary Ruth Blackmon, co-founder Bill Blackmon’s mother, each subsequent vintage has featured a painting linking the art of winemaking with a more traditional form of art.