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Artist Caitlyn Sparkman (in blue) standing next to her 2019 winning label held by Rose Festival Foundation President Teri Bowles-Atherton
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 19 November 2019

Cash prize for winning submission that best depicts festival theme: 2020 Rose Vision

The search is on now for new original artwork depicting the Rose Festival's annual theme. Oak Knoll Winery, the official winery of the festival, is seeking submissions from the greater community for creative and original art to be considered for the 2020 Rose Festival Oak Knoll Wine Label. The company annually produces a custom wine label for its festival release of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Rosé of Pinot Noir. The contest is open to everyone identifying as an artist with a 2020 Rose Vision.

rose festival art contest medRose Festival Foundation President Teri Bowles-Atherton receiving first set of labels off production line from Oak Knoll President Greg Lint Photos by Vern UyetakeFor 33 years the winery has been giving selected artists an opportunity to not only create original work based on a theme, but to see that work move through the commercial process as a mass-produced and distributed wine label. The company will donate $1,000 to the winning artist and provide the experience of transforming their artwork into a wine label by participating in the process with representatives from Rose City Label company.

Following the production process, the artist's work will be given broad public and media exposure through Rose Festival VIP events -- including bottle signings -- starting with a public unveiling of the new label (April 2020). Submissions will be accepted from November 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges, and will be notified by no later than January 31, 2020. For eligibility, rules, and application go to the contest page.

Oak Knoll Winery is a privately held winery located in the Tualatin Valley near Hillsboro, Oregon. Established in 1970, it is the oldest operating winery in Washington County and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.

In 1987, founders of Oak knoll Winery initiated an art scholarship program to find the best design for the Rose Festival's upcoming season. Created to encourage and foster art within the Portland community, this recognition brings awareness to artists; provides a cash prize and the opportunity to see their work turned into a unique, one of a kind label promotion.

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. They value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage. The 2020 Rose Festival runs from May 22 through June 7.

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