The Art & Wine Walk has come a long way in six years. What was once hosted under tents with relatively few artists has turned into a popular outdoor evening of food, wine, art and auctions.
This year will mark the seventh year that the social event will be held at the Renaissance Village and according to event organizer Al Moeller, this year is shaping up to be the most memorable Art & Wine Walk to date. Moeller said the newest addition to the Renaissance Village, a covered wooden pavilion with chandeliers, will offer a more comfortable place to dine and drink than what was possible in years past.
And while Moeller is excited about the new structure, he said the real draw to this year’s festival will be the local 14
about the new structure, he said the real draw to this year’s festival will be the 14 local artists who will have their work featured inside different houses in the Renaissance Village. The growth of the number of local artists that participate in the event over the past few years has been another point of pride for Al and his wife Brenda Moeller, and has become a major selling point for the event.
“It has been really exciting to see the local artists and photographer spread the word since they all know each other and have them become more involved in the evening,” Brenda Moeller said.
There are even perks to meeting every artist at the event as Brenda has created a small, portable guide for each Art and Wine Walk participant to go around the venue and get initials from each artist. Cards with initials from every artist can be entered to win door prizes at the end of the evening, giving diners another reason to explore the village and each one of its different
ethnic themed cottages.
This year’s Art and Wine Walk will be the the fourth that the Moellers have helped put on, and in that time, Al Moeller said that he has begun to notice trends that he is both excited to see and hoping to continue with the annual event.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that this is actually becoming a popular event for younger people in the community. I’ve noticed that most of the things that go on in this town are geared toward an older audience and that there is rarely much to do for the younger crowd so I think they appreciate being able to come out and socialize,” Moeller said.
The silent auction has aalso become a big hit, raising over $14,000 at last year’s event. The Moeller’s said that this year’s auction will be even bigger than last year’s, with more diverse offerings at a range of price points.
This year’s Art and Wine Walk will take place on July 25 at the Renaissance Village. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until everyone leaves.
Tickets are $15 to get in the door and the pasta dinner will cost $10. All money generated by the event will go to the Ely Renaissance Society to help pay for construction costs at the Ely Art Bank.