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WRJ Design Announces 5 Premier Jackson Hole Arts Events for Summer & Fall

Jackson Hole firm turns exhibition design expertise to supporting community nonprofits

Jackson Hole, WY – Jackson Hole-based design firm WRJ has a long history of designing exhibitions for auction houses, museums, nonprofits and galleries, including 15 years of experience creating exhibitions for Sotheby’s that have included such recognizable names as Laurance Rockefeller, Bill Blass, Katharine Hepburn and “Bunny” Mellon. Pairing that experience with a passion for supporting the arts in its local community of Jackson, Wyoming, WRJ regularly puts its design expertise to work on behalf of a number of nonprofit organizations in Jackson, including five top events scheduled for summer and fall 2015.

“As Jackson residents, we want to support the Jackson community,” says Rush Jenkins, CEO and owner of WRJ Design with COO Klaus Baer. “Jackson Hole offers an unsurpassed calendar of summer and fall events supporting the local arts scene and nonprofits. Although WRJ would like to participate in them all, we have named our five favorites for which we’ll be playing a role for the upcoming arts season.”

Tuxes & Tails Gala and Auction: The Lawn at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts sets the stage as formally attired canines walk the red carpet with their owners to benefit vital programs provided by Jackson nonprofit PAWS. WRJ Design is a regular supporter of this event where guests will enjoy a catered dinner by Gather while bidding on auction items, followed by live music from PTO, signature cocktails from 44 Vodka, complimentary wine from Westside Wine & Spirits and the opportunity to meet special guests from local animal shelters. Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $100/person; $100/dog. For more information: pawsofjh.org/news-events/calendar-of-events/

Jackson Hole Wine Auction: Consisting of three days of festive events, the JHWA celebrates food and wine in singular fashion in this premier auction fundraiser to benefit the Grand Teton Music Festival. A sought-after series of events for jet-setters, foodies, philanthropists and wine enthusiasts alike, the JHWA brings top culinary talent from across the nation and premier vintners from throughout the world to Jackson. The weekend kicks off with the Grand Wine Tasting, a taste-and-talk event featuring first-class international wines, followed by the Taste of Jackson Hole, a party featuring local bites and drinks from top restaurateurs. The Signature Private Dinners on Saturday night are intimate events hosted at chic Jackson homes with curated menus of specially paired wine and dinner prepared on-site. WRJ design puts its renowned exhibition design expertise to work to create the Auction & Gala Dinner, which includes an elegant five-course dinner and wine event with silent and live auctions and dancing. June 25-27, 2015. For more information: jhwineauction.com/.

Western Design Conference: A four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with an interest in the West, the WDC was founded 23 years ago as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. Including a juried Exhibition + Sale featuring the museum-quality creations of top artisans and a gala preview event presenting Western-inspired couture and jewelry in an entertaining theater-in-the-round runway fashion show, the WDC continues to grow and expand to encompass all aspects of the best of design capturing the spirit of the West. WRJ has consulted on the design for and will be participating in this year’s debut of a new Designer Show House that brings the artists’ functional pieces alive by integrating the finely wrought one-of-a-kind objects into a home environment. Attendees will enter a foyer and walk through six professionally designed rooms. Sept. 10 – 13, 2015. For more information: westerndesignconference.com/.

Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk: In this signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West, more than 30 art galleries open their doors to showcase magnificent works of art accompanied by tasty samplings of food and wine. WRJ Design is a regular participant in the popular Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk, which allows guests to experience the wide range of world class art available in Jackson galleries while meeting and mingling with artists and friends old and new. Many other businesses and arts organizations join the fun and add to the atmosphere. Gallery maps are available at participating galleries, at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, and in a variety of promotional publications. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, 5 – 8 p.m. at participating galleries. Free and open to the public. For more information: jacksonholechamber.com/fall_arts_festival/.

Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes: More than the usual walk-through, the showcase of homes offers a two-day self-guided tour that combines an insider’s look at the best of tony Jackson Hole’s architecture, interiors, landscaping and more with the chance for face-to-face conversations with the consummate professionals who created them. Part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and sponsored by Homestead magazine, the tour, now in its third year, is also a fundraiser with ticket proceeds going to local charities selected by participating homeowners. WRJ’s interior design work will be included in the annual Showcase of Homes, with the design team on hand to share a firsthand experience of their expertise with guests. Sept.18 and 19, 2015. For more information: homesteadmag.com/2015-jackson-hole-showcase-homes/.

About WRJ Design:
Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds their Jackson, Wyoming, office and showroom, WRJ imparts the special harmony and serenity of its Teton setting to interior design projects in Jackson Hole and across the country. Started out of a passion for great design by Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, WRJ creates residential interiors that combine a sense of discovery with serene and timeless reflections of their owners. Their exhibition designs for titans of philanthropy, fashion, music and politics give insight into the lives of luminaries from Brooke Astor to Cher, the Kennedy family to Sir Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson and Bono for Sotheby’s (RED) auction that raised more than $26 million to fight AIDS in Africa. For more information and to review WRJ’s singular projects, visit wrjdesign.com.

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