Fort McCoy News April 22, 2016

75 gather for art, wine social event at ski area

Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy's Taste of Art and Wine event attracted about 75 participants April 1 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area Chalet.

The annual event features local artists exhibiting their work and area wine and beer vendors offering samples. The social gathering is open to the general public.

Nick Sanjari, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) fitness and programming manager and one of the event's organizers, said the intention is to provide a classy social event for the public and members of the community.

Event participants mingle at an information display at the Taste of Art and Wine event.
Event participants mingle at an information display at the Taste of Art and
Wine event.
Contributed photo

The first thing participants get when they walk through the door is their own wine glass.

"Everyone was given the opportunity to design their glass," Sanjari said. "We had wine charms (and) paint markers … to personalize it and make it a memorable event."

Six local wine vendors and one beer vendor offered samples to guests, and four artists displayed their work, which included paintings and jewelry.

"There was one artist who set up and allowed people to do actual paintings," Sanjari said. "A couple of people volunteered to do it, and she was up there describing how to do it and painting the picture with them." The volunteers were able to take their canvases home with them after the event.

"If you liked any of the artists' work, you were able to communicate with them and buy their pieces," Sanjari said. He said guests purchased several paintings and a lot of the displayed jewelry at the event.

He also said DFMWR has received a lot of positive feedback on the event, especially about the size. Many participants said that with 75 participants, the atmosphere was lively but not crowded.

"You want it to be a social event, but you don't it to be like you're in a bar," Sanjari said. The organizers are considering limiting the event to 75 participants in future years.

Artists and vendors interested in the event can contact the Fort McCoy Program Team at 608-388-3200. For more information about DFMWR events, call the hotline at 877-864-4969, or go online to