Dog Art Today and Mutt Lynch Winery, North America's Most renowned dog winery, have partnered to host the 2009 Dog Art Wine Label Contest. All artists are invited to submit one dog-themed/wine-themed work of art. The winning entry will be made into a label for Mutt Lynch Winery's limited edition wine that will debut at the winery's Dog Days of Summer on August 8, 2009. This annual event includes wine tasting, dog themed art, and vendor booths to benefit the Healdsburg Animal Shelter. Dogs on leash welcome.
The Wine Label Contest winner will receive one case of the rare and exclusive wine, a featured spotlight on Dog Art Today, and an invitation to attend the Dog Days of Summer in Healdsburg, Sonoma County (travel and accommodations not included.)
Overview: One entry per person. Artwork must feature at least one dog. You may submit a title for the wine, but DO NOT include words, letters, or any writing on the artwork. That information will be added by the label designer, Rae Huestis. (Note: Mutt Lynch Winery wines are known for their clever wordplay. Click here to see examples.)
The artwork does not need to be original for the contest but you must have complete ownership of the copyright.
Only United States and Canada entrants this year.
Wine Description: A Dry Creek Valley Meritage, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that is aged in 100% French oak for 18 months. Only 500 bottles of this rare and exclusive wine will be produced. The wine will retail for $25 a bottle, with 10% of the sales benefiting the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
Size: Image must be the ratio of a x (a+1), example 10" wide x 11" tall. Maximum: 10" wide x 11" tall. Minimum: 3" wide x 4" tall.
Medium: Paintings or drawings. No photographs or photographic images used in the piece.
Format: JPEG minimum 200 DPI. Titled with your first and last name.
Application: submit the Word Document with all information complete and the word "YES" in the release box. The release includes permission to alter your artwork to create the label and permits reproduction and sale of 15 limited edition prints that will be sold to raise money for the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
Submission deadline: June 12, midnight PST. Email JPEG and completed Word Document Application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection process: Dog Art Today readers will have a chance to vote online for their favorite label June 15- June 19. The winner will then be selected by judges from the top 10 finalists and announced on June 22. The wine label will be revealed at the August 8, 2009 Dog Days of Summer event.
Prize: One case of the special release wine featuring your artwork and signed by winemaker Brenda Lynch. A feature article on Dog Art Today. An invitation to attend the unveiling of the wine at Mutt Lynch Winery's Dog Days of Summer event in Healdsburg Sonoma County, CA on August 8. (Travel and accommodations not included.)
Brenda Lynch – winemaker/co-owner of Mutt Lynch Winery
Rae Huestis - wine label designer
Moira McLaughlin – Founder of Dog Art Today