Call For Artists - Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Arts and Entertainment

June 2, 2017

From: Trailing Of The Sheep Festival

June 1 - June 30, 2017  

Open call for Idaho artists to submit three (3) photos of completed artwork and artist's statement to Laura Drake, Executive Director Trailing of the Sheep Festival 

Artwork submitted must be related to sheep/lamb/wool visual themes 

Selected artists (Idaho-Wide) will be invited to exhibit and sell their work 

October 4 - 6, 2017 at the Festival Headquarters - Limelight Hotel, Ketchum

More about the Festival

It is wild, woolly and wonderfully authentic. It is the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, celebrating its 21st year, October 48 in the picturesque Wood River Valley of Idaho.  Each Fall, the popular Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep ('trailing') from high mountain summer pastures down through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas in the south.  This annual migration is Idaho living history and a family-friendly festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the West. 

The five-day Festival includes nonstop activities in multiple venues - history, folk and traditional arts, a Sheep Folklife Fair with music and dance, a Wool Festival with classes and workshops, storytelling, two-and-a-half days of Championship Sheepdog Trials, multiple culinary events and, the always entertaining, Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep hoofing it down Main Street in Ketchum.  This Festival honors the colorful history, heritage and cultures of Idaho and the West.

This year, the Festival is bringing in Stanzin Dorjai-Gya as the presenter for the Friday night Sheep Tales Gathering to screen his documentary film (which won the Grand Prize from the Banff Film Festival) centered on a shepherdess (Stanzin's sister) of sheep and endangered Pashmina goats in the Himalayas titled "Shepherdess of the Glaciers."

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival has garnered its share of top accolades including being recognized as one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by travel, Top Ten US Fall Festivals by, Top Ten Fall Festivals by USA Today, One of the Greatest Cultural Events in the West by Northwest Travel, Best Festival by readers of Sun Valley Guide and recipient of the Idaho Governor's Award for Cultural Heritage.

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