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Wartburg Unveils Painting Honoring Fall Festival

Wartburg President & CEO David J. Gentner, left, and artist Christopher Corr unveil the Wartburg Fall Festival painting.
Wartburg President & CEO David J. Gentner, left, and artist Christopher Corr unveil the Wartburg Fall Festival painting. Photo Credit: Courtesy Wartburg

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon's Wartburg recently celebrated the unveiling of the latest commissioned painting by Christopher Orr featuring Wartburg's Fall Festival.

President and CEO David J. Gentner unveiled the painting featuring Wartburg’s Fall Festiva which is scheduled for October. The return of the Fall Festival will be the start of multi-year festivities that will culminate with the celebration of Wartburg’s upcoming 150th Anniversary in 2016.

"The painting, personally delivered by Christopher Corr, explodes with the rich warm hues of autumn and displays traditional components of Wartburg’s iconic Fall Festival previously held on the historic 34-acre campus in Mount Vernon," representatives said. "The painting, abundant in Wartburg history, pays tribute to Wartburg’s past while simultaneously integrating its latest accolades."

Gentner praised the painting.

“There is no better way to begin the celebration of our upcoming 150th Anniversary in 2016 than to commemorate the milestone with a painting featuring one of Wartburg’s most memorable events – the Fall Festival," he said. "I am officially announcing Wartburg will once again host the iconic Fall Festival. The Fall Festival painting will be incorporated into all aspects of the upcoming event."

The "Fall Festival" painting is the third in a series of colorful paintings Corr has created for Wartburg. The collaboration first began in 1998 with the creation of “Winter at Wartburg” and followed immediately with “Summer at Wartburg” the next year. Each piece of art reflects Corr’s traditional method of painting, gouaches on handmade Italian or Indian paper.

“I was honored to be able to preserve Wartburg’s historic past in the Fall Festival painting while also highlighting their recent achievements. My latest painting will add to the legacy the current Wartburg generation is creating for the 21st century,” said Corr.

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