Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair scheduled for September 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artists may exhibit a variety of media, including two dimensional work (painting, pastels, printmaking, and stitchery), three dimensional work (wood, glass, ceramics, and fiber), and jewelry. This is the second oldest juried art fair in Chicagoland. It is a very artist-friendly fair.
Deadline: 8 May 2020
Registration is $175 and artists keep 100% of sales. Gallery artists receive 70% of the sale price of items sold in the gallery during exhibits or in the gift shop.
The Park Forest Art Fair is held on the Village Green in front of the gallery and along Main Street in downtown Park Forest. The village hosts a music fest on Saturday during the fair and fest favorite, the folk duo Patchouli, will perform on Sunday. There are several food vendors offering a variety of foods.
Park Forest Art Fair Benefits
Tall Grass Arts Association offers several prizes, totaling $2,500, and various purchase prizes. The fair is advertised on WBEZ during prime time; in various publications such as the Chicago Tribune; in regional newspapers with the focus of the story being the individual artists from that region; and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Being juried for the art fair conveys the status of gallery artist with an annual opportunity to exhibit annually in the Tall Grass Gallery, the opportunity to participate in invitational exhibits, and to sell in the gift shop.
Artists are provided a breakfast each day of the fair and a wonderful dinner on Saturday night when prize winners are announced. Volunteers bring free bottles of water to the artists several times each day and provide bathroom breaks for the artists.
Some of the art fair artists have been exhibiting in the fair for more than 3 decades. One pair of artists who participate in both the Naperville Riverwalk and the Park Forest on the same weekend have reported that they sell as well in Park Forest as in Naperville. All of the participating Park Forest art fair artists report that they enjoy the fact that the Park Forest fair attendees stop to chat with the artists. 100% of the sales price goes to the artist and is not split with Tall Grass. Finally, this is one of the most affordable art fairs around because it is totally organized and managed by a team of volunteers.
“I love doing shows with nonprofit orgs because I support their efforts to do good on their community. I also think this is a growing movement among artists tired of the outrageous fees and impersonal promoters (23 new artists!) Keep up the good work, see you next year.” e waddington
“Mu husband and I had such a great time this weekend. I love you all, and loved the artists with whom I spoke, as well as every single person who came into my booth. This was truly one of the most special weekends I’ve ever experienced. I can’t believe how much happiness my artwork brought so many people. I even sold my Milky Way acrylic print on Sunday! N Roash
“Even though it was my first year at the fair, I could tell that I would like to return next year. I am looking forward to next year. I would like to thank you and the great staff for being so helpful and understanding.” P Taylor
About Tall Grass Arts Association
The Tall Grass Arts Association team is composed of volunteers. They have gotten to know the artists in a personal manner as they plan all the various aspects of the fair, from registration to helping unload, marketing the fair, and participating in the dinner for the artists. It is the dedication and effort of these volunteers that allows Tall Grass to keep the fees low for artists.
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La Grange Business Association announces a call for artists for the 25th West End Arts Festival, to be held on 9/12 and 9/13/2020 in suburban La Grange, IL. Located just outside Chicago, this upscale, family-friendly community holds this annual end of the summer event which attracts thousands. The event is free to the public. Parking is free. The event features art demonstrations, art activities for kids, food vendors, wine, jazz music, and culinary art.
Deadline: 14 Apr 2020
Cash awards and ribbons are given to the top four artists at the West End Arts Festival. Artists are highlighted in advance in social media and in the program guide given to all attendees (and available online). Artists love the show for it’s ease of loading and unloading and for the strong support of the volunteers and attendees. The vibrant business association actively markets the juried artists and the event to the community at large.
“The customers were great and we had a good weekend in terms of sales and exposure to new potential clients for custom works of art.”
“The people that live in the area are a buying crowd that are knowledgeable about art and appreciate it.”
“I look forward to participating in the WEAF each year. The event is well organized and the other artists are excellent and friendly. The set up is very accessible and the artists are given breaks and snacks by helpers. I recommend it to all my friends who love the arts.”
“This show is a great suburban show that has been going on for years and draws a lot of the local and surrounding communities.”
About the La Grange Business Association
La Grange Business Association is an active association which has been involved in the West End Arts Festival for 25 years. The Village of La Grange is upscale and vibrant and arts-focused.
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Previous call for artists from the La Grange Business Association
The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place June 27 and 28. They invite nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 27 in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids’ activities, and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Detroit visit the festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.
Deadline: 15 Feb 2020
This show welcomes fine art only. All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist. Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture) with artistic embellishments.
Available categories for applying include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood.
59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Benefits
Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are artist benefits and amenities including booth sitters; complimentary snacks and water; complimentary breakfast; a host home program for accommodations; extensive marketing in newspaper, television, and social media; artist parking close to the show; and an excited, welcoming, and beautiful community to spend the weekend.
Grand Haven Art Festival is a smaller show (in terms of number of booths) in comparison to other nationally-ranked shows. That’s what makes it special. Buyers feel as though they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with the artists.
About The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg has been the go to place for businesses in Northwest Ottawa County since 1899. They continue to be the leading voice for business. It is their mission to be the connection point facilitating the economic drivers that support business development, sustained growth, health, and quality of life for all sectors in North Ottawa County and West Michigan. Grand Haven is a beautiful beach town, located right on Lake Michigan.
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Steamboat Creates announces a call for artists for Art In The Park 2020. Free to the public and featuring more than 150 juried artist vendors, live entertainment, food vendors and an interactive children’s art area. Only handmade original art will be accepted. This popular and successful event takes place on July 11th and 12th over Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend, which draws large crowds for artistry and color both on canvases and in the air.
Deadline: 1 Apr 2020
Around 10,000 people attend the festival located in West Lincoln Park, on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs in beautiful Northwest Colorado. The show is open to the public Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 12, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Art In The Park 2020 Artist Benefits
Over 20 different mediums are represented. This high-end art fair is selective in its jurying process of handmade items only, which attracts art enthusiasts and patrons. Steamboat Creates (an evolution of Steamboat Springs Arts Council) has over 500 Instagram followers, over 1,000 Facebook followers, and a strong reputation in its 46th year for Art in the Park.
There is promotion of the event through newspaper, radio, press releases, magazine articles, social media, rack cards, collaborative marketing with Chamber of Commerc,e and distribution of marketing materials with the plethora of concierges in the Yampa Valley. Steamboat Springs was designated as a Creative District in 2017, putting it on the map for Colorado Creative Industries.
About Steamboat Creates
Steamboat Creates is devoted to supporting and promoting arts and culture in the Yampa Valley. They achieve this through planning, production, and collaborating with arts and humanities programs. Initiatives have a positive educational, cultural, and economic impact for the community. They are stewards of the 1908 historic train depot. Steamboat Creates is currently interested in developing and engaging the Yampa Valley community and natural environment in the greater conversation of interdisciplinary and contemporary arts. This is realized by curatorial and collaborative projects involving local, regional, and national artists and organizations working in all media.
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The Friends of Modern Art announce a call for artists for the Flint Art Fair 2020. This iconic 2-day event kicks off summer in Flint, MI, the weekend of June 13-14, 2020. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event introduces original works from as many as 175 established and emerging artists from Michigan and beyond in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.
Deadline: 15 Apr 2020
Each year, 6,000 fair goers come to the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center for this event. Various food trucks and vendors will provide a variety of food and drinks (adult beverages included), artist demonstrations, live music, and art related activities.
Flint Art Fair 2020 Artist Benefits
With numerous awards and honors, Flint Art Fair has been voted the #1 favorite summer event in Michigan by M-Live, rated one of the most “Artist Friendly” venues in the state, and one of the 50 best fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Saturday morning, Judges will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Chosen artists will be recognized over the loud speaker throughout remainder of the fair. They will receive a complimentary booth for the 2021 Flint Art Fair. The 1st place artist will be featured in the 2021 fair brochure distributed to visitors upon entry.
Event marketing includes:
- Print and outdoor advertisements including billboards
- Television and cable marketing
- Radio including on-air interviews
- Listings on local and relevant event calendars
- 400 posters and 3,500 postcards distributed around the greater Genesee County area
- Social media including Facebook and Twitter, reaching tens of thousands
- Flint Institute of Arts’ website
- Flint Art Fair website
About Friends of Modern Art
Since 1967, the Flint Art Fair has been presented by the Friends of Modern Art (FOMA), a non-profit membership organization serving an 11-county region in southeast Michigan. FOMA’s mission is to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation of
contemporary art at the Flint Institute of Arts among the citizens of the region. FOMA membership has grown to more than 550 individuals. Its programs serve more than 116,000 adults, children, and families within Southeast Michigan annually.
The 53rd annual Flint Art Fair is proudly presented by FOMA on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center. Proceeds from the fair benefit the Flint Institute of Arts through exhibition sponsorship and purchase of contemporary art for the FIA collection.
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The Decatur Arts Alliance invites artists to apply for booth space at the Decatur Artists’ Market 2020 in the 32nd annual Decatur Arts Festival. The festival will be held on the square in historic Decatur, GA, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. The Artists’ Market will be open on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 from 10 am until 6 pm, and on Sunday May 24 from 11 am until 5 pm.
Deadline: 24 Jan 2020
The Decatur Arts Festival is produced by the Decatur Arts Alliance, LLC, a 501 (c) 3 organization, supporting the arts and arts education in Decatur, GA. The festival features continuous entertainment and performing arts in the Community Bandstand adjacent to the Artists’ Market. Food vendors, a fine arts exhibition, the ArtWalk, theater, new dance, and a children’s festival are part of the festival activities.
Decatur Artists’ Market 2020 Artists Benefits
Cash prize for Best of Show is $1000, Second Place is $700, and Third Place is $500. The Best of Show winner will receive an invitation to the 2021 show free of charge. Second and Third Place will receive invitation to the 2021 show at half price.
The Decatur Arts Festival draws approximately 60,000 people to downtown Decatur for a celebration of the arts. This large audience represents a broad spectrum of knowledge and appreciation of the arts. The Decatur Artists’ Market 2020 addresses this spectrum with a diversity of styles and media.
About Decatur Arts Alliance
The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents, and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the City of Decatur. Founded in 1989, the DAA sponsors the annual Decatur Arts Festival. It is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Fine Arts Exhibition has been a part of the Decatur Arts Festival since its inception. The DAA provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups, and performance venues within the city. It helps make Decatur home to a strong arts community. The DAA is supported by membership along with proceeds from the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Wine Festival.
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Rose Squared Productions announces a call for artists for the Spring Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park 2020. Brookdale Park, located a half a mile from the Garden State Parkway on the border of Bloomfield and affluent, arty Montclair, New Jersey, is a lovely setting for a quality, outdoor fine art and craft show. Presently in its 32nd year, the Spring Fine Art And Crafts At Brookdale Park 2020 show is co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Rose Squared Productions, featuring 150 fine artists and crafters and has an estimated 12,000+ attendance. The free-to-the-public show runs Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st at 10am-5pm.
Deadline: 1 Jun 2020
This is a long-standing juried event. Approximately 25% of the show is fine art and fine photography. The clientele who attends the event are middle and upper middle class who appreciate quality. They attend the show to meet the artists and learn about the work and what inspires the artist. Jurying for jewelry closes on January 8. Other categories are juried on an ongoing basis with categories closing as they fill.
Setup is all day Friday and early Saturday morning. Exhibitors may park behind their spaces making set-up and break down easy. Show takes place in a beautiful county park with permanent bathrooms, food, and booth sitters.
The show is heavily advertised with 22,000 direct mail postcards, heavy social media sponsored ads, billboards, posters, and social media partners in the local cultural community.
About Rose Square Productions
Both Howard and Janet Rose were full-time teachers at a central New Jersey High School. Janet taught English for 26 years and Howard was a Vocational Graphic Arts teacher for 27 years. They retired in June 2000.
Before beginning show promotion, both were professional potters creating wheel-thrown, functional stoneware. They participated at quality craft shows for approximately 6 years throughout the Northeast (Lincoln Center, Peters Valley). Knowing what it is like being exhibitors allows them to create a show with the exhibitors interests, both fiscal and physical, in mind. They are committed to keeping out buy/sell and reducing as much of the risk an exhibit takes in participating in their shows.
After assisting running an art and craft show at their Temple, Howard and Janet decided to form Rose Squared Productions and try to create a quality, juried event in Essex County. The name Rose Squared is from Howard’s grandmother, Rose Rose, and being two Roses, formed the business with the appropriate name.
Their first show was held at South Mountain Arena in West Orange, NJ. After the second year, the business was expanded to include free-to-the-public shows in Montclair, Verona, Upper Montclair, and Cranford in co-sponsorship with the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.
Rose Squared Productions presents from four to six shows annually with 140 to 175 exhibitors. Artists and fine crafters from throughout the East Coast and beyond participate in these well-attended, well-organized events. When the weather gods shine down upon the shows, attendance is from 12,000-16,000. They are now celebrating over 37 years in business.
Rose Squared Productions supports free and fair elections by donating a space to the League of Women Voters.
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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) announces a call for artists for the 69th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair. The KIA Arts Fair is a two-day, juried show featuring up to 190 fine artists. Staged in a shady, historic park in downtown Kalamazoo, the KIA Arts Fair is acclaimed for its friendly atmosphere and large crowds of arts patrons from across Michigan, Indiana, and beyond.
Deadline: 31 Jan 2020
Artists who are chosen to participate in the 2020 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will enjoy showing and selling their work in a beautiful outdoor venue affording the opportunity to interact personally with fair-goers and jurors. The KIA Arts Fair recruits jurors who demonstrate expertise in their mediums. The jury is comprised of practicing artists, art educators, and museum professionals. On the first day of the fair, jurors will select 12 best of category winners who will each receive $350 and a prize ribbon to display on their booths the second day of the fair. All artists selected to participate have the opportunity to promote themselves during the fair by distributing promotional materials.
The fair offers many artist amenities, awards 12 best-in-category prizes, and is supported by far-reaching promotion measures attracting a crowd of upwards of 40,000 patrons. Artist amenities include free artist parking, a complimentary Friday evening artist dinner and award ceremony, complimentary coffee and light breakfast in the park Saturday morning, and an air-conditioned artist lounge with refreshments.
About Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community and visitors from around the world to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses the KIA Gallery Shop, featuring artwork by area artists and international artisans.
The collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts includes over 4,000 works of art, focusing on American painting, sculpture and ceramics; American and European works on paper; and photography. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and East Asian art.
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Dianne Funk Enterprises announces a call for artists for the Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 (IWAF). Join more than 10,000 art enthusiasts, collectors, and serious buyers in attendance, April 3, 4, and 5, 2020, at one of the most pristine venues in the beautiful Palm Springs Desert Resorts area, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament, Indian Wells, California.
Deadline: 21 Oct 2019
Celebrating its 18th year of success, artists travel from across the nation and from as far as Japan, Africa, Central and South America, and Europe each year to showcase their contemporary and traditional fine art and high-quality craft. A total of 200 artists are selected to participate by jury. The Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020’s Primary Jury deadline is set for October 21, 2019. Fifty places held for the Secondary Jury deadline of January 6, 2020.
Open to all media artists, 35 mediums and categories are judged for awards in painting, drawing, 2D and 3D mixed media, printmaking, photography, and other 2 dimensional as well as sculpture, jewelry, hand-woven textile or fiber, non-functional, utilitarian, wearable-art and found art.
Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 Artist Benefits
- On-going artist promotion opportunities through artist spotlights across all IWAF social media, video podcasts, and blog features, all at no additional cost to the artists
- Robust $75K advertising campaign with strong public relations, print including major periodical such as LA Times and luxury lifestyle publications, and broadcast media coverage; digital and electronic marketing with geo-fencing, social media campaigns and media partnerships; local and select major-market editorials and press releases
- Top professionals from the staging, interior design, and realty businesses along with elite media and influencers invited as VIPs
- Easy artist check-in and express check-out
- Real-time show updates and communications via text message
- Complimentary artist hospitality with fresh snacks and beverages
- Live jazz and entertainment ambiance
- Guests are greeted as VIPs with free and valet parking available, event programs, and free ‘be-back’ passes
- Interactive activities and artist demonstrations
- Children’s activities and special exhibits
- Gourmet specialties at the Gourmet MarketPlace lining the festival entryway
- Local charities incorporated as Festival Partners, with donations towards their program funds
- Champagne Circle Bar and Oasis Bar service, and full-menu restaurants in the shaded courtyard pavilion
About The Festival
With a celebrated reputation for its high quality and wide variety of fine art and quality craft, the Festival has been ranked one of the “top 30 Best Fine Art Shows in the country” by Sunshine Artist magazine; “Best of the Best” by Palm Springs Life magazine; and ranked top 40 in both fine art fairs and fine craft shows by Greg Lawler’s Art Source Book; a Top-3 Southern California Getaway by The Examinor.
The creative synergy of demonstrating artists, local sponsors, and non-profit partners enhances the venue with vibrant activity. The artisan village environment includes a Gourmet Market Place with gourmet specialties, while sidewalk chalk drawing, children’s activities, wine tasting, live musical entertainment, and refreshment add to the festive activities that are ongoing throughout the day.
The Festival incorporates a number of local charities as Festival Partners and donates to their art scholarship funds. Participating organizations have included Vocal Performance and Appreciation Club at College of the Desert, The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Student Creative Recycle Art Program (SCRAP) Gallery, George Washington Charter School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Cathedral City High School Digital Arts Academy, Old Town Artisan Studio, Champion Volunteer Foundation, The Ophelia Project, and the Coachella Valley Youth Ensemble Program.
About Diane Funk Enterprises
Dianne Funk began producing art festivals in the Coachella Valley in 1986, with Faire a La Quinta, followed by Southwest Arts Festival in Indio in 1989, which has since grown into an acclaimed regional attraction. Building upon that success, Dianne Funk created the Indian Wells Arts Festival in 2002. It has since developed into the headlining event of the Coachella Valley’s arts festival season. The event has achieved an international scope with artists from more than 30 countries participating.
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The North End Neighborhood Organization announces a call for artists for the Marydale Arts Festival. Event to be held on September 28, 2019 from 12 PM – 5 PM. It is a fun filled afternoon art festival designed for local artists to share their work for sale. The festival includes a bouncy house, birdhouses, North-End temporary tattoos, local bands, food trucks, yoga (courtesy of Real Life Coffee and Yoga), face painting, puppet show, beer garden, and representation from local organizations.
Deadline: 27 Sept 2019
Marydale Arts Festival is free to register. Handmade craft products are accepted. Artists will be able to show and sell work at a festival that draws a unique demographic. It happens later in the year than most other festivals. Additionally, the North End Neighborhood Organization strives to make the process of tabling easy for new attendees and help them gain experience selling art. Last year over 1000 attendees filled the park and enjoyed art, music, games, food, and beer. This year will draw more as this festival grows. Many artists made upward of $300-500 at this festival in 2018.
About North End Neighborhood Organization
The North End Neighborhood Organization (NENO), a dynamic district council in the City of Saint Paul, works to serve, support, and promote the community as an equitable place for everyone to live, work, and play. NENO will promote the north end as an equitable, relevant, influential, and engaged neighborhood by:
- Supporting community equity and engagement
- Helping the community live and work together to achieve success
- Supporting proactively a diverse, sustainable, and connected community
- Publicizing the North End as a safe, economically developing, and welcoming neighborhood
- Bringing vitality to the North End by improving businesses
- Marketing the North End as a desirable neighborhood for everyone
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