Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring announces a call for artists for the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival 2019 where vendors sell one hundred percent, handmade, high-quality goods. Northwest Arkansas’ all jury show is seeking new vendors. From kitchen goods to fine art, all media is welcome. There is currently no fee to apply. Spaces in the large tents with free electric are available, as well as outdoor booths. Are your creations large? Shoppers love our large item pick up service. Take the plunge and join the festival’s 51st year! Festival dates: October 17-19, 2019.
Deadline: 1 Oct 2019
Over 40,000 shoppers attend. Northwest Arkansas is home to Walmart, Tyson, and the vendor companies that come with them. Shoppers come eager to spend money. The third weekend in October is Festival Weekend in Northwest Arkansas. Bella Vista Arts And Crafts Festival 2019 attracts tourists from every state in the union and into Canada.
Many community organizations come together to provide services that make the festival special. Free parking, large item pick up, and roaming ambassadors ensure vendors and shoppers have everything they need for a wonderful weekend. All positions staffed by non-profit volunteers from a dozen local organizations.
The Festival is sponsored by the Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring. Nearly 90 percent of profits go to art scholarships for college students, block grants for elementary school art supplies, support for the Wishing Spring Gallery (a place for artisans to sell their work all year, staffed fully by volunteers), and the Clay Studio (a new Alliance endeavor to teach pottery to all interested). Even the festival director and staff are volunteers. Hundreds of people devote hundreds of donated hours every year to continue these missions. The other ten percent of profits go straight to community organizations.
About Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring
The Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the arts, located in Bentonville, AR.
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Mena Art Gallery announces a call for artists for the Art of the Heartland national competition. Entries are open for artists of representational, two dimensional art. Maximum size, 36 inches.
Deadline: 15 Aug 2019
Entry fee: $45 for the first painting and $25 for each following. Mediums accepted are oil, water soluble oils, watercolor, casein, gouche, egg tempera, acrylic, watercolor pencil, graphite, ink or colored pencil, and pastel. Judge is renowned Plein Air painter, Trey McCarley. Paintings may be shipped or hand delivered to arrive no later than September 20.
Art Of The Heartland Artist Benefits
Winning artists will compete for over $7,000 in cash awards with a Best in Show award of $4,000. Each of 4 categories receive cash awards in 1st and 2nd place. Categories are Landscape, Still Life, Animal, and Figure. There is a $1,000 for the best painting by an Arkansas artist.
There is a Signature Artist status available for those being accepted in 2 or more national shows. Artist’s work appears on the Mena Art Gallery website. It may be included in various other forms of advertising. The gallery is located in the arts district of a popular tourist spot, particularly in the month of October when the gallery is full of art lovers. A 30% commission applies to all sales.
The aesthetic framework for the art featured in the gallery is to have every viewer and artist be a student, learning through awareness, cultivate imagination, critical thinking, and harnessing individual and social skills. It serves as a catalyst to engage the community, both aesthetically and socially. One is led to translate the message in the art as it comes from the heart of the artist. The gallery takes a look at art itself as art and social relevancy, thus envisioning the future, showing the artist and viewer what we can be.
About Mena Art Gallery
The Mena Art Gallery is owned and operated by SouthWest Artists, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is located in the heart of the picturesque Ouachita Mountains National Forest and nearby state park, a popular tourist spot. It is home to the International Christian Motorcycle Association, where visitors come from across the globe to their massive rallies, the largest being held in October, during the Art of the Heartland National Competition. The gallery is the hub of the Mena Arts district, where two art festivals are held each year.
The gallery actively promotes the arts in the region with ongoing shows and exhibitions. There are workshops where skilled teachers are commissioned to teach all forms of arts and crafts to all ages. A special children’s program is ongoing, culminating with a large show for budding artists under the age of 18. Each show begins with a reception. The two national shows have become a popular event with visitors and artists from around the state. The Mena Art Gallery is a popular location, not only in the county but also the state.
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