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Spring Fine Art And Crafts At Brookdale Park 2020 (New Jersey) – Call For Artists

Spring Fine Art And Crafts At Brookdale Park 2020 (New Jersey) – Call For Artists

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.

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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.

For more information, contact info@rosesquared.com.

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Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

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.

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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.

For more information, contact cariannez@kiarts.org.

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Art In The Hollow (St Paul, MN) – Call For Artists

Art In The Hollow (St Paul, MN) – Call For Artists

The Friends of Swede Hollow are seeking artists for a community/family annual arts festival, Art In The Hollow, that fills an urban ravine-based park with art at the beginning of the summer. Art in the Hollow began as a means to introduce St. Paulites to Swede Hollow Park, a magical hidden forest that stretches below the city’s street level from downtown into its East Side.

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Deadline: 25 May 2019

There is a $15 booth fee and no application costs.

Art in the Hollow is the only arts festival exclusive to St. Paul’s east Side, filling a cultural vacuum in an area of town which is otherwise overflowing with cultural enrichment from waves of immigration from Latin America, SouthEast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the horn of Africa. The park has a long history of habitation by Dakota people and incoming immigrants from Sweden to Mexico, reflected outward now in the surrounding East Side communities. Today, Swede Hollow park is a refuge for artists on the first Saturday of each June.

Vendor booths are situated along a pathway which wraps around the main stage on one end of the festival and along a pathway overlooking a creek to the far end of the festival where a second stage is situated under a historic stone bridge. A limited rain site space is available for some artists in the event of very severe weather. In addition to the vendor booths, the Friends of Swede Hollow sponsor a sculpture contest with a $15 entry and hundreds awarded in prizes.

Art In The Hollow Artist Benefits

Artists involved will find assistance from a team of volunteers. The East Side artist’s community is supportive and eager to help connect artists to further opportunities. Art in the Hollow has generally drawn crowds of nearly two thousand visitors in good weather. There are nearly 1000 social media followers. This year’s tenth anniversary will feature an expanded outreach to all the surrounding communities with increased lawn sign presence and flyers translated into Spanish, Hmong, and Karen. The Friends of Swede Hollow partner with nearby art organizations including Indiginous Roots Cultural Center, East Side Artist’s Salon, East Side Arts Council, and the St. Paul Library system.

About the Friends of Swede Hollow

Friends of Swede Hollow has watched over the Swede Hollow Park and its history for years. It brings art and events down into the Hollow to support and enliven the community. They are focused on grassroots arts community building rather than being an outgrowth of a large organization or corporate entity.

For more information, contact artinthehollowmn@gmail.com.


Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival 2019 (Lansdowne, PA) – Call For Artists

Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival 2019 (Lansdowne, PA) – Call For Artists

Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) announces a call for artists for the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival 2019, one of its oldest and most well-known attractions, drawing in visitors from Philadelphia, the suburbs, and beyond. Each artist displays their work under a canopy. There is a DJ tent, a live music tent, and a food truck area. It is an all-day festival of fine art, craftmanship, music, food trucks, and children’s entertainment.

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Deadline: 15 Apr 2019

The show is juried. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work, but also diversity of the show. $25 fee at time of application, plus $75 fee due upon acceptance.

Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival 2019 Artist Benefits

Artists benefit from sales. There is an audience in the thousands. Many visitors will eat, mingle, and linger for the whole day. An event staff member will circulate, taking photos for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Think of photo opportunities in your stand. LEDC will help you gain followers on social media. The festival takes place in downtown Lansdowne. The local SEPTA train station is just a block away. It allows for access from downtown Philadelphia or as far away as Elwyn, PA.

About Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation

Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a non-profit corporation whose goal is to generate economic activity and encourage investment in Lansdowne. LEDC does this through a variety of events and services for current and potential businesses, as well as residents and visitors. The mission of the LEDC is to support, encourage, and promote sustainable economic growth in the Borough of Lansdowne through focused community and economic development activities. LEDC envisions Lansdowne as a regional destination with a historic, walkable downtown, a thriving mix of businesses, and a vibrant arts and culture community.

For more information, contact rachel@lansdownesfuture.org.

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2016 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival – Call for Artists

The Greater Reston Arts Center announces a call for artists for the 21016 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 6 Dec 2015

The 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be on May 20 – 22, 2016. This is a juried, outdoor, nationally ranked fine art and craft festival that typically attracts 30,000+ patrons, and features over 200 of the nations best artists.

2015 reported sales for artists participating in our event were as follows:

  • 9%: between $10,000 – $42,000
  • 60%: between $1,001 – $9,999
  • 10%: between $150 – $1,000
  • 21%: chose not to report their sales

The 2014 Art Fair Source Book report, representing 21% of our artists, shows an upward trend, with average gross sales at $5,882 per artist.

Greater Reston Arts Center, (GRACE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to presenting excellent contemporary visual art. Our festival is our primary fundraiser and it allows us to offer its free-to-the-public exhibitions at the arts center and art education programs across all ages (GRACE Art is currently in over 40 schools regionally impacting over 20,000 children).

For more information, contact ericaharrison@restonarts.org.

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Caribe Arts Fest 2015 – Call for Artists

The Little Haiti Culture Complex, located in Miami, Florida is scheduled to host the 3rd Annual Caribe Arts Fest that celebrates art, music, food, film and other culture as expressed through artistic expression from the US, Latin America and Caribbean regions between October 23 – 25, 2015.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Oct 2015

5000 attendees for sales.

The American Art Initiative (AAI) was established to support the development and expansion of the arts by maintaining an exchange of talent and creativity for cultural, social, and economic viability. Our team consists of artists who understand the needs of artists. The main aim is to create positive representation of independent artists, create support and outlets that develop leadership for progressive living.

For more information, contact caribeartsfest@gmail.com.

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Spring Arts and Craft Fair – Call for Artists

Silver Springs is seeking artists to participate in our Arts and Craft Fair. Our event will feature crafters and artists from all areas.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 11 May 2015

Artists will have the opportunity to sell their work at this event.

Known as Florida’s oldest attraction. We are home to the world famous glass bottom boats.

For more information, contact events@silversprings.com.

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Bridgeport Arts Fest 2015 – Call for Artists

Be a part of the Bridgeport Arts Fest! We are seeking artists, artisans, crafters, musicians, performers, and creative people of all types for the 6th annual Bridgeport Arts Fest.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 29 May 2015

Join over 100 artists in Connecticut’s largest city on Saturday, July 11, for a full day of art, music, theatre, dance and more! Vendors of original and upcycled works are welcome.

The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a one day celebration of local and original art, artists, makers, and performers that takes place in downtown Bridgeport, CT at historic McLevy Green.

For more information, contact info@bridgeportartsfest.com.

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Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival – Call for Artists

The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking artists, crafters, and vendors to sell merchandise at Jeff Fest 2015. This is a 2 1/2 day festival.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Jun 2015

Artists can sell merchandise to our estimated 10,000 attendees and keep 100% of the profits.

The festival committee continues to focus on the Arts as Jefferson Park is home to a number of theaters, concert venues, performances spaces, galleries, public art installations, children’s theatre, and so much more.

For more information, contact fest@jeffersonpark.net.

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2015 Park City Kimball Art Festival – Call for Artists

Applications for 2015 Park City Kimball Arts Festival available now.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 8 Mar 2015

Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest arts festivals in the Western United States. The festival attracts approximately 57,000 art enthusiasts to Park City’s beautiful Historic Main Street to purchase from our 210 participating artists, enjoy the live music, and the delicious food and drinks.

Twelve eligible media categories:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metalwork
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival appreciates our artists.

  • 2014 average artist sales: $5140
  • No commission
  • Lodging discounts
  • Designated load-in times
  • Reserved artist parking
  • Artist lounge
  • Booth-sitters

Quotes from our 2014 artists:

  • “Your event is one of my absolute favorites for all the reasons- it’s very well organized, friendly, attentive to artists’ needs AND super well-juried.”
  • “Great show! I have now gotten additional commissions for larger pieces. Such a great show to attend!”
  • “We enjoyed great sales to a great crowd and will certainly be applying again for next summer.”
  • “An exceptional Arts Festival this year…the volunteers and seamless organizational skills of the staff made the entire event a delightful and extremely successful experience for me.”

Proceeds from the Park City Kimball Arts Festival support the mission, education programs, and community outreach of Kimball Art Center, Park City’s non-profit community art center since 1976. The Kimball Art Center is committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events.

For more information, contact artsfest@kimballartcenter.org.

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