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58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place the last full weekend in June (June 29 and 30 this year). It invites nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 14 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 annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

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.

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Artist Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are many 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, as well as 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 they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with 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.

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Previous call for artists from The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg


Grand Haven Coast Guard Craft Fair – Call For Artists

The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Coast Guard Craft Fair. This is one of the most popular fairs in Michigan and held during one of the state’s biggest festivals – The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Mar 2017

Quality exhibits, high attendance, the Coast Guard parade, and fireworks mean you will have a successful event and a great time while you’re here. Acceptable work includes items that are original and handcrafted by the applicant. Unacceptable work includes wholesale, mass-produced, or foreign made items as well as buy/sell work, fine art pieces, kit-art, or hobby crafts.

Coast Guard Craft Fair crafter amenities:

  • Breakfast (coffee and pastry) provided for one person per booth for each day of the show
  • Lunch provided for one person per booth for one day of the show
  • Bottled water available at the Information/Registration Tent
  • Overnight security both Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Booth sitters available upon request at the Information/Registration Tent
  • Marketing and promotion via social media, press, event calendars, and local publications.

The Coast Guard Festival attracts over 325,000 people during the 10 day event. The Craft Fair’s estimate of attendance is 50,000 over the two day show.

The onsite jury’s top votes in each category will be invited back the following year without a Jury and Handling Fee.

The Coast Guard Craft Fair pulls in a large crowd and occurs during the renowned Coast Guard Festival. The Fair’s location, Central Park, is a beautiful spot that is minutes from historical, downtown Grand Haven, Lake Michigan, and the Board Walk. As a tourist-driven, beach-side town, Grand Haven has a lot to offer. Stay at one of our many campsites, take a trip to the beach, or visit the downtown shops. Make it a trip for the whole family when you come to the Coast Guard Craft Fair.

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Grand Haven Coast Guard Craft Fair