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Thank you for your interest in applying to ArtsFest 2021.  ArtsFest is designed for artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. The ArtsFest Staff and Committee will monitor the show for misrepresentation and to ensure compliance with the rules and standards. Artists will be required to remove all work that is questionable and/or not in compliance. Continued violation of the rules or failure to cooperate with ArtsFest Staff and Committee may result in expulsion from the show and ineligibility for future shows.

Artists are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own liability insurance and must provide ArtsFest with a Certificate of Insurance by January 31, 2021.  Artists may not setup or exhibit until the approved Certificate of Insurance is received. 

All artists are responsible for collecting Florida sales tax (currently 6.5%). A tax form will be provided prior to the festival. ArtsFest assumes no responsibility in this matter.

Artists must comply with all health and safety requirements, including guidelines from local health authorities, weighted tents, vehicles parked only in designated areas, etc.

Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category/medium in which he/she was accepted.  Acceptance is non-transferable and only the work of accepted artist or collaboration may be displayed.  Work produced by apprentices or employees is unacceptable.

Only artists accepted in the Jewelry category may exhibit or sell jewelry; all jewelry regardless of materials must be entered in the Jewelry category.

All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description (technique, materials, and process) of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands. Co-artists must describe their collaboration. 

ABSOLUTELY NO BUY/SELL.  Anyone reported and confirmed as selling anything purchased for resale will be asked to pack up and leave the show immediately.

An Artist Statement must be provided on application, displayed prominently within each booth, and present during judging.  Materials and processes used must be disclosed in this statement.

All artists are required to check in at Artist Check-In before setting up their booth. Picture ID will be required upon arrival.

Artists and collaborating partners accepted for participation MUST be in attendance during the ENTIRE show. No commercial agents, dealers, apprentices, employees, or representatives may attend in place of the artist(s).

Accepted artists may not exhibit in other shows during the dates of ArtsFest.

Displaying ribbons and awards from other shows is not allowed.

Artists who sell their entire body of artwork must remain with their booth for the duration of the show.

Unless requested to do so, or granted permission by the festival director, artists may not break down displays/booths or depart before closing time on any day of the show. Any artist doing so will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows.

ArtsFest will inspect booths on-site, to assure compliance of the Rules, and reserves the exclusive right to interpret and enforce the Rules. In any dispute, the decision of the Executive Director shall prevail. Failure to comply with the rules may result in the artist’s removal from ArtsFest without a refund and the right to exhibit in future events will be jeopardized.

FINE CRAFT FABRICATION:   All fine craft, including Ceramics, Fiber Art, Glass, Sculpture, and Wood, must be original and created   by hand.  No assemblages of commercially produced materials shall be accepted in any category.  After judging for selection, we may request additional information from some potential participants, including photographs documenting materials, process, and methods used to create the work to be shown, and the craftsperson in the process of creating the craft.  Hand-painted furniture will be placed into the Mixed Media category unless the furniture was also crafted by the artist’s hand.

Original art must occupy at least 50% of the artist's wall space. All artwork on walls must be framed or otherwise professionally hung. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct patron flow. All artwork displayed must be for sale.


Fine Art Reproductions of original paintings, pastels, drawings, collage or mixed media may be exhibited if they are of professional quality, printed in limited editions in reasonable numbers, signed and numbered on the front of each piece.  No excessive numbers of A/P (artist’s proofs) of any one image.  Reproductions must be printed with professional-quality inks on canvas or watercolor paper, stretched or properly presented for sale.  No rolled canvases.  If the reproductions are printed by the artist, no prints on photo paper of art images may be shown.  Method of reproduction must be stated on each piece and in your Artist’s Statement.  Any intentional misrepresentation of a reproduction sold as an original is forbidden.  Patrons must be made aware of exactly what they are purchasing. 

Matted & bagged reproductions may only be displayed in browse bins.  Total framed reproductions hung may not exceed the number of original works being shown. Reproduction pieces must be clearly marked as “Reproduction" or “Limited Edition Reproduction" on the front of each piece. Reproductions may not be in the same browse bin as originals. The browse bin must also be labeled “Reproductions."

Framed reproductions may be displayed in browse bins and/or hung on one wall of the booth, not to exceed ten (10) linear feet. All unframed reproductions must be displayed in browse bins. Total number of framed reproductions hung may not exceed the number of original works being shown. Multiple reproductions of the same image may be stored out-of-sight and brought out when one is sold.

No laser prints, photo prints of paintings, or color photocopies will be permitted.  Hand-embellished or textured reproductions must be shown and labeled as such: they MAY NOT be represented as originals.  Reproductions are not eligible for judging.
No merchandise such as coffee cups, note cards, calendars, or other items mass produced from an original piece of artwork will be permitted.  

No posters or t-shirts may be shown or sold – only the show may sell posters and t-shirts to raise funds at a designated booth. Calendars, brochures, and other self-promotional materials produced by the artist may be given away but may not be sold.  Cards and postcards that are published by the artist showing the artist’s own original work may be displayed and sold.  


Media Categories
All Artists are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes in their Artist’s Statement.  If artists have any questions regarding appropriate category, please call and to discuss with an ArtsFest staff member.

Ceramics – Art objects either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.  If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.
Drawing/Graphics - All two-dimensional monochromatic or polychromatic original artworks created by the artist’s hand in any traditionally dry media, such as graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, ink, etc. will be judged in this category.

Fiber - All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, leatherwork, papermaking, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are NOT accepted in this category.
Glass – Glass is defined as original works that are functional or decorative by design, and have been crafted by blowing, molding or casting glass.  Works may be etched, engraved, or combined with other materials.  No forms of mass production are permitted.  Stained glass, dichroic, and all other glass pieces will be judged as one category.
Jewelry - Jewelry must always enter in this category whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials – jewelry is always jewelry.  Jewelry is defined as that created (not just assembled) by the artist(s) applying to show the work.  While commercially produced findings, wires, etc. may be included in the product, the finished pieces shown must be unique, original in design, and mostly or completely created by the hand of the artist.
Examples of acceptable jewelry are:
·Gold and silversmithing, pewter, copper, and other metals fabricated by the artist into unique, wearable pieces;
·Stones (precious and/or semi-precious) that are cut, tumbled, and/or shaped by the artist’s hand and are worked into in unique, wearable pieces;
·Lamp work beads or other original glass pieces created by the artist that are included in unique, wearable pieces;
· Polymer beads and other pieces made from polymer clay created by the artist that are featured in unique, wearable pieces;
·Original components created by the artist in other materials such as ceramic, clay, leather, paper, plastic, or wood, that are featured in unique, wearable pieces;
·Any combination of the above.
Examples of unacceptable “jewelry” are:
·Commercially produced cabochons (including those made by machine or by other than the applying artist’s hand) that are purchased and wire-wrapped as a final piece;
·Commercially produced beads, crystals, stones, pearls, findings, and other elements that are simply purchased and assembled as final pieces with no original components created by the artist;
·Commercially produced components purchased by the artist that are woven into wearable pieces with string or simply strung onto a piece of leather;
·Anything produced from commercial casts, molds or production studio work;
·Anything purchased as a completed piece for the purpose of resale (Buy/Sell).
·Anything completely assembled from materials that anyone can purchase and replicate.

Mixed Media - Mixed media is a tough category to define, but the original intent was to create a category for 2-D or 3-D work that was executed in more than one medium in an indefinable category.  Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric, clay work, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or found objects, etc.
Painting - All two-dimensional monochromatic or polychromatic original artworks created by the artist’s hand in any traditionally wet or dry media, such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, etc. on paper, canvas, etc.  Only gallery-wrapped canvases may be hung unframed.  Stretched canvases that are not gallery-wrapped, unfinished and/or stapled on the sides instead of on the back must be framed to hang or shown in a browse bin.  No rolled canvases.  Works on paper must be properly matted and framed to hang or bagged and displayed in a browse bin.  Original work and reproductions must be displayed separately and properly labeled.
Photography/Digital Media - Photography is defined as an image captured by means of a camera, either on film or digitally, which is then developed, processed, and printed by some means onto photo paper, archival paper, or canvas, or other flat surface.  Photos may be produced as a one-off, as an open edition, or as a limited edition, and are generally signed and possibly numbered by the photographer.  No photocopies or laser prints will be shown.   Only gallery-wrapped canvases may be hung unframed.  All other photographs hung on the wall must be framed.  Matted and bagged photos and stretched canvases that are not gallery-wrapped must be shown in a browse bin. 
Sculpture - Three-dimensional original work done in any medium to include but not limited to bronze castings in limited editions, chiseling marble, metal fabrication, etc.

Wood - Original works in any wood or laminated woods that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.  Wood may be combined with other materials.

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