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Information for Artists

Thank you for your interest in applying to ArtsFest 2023.  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. 

  1. Artists are responsible for procuring and maintaining a General Liability Limit of $1,000,000 including Arts Foundation for Martin County dba MartinArts listed as an additional insured.  A copy of the Certificate of Insurance is required to be received by January 15, 2023.  Artists may not setup or exhibit until the approved Certificate of Insurance is received. 
  2. 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.
  3. Artists must comply with all health and safety requirements, including guidelines from local health authorities, weighted tents, vehicles parked only in designated areas, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. Only artists accepted in the Jewelry category may exhibit or sell jewelry; all jewelry regardless of materials must be entered in the Jewelry category.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All artists are required to check in at Artist Check-In before setting up their booth. Picture ID will be required upon arrival.
  10. 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).
  11. Accepted artists may not exhibit in other shows during the dates of ArtsFest.
  12. Displaying ribbons and awards from other shows is not allowed.
  13. Artists who sell their entire body of artwork must remain with their booth for the duration of the show.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. FINE CRAFT FABRICATION: All fine craft, including Ceramics, Fiber, 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.
  17. 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. 
    • Reproduction pieces must be clearly marked as “Reproduction" or “Limited Edition Reproduction" on the front of each piece. Matted & bagged reproductions may only be displayed in browse bins and labeled as “reproductions”.  Reproductions may not be in the same browse bin as originals.
    • 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.