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#1 in Creativity: Des Moines Arts Festival’s Timely Appeal

October 27, 2008

Just in case you missed it — kudos to Stephen King and staff at the Des Moines Arts Festival for their catchy message:

I’m not asking for your vote, but I am asking you to apply to the 2009 Des Moines Arts Festival!
The DEADLINE for (z)application to the 2009 Des Moines Arts Festival is Friday, Oct 31, at 11:59:59!

Don’t wait until the polls close, apply today at

We hope you will include us in your plans for 2009.

Many thanks!
Stephen King, CFEE


2009 Master Artists-in-Residence Program Seeking Applicants

October 6, 2008

Next deadline: October 17

Sculpture Studio at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Sculpture Studio at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Since 1982, Atlantic Center’s residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios that include a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writers’ studio, and digital computer lab.

Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates – talented, emerging and mid career artists – through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured program provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation.

Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef) and 24 hour access to shared studio space. Financial Aid is available to qualified applicants.

For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only) or visit or email us at

* All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
* Atlantic Center for the Arts is pleased to announce, through the generous support of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, all painters and sculptors accepted into the 2009 Master Artists-in-Residence programs who demonstrate need will be recommended to receive full financial aid to attend the residency program. Artists from other disciplines may apply to ACA’s Financial Aid program.

Sorry, I Can’t Resist — Call for Entries ‘NudeNite’ in Florida

October 5, 2008

Nude Nite Art Event Unveils New Website and Seeks Artists for Multi-Media Show

Call to artists – “Not Your Mother’s Art Show.”

Well, I’d say that would depend on who your mother is.

Nude Nite, the largest nude art show in the U.S. seeks art from all media for its upcoming annual show. Submission form now available on newly designed website

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 30, 2008 — Orlando’s most anticipated art event returns with another warehouse sized venue to host hundreds of cutting edge, sexy works from national and international artists.

Nude Nite breaks from the traditional stuffy art show format by teaming a sexy art theme with multi-media entertainment. Nude Nite is a 3-nite, multi-media traveling art event celebrating the beauty of the nude to include performance, film/video installations, experimental, metal, glassworks, sculpture, photography and mixed media in addition to fine art.

Nude Nite is a juried art show. Submission cost is $40 for up to 2 works. All submissions receive a free ticket to the show. Submission form is available online at the new launch of Deadline is January 15, 2009 for Orlando and February 4, 2009 for the Tampa event. Show dates are: Orlando show is February 12-14, 2009; Tampa show is March 5-7, 2009.

Read more at:

Call for Entries: Arts & Crafts in Canton, MI

October 1, 2008
craft show in Michigan
Fall Arts & Crafts Ensemble
Saturday – November 22
Plymouth High School, 8400 Beck Rd.
Canton, MI
Sponsored by the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters,
a 501c3 organization
90 exhibitors
Deadline: October 15
Canton, MI, is in the metro Detroit area. Visit this link.

Several years ago, with funds from the school district drying up that supported a nationally recognized band program, the parents rallied and started fund raising so their children could continue to be enriched by participation in the music program. Their drive to provide an excellent music program for their children is illustrated in their similar efforts to provide a quality craft show.

The juried arts and crafts event is held annually to support the music/band programs at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park. A bake sale, raffle, concessions, and entertainment will also be available. All funds raised go to the band programs at all three Plymouth-Canton High Schools, including the nationally-acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Marching Band that ranked 7th in the Nation in 2007.

  • a small quality event
  • low booth fees
  • easy in and out in one day
  • solid support by the community
  • resulting in a day well spent by you

Interested? Visit their website:, click on “events.”

Call For Artists: Des Moines Arts Festival

September 11, 2008

June 26-28, 2009
12th Annual Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park
Des Moines, IA
175 Artists
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2008

The award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival invites you to be a part of the Midwest’s premier celebration of the arts on June 26-28, 2009, featuring the art work of 175 of the nation’s top artists and 24 juried emerging Iowa artists.

Creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to embrace the arts, the Des Moines Arts Festival is one of the most respected arts events in the country, and brings more than 200,000 art enthusiasts each year to its downtown location in Iowa’s capital city and largest metropolitan area.

The Festival is a non-profit organization founded by the Des Moines Art Center, attracting over one million people to Des Moines’ downtown since its inception in l998. Festival proceeds benefit the Des Moines Art Center and the continuation of the Des Moines Arts Festival.

What the artists say:

“This is one of the most professionally produced events we have participated in that caters thoughtfully to both patrons and artists.”

“Des Moines Arts Festival should be a benchmark for all other outdoor craft shows. One, we are lucky enough to have had very excellent sales. Two, the treatment of the artists before, during and after the fair is so good, it’s almost sad when it’s over.”

What to expect:

· Projected Attendance – More than 200,000.
· $11,000 in Cash Awards, including $1000 The Des Moines Register People’s Choice Award
· Official Festival Guide includes color image for each artist distributed to 220,000+ households via The Des Moines Register
· Free Parking for Artists
· Invitations to special events and receptions
· Exclusive Hospitality Area
· Air-conditioned restroom facilities reserved for artists only
· 24-hour Security
· Booth sitters and energetic volunteers

My partner and I have participated in this event several times. It was our favorite. Terrific hospitality, wonderful promotion, friendly and interested visitors who actually thank you for coming to their city for the festival. Plus, they take art home with them. All art fairs should be this good!

Visit or today to apply.

Looking for more art fairs? Visit for entries.

Call for Artists: Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

August 12, 2008

March 18-22, 2009
6th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Palm Beach County Convention Center
Palm Beach, FL
130 Artists
Deadline: September 18

Sculpture by James Eaton

Sculpture by James Eaton

The 6th annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will bring more than 130 of the nation’s most distinguished craft artists to the heart of West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The event features recognized masters and promising emerging artists accompanied by their latest collections of exceptional contemporary fine craft. This show attracts a very sophisticated and knowledgeable buying crowd, with many serious collectors returning each year.

This is your opportunity to be part of a prestigious event, held in the heart of Palm Beach’s cultural center at the height of the season. If you have serious work looking for the right collector this may be the show for you.

Palm Beach has a base of many of the biggest art collectors in the world. This is your opportunity be a part of this very affluent and discriminating marketplace.


  • excellent professional management
  • a state-of-the-art convention center
  • a culturally aware community
  • an aggressive marketing campaign which includes TV, newspapers, magazines, banners and direct mail
  • an organization that strives to develop good relationships with other arts organizations within the community
  • and the beautiful Florida sunshine

Crafts America, headed by Elizabeth Kubie, understands the relationship between the sophisticated art collector and the fine artist and presents events with the necessary ambiance to bring the patron and artist together.

Visit: today to apply.

Call for Entries: Greenville, S.C.

August 4, 2008

May 8-10

West End Historic District of Greenville, S. C.
100 Artists
Deadline: October 16

Greenville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina, halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte. Is is one of those lucky U.S. cities impacted by high tech development where industries such as BMW, General Electric and Fluor are flourishing.

What to expect:

  • In 2008, the Purchase Awards Program provided approximately $20,000 in additional art sales
  • An extensive advertising and publicity effort that publicizes the festival throughout the state and the Southeast region with media sponsors in print, radio,television and billboards. The festival will also be marketed through direct mail, internet outlets, and paid advertisements in tourist publications
  • $10,000 in prize money
  • a well-educated audience who have good jobs
  • good time of the year for pleasant Spring days

For a prospectus and more info, contact Liz Rundorff, Program Director/Artisphere, 864-271-9355, or
Download the application:

Artisphere is a tax-exempt art services organization whose mission is providing a high-quality event that attracts, entertains, educates, inspires and enriches a diverse audience, and thus brings the community together through the arts, a group who definitely “gets” the connection between the arts and economic development. More info: “Economic Impact of the Arts.”

Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are also distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere’s Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

Call for Artists: Westport, CT

July 30, 2008

November 21 & 22
33rd Annual Creative Arts Festival

Staples High School
170 Exhibitors
Eligibility: juried, handcrafted objects, no fine art,
except works on paper and photography
Deadline: August 15

Fine fiber at the Craft Show

Fine fiber at the Craft Show

Through the years we have heard intriguing reports about this festival and we are pleased to introduce this event to you.

Where is Westport, CT? Click here. Westport is a unique blend of cosmopolitan sophistication and small town New England seashore charm. Conveniently located one hour from Manhattan on Long Island Sound, the town is home to many young families as well as those who have lived here for years. The public school system is one of the nation’s best and serves as a magnet for those seeking the best education for their children, always a good indicator for artists.

Presented by the Westport Young Women’s League, a dynamic non-profit group that contributes their talents to a variety of community service, fundraising and social activities. The Westport Creative Arts Festival is the premier craft show in the northeast. All proceeds from the show are donated to charity.

Application Fee: $40 online application fee; additional cost for mail in application
Booth fee: $400 + 15% Commission (on sales minus booth fee)
Expected Attendance: 6000
Hours of Show: 10-5 (Saturday) and 10-4 (Sunday) Weekend pass: $9

What we like about this event:

  • the date! a wonderful opportunity to add an event to your schedule
  • the location! a chance to exhibit your work in a prime market during the pre-holiday season
  • consistently ranked in the top 10% of craft shows by Sunshine Artists magazine
  • organization! plus excellent publicity
  • proximity to the New York metropolitan area
  • a community sponsored event that brings you loyal patrons

Online applications for the 2008
Create a ZAPPLICATION User Profile at no charge by clicking “New User.” Then look for Westport Young Women’s League under Participating Shows! 2008 information on Show, Eligibility, Application, and Selection procedure available on the WYWL/CAF home page. Paper Mail in Applications also available.

To learn more and receive an application:
Call: 203-222-1388
or visit their web site:

Call for Entries: St. Nick’s Warehouse

July 16, 2008

November 29 & 30
28th Annual St. Nick’s Warehouse
Arts & Crafts Show
Henry Ford II High School
Sterling Heights, MI
250 Exhibitors
New Deadline: September 1

“One of the largest and well-traveled shows in Michigan”

Where is Sterling Heights, MI, and Henry Ford II High School? You just know it has to be the Detroit area which abounds with buildings named for one Ford or another, right? Visit this link to find the spot.

During the holidays there is a plethora of arts and crafts shows which pop up around the country in the local schools. In Michigan they have reached a zenith and are eagerly awaited by the shoppers. St. Nick’s Warehouse is presented by the Boosters Club and aggressively promoted and smoothly run by them. They know how to run an event and they know how to bring in shoppers.

My background is fine art fairs, but in recent years I have attended a few of these holiday markets. Here is what I found:

  • dedicated buyers waiting at the doors with lists in hand
  • craftspeople with unique, one-of-a-kind goods
  • Police directing traffic!! because of the crowds
  • shuttle buses running from nearby parking lots bringing shoppers
  • well-run events
  • affordable booth fees

The Henry Ford II Boosters Club take great pride in their school and are well known for this event. Visit their website for more details, contact info and to download an application.

Call for Entries: Downtown Art Fair in Illinois

July 12, 2008

August 23
Downtown Fine Art Fair
Mokena, IL
75 exhibitors
Deadline: July 15

Mokena is 27 SW of The Loop in suburban Chicagoland. Visit this link for location.

The Mokena Chamber of Commerce presents the Festival of Elegance, a celebration of art, food, wine and automobiles. This will be part of a day-long celebration that includes:

  • a fine art show
  • the Annual Food & Wine Festival
  • the French Market, a weekly farmers market
  • and the Concours D’Elegance (a classic car show)

The Fine Arts Committee presents the art show to enhance the other upscale activities taking place. The Concours is an organization of affluent car collectors who gather to enjoy fine cars. Put that together with the fine food and wine festival and you have a day planned to attract an audience that can appreciate one-of-a-kind art.
The pluses:

  • one day event=low expenses
  • a beautiful date when the weather is invariably beautiful
  • low booth fee – $85
  • an audience that will appreciate fine work

For more info: to download an application. Or call Laura Thiel at (708)738-2289.