Event Information

Fort Lauderdale Spring Fine Art Festival | March 2017

Huizenga Plaza
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (South)

Show Dates: 3/25/17 - 3/26/17
Application Deadline: 1/20/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00


Event Summary

The Fort Lauderdale Fine Art Festival returns to Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2017 for two art festivals.  The WINTER fine art festival is held January 28-29, 2017 and the SPRING fine art festival on March 25-26, 2017.  Huizenga Plaza is located off Las Olas Blvd. and well-known to local and regional residents and visitors based on the quality and types of events held in the Plaza.  The inaugural event in January 2016 produced buyers, though overall we experienced below optimal attendance.  We have refocused our advertising and promotion with new media sources that should result in stronger attendance and sales in 2017. 

As with all Paragon shows, this event is a boutique size of about 90 artists.  This affords you -the artist - the greatest opportunity for success.  Further, the event is held in Florida’s ‘high season’ – the busiest time of year for winter residents and visitors.  

Remember, Paragon events are always about:  Original  -  Quality  -  Boutique !

General Information



Jurying is conducted in-house by Paragon staff.   This is a “blind” jury process which means artist scoring is based solely on the images presented without consideration of the artist name, artist location, or reference to additional information such as websites. Juror decisions are based 70% upon the quality of work portrayed in the artwork images submitted for the jury process, and 30% on your booth presentation image. If you do not submit a booth image you will automatically lose 3 points off your final score. 


NOTE:  No images including the booth image should have the artist or any signage with the artist name or business name visible and should represent the setup we will actually see at the event. Images are viewed simultaneously in a horizontal format, grouped by media.




Online applications are now available on www.zapplication.org




January 21, 2017: Jury starts


January 22, 2017: Jury ends


January 23, 2017: NOTIFICATION of jury results sent


February 22, 2017: CONTRACTS AND BOOTH FEE PAYMENTS DUE ... NOTE: ALL BOOTH PAYMENTS ARE MADE DIRECTLY TO PARAGON - NO PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE ZAPPLICATION WEBSITE.  If you foresee difficultly paying the full booth fee by the deadline, please contact our office prior to that deadline date and we will discuss payment options.


March 24, 2017: Check-in begins at 9:00 am ... setup is available into the night


March 25, 2017: 5 - 8 am check-in. SHOW HOURS: 10 am to 5 pm


March 26, 2017:  SHOW HOURS: 11 am to 5 pm




  • Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  • Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image or the manipulation of a source material is executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Photographs taken through a digital camera are not of themselves digital art.  Photographic images taken with a digital camera should apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category.  if in doubt, contact us.
  • Drawing: Works created using such dry media as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils and wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and paper making. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist may be exhibited.
  • Glass: Original work created in glass by the artist. Pressed glass and massed production are not permitted.
  • Graphic & Printmaking: Print works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens, which have been signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Offset reproductions are not allowed. Print makers are required to disclose both their creative and print making process.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work allowed.
  • Metalwork: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2D and 3D, that incorporates more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Jewelry is not considered mixed-media; jewelry must apply in the JEWELRY category. Photography is not considered mixed-media; photography must apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category. If you have questions or need clarification, call and talk with us.
  • Painting: Works created using such materials as oils, acrylics and watercolor, are in this category. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited editions.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image (e.g., film or digital) which have been processed by the artist or under their direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographic images manipulated and/or printed through software such as Photoshop, ON1, Nik or other such software are considered Photography and to be entered in this category, not in mixed-media or digital.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium (e.g., bronze, stone, acrylic).
  • Wood: Original works that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.



  • Night security
  • Easy load-in and load-out



  • Check-in and Setup:  Check-in Friday March 24 from 9am-7pm, setup can begin once artist has checked in;  setup into the night available
  • SHOW dates: March 25-26, 2017
  • SHOW hours: Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5
  • Location: Huizenga Plaza, One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301
  • GPS Address:  32 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301



Bill Kinney

1625 Keely Ln
Sarasota, FL  34232

(941) 487-8061

FAX: (941) 346-0302

e-mail:  admin@paragonartfest.com

website:  www.paragonartevents.com




Accepted artists agree that Spada Graphix LLC (dba: Paragon Fine Arts Festivals) may use images of their for promotional, website or publicity purposes.





1) All work must be original handcrafted work created by the artist(s) present at the event. Each artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.


2) Work done by a production studio is not accepted.


3) All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.


4) No more than two (2) artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the festival for the duration of the event.


5) Artists must be present with the work for the entire duration of the arts festival. Representatives, including spouses and family members may not attend in lieu of the artist(s).


6) Artists are required to show photo identification (in English) at check-in to ensure identity and compliance.


7) Artists may only show work in categories and bodies of work selected by the jury.


8) All work exhibited must be in the category applied to, and exhibit the quality and body of work that were shown in the images used in the jury process.





No t-shirts, commercially manufactured items, items that employs the use of commercially available molds, velvet paintings, decoupage, or plants. Traditional crafts such as soaps, wax media (e.g., candles), scented oils, and homemade food items are not items juried into our fine art events. Please call us if you need clarification before applying. The Festival Committee reserves the right to exclude work which does not conform to show standards.




  • Cancellations must be in writing, submitted to our office by fax, e-mail or you must mail us the cancellation document.
  • You may apprise us by phone of your inability to attend; however, you must still submit your cancellation in writing to receive a refund
  • If cancellations are received from 11 to 30 days prior to the event, you will received a refund as follows
    • 50% refund by check, OR
    • 100% credit towards another Paragon event of your choosing; however, you must apply to and be juried into that event.
    • There is no time limit on the 100% credit
  • Cancellations made within 10 days of the event will not receive either a refund or credit.

Call us if you need clarification on any rules before applying. The Festival Standards & Rules Committee reserves the right to exclude work that does not conform to show standards.


SALES TAX:  Sales tax for Fort Lauderdale is 6.00%. 



Booth Information


NOTE: If you apply to a minimum of 5 shows, your jury fee is $12 per event; however, you must contact the office to obtain the appropriate discount code BEFORE you apply to the events. The discounts cannot be applied after the applications are completed.


BOOTH FEE: Single: $395.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


DOUBLE BOOTH FEE: Single: $790.00

NOTE:  booth fees is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP

CORNER BOOTH FEE: Single: $50.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP

ELECTRICAL FEE: Single: $35.00  .... if available

NOTE:  this fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


DISPLAY SPACE:  Upon acceptance, artists desiring corner or double spaces or that require electrical connection must specify and pay any applicable fees at the time payment is submitted. Specific space requests will be assigned based on the date payment is received. We will attempt to accommodate all reasonable requests.


DISPLAY SURFACE:  Pavement/brick and grass: no drilling into or anchoring to the pavement is allowed; tents must be anchored by free-standing weights only.


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