Event Information

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival 2017

Historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida (South)

Event Dates: 5/6/17 - 5/7/17
Application Deadline: 1/31/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee - Non Refundable): $35.00


Event Summary

Fine Art & Crafts Show in Historic Fernandina Beach
on Beautiful Amelia Island, Florida

SATURDAY, May 6:    9 A.M. - 6 P.M.
SUNDAY, May 7:        10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Artist Application Deadline:  January 31, 2017
The Fine Art and Crafts portion of this show is administered by the Island Art Association, Inc. in conjunction with the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee.  This show is an annual juried event consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 of North America’s best events. 
The street festival features fine art and crafts, antiques, food, open air entertainment and special events, providing an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work.  Annually, over 100,000 visitors are expected for the 2-day event.

General Information

All correspondence will come to you via e-mail through the ZAPP system.  Be sure to add the ZAPP address to your e-mail contacts and make sure to check your spam and junk mail folders to make sure our communications are not going there by mistake.  


All works for judging must have been completed since 2015.  Pay particular attention to category assignment: i.e., wood vs. creative crafts, etc. Work will be judged based on assigned category.  For all categories except creative crafts, all items must be one-of-a-kind and limited edition objects that have been conceived and perfected by the artist's own hand and created in the artist's studio
  •  Oil Painting -  Artistic creation using a painting comprised of pigment on an appropriately prepared 2D surface.
  • Acrylic Painting  - Artistic creation using a paint comprised of pigment, acrylic polymer as the synthetic binder of the pigments and water on an appropriately prepared 2D surface
  • Watercolor Painting - A painting technique using pigments diluted with water to create transparent washes (including egg tempura).
  • Mixed Media / Graphics/Pastels/Printmaking  (these different media will be judged as one category) Incorporates more than one type of material or original two-dimensional work created using graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. Also, prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been signed and numbered.
  • Fiber / Leather  – Original work created by the artist from fibers, or leather including basketry, weaving, art quilts, papermaking and fine wearables. No factory produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited in this category. Any items using screen printed components must apply in the Creative Crafts category.
  • Wood / Glass / Metal / Stone – Original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass or stained glass, wood, stone or metal.  Work may be sculptural and / or functional.  
  • Ceramics – Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terracotta). Non-jewelry. May not be machine-made or mass produced.
  • Photography – Signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
  • 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 cast or production studio work is allowed. Jewelers whose process consists primarily of assembly and the use of commercially produced components such as charms and findings must apply in the Creative Crafts category.
  • Creative  Crafts This category consists of traditional crafts generally considered functional and may include beadwork, needlepoint, quilting, brooms, dolls and toys, calligraphy, pressed flowers, soap, candles, and hand painted items that are not created by the artist. Wearable fibers in this category include hand painted on or modified fabric not made by the artist. This show does not accept food items such as sauces, pickles, jams, or other similar products.   This category will be juried for entry into the festival but will not be judged for awards at the festival.

Awards:  A total of $9200 to be awarded in prize money.
Best of Show: $2500
First Place Overall $1200
Second Place Overall $800
Third Place Overall  $500
9 Judges Choice Awards (one per category): $300 each
15 Awards of Distinction : $100 each

The Festival welcomes all artists.

  • Notification of acceptance or rejection will be by February 22, 2017 and include your space assignment or waitlist status.  Artists must pay their booth fee by March 15, 2017 to confirm that space and their participation in the show.  Spaces not confirmed by March 15, 2017 will be re-assigned to artists on the waitlist. 
  • Space assignment is based upon jury scoring and category size limitations.  Specific space requests are honored if consistent with score.  ALL SPACE ASSIGNMENTS ARE FINAL.  Payment for the space assignment is a commitment to the show, artists cancelling after that payment do not get refunds.

  • Only works of art created and produced by the artist may be displayed. A two-person team producing a single item may qualify as a single exhibitor. This must be explained in detail at time of application
  • Unframed art must be in a browser box.
  • Reproductions can be hung, but cannot exceed 25% of the tent inventory.  Each reproduction must be clearly marked as such. (Giclee, digital reproduction, etc.)  THIS WILL BE ENFORCED.
  • Unacceptable to show are mass produced works, manufactured wood, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, leather, craft kits, toys which will propel a projectile, etc.   Tee shirts are strictly prohibited for display or sale on Centre Street.  The show also does not accept entries for any food items such as pickles, sauces, jams etc.  
  • Shirts, hats or other wearables or merchandise with the words “Isle of Eight Flags ShrimpFestival” are prohibited and will be strictly be enforced.
  • No commercial booths, signage or past award ribbons are allowed on or in the booth.
  • All accepted exhibitors are required to check in at the Island Art Association Festival headquarters (Art Education Center) at 18 N. 2nd Street before setting up. A picture ID and acceptance notification are required for check-in.
  • Accepted artists must be present in their booth and remain at the show both days until the festival ends.   No dealers or stand-ins are allowed, although a companion may spell you for a short comfort break morning and afternoon.
  • Unacceptable works will be removed from the show by the IAA Shrimp Festival Committee.
  • No pets, other than registered service animals, are allowed in or near the exhibitor booths.
  • Generators are not allowed
  • Food, beverages and other items for personal comfort are not supplied during the show.  Please plan accordingly for your own comfort.

Booth Information

Each Exhibitor accepted by the jury will be allowed one space.
All booth spaces measure 12 x 10 feet (long measurement is parallel to the curb) and are outside.  If you want to request the same space as prior year you MUST PUT THE SPACE NUMBER in your request when you fill out that part of the application.

Booth fee is $275 per booth/space and is payable upon notification of acceptance through ZAPP.  The booth fee must be paid by March 15 to reserve your place in the show.  

Artists cancelling after paying the booth fee do not get refunds.   A no show disqualifies you from future shows.