Event Information

Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) 2017

Guthrie Park, 90 Bloomingbank Road
Riverside, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 847.726.8669
Event Dates: 5/20/17 - 5/21/17
Application Deadline: 5/14/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary


Our 10th annual festival is a favorite for artists and patrons.

The festival is held in beautiful Guthrie Park near the historic Metra Line train station in Riverside, IL.

Riverside is a historic picturesque town just west of downtown Chicago and easily accessible by both public transportation and highways.

ALL artists are juried by a panel of artists, art educators, gallery owners and/or collectors. Everyone has an equal opportunity of being accepted. We are accepting applications, via ZAPP, until March 6, 2017.

  • Jury fee is $30
  • Booth fee (10x10) is $300
  • Cart to your space
  • Free day and overnight parking
  • Outstanding artist amenities
  • Early set up on Friday afternoon
  • Free admission and parking
  • Day and overnight security
  • Seasoned show promoter is organized & attuned to artist needs.

RAW is a not for profit organization committed to the arts. Riverside Arts Weekend is sponsored and supported by the Village of Riverside, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, community businesses and art patrons.

Festival hours are 10 - 5 Saturday and 10 - 4 Sunday.

Contact D & W Events, dwevents.org or 847-726-8669 for more information.

General Information


Complete the on line application ( Zapp), submit 4 current images of your work and 1 booth image along with your jury fee.
If you wish to apply in two different media, please submit two application fees.

Pay through Zapp,  or mail checks to:
D & W Events, Inc.
3417 RFD
Long Grove, IL 60047



March 1           Application Deadline  DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE TO ZAPP INTERRUPTION  NEW DATE:                                                                  MARCH 6TH

March 3          Jury Start  EXTENDED DATE:  MARCH 9TH

March 8           Jury End   EXTENDED DATE:  MARCH 11TH

March 10          Begin Artist Notification  EXTENDED DATE:  MARCH 13TH

March 31          Invitation and Purchase Deadline - Artists must accept their invitation to show at the festival and submit their booth fee by this date.  Please contact Debbie at dwevents@comcast.net for alternate payment methods.

April 7              Cancellation:  Last day for 100% refund LESS $75.00 administrative fee.

April 21            Cancellation:   Last day for 50% refund less $75.00 administrative fee.


Jury Fees:   $30 each media
If you wish to apply in two media, please submit 2 applications and 2 jury fees.

Booth Fees 
Standard 10x10 booth - $300.00
Corner booth - $375.00
Double booth - $600.00
Double corner booth - $675.00


Participation is open to all fine art and fine craft.  The following media will be included in each show:
  • Acrylic
  • Ceramics
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry - Beaded
  • Jewelry - Glass
  • Jewelry - Metal
  • Jewelry - Semi and precious (precious and/or semi-precious stones set in metal, not beaded)
  • Leather
  • Mixed Media
  • Oil
  • Pastel
  • Photography
  • Photography - Digital
  • Printmaking
  • Pen & Ink
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor
  • Wood
Please note:  If you have jewelery in a non-jewelry medium and want to bring it to the show, it MUST be juried in under a jewelry category.


We are proud to offer the following artist amenities at all of our festivals:
  • Professionally judged events with cash and ribbon awards
  • Free day and overnight parking
  • Continental breakfast and afternoon snacks both days of the show
  • Flexible booth payment schedule
  • Day and overnight dedicated security patrol
  • Indoor restroom facilities
  • Booth sitters
  • Name badges, booth signs
  • Discounted hotel rooms
  • Festival brochure
  • There will be dedicated, on-site security Friday and Saturday nights. We recommend you remove all artwork overnight. All valuables, including displays and tents are left at the artists' own risk.
  • D & W Events retains a public relations firm to assist with a comprehensive marketing campaign  includiing press releases, print ads, eblasts, social media, banners, signs and whenever possible radio and tv.
  • Artists participation in the marketing effort can include sending eblasts and/or postcards to your mailing lists, announcements on facebook, twitter etc.
  • Awards are offered at all events.  Award winners are posted at the festival and on our website.
  • Best of Show award winner receives cash, ribbon, free jury and booth fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year
  • First Place award winner receives cash, ribbon, and free jury fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year
  • Awards of Excellence winners receive a ribbon

  • All festivals are juried by a panel of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
  • Artists are judged, the first day of each show, by a different group of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
  • Votes are tallied and cash awards and ribbons (if applicable) are presented that afternoon.

Acceptance/non acceptance notification will be sent via email.  Please make sure the email associated with your ZAPP account is current as that is the email used.

If you have not received notification by March 15th, please contact us immediately.

We would like to include your website in our festival brochure.  If you wish to take advantage of this additional marketing opportunity, please include your website address when submitting your application.

  • We try to update artists of their wait list status as often as possible.
  • Artists on the wait list are welcome to show up the morning of a festival during set-up and register to see if any “no show” spaces become available.  Final determination to add artists is at the sole discretion of D & W Events, Inc.


1.       All work must be the artists' original handmade work.  Production, mass produced, kits, molds, stencils etc. are not permitted.  Artists may not sell promotional items such as t-shirts.  If you wish to sell note cards or postcards, make sure your booth image shows them.  Card stands are not allowed. Artists whose work does not comply with the rules or differs from the slides submitted, will be asked to remove said items or leave.  No refunds will be given.

2.       Artists must be present both days, all hours, of the festival.  No representatives allowed.

3.       Late setups and early shut downs are not allowed.

4.       Artists are responsible for providing their own white tents, displays, setup and weights. Each tent pole should have a minimum of 40 lbs of weight.   If it is deemed that your weights are insufficient, you will be asked to correct the situation.  If that is not possible, you will be asked to leave the show with no refund.  Milk jugs with sand or water, uncovered bricks or other such items are not considered acceptable weights.  In addition to function, please consider how your weights look.

5.      New this year:  Some artist spaces may be on pavement or grass.  If you have a preference, please indicate so.
6.       Tents are available for a fee, upon request.

7.       Standard display space is 10’ x 10’.   All spaces are assigned. We will attempt to honor requests.  

8.     All table legs must be covered with table cloths, to the floor.

9.     Storage items may be stored behind tents or under tables.  If stored under tables, items should not be visible.  If behind tents, stack items so they are neat and tidy.

10.     Awnings and tent extensions are allowed but must be a minimum of 7' high.

13.     Reproductions are allowed but only on one tent wall and must be labeled as such.

11.     Two bins of reproductions is allowed and must be appropriately labeled.

12.     Your booth is your gallery!  Unprofessional/amateurish displays are not allowed.  If your work should be framed, frame it!  Cardboard corners are not allowed.  Artist will be asked to correct any unsatisfactory or unstable displays.  If no remedy occurs, artist will be asked to leave the festival, immediately, with no refund.

13.     Only artists juried in jewelry may have jewelry in their booths.

14.     Umbrellas are allowed in artist chairs.  Fasten them securely.


Illinois state law requires all adults follow proper tax filing procedures.  Illinois tax forms will be available on our website.  If you have an Illinois tax number from a previous year or if you already file in Illinois, you do not need a new number.  The state has a record of your festival participation so make sure you file!
Sales tax varies from city to city.  We will inform artists of the rate prior to the festival.
Each festival's tax form is different.  Please direct any and all questions regarding taxes to the Illinois Department of Revenue  (800) 732-8866.


Submission of this application indicates your acceptance of our Liability/General Release as shown in Legal Agreement within.

Booth Information

All artists may begin set up on Friday, May 19th at 3 pm.

Be prepared to cart your tent and work.  We're working with the police department to redirect traffic so booths may be drop and go.  We will keep you updated.

There is reserved artist parking, day and overnight for trailers, nearby free of charge.