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Decatur Arts Festival 2017
Historic Old Courthouse Square, downtown Decatur
Decatur, Georgia (South)
Event Dates: 5/27/17 - 5/28/17
Application Deadline: 1/27/17 Midnight EST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Artist Market Jury Fee): $30.00
You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.
The Decatur Arts Festival is produced by the Decatur Arts Alliance, LLC, a 501 (c) 3 organization, supporting the arts and arts education in Decatur, GA.
The Decatur Arts Alliance invites you to apply for booth space in the 29th annual Decatur Arts Festival. The festival will be held on the square in historic Decatur, GA, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. The Artists' Market will be open on Memorial Day weekend,Saturday, May 27 from 10am until 6pm, and on Sunday May 28 from 11am until 5pm.
The festival features continuous entertainment and performing arts in the Community Bandstand adjacent to the Artists' Market. Food vendors, a Fine Arts Exhibition, the ArtWalk, Literary Arts, New Dance and a Children's Festival are also part of the festival activities.
Artists’ Market Hours:
Saturday, May 27: 10am until 6pm
Sunday, May 28: 11am until 5pm
A non-refundable jury fee of $30 is required. The booth fee is $325 for a 10’ x 10’ booth space, $375 for a corner booth, $675 for a double space. Double booth spaces are limited. Invitations to participate will be issued by February 24th. No rain date and no refund of booth fees from accepted artists after March 31. Prior to March 31, booth fees may be refunded if the space can be filled from the approved waiting list. Checks post-dated or returned unpaid by the bank will result in immediate disqualification. No exceptions.
Judging and Prizes:
Prizes for Best of Show, Second and Third Place will be awarded. The Best of Show winner will receive an invitation to the 2018 show free of charge. Second and Third Place will receive invitation to the 2017 show at half price. Cash prize for Best of Show is $1000, Second Place is $700, Third Place is $500.
Exact set-up times, a map, and parking information will be sent electronically after acceptance into the Artists’ Market is confirmed. Set up will be completed on Friday evening. Some spaces for this show require use of a dolley or hand truck for load in and load out.
If you have questions, call the Decatur Arts Alliance office, 404-371-9583 during business hours (9am – 5pm, EST). If you get voice mail, please leave a message with your specific question.
Ceramics: Original functional and non-functional works created from clay, porcelain, stone ware, or earthenware. No factory produced work is permitted.
Digital: work that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. Art that has been non-trivially modified by a computing process (such as a computer program, microcontroller or any electronic system capable of interpreting an input to create an output.
Drawing: Works drawn by hand incorporating ink, charcoal, pastel, pencil, etc. are entered in this category.
Fiber: Works created from fibers including basketry, weaving, papermaking and fine wearables. No factory-produced wearables are permitted.
Glass: No mass or factory produced work is permitted.
Jewelry: All work that is jewelry must be entered in this category regardless of the materials used. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is permitted.All work must be handcrafted by the artist; no factory production is permitted.
Leather: Includes all works from leather. No production studio work is allowed.
Metal: Functional and non-sculptural works incorporating metal are accepted in this category. Jewelry incorporating metal must apply in the jewelry category.
Mixed Media: Includes any combination of a variety of materials to create an original work of art. This work may be 2-D or 3-D.
Painting: Oil/Acrylic: Works created on a surface, such as canvas, with oil or acrylic paints.
Painting: Watercolor: Works created on a flat surface with watercolors.
Photography: Photographs made from the artist’s original image and printed either by the artist or under his or her direction are permitted. The photographic process must be displayed and each edition must by signed and numbered. Please describe in artists statement if work is traditional photography or any additional processing or digital effects.
Printmaking: Hand pulled original works from a brick, plate, stone or other object are acceptable. Prints must be properly signed and numbered as first editions. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional works incorporating any material that are carved, molded, constructed or cast are included in this category.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
Please note that we do not have a category for food or cosmetic products. These will not be considered.
Guidelines and Policies:
Some notes about your booth shot: Boothshots should show your outdoor booth as it will be displayed at the arts festival. The booth image should show the jury your body of work, provide dimension and scale, and show overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. All work shown in the booth shot must correspond with the category you applied in. If more than one media is represented in the booth shot, all mediums must be separately juried. Having unjuried work in a booth shot does NOT qualify that work for the fair.
Please do not include any people or identifying signs or banners in your image. The jurying is done anonymously, and your booth shot should not give any hints of whose work we are looking at.
Some tips that make for a professional image:
Booth images may not be manipulated in Photoshop or other computer program
Flooring makes a booth look "finished".
If using folding tables, the skirts should come all the way to the floor.
Walls should be professional - Solid walls usually look best, no pegboard, please.
Show your entire booth - all 3 walls of your booth. Partial booths, or shots of a corner do not let us know what your entire booth will look like.
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