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Fall Arts in the Park 2017 - Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Location:
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
Blue Ridge, Georgia (South)

Phone: (706) 632-2144
Show Dates: 10/14/17 - 10/15/17
Application Deadline: 7/7/17 Midnight EST
102 day(s) and 5 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application / Jury Fee (non-refundable)): $30.00

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Event Summary
For 41 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a non-profit arts council, has provided a unique art experience through our Arts in the Park festival series in the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, GA. Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Arts in the Park festival series draws in excess of 20,000 attendees annually and a wide array of artists and food vendors.  Listed in 2015 as one of the top five Art Towns in Georgia by the Georgia Council of the Arts, Blue Ridge is a top art destination and features a unique artistic experience for visitors and residents alike.  With over 150+ artists, exhibitors, and vendors, our visitors enjoy a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, demonstrations, food, and much more during the Arts in the Park festivals. 

  The Arts in the Park festival series supports the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts council providing opportunities in the realm of the arts for the individual and serve as a catalyst for economic development in our community.
 

General Information
2016 Arts in the Park Festival:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
10am - 5pm

Media Categories
  • 2D Mixed Media
  • 3D Mixed Media
  • Clay
  • Edibles
  • Fiber/ Leather
  • Furniture
  • Garden Art
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metal
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood/ Woodworking
  • Other (please specify on application)

Arts in the Park festival amenities include:
  • Exhibitor Hospitality Booth on Saturday and Sunday providing snacks, coffee, and water (8:30am – 5pm)
  • Friday load-in                       
  • Booth Sitters available upon request                 
  • On site security
  • ATM located on festival premises
  • City vendor permits included


Application & Festival Fees
Application Fee - $30  (non-refundable)
Artist Single Booth - $175                         Food Single Booth – $300                      
Artist Double Booth - $300                        Food Double Booth – $500                      
Additional Badge fee - $3 each additional badge                                                             
Returned check fee - $50

*Current BRMAA members will receive a discount of $30 once their application has been received and membership verified.  Please visit www.BlueRidgeArts.net for further membership level information & member benefits.

Payments for fees can be made via Paypal or mail a check directly to BRMAA.


Applications:

  • All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artist themselves
  • All entries will be reviewed, juried and screened prior to your acceptance
  • All applications require 5 photos (3 of your work, 1 of you in your studio or creating your work, 1 booth photo)
  • Artist Statement/ Biography is required with artist applications

Timeline:
Application deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017, midnight EST
Notification of acceptance: Monday, July 28, 2017
Deadline for invitation acceptance: Monday, August 14, 2017
Deadline for cancellations: Friday, September 1, 2017
Accepted Exhibitor Load-in: Friday, October 13, 2017  - Exhibitors will be notified via email of their placement and load-in time no later than (1) week prior to festival start date.

All notifications will be made via Zapplication and email.  Please make sure contact information submitted is current and correct.  Jury scores will not be released and jury decisions are final.  Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation.
 

Rules/Regulations
This is a juried fine arts and handmade crafts festival. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the jury. Only products that are approved by the Arts in the Park Festivals Committee will be allowed.  Original art must occupy no less than 50% of the artist’s booth space.  Reproductions must clearly be designated as such.  All items sold inside exhibitors’ booths must be the original work of the exhibitor – no buy/sell merchandise will be allowed. All jewelry must be made by the exhibitor – no manufactured or kit jewelry will be allowed. No commercially produced products will be allowed.

The Arts in the Park Festivals Committee reserves the right to limit any category to provide diversity of arts and crafts throughout the Festival and to give exhibitors a reasonable chance for successful sales. Arts in the Park Festivals Committee will make every effort to vary the type of craft by location.
 
Exhibitors must exhibit for the duration of the festival. Early breakdown will not be permitted. There is no rain date – come prepared rain or shine. Booth must always be opened and manned during festival hours.  No commercial agents may operate an artist’s booth. Exhibitors are responsible for booth set-up and break-down.
 
Booth must be set-up and ready for business by 9:00 am both days. All vehicles, trailers and debris are to be off the street and cleared from the festival area by 9:00 am. After unloading and setup, vendor vehicles and trailers must be moved to designated vendor parking area(s). Vehicles and trailers are not permitted to enter the festival grounds and area during festival hours of operation, unless otherwise approved by the Arts in the Park Festivals Committee. Exhibitors will not be allowed to park cars, trucks, or trailers at the curb surrounding the park during festival hours – NO EXCEPTIONS. Exhibitors must unload and move vehicles immediately to designated parking areas. If exhibitor carries additional stock, we suggest bringing a dolly or hand-cart to bring additional stock to booth as necessary.

Music is restricted to pre-approved Entertainment Vendors only. Exhibitors of musical equipment are not allowed to demonstrate, unless specifically pre-approved in writing by Arts in the Park Festivals Committee. No sound amplification equipment (i.e., portable radios, stereos, CD players, etc.) allowed in exhibit area for any reason. Also, while the Arts in the Park Festivals are ‘pet friendly’, exhibitors must ensure all pets are quiet and do not disturb either attendees or other exhibitors.

Food Vendors must provide an exact and complete listing of the food items and beverages you wish to serve (and corresponding prices) on Food Vendor Application. Approved menu items and pricing must be clearly posted throughout the duration of the festival. Food Vendors must sell all pre-approved menu items for the entire show. Nothing may be offered for sale that is not listed as approved at time of acceptance. Last minute changes are not allowed, and food vendors will be asked to remove unapproved items from sale. The sale of food items is restricted to pre-approved Food Vendors only. No alcoholic beverages allowed!
 
Grease/oil must be securely contained and removed from premise at end of Festival. Food Vendors are required to use the provided dumpsters for booth trash. Vendors are responsible for cleaning up booth space. Vendors cannot leave debris, boxes, etc. at booth space. Food Vendors are required to bring a 55 gallon trash can to put next to their booth for use by the public (these will be emptied by park clean-up staff).
 

State Tax & Regulations
Exhibitors are responsible for Georgia State Sales Tax collection and reporting (7%) and any other sales fees or other charges that may be applicable to any activity relating to this festival. Food vendors are responsible for complying with all State of Georgia health and safety regulations.
 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to September 1, 2017, must be made in writing via email to BlueRidgeArts.community@gmail.com or by letter to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Cancellations on or after September 1, 2017 must be made in writing via email or letter to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and will not receive a refund of fees submitted.  No refunds will be given for no-shows.
 
 
Arts in the Park Festivals Committee reserves the right to ask any exhibitor to remove any work deemed not acceptable by the Arts in the Park Festivals Committee. Arts in the Park Festivals Committee reserves the right to remove from our mailing list exhibitors who display, or have displayed in the past, unprofessional behavior.
 
Arts in the Park Festivals Committee reserves the right to remove any exhibitor from the Arts in the Park Festivals who does not adhere to all Rules & Regulations set forth by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and the Arts in the Park Festivals Committee.

The undersigned does hereby release, discharge and hold harmless Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, the City of Blue Ridge, Fannin County and any and all persons, property owners, suppliers, volunteers and entities associated with the Arts in the Park Festivals are not liable for any damages, injury or loss to any person or goods from any cause whatsoever. All exhibitors, their heirs, administrators, and executors do hereby waive and release all of the above named from any and all claims or damages of whatever arising out of the exhibitors’ participation in the Arts in the Park Festivals.  Exhibitors should obtain, at their own expense, insurance against loss, damage, or injury they may require.

The undersigned considers this application as commitment upon acceptance into the show and realized that no refunds will be made for late cancellation and a $50 service charge will be assessed on all returned checks.

Non-compliance with the rules and regulations set forth may affect obtaining booth space in future Arts in the Park Festivals.
 
We look forward to seeing you at our Arts in the Park Festival!

Booth Information
One Exhibitor per booth space; sharing of booth space is not allowed. Exhibitors cannot sublet or apportion space to anyone else.  Set-up is allowed during allotted times only. While the Arts in the Park Festivals Committee will make every effort to accommodate specific requests, we cannot guarantee booth locations. Booths must be set-up within their designated 12’x12’ space. Booth dimensions may vary slightly, but we will give you a reasonable space approximately 12’x12’.  If your booth is located in the park, the ground may not be level so come prepared. If your booth is located in the street, bring necessary equipment for street set-up. Electricity is not available for artist’s booths. Exhibitors must provide their own tents, displays, chairs, tables, set-up equipment, change, etc. Tent weights may be necessary for setup.

Please be aware that this is a juried arts festival and booth assignments are at the sole discretion of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Arts in the Park Festivals Committee.  We will attempt to honor specific location requests as noted on your application, but we cannot make guarantees.  All booth tents and contents must be furnished by the artist and fit within the assigned booth space. 

Food Vendor Booth space includes electricity and water. Please specify electrical and water requirements on Food Vendor Application. Vendors must provide their own heavy duty extension cords and power strips, food grade water hoses, ice and other supplies and materials needed to operate their booth, change, etc.
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