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Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival 18th Annual Holiday Show 2017
Lujan Exhibit Complex - Expo NM Fairgrounds
Albuquerque, New Mexico (West)
Event Dates: 11/24/17 - 11/26/17
Application Deadline: 4/1/17 Midnight MST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Jury Fee required): $30.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
THE RIO GRANDE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL IS THE PREMIER FINE ART AND FINE CRAFT SHOW OF ITS KIND IN NEW MEXICO, TAKING PLACE OVER THE BUSIEST SHOPPING WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!
Give thanks for BIG sales over Thanksgiving Weekend! Set indoors at the historic EXPO New Mexico Fairgrounds, this well-promoted festival draws thousands of art enthusiasts, out-of-town visitors and holiday shoppers together to enjoy a completely unique and festive event! The Rio Grande Holiday Show is a popular tradition for the city as well as the artist community; featuring the original, handmade work of of 185 juried artists and craftsmen over the busiest shopping weekend of the year! Loyal attendees come ready to buy for their homes and the holidays, knowing they can find one-of-a-kind items for everyone on their list. Brisk sales for artists as well as solid reputations for the promoters have kept this show ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine's 'Top 100 Shows' in the nation for the past 10 years- this year it's in the top 20!
RANKED #16 IN THE NATION BY SUNSHINE ARTIST MAGAZINE!
"The Rio Grande shows are well run, well promoted, and well attended! This particular edition was no exception, coming the weekend after Thanksgiving in the middle of the holiday push, which is a great time for a show!"
RIO GRANDE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
18th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW-THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
November 24, 25, and 26, 2017
The Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo NM
Albuquerque, New Mexico
FRIDAY 10 - 5, SATURDAY 10 - 5, SUNDAY 10 - 4
Note about Thanksgiving Day: We offer early set-up on Wednesday to accommodate artists with Thanksgiving plans. Rio Grande also arranges a community artist dinner for Thanksgiving at a local restaurant.
Jury Fee: $30.00
Noteworthy 2016 Survey Statistics:
Reviews and Artist Testimonials:
"Sunshine Artist voters reported sales of $5,000-$10,000 per artist. These sales figures, combined with a hearty numbeer of overall votes, pushed this show up a huge number this year - up from #53 in 2015 all the way up to #16 in 2016." -200 Best List 2016, Sunshine Artist Magazine
"Like all other Rio Grande shows, this one was absolutely great! We had about a 15% increase of gross sales over last year!" -Fine Craftsman 2016
"This is one of the better shows I do. Good quality exhibits, well-run, and lots of advertising. I look forward to it each year!" -Jeweler 2016
"A truly fun and profitible event. Really gets us into the holiday spirit. The best selection of artists I've seen out of all of the shows we do. Plus...I love the sane hours!" - Specialty Vendor 2015
"Before you could realize it, the show was packed - packed with patrons. Best of all, people were buying!" - Sunshine Artist Review 2014
"Rio Grande carefully selects and balances the exhibitors. This results in plenty of selection at a variety of price points in the categories, something the patrons recognize and appreciate." - Sunshine Artist Magazine 2014
Visit our website to see photos and videos of the festival!
ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS
ARTIST AMENITIES... We make it easy!
EXHIBITOR SPACES AND PRICING
Overnight security for the show is provided, but each artist is ultimately responsible for their own work. Security escorts are available to escort exhibitors to their vehicles after closing time each day. Neither the Festival nor its employees, volunteers, directors, security or insurance company are financially liable for losses or damages of any kind. Exhibitors should make arrangements with their own insurance companies for proper coverage.
RV PARKING & LODGING
Hook-ups for RV's are available onsite. Fees are collected by EXPO New Mexico. Recommended hotels and room blocks will be coordinated by the festival and can be found through the Artist Resources page on the website. These will be listed as soon as they are confirmed.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Deadline for applications to be submitted on Zapplication.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Notification of jury status through Zapp and by e-mail.
Monday, May 15, 2017 Deadline for invited artists to accept via Zapp and confirm space in show by paying 50% of booth fee to Rio Grande office. Payment plans available, but must be arranged (including signed payment plan agreement*) by May 15th.
July 15, 2017 Remainder of fees due. For cancellations, this is the last day to cancel and receive maximum refund (less $100 penalty) (see cancellation policy).
*Please contact office for payment plan options in advance! These must be arranged by May 15th, 2017. Late payments will incur a $25 charge.
SET-UP and CHECK-IN
Set-up takes place Wednesday and Thursday prior to the show: November 22 from 9 am – 6 pm & 23rd (Thanksgiving) from 9 am to 4 pm; with finishing touches permitted on Friday mornings from 7 am to 9:30 am (no load-in allowed). Show opens at 10 am.
Exhibitors who have not called or checked in by 4 pm on Thursday will be considered a no-show and will forfeit their booth.
Sales tax in NM is 6.0625% for the November show. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting it. Tax packets will be provided upon check-in.
Festival Management reserves the right to remove items that have been falsely entered or are found to be manufactured, imported, not made by the artist, or any that are unsuitable or objectionable for a family-oriented Festival, This includes music, noise, scents, printed materials or anything else that the management finds objectionable. Refunds will not be given in these cases. Music booths must provide headphones for customers to listen to the music. Live musical demonstrations must be limited to a total of 15 minutes per hour.
CHILDREN AND PETS
Pets are not permitted at the Festival, unless they are for handicap assistance. Children must stay with you in your booth and may not roam around the show. They are welcome to visit the Kids Creation Station™, but please limit this to one hour per day.
Deadline is May 15th to commit to space by making a 50% down-payment. Cancellations received before July 15, 2017 will be eligible for a refund minus the non-refundable $100. After July 15, refunds will be made for 50% of the total booth fees. After October 1, refunds will be made for 20% of the total booth fees, providing exhibitor notifies the office of cancellation. If booth fees are not received in our office by designated deadlines, and exhibitor has not contacted the Festival, booth may be cancelled and resold without refund.
Two exhibitors (only) may share a booth ($75 additional charge). Submit one entry per exhibitor and designate one person responsible for fees. Both artists must undergo the jury process and be accepted into the show.
Upon acceptance, one image for each exhibitor will be chosen for the website gallery (proper lighting, strong colors, and plain background work best). If no such image is available, exhibitor will not be represented on the website. The images provided on Zapplication may be used for publicity purposes - in which case the artist will be properly recognized and credited. If this is not acceptable, notify the office.
Functional items with reproductions of the artist' work on them (art tiles, mugs, etc.) must be submitted for jurying under the separate category of 'reproductions of the artists work'. (Prints or giclees are allowed and do not need to be entered under the reproduction category). These reproduced functional items may not make up more than 20% of the display space in the booth and cannot include totes, T-shirts, caps, or other clothing items.
Each artist is expected to comply with all requirements listed under 'Booth Displays and Structures', below.
EXHIBITOR SPACES AND PRICING
Approximately 185 booth spaces will be available. All spaces are 10' deep. 10x10 spaces are $495; 15 x10 spaces are $715; 20x10 spaces are $950. Exhibitors must supply their own professional back and side walls – canopy walls are not acceptable. Draping may be rented. 400 watts of electricity may be purchased for $65. Corners are $65. Overnight security will be provided during the Festival.
BOOTH DISPLAYS AND STRUCTURES
Work that is presented attractively can be an important factor in sales as well as a positive contribution to the overall appearance of the show. Please plan your booth carefully and make sure it's attractive and easy for customers to come in and look at your work.
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