Event Information


Art Fair at the Dole 2017

Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole
Crystal Lake, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 815-455-8000
Event Dates: 9/2/17 - 9/3/17
Application Deadline: 7/13/17 Midnight CST
50 day(s) and 0 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Art Fair at the Dole Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole is hosting its Third Annual Art Fair at the Dole on the beautiful grounds of the historic Dole Mansion September 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Artists are invited to submit an application for jury review before the deadline of July 13th, 2017 (midnight). 

Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole is a unique and historic location, featuring two award-winning art galleries in the historic Dole Mansion (circa 1865) and Arts Park (early 1920's). Exhibits in the galleries change monthly and feature a wide variety of art from established artists to community childen's art. 

General Information

Art Fair Rules, Regulations, and Information:
  • Open to artists 18 years of age or older.
  • All work must be original and must have been created by the accepted applicant.
  • Artwork displayed should be a result of the artistic category in which you are applying.
  • Artists must be present to exhibit and manage their displays during Art Fair at the Dole and are limited to the booth space(s) assigned; booth spaces are non-transferable. Any artist who has not been juried into the Art Fair at the Dole or has not paid the jury and booth fees will not be allowed to exhibit.
  • All sales will be conducted between the artist and the purchaser.
  • The committee reserves the right to reproduce accepted entries for publicity purposes, including print and digital media.
  • Please DO NOT bring dogs or other pets; pets are prohibited at the site of Art Fair at the Dole.
  • The City of Crystal Lake and the Lakeside Legacy Foundation will not be responsible or liable for injury, theft, loss or damage to property before, during or after Art Fair at the Dole hours.
  • Artists retain all proceeds from their sales. All artists are responsible for collecting and paying Illinois Sales Tax @ 7.75%.  A tax form will be provided in your check-in packet.
  • All artists must present a photo ID at check in.
  • No refunds will be given for application fees.


Application Registration Deadline:July 13th, 2017 at midnight.(CST)
Notification of acceptance date: June 16th, 2017 (first round jurying) or July 20th, 2017 (second round jurying)
Booth Fee Due: August 1st, 2017
Last day for cancellation with a refund of 50% is August 1, 2017. After August 1, 2017 no refunds will be given for cancellations.


Application/Jury Fee:
Once you have submitted an application, you will be entered into the jury pool. If you wish to withdraw your application before, during or after the jury dates, you will still be responsible for this fee.  If you would like to request a corner booth or if you request the same spot you had in the 2015 or 2016 fair, please send request by email to Robin Allen at rallen@lakesideartspark.org.  We will do our absolute best to give you a corner booth or your past spot, if requested, but we cannot guarantee it. 
Single Booth Fee: $175
Corner Booth (if requested, accepted, and assigned): $200

HOURS of Fair:

10am-5pm on September 2 and 10am-4pm on September 3, 2017.


Awards with cash prizes will be presented for Best in Show, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention, and Merit. 
Purchase awards will be given. 


Submit five images, four that are representative of your work and one that clearly shows your booth. Artwork will be evaluated based on skill, originality, and design. Artwork shown in your booth photo should be representative of the work to be exhibited at Art Fair at the Dole.

Two rounds of jurying will be conducted by experienced art professionals from the Chicagoland art community and university/gallery system. The jury process is based upon the quality of the documentation provided by each artist. Art Fair at the Dole jurors use a remote process, facilitated through Zapplication, to access applications. Images are the sole factor evaluated during the process. Please go to www.zapplication.org for specific digital submission requirements. Jurors also select alternates for the show.

Categories for Submission(s):
  • Please review the following category definitions. Art Fair at the Dole reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s application/submission. Please indicate the category in which you wish your images to be judged on the application. If you want to be reviewed on two categories, one application and fee must be submitted for each category. Example, one for watercolor and one for photography. 
  • Digital Art: Works may be created solely on a computer or by using computer programs to significantly manipulate or alter source material(s) such as scans or digital files. Works must be in limited editions, signed and numbered not exceeding 250 per image, using only archival quality materials. Digital art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision.
  • Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry, is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  • Fiber/Leather: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
  • Furniture: Decorative or functional furniture of any material.
  • Glass: Original work in which the primary material is glass. Works may be functional or decorative in design and crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or etching. No mass production accepted.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. Items may be made of any mix of materials and any method of construction. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.
  • Metal-Works: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed. May be painted or unpainted. All work must be signed by the artist.
  • Mixed Media 2-D: All original work that is intended to hang on the wall and incorporates more than one type of physical material. PLEASE NOTE: Utilizing a different medium as an under painting or in a minor secondary role does not meet the intention of this category. Materials that are used must be evident in the finished work.
  • Painting: Two-dimensional images including all forms of paint application, such as oils, acrylics, watercolors and similarly applied materials. 
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Prints made from negatives, transparencies or digital files and manipulated with computer programs and printed on large scale ink-jet printers are included here. Works may also be collages or assemblages of photographs, made by the artist. The photographic process must be displayed and each edition must be signed and numbered. Digital photographers, i.e., those who use a digital camera or process images digitally to perform standard manipulations, (e.g., cropping, color/tone adjustment, sharpening, etc.), should apply to the Photography category, not Digital Art.
  • Printmaking, Graphics and Drawing: This includes prints that are hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut. This also includes drawings on paper using dry media such as pencil, crayon, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media or from fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Images must be produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
  • Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media: Original, free-standing works incorporating any materials that are carved, modeled, constructed or cast are included in this category.
  • Wood: Original woodworks that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved are accepted in this category. Does not include furniture. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may only exhibit work in those categories for which you are invited. For example, if you apply in Painting and Ceramics, but are only invited to exhibit in Painting, you may not show ceramics at your booth.


Our mission is to preserve and protect the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park property for community use in a natural and historic setting. The vision of Lakeside Legacy Foundation as a 501(c)3 charitable organization is to foster an innovative arts, education, and community destination that enriches the quality of life for those the foundation serves.

Our objective is to have art make an impact on McHenry County and beyond by providing high-caliber art experiences that promote creativity, bring people together, inspire success, and impart positive values.

Art Fair at the Dole is a mission-focused event that fulfills Lakeside's vision and objectives. Artists, guests, and patrons will experience an art festival that enriches the community through the promotion of purchasing original art and an emphasis on bringing people together in celebration of artistic talent and creativity.


Artist Statement:

Each exhibitor is required to display an artist statement in the booth.


Artists must oversee their exhibit at all times and must display their work for the duration of the show.  Assistants, including family members, are welcome, but not in place of the artist. 

Exhibited Work:

Each exhibitor will be screened during the fair to be certain the images submitted for jurying reflect the work being exhibited.  In case of a discrepancy, the artist may be asked to remove the work or leave the fair.  Under these conditions, there will be no refund of the booth fee.  All decisions of the fair committee in such situations are final.  Unacceptable work includes, but is not limited to: work produced from commercial molds, templates or patterns (mugs and t-shirts); kits or casting patterns; compositions of plant or animal life (dried flower arrangements); country crafts, imports, decoupage and mass-produced items.  Work done by a production studio is not acceptable.  Tapes/CDs of instruments, made and played by the artist, may be sold along with the instrument, but not alone.

80% of artwork must be original works. 20% can be prints with 10% of those prints being greeting cards/note cards. Print bins must be with in the booth space and not outside or in front.

Booth Information

Art Fair at the Dole is an outdoor event. Artist booths will be set up on the grounds of the Dole Mansion, which is a grass surface. Artists will be provided a 10’ x 10’ space. Artists must provide their own tents, display equipment, etc. Electricity is not available and generators are not allowed.  Information detailing all display and setup information and further site specifics will be sent upon receipt of booth rental fee and signed contract for accepted artists.

Booth spaces will be located on grass. Each artist will receive a 10’ X 10’ spot with at least a 1’ buffer on each side and 3’ storage behind. Artists cannot extend their display outside of their allotted booth space.

Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
Internet connections and Wi-Fi will not be provided by Art Fair at the Dole.
Set up and load-in begin on Friday, September 1st, starting at 11am.

  • Parking will be on the Dole Mansion Grounds and is free to the artists. 
  • Indoor restrooms.
  • Booth sitters. 
  •  Art Fair at the Dole will provide security. The City of Crystal Lake and the Lakeside Arts Park will not be responsible or liable for injury, theft, loss or damage to property before, during or after Art Fair at the Dole hours.
  • Artist names and a link to your website will be posted at www.lakesideartspark.org
  • Complimentary award breakfast.
  • Volunteers will be available upon request at load-in and load-out. More information on volunteer requests at booth application time.
  • The Art Fair will have food vendors, and artists will be able to purchase food during the art fair from these vendors. The Art Fair is conveniently located near downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, and artists will have access to nearby restaurants and fast-food chains.

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