Event Information

Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market - 10th Annual

Winthrop Town Centre
Riverview, Florida (South)

Phone: 813-758-5161
Event Dates: 3/24/18 - 3/25/18
Application Deadline: 3/10/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market showcases fine arts and handmade arts and crafts created by artisans. The festival draws artists and artisans from all over Florida and beyond. Attendees to the two day festival can interact with artists and artisans and purchase art from the individual artists and artisans who created it.  Artists and artisans are encouraged to demonstrate their art. We are dedicated to making the Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market an artist centric festival where artists and artisans are treated like family.

We also offer live music, a children's art area and food from outstanding restaurants located within Winthrop Town Centre.

General Information
Mediums accepted from fine artists include:  glass, ceramics, photography, painting- abstract, painting- realism, drawings, graphite, pencil. pen and ink, fabrics/textiles, sculpture, digital arts, mixed media, wood.

Mediums accepted from artisans include: handmade furniture, jewelry, bookmaking, artisinal foods such as infused vinegars and oils, candles and homemade scents, clothing, bags and accessories, home accessories such as mirrors, and throw pillows, leather goods such as wallets, shoes and belts, reimagined glass ware such as painted wine bottles and vintage decanter wind chimes, soaps, lotions and homemade beauty products, upcycled crafts and designs using recycled or repurposed materials.

Fine artists who are accepted into the festival are eligible to win over $5,000 in prize money including Best of Show ($2,500 cash prize), First Place ($1,250 cash prize), Second Place ($750 cash prize), Third Place ($350 cash prize) and Honorable Mention ($150 cash prize). We also offer a Friends of Winthrop Awards, which come with a small cash prize for the recipients. Artisans are not eligible for the fine arts awards. The Winthrop Arts Festival Jury will have final determination on whether a submission constitutes a fine artist or artisan.

All accepted artists and artisans are invited to the Artist banquet held on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. Location TBD. Winthrop Arts provides the food and refreshments. Artists and artisans are welcome to bring one guest. We ask for a $5 donation for each additional guest. Awards and prizes are announced at the banquet.

Winthrop Arts offers limited overnight security during the festival, However, anything left in the booth overnight is left at the artist/artisan's own risk. Festival Management and their agents, representatives or affiliates are not responsible for artwork and displays left in booths overnight.

Artists and artisans must remain with their booth throughout the entire festival. Winthrop Arts will provide volunteers to assist with booth supervision during brief breaks. Each artist and artisan is provided with a lanyard and name badge which must be worn throughout the festival.

Private bathrooms are provided for artists and artisans in the Art Factory located at 11267 Winthrop Main Street. Your name badge and lanyard will act as your bathroom pass.

Artists and artisans are required to use white 10'x10' tents. All tents must be in good condition. Artists must provide tie downs, weights (such as sandbags) and any other sturdy equipment necessary to stabilize tents, artwork and displays in windy or rainy weather. Festival management reserves the right to remove any displays that are unsightly or in poor condition.

Exhibited work must be consistent with the images submitted by the artist/artisan and must follow Festival guidelines. Reproductions are limited to one bin clearly marked and may not be hung on the walls. Prints made from the artist's original negative/digital file must be processed by the artist or under the artist's supervision. It is advised that photographers display only limited and numbered editions from each negative/digital file. Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist; no machine made work will be permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed. Paintings, graphics and photographs must bde appropriately framed or matted, and must be appropriately framed or matted, and must be displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand. Festival management reserves the right to remove any work from the exhibition.

Each artist/artisan is solely responsible for any and all sales tax related to the sale of any item, including but not limited to artwork, sold at the festival. Winthrop Arts is not responsible for tracking or overseeing the sales tax due from the profits of any items sold at the Festival.

If you are accepted in the Arts Festival, you will be a sponsored artist/artisan and must commit to participation. Based on your commitment, the Winthrop Arts Festival turns away other artists and artisans who would like to participate. In the event of a true emergency, please contact Festival Management.

Booth Information
If you are accepted into the show as either an artist or artisan, a fee of $125 must be paid to reserve your spot. Load-in Information- Artists and artisans may begin setting up their white tent any time after 3 p.m. but before 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018. Winthrop Town Centre is located on Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. The Arts Festival will be held in Winthrop Common at the corner of Hadley Commons Drive and Winthrop Commerce Avenue in Riverview. Artists and artisans should check in with Festival Management upon arrival to receive booth number and location. Management will be on hand to help answer questions. There will be a handful of volunteers to assist artists and artisans with set up. If you have special set up needs or specific questions, please contact us prior to the festival.

We ask that all tents be set up no later than 9 p.m. If you cannot comply with the time restrictions, please advise Festival Management prior to Friday, March 23, 2018. All tents must be completely set up no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. 

Using a dolly is permitted and encouraged.

Electricity is not provided and generators are not permitted.

Load out information-  Artists and artisans must have their booth dismantled and off the property no later than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Violators may be subject to a fine.
Artists and artisans must remain with their booth until the festival has ended at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018.