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Bellevue Festival of the Arts 2018

Location:
10300 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004-Located along NE 8th in the lot of Cost Plus World Market
Bellevue, Washington (West)

Phone: (206)363-2048 Voicemail
Event Dates: 7/27/18 - 7/29/18
Application Deadline: 3/4/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee and Application Processing): $40.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
ARTISTS WILL BE EMAILED JURY RESULTS ON APRIL FIRST.

The Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a juried fine art and craft fair located in beautiful Bellevue, WA just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Its prime location outdoors along NE 8th St and Bellevue Way is in the heart of a vibrant, affluent city whose community loves and supports the arts. Founded and run by artists as the Craft Cooperative of the NW in 1984, our mission is to provide an equitable and profitable venue for artists and to give back to the community.. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a committed community partner with the proceeds from the festival donated to various local and global charities. The BFoA also works in partnership with local educators and features local non profit organizations in the festival. You can learn more about our story and the organizations we give back to by visiting our website, bellevuefest.org

Celebrating 34 years in 2018, the Bellevue Festival of the Arts features 175 of the most talented and popular artisans and craftspeople from the Northwest and beyond. Free to the public the Festival is a proud participant of Bellevue's Arts Fair weekend, and coupled with two close-by fairs, is a staple of the vibrant annual community celebration.

 



General Information

The BFoA is a regional favorite and a top-rated festival, attracting tens of thousands of attendees every year. The BFoA features distinctive original art from some of the nation's most talented craftspeople and offers the chance for artists and patrons to meet face-to-face while also enjoying a variety of food and drink and listening to local musicians. This show is for artists who create unique artwork by hand and enjoy meeting, sharing and selling. This is a dedicated event to handcraft, with no buy-sell, production studios, or reps allowed.  We market the event as an opportunity for people to meet the artists themselves and is a great place to develop a strong following. We want to thank you in advance for your interest in the Bellevue Festival of the Arts! The artists and their spectacular creations are truly at the heart of this endeavor, and we are honored to collaborate with you in creating and continuing this event.

 

Highlights:

*Limited to 175 Artists

*Free to the Public

*Attendance 75,000 Patrons

*Thursday Scheduled Drive-up Load-in Starting at 6pm

*Booth Sitting

*Shuttle Service to Free Artist Parking

*24 Hour Security

*Artist Hospitality Tent stocked with light snacks, bottled water, coffee/tea

*Onsite Staff and Fabulous Volunteers

*Organized by Artists

*$40 application fee

 

Jury Information

Artist applications are juried each year by a diverse group of artists, gallery owners, art educators, curators, and former Legacy Artists. Each application is seen by 5-7 jurors and is scored with focused attention to mastery of skill, technique, originality, and presentation. Be open and descriptive about your process for the jurors. A booth shot/photo of applicant’s set-up is critical to  the jury process, and applications without will not be considered.

Mediums and Descriptions

You may apply in more than one medium/category, up to 4 applications, but you must apply individually and as a separate user for each category. You must be accepted in each medium to exhibit that medium in the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. All submissions must be original works created by the artist or artists applying. In all categories, no mass or factory produced work is allowed, no commercial molds or components and no production studio work. The artist applying must be part of the entire production process of their artwork and must be transparent about their creative process and materials used. Mis-representation of artistic process and production of the applicant’s artwork is a direct violation of our rules and regulations and will result in removal from the Bellevue Festival of the Artists. We place the utmost value on the creation and labor of art and the journey is as valued as the finished work.

 

Medium categories are:

2D Mixed Media: Original work from multiple materials to create a work with a one-sided, wall-mounted visual orientation. Recycled materials must be used in a manner different from their original purpose.

Digital Art: Original work created solely by computer, with each component created by the artist. Any work incorporated that is not originated by the artist is strictly prohibited. All work must be archival quality and limited editions that are signed and numbered. Photography is not accepted in this category.

Drawing/Pastels: Original compositions hand-drawn by the artist using ink, pastel, charcoal, pencil, crayon, wax, ink wash, or chalk.

Painting: Original compositions created in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Reproductions must be limited to 250 and must be numbered and signed. Originals only allowed on wall space, reproductions must be in browse bins and properly labeled. Reproductions may not take up more than 25% of booth content.

Photography: Inclusive to all photographic products that begin with the camera lens. All pieces must be signed, numbered, and limited edition. Photos printed on canvas are allowed for originals only. Prints must be done by the artist themselves or under the direct supervision of the artist by a reputable service. All prints must be archival quality.

Printmaking: The process of making multiple originals from the manipulation of stones, blocks, plates, screens, and composite relief to pull an original image to a surface. The image may be deposited on multiple surface mediums such as paper, foil, cloth. All prints must be limited edition and signed and numbered.

3D Mixed Media: Original work from multiple materials to create a work viewed at 360 degrees. Recycled materials must be used in a manner different from their original purpose.

Ceramics: Original works accepted in clay, porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware. Works can be functional or decorative. Work from commercial molds and machine are prohibited. No more than 15% of slip cast work is allowed and designs must be artist originals. Multiple pieces of the same design must be signed.

Glass: Original work that has been hand-crafted by the artist by glass blowing, fusing, casting, or kiln forming. No pre-manufactured items are allowed.

Jewelry: All types of materials are accepted and jewelry must be designed and made by the artists, including the components. Design work must be original and display a distinctive and matured skill level. No more than 10% of materials can be commercial findings. Commercial casts, molds and production studio work are not allowed.

Metal: Original work by way of forging, twisting, and fabricating. The artist must be the primary executor of the work in the full process. The focus of this category is function rather than sculpture. This category does not include jewelry. Production studio work is not accepted.

Textiles & Fiber: Original hand processed work in wearables, such as clothing and haberdashery and non-wearables like leather, basketry & weaving.

Sculpture: Any three-dimensional original work incorporating one or multiple materials the artist’s hand has formed. Any reproductions must be signed and numbered limited editions. Any recycled materials must be altered or manipulated in a way that is different from their original purpose.

Wood: Original work in wood that have been machine-worked, hand-tooled, carved, or turned. Pieces can be functional or non-functional.

 

Wait list: Each medium has its own separate wait list.

 

INSURANCE: Participants are required to have at least $1,000,000 of liability coverage with the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest named as additional insured on their policies. The four days for coverage are July 26th-29th, 2018. Booth numbers will not be assigned until a copy of the

insurance certificate is mailed or emailed to CCNW. Details can be found in our FAQ’s on the Artist page. bellevuefest.org/artists/

 

Promotion: Each year the Bellevue Festival of the Arts launches a high-end comprehensive publicity campaign to bring the fair & its talented participants to an established and ever-growing audience. Our focus is sharing what sets the BFoA apart - its heart, its commitment to the artists who participate, and giving back to the community around us. The BFoA is nationally recognized and our media campaign engages with reporters, news anchors, directors,

editors, and bloggers with great success in both national and local features, artist spotlights and more. We post regularly on social media to showcase our participating artist's work and share our greater press coverage. We welcome and encourage our participants to engage with us on these platforms to cross promote and excite our worldwide audience! Artists participating will receive a digital press pack for online engagement and email blasts, as well as postcards, printed and digital, for promotion.

Age: Must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Hospitality: A hospitality booth will be open for artists throughout the weekend for light refreshments and a chance to chat with fellow artisans, volunteers, staff, and community partners. Spontaneous dance parties are encouraged!

 

Load-in/Load-out Instructions: The load-in and set-up for the festival occurs the night before the show, Thursday July 26th 2018 beginning at 6pm.  City requirements dictate that all artists must come through the staging area/artist parking lot to begin. Our fair site is located in a bustling dense urban downtown setting and with you we build a mini art city in the middle of it for the weekend! Our load-in process is designed to meet City codes and participant convenience, it's specific and efficient, with a large staff to manage the process and provide assistance.  

Volunteers will be assisting with the load-in and load-out procedure, and when available, can provide some assistance to artists. However, if you have an extensive set-up that requires dedicated assistance, please bring your own helping hands as we cannot guarantee the availability of our volunteers. Please contact us via email before load-in if you need assistance or help finding assistance and we will do our best to connect you to the right resources.

Failure to abide by load-in/load-out instruction (such as line cutting, refusal to work with staff, etc) will result in removal from the festival with no refund given.

A staging area is used for artist check-in and check-out to ensure the most efficient use of the fair site. This process is three steps, check-in, unload, and setup.  

Load-in:

1. Check-in: Participants arrive at the artist parking/staging lot at their

pre-assigned time and check-in with their section leader to receive a

welcome packet, load-in parking passes and queue for fair site entry.

Participants can expect a short wait between check-in and site entry

and will be directed by their section leader. Snacks and high-fives will

be provided by our staff and volunteers. The pre-assigned times are

staggered and traffic on site is one way to ease the flow.

2. Unload: Section leaders will direct participants to their proper entry

point to the festival site and stamp a pass for entry authorization.

Participant then drives to their booth site to unload vehicle. 30 minute

time slots are allowed for unloading vehicle. We understand larger

sculpture work will take additional time to remove from vehicles and

trailers and we will accommodate.

3. Set Up: The participant, after unloading their vehicle, drives their

vehicle back to the staging lot and is then quickly returned to the fair

site via our shuttle to set up their booth. The shuttle runs back and

forth until the last artist is finished. Set up may go past dark, please

bring appropriate lighting, such as lanterns or head lamps. The shuttle

runs back and forth until the last artist is finished. You may return

early Friday morning to finish set-up as long as you have ID to show

security officers. All vehicles must be off the lot by 8:30 am Friday

morning.

Load-Out:

1. Break Down/Pack: Participants must pack up as much as possible and

get staff approval before bringing their vehicle onto the festival lot for

load out. All tents deconstructed, artwork packed, boxes filled, and

materials stacked in as small an area as possible.

2. Staff check-in: After packing up as much as possible, participants must

then check in with staff in their section. Staff will check over booth

area to see that it is sufficiently packed, and upon approval, staff will

give participant a “good to go” pass to take to artist parking. You

MUST check in with staff and receive your pass in order to bring your

vehicle onto the lot. NO vehicles without a pass will be allowed in.

Once you have received your “good to go” pass, take the shuttle up to

Artist Parking at the Bellevue Christian School.

3. Return with Vehicle/Load: At artist parking, with your “good to go”

pass, check in with staff in your color lot. Staff will radio down to see if

there is clearance to bring your vehicle onto the lot and which

driveway to enter. When approved and given a driveway pass, drive

your vehicle to the lot, load up and have a safe drive home!

Cancellation Policy : Registration is final, however if you are forced to cancel you may receive a refund of up to 50% of your booth fee by informing us by May 1st, 2018. No refunds will be given after May 1st, 2018.

 



Rules/Regulations

-The Golden Rule, treat others as you would like to be treated. Above all else, be kind. This is a collaborative effort to bring fine art and craft to the public and we are all here for each other. All participants and their entities are expected to follow the rules and regulations and festival code of conduct.

-All products sold by participants must be handcrafted by the participant and

comparable in quality to the products submitted in jurying. Embellished objects, imported or production work is not accepted. No company reps, all artists applying must be present with ID. No manufactured work or work from commercial kits or molds is allowed. CCNW representatives will be conducting quality control efforts throughout the weekend and CCNW reserves the right to ask for removal of non juried mediums, misrepresented works, production work, and questionable items and/or that the participant leave the show. No refund would be provided should the participant be found in violation of the listed rules and guidelines in this application.

-Participants may only show work in the categories approved by the jury (example: if a photographer makes jewelry from their photos, the jewelry must have a separate application with a different Zapp ID number, and be approved by the jury to be sold alongside the photography work).

-Greeting cards of original work must be pre-approved, T-shirts, pins and magnets are not accepted.

-Reproductions must be labeled "reproduction", signed and numbered as limited edition and are not to exceed 30% of work exhibited in the participant's booth. All original work (70% of booth or more) must be gallery quality in presentation.

-Sales Tax: All participants must register with the Washington state Department of Revenue to collect sales tax during the festival (a UBI number). Out-of-state participants are responsible for obtaining a temporary UBI number, further information will be provided upon acceptance to participate. A $15 City of Bellevue Special Event fee is included in the booth fee.

-Booth assignments are determined by the Festival organizers and may be used only by those to whom it is registered. No portion of your booth may be sublet to another person or company. Booth sharing is at the discretion of the jury and may be permitted by organizers, however applicants must apply separately.

-If two people collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the application and present at the festival. No work by more than two collaborators, employees or apprentices will be accepted.

-The artist(s) must be present in their booth all three days and remain if sold out.

-Artist(s) may not show in other fairs or festivals in Bellevue on the same dates. This includes BAM ARTSfair and the 6th Street Fair.

-Booths may be left up overnight but at the sole risk and responsibility of the participant. Products and valuables should be removed from booths left overnight. The Craft Cooperative of the NW provides additional security during the off hours, but know that this is located in a busy and densely populated neighborhood.

-Electricity is not provided. Summer light will keep booths visible during fair hours. Battery-operated lighting is permitted and especially encouraged for load-in and load-out. Generators are not permitted.

-Participant agrees to set up booth within restricted boundaries set forth by CCNW. Chairs and portable display items may not extend beyond the booth boundaries and aisle-ways must be kept clear at all times.

-Participant will abide by loading and unloading procedures as prescribed and provided by CCNW. No parking on the streets or sidewalks at any time. No loading, unloading, set up or tear down from the streets or sidewalks. The City of Bellevue enforces these strict requirements. Participants further agree to park only in authorized areas as assigned by CCNW. Failure to

comply with the rules and guidelines of load in and load out provided by CCNW can result in immediate removal from participation in this and future CCNW sponsored events.

-Insurance: Participants are required to have at least $1,000,000 of liability coverage with the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest named as additional insured on their policies. The four days for coverage are July 26th-29th, 2018. See our FAQs at bellevuefest.org/artists/ for complete insurance information .

-Canopy/Tent is required for each booth space and must be provided by the artist. Booth must include props for display, cover incase of bad weather (i.e. rain, wind, extreme heat) and weights to anchor the booth. The pavement is uneven in some spots and participants must have shims to

Accommodate. All booths, tents and display fabrics must be flame-resistant and be labeled

as such. See Fire Conditions at bellevuefest.org/artists/

-Booths may be left up overnight but at the sole responsibility of the participant. All products should be removed from booth overnight. Extensive security is provided, however there is no fence around this urban site.

-No blue poly tarps shall be used in your booth. Unpainted materials (pegboard, plywood, raw building material) will not be permitted. Booths must be pre-built and assembled onsite.

-Booths must have sides and a back. Do not depend on your neighboring booths to form your back side and cover your neighboring booth sides.

-Rusted or well-worn galvanized pipe booths must have pipes covered with fabric covers.

-Any booth along the sidewalks of NE 8th or Bellevue Way are prohibited by the city from selling from the backside (or sidewalk facing) of booths.

-No storage of boxes, stock, etc, will be permitted behind the booths on NE 8th, Bellevue Way, or in front of businesses.

-Participant agrees to set up booth within restricted boundaries set forth by CCNW. Chairs and portable display items may not extend beyond the booth boundaries and aisle-ways must be kept clear at all times.

-Participant will abide by loading and unloading procedures as prescribed and provided by CCNW. No parking on the streets or sidewalks at any time. No loading, unloading, set up or tear down from the streets or sidewalks. The City of Bellevue enforces these strict requirements.

Participants further agrees to park only in authorized areas as assigned by CCNW. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations provided by CCNW can result in immediate removal from participation in this and future CCNW sponsored events.



Booth Information

Booth Information

Booth Payments can be made by check or credit card. We prefer checks to credit card payments in an effort to keep operational costs as low as possible. Booth assignments are determined by the festival organizers to ensure the best in overall presentation and diversity in mediums throughout the festival. Our application will ask for booth size preference and area preference in our “Questions” section of the application. We will make every effort to accommodate booth requests, however final placement is at the discretion of the festival coordinators. We have a limited amount of corner booths and double booths. A dynamic display and great booth shot will be a determining factor in all applications and especially for corner booth assignment, given their high visibility.

 

Booth Prices  

8x10 booth $735.00*

10x10 booth $ 775.00

10x10 Corner Booth $925.00

10x10 Double Corner $975.00**

10x20 Booth $1560.00

10x20 Corner Booth $1700.00

 

*8 x 10 foot booths will hold a 10 x 10 foot canopy if the back legs are adjustable. They will have the back legs up on a sidewalk or over a parking bumper, the actual usable display space is 8 x 10 ft. The back 2 feet are often used for storage or seating. These booths are #157 -165 and #120 – 129. bellevuefest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FAIR-MAP-FOR-WEB.png

 

**A 10x10 double corner is one of two booths back to back. Each booth has three open sides. These twelve booths are 105, 107, 130 – 138 and 151.

 

-Canopy/Tent is required for each booth space and must be provided by the artist. Booth must include props for display, cover incase of bad weather (i.e. rain, wind, extreme heat) and weights to anchor the booth. The pavement is uneven in some spots and participants must have shims to

Accommodate. All booths, tents and display fabrics must be flame-resistant and be labeled

as such. See Fire Conditions at bellevuefest.org/artists/

-Booths may be left up overnight but at the sole responsibility of the participant. All products should be removed from booth overnight. Extensive security is provided, however there is no fence around this urban site.

-No blue poly tarps shall be used in your booth. Unpainted materials (pegboard, plywood, raw building material) will not be permitted. Booths must be pre-built and assembled onsite.

-Booths must have sides and a back. Do not depend on your neighboring booths to form your back side and cover your neighboring booth sides.

-Rusted or well-worn galvanized pipe booths must have pipes covered with fabric covers.

-Any booth along the sidewalks of NE 8th or Bellevue Way are prohibited by the city from selling from the backside (or sidewalk facing) of booths.

-No storage of boxes, stock, etc, will be permitted behind the booths on NE 8th, Bellevue Way, or in front of businesses.

-Participant agrees to set up booth within restricted boundaries set forth by CCNW. Chairs and portable display items may not extend beyond the booth boundaries and aisle-ways must be kept clear at all times.

-Participant will abide by loading and unloading procedures as prescribed and provided by CCNW. No parking on the streets or sidewalks at any time. No loading, unloading, set up or tear down from the streets or sidewalks. The City of Bellevue enforces these strict requirements.

Participants further agrees to park only in authorized areas as assigned by CCNW. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations provided by CCNW can result in immediate removal from participation in this and future CCNW sponsored events.

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