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Event Information

Historic Valley Junction Arts Festival 2018

United States
West Des Moines, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 5152223642
Event Dates: 5/20/18 - 5/20/18
Application Deadline: 3/12/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00


Event Summary
Join us for the Historic Valley Junction Arts Festival, Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 11 am - 4 pm! The Valley Junction Art Committee has redefined Art in Valley Junction.  Our two annual art festivals have been combined and refocused into one Fine Art Show!  Its primary focus is the juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, giving the public the opportunity to meet, interact with and purchase original work by artists.

General Information
The Historic Valley Junction Spring Art Market was initiated in 1989 as a one-day, outdoor celebration of the arts. Its primary focus is the juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, giving the public the opportunity to meet, interact with and purchase original work by artists. The Arts Festival also has performing artists and hands-on art activities for children. Food vendors are stationed throughout the three-block long event. Attendance for this event is estimated at between 3,000-5,000 people.

Historic Valley Junction is six square blocks of specialty stores, art galleries, antique shops, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses, and restaurants. Many of these businesses will be open to the public during Art Festival.

Artists wishing to apply for the Arts Festival must submit four color images of their work. Images submitted must be representative of work to be exhibited and will serve as the only criterion used.

A panel of nine jurors will review images. Your brief description on the application, mediums and dimensions will be available to jurors. All decisions of the jury panel are final.

Applying artists will be notified of jury selection, by email, approximately fourteen days after application deadline. Accepted artists’ images may be used for promotional purposes.

Merit Awards with prize money will be awarded. Prizes are as follows:
BEST IN SHOW: $500 Prize
(Arts Festival Winner: Jacques Lizotte)
(Arts Festival Winner: Andy Lyons)
(Arts Festival Winner: Debora Anderson)
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Four FREE entries for 2018 Historic Valley Junction Arts Festival
(Arts Festival Winners: Rich Herrman, Allison Hall, Meg Prange, Diane Kunzler) 
*Award winners from Arts Festival 2017 do not need to submit a jury fee for this year's Arts Festival (contact events@valleyjunction.com if you have not recieved your coupon code)*

All work must be original and creative. Kits, commercial molds, factory or machine produced items will not be juried into the event. One flip bin of commercially printed reproductions will be allowed. The bin must be labeled. No reproductions will be allowed to hang. One artist allowed per booth unless work is collaborative.

It is each vendor's resonsibility to know if they are required to collect and remit Iowa Sales Tax. HVJF does not accept resonsibility for vendors who fail to meet this obligation.  Vendors who are required to remit sales tax must have a permanent valid Sales Tax Permit.  Teporary sales tax permits are no longer issued.  Failure to respond and reply to sales tax inquires by the Internal Revenue Serive will eliminate vendors from future participation in the Valley Junction Arts Festival, as well as other Valley Junction special events.  For questions, please call the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance at (515) 281-3114. 


Booth Information
| COST |
Jury Fee - $25.00
Standard Booth Fee (15x20') - $125.00

Based on the feedback from artists, the Valley Junction Art Committe has decided to condense & redine this art show. Please note the many changes the Arts Festival has made to make this a Fine Arts Festival. With a limited amount of artists we will be hosting the event in the 100 & 200 block of Valley Junction. All participating artists must have a white tent.  

The Historic Valley Junction Art Festival starts at 11:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

All spaces are approximately 15’ wide by 20’ deep in an open outdoor area. Artists must furnish tables, chairs and any set-up items.  As the Arts Festival is an outdoor show, please be prepared in the event of inclement weather, including wind. There is no rain date scheduled.All tents must be fire retardan NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE.

Booth assignments will be made in advance. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. and coffee and pastries will be available from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at 137 5th Street.