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Bellevue 6th Street Fair 2018

Location:
NE 6th St, 106th Ave NE & Doxa Church parking lot; Downtown Bellevue
Bellevue, Washington (West)

Phone: 425-453-3110
Event Dates: 7/27/18 - 7/29/18
Application Deadline: 3/16/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

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Event Summary

Welcome to the 48th annual Bellevue 6th Street Fair, located in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Every year the 6th Street Fair brings the original work of more than 100 artists to Bellevue in an open-air showcase of sculpture, jewelry, home décor, wood and glass work, fabrics and more. The event houses an eclectic mix of outstanding arts and crafts and provides the opportunity to discover the perfect treasure from baskets and beadwork to paintings and pottery. 

The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018 ($30 per application). 

The fair features a street-side layout next to the Bellevue Connection with quick access to nearby freeways, transit center and parking.

Part of the award-winning Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend along with Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts.



General Information
The Bellevue 6th Street Fair's objective is to create a colorful and varied display of high quality, handmade crafts and artworks. The Fair attracts tens of thousands of attendees every year to downtown Bellevue, a thriving suburb of Seattle with a growing downtown resident population. All types of hand crafted, non-imported works are considered. Those working in either new or traditional styles are encouraged to apply. The 6th Street Fair is one of three fairs held during Bellevue’s annual arts weekend, which also includes the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts. 

Timeline
March 16: Submission deadline
March 22-27: Jury process
March 28: Notifications emailed
April 27: Registration & Payments due
May 25: Cancellation date & refund deadline
June 15: Parking/load-in information mailed
July 26: Load-in
July 27-29: Bellevue 6th Street Fair
July 29: Load-out

Fair hours: 10am-8pm, July 27 & 28; 10am-6pm, July 29

Medium categories:
  • ​Paint/Print
  • Jewelry (Metal, Clay, Pearl/Gemstone, Wire Work, Beaded)
  • Pottery
  • Textile
  • Photography
  • Glass
  • Sculpture
  • Health/Wellness
  • Specialty Food
  • Outdoor/Yard Art
  • Woodwork
  • Home Accessories
$30 per submission to apply.

The Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA), a 501c6 non-profit organization, charges a flat booth fee (no commission). Booth fees range from $650 to $1,450 and are due by May 4 (not refunded after May 25). There are three awards presented during the Fair, these are: Best in Show, Best Booth and Best Newbie. The winners of these awards are offered an invitation to participate in the following year's event at a booth location of their choosing (application & booth fee waived).

A waitlist is offered based on jury scoring. Applicants will be advised after the jury process if they are on the waitlist.

FAQs
What services do you provide to artists?
  • Promotion via multi-platform marketing efforts (social media, BDA website, event brochure)
  • Artist refreshments
  • Booth sitters
     
What is involved in the selection process and who is on the jury?
The selection process involves a review by a jury, which scores each applicant on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Applicants are scored on the following criterion; booth appearance, originality, craftsmanship and market appeal. The jury includes members of the local arts community.
 
May I select my location?
You may request a specific spot, but this placement is not guaranteed. Please list placement requests under previous preferred 6th Street Fair location(s). We try to accommodate all requests, but the jury makes the final decisions regarding the placement of artists. The jury considers all aspects of the applicant, including score and category, when selecting the location. Every attempt is made to separate similar artists so that there is a great amount of variety in every location.
 
May I sell commercial products?
No.  All products must be hand-made by the applicant.
 
What is the load-in/load-out process and must I line up?
The load-in and load-out processes are created to help the artists load/unload efficiently and easily. There will be a packet mailed by June 15th, stating exactly when each artist should arrive and line up. It is crucial that artists adhere to the specifics of the load-in/load-out schedule in order to assure an orderly process. Artists who miss their scheduled time will need to hand cart their artwork to their booth space. Parking has typically been very limited. Also, please note that there will be volunteers on hand to help artists unload during established load-in times.
 
Do you provide tables or canopies for artists?
No. Each booth must supply a white easy-up canopy and fire extinguisher. If you need tables and/or a white canopy, you may contact our rental provider, CORT Event and Party Rental at 1-877-939-RENT or visit them on the web at www.cortpartyrentals.com. They have provided items for artists in the past with a discount and users have found them easy to use.

Is there any RV parking nearby?
The nearest RV parking is in Renton and Issaquah. There are no RV parking sites immediately adjacent to the downtown Bellevue event location.

Rules/Regulations
  • Artists may display work only in categories accepted.
  • Artists must register with the WA State Dept of Revenue to collect sales tax during the 6th Street Fair (UBI #). Out-of-state applicants are responsible for securing a temporary UBI #. A $15 City of Bellevue temporary license fee is included in the booth fee.
  • Artists must be present at their exhibits through the 6th Street Fair.
  • Artists who may sell out of their work may not leave early, they must stay for the duration of the Fair.
  • Artists may not show in other Fairs or Festivals in Bellevue during the 6th Street Fair. This includes BAM ARTSfair and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts.
  • Artists agrees to booth set-up within boundaries of the footprint agreed upon, portable booth collateral may not extend beyond booth boundaries and aisle-ways must be kept clear at all times.
  • Artwork must be handmade and produced by or under the direction of the artist.
  • Artists are to comply with all regulations and respect artistry standards.
  • All booths, tents and display fabrics must be flame-resistant and be labeled as such. See Fire handout at: https://fire.bellevuewa.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4779004/File/pdf/Fire/F-41_Tents_Canopies_July2016.pdf.
  • Bellevue Downtown Association reserves the right to remove any artist from the 6th Street Fair for disregard of the written rules/regulations, or for disruptive/abusive behavior.


Booth Information
Booth fees range from $650 to $1,450 and are due by April 27. Fees not refunded after May 25. One artist per booth (no sharing of booth unless accepted with collaborator).

Booth fees
  • 10' x 10' = $650
  • 10' x 20' = $1,300
  • 10' x 10' corner = $800
  • 10' x 20' corner = $1,450
  • 6' x 20' corridor (sidewalk along NE 6th) = $900
The 6th Street Fair will be staged along the NE 6th Street pedestrian corridor, 106th Ave NE and Doxa Church parking lot. The final layout and booth placement will be included with acceptance emails.

You may request a specific spot, but this placement is not guaranteed. Please list placement requests in the questions section of the application. We try to accommodate all requests, but the jury makes the final decisions regarding placement of artists. The jury considers all aspects of the applicant, including score and category, when selecting the location. Every attempt is made to separate similar artists so there is greater amount of variety in different areas of the Fair.

All booth spaces are assigned by the BDA with a limited number of corner spaces available. Artists must store their artwork at their own risk while the fair is closed. Overnight security is present roaming the grounds, but not overseeing any specific booths/areas. All booths are outdoors. Electricity is not available. Artists must supply their own booth materials - white top canopy, tables, display racks and chairs.

The load-in and load-out processes are created to help artists load/unload efficiently. There will be a packet mailed by June 15, describing precisely when each artist should arrive and line up at loading zone. It is crucial that artists adhere to the specifics of the load-in/load-out schedule in order to assure an orderly process. Artists who miss their scheduled time will need to hand-cart their artwork to their booth location. Parking around the event-site can be limited due to the Downtown location. Also, please note there will be volunteers on hand to assist artists unload during established load-in times.
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