Event Information

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival - 7th Annual 2019 - Thunderbird Artists

Surprise Recreational Center
Surprise, Arizona (West)

Phone: 480.837.5637
Event Dates: 1/11/19 - 1/13/19
Application Deadline: 10/11/18 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 7th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, produced by Thunderbird Artists, in conjunction with the City of Surprise is back by popular demand!    The sales, attendance and support were spectacular last season and the most popular quote used by vendors... "What a wonderful surprise!"

This event will receive an extensive and dedicated advertising campaign, including television.

Thunderbird Artists Mission is to promote fine art and fine crafts, paralleled with the ambiance of unique wines and fine music, while supporting the artists, merchants and surrounding community.

General Information
Deadline: July 2nd, 2018                                            2nd Jury Deadline: October 9, 2018
Notification date: July 16th, 2018                                           Notification: October 23, 2018
Accept or decline invitation deadline: August 16th, 2018               Accept/Decline: Oct 31, 2018
August 17th  - removal of any artists who have not accepted or declined an invitation.  If any space remains available and a removed artist wishes to participate, they must reapply with Thunderbird Artists paper application.
Marketing/space fee deadline: August 20th, 2018  (At least 1/2 down by this date.)
No refunds: November 30th, 2018

Surprise Stadium is home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals
‘Spring Training’ and the Surprise Recreation Campus has a fishing lake, along with a 25-court Tennis & Racquet Complex.
Surprise is located 20 miles northwest of Phoenix. Just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Surprise is where you can connect with the charm of mountain park lands, a regional lake and the untouched open Sonoran Desert. The neighborhoods are clean, distinctive and unique; it’s no wonder why nine out of 10 residents surveyed recommend Surprise as a place to live and start a business!

Eligibility, Rules & Regulations

*All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the artist.  No open-ended edition prints permitted.  At least 65% of displayed work must be original art.  Kits, imports and mass produced items are prohibited.  No clothing, hobby or bazaar type articles.

*All categories must be juried prior to acceptance.  Any media NOT accepted through the jury process shall be removed.  Separate images and jury fee are required for acceptance of more than one medium.

*If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the application.

*There will be a $25 fee for all bank returned checks, cancellations and foreign funds.

*Artist must acquire proper state and city/town tax license/permits.

*Artist provides own display., which must be weighted, sturdy, safe, clean and tidy.  Artist is responsible for his/her own display in the case of loss or damage.  Tables must be covered to the groundand all storage and supplies must be neatly covered.  All paintings must hang – with consideration for oversized work.

*Staking into the pavement or grass is NOT allowed, unless specific instructions are given.

*Exhibitor’s display at the event must represent artwork submitted for the jury of this event.  Misrepresentation of a display will result in expulsion from the festival without refund.  Upgrades are acceptable, but Thunderbird Artists must be notified of change and receive new booth shot.

*All tents must be solid white and flame retardant. 

*Handwritten signs and sale signs are prohibited.  No soliciting political or religious materials or imposing views on customers or fellow artists.

*All work, display and storage must stay within designated space.  There is no extending, unless specified.

*The exhibitor’s space shall be occupied by 9am the first morning of the show, otherwise the exhibitor will be considered a “NO SHOW” and his/her space may be given away with no possible refund.

*Exhibitors must park in designated artist parking area.

*Set-up and breakdown times will be strictly enforced.  You must arrive within the specified times.  Breakdown will not begin until the end of the show and vehicles will not be permitted into show area until all patrons have left the grounds, usually within 15 minutes.

*Absolutely no pets on festival grounds.  Artists staying in overnight area must clean up after pets in parking area.

*Artists must utilize assigned space during published festival hours and will confine all sales/display activity to assigned space.  All space assignments are final decisions of Thunderbird Artists and Thunderbird Artists reserve the right to change or modify space locations as they may deem necessary.

*All rules will be strictly enforced.  Failure to comply with rules or unruly behavior (including intoxication or verbal abuse) by an exhibitor or assistant(s) will require immediate expulsion from the present event and will eliminate exhibitor from future events.  Thunderbird Artists reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

*Festivals close at 5pm and the artists may take part in the wine tasting after 4pm.  No drinking before this time.

*Recommended attire is business casual.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Booth Information
Artist participation is not confirmed until receipt of marketing/space fee.

Marketing/space fees are as follows:

10' x 10' = $430
10' x 10' w/corner = $530
10' x 15' = $670
10' x 15' w/corner = $740
10' x 20' = $850
10' x 20' w/corner = $950
10' x 30' = $1270
10' x 30' w/corner = $1370

*All fees will be discounted $10 if payment is made via check or moneyorder*