Event Information

The Shops At LaCantera Art Festival October 2018

The Shops at La Cantera - MAIN STREET
San Antonio, Texas (South)

Phone: 281 222 6820
Event Dates: 10/20/18 - 10/21/18
Application Deadline: 7/25/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The Shops At La Cantera Art Festival, is a juried art festival, in its 8th year, and  features 80 fine artists in 13 media categories. The show is located on Main Street within the outdoor retail complex and is the entrance for the new residential living area. On Saturday evening The Shops At La Cantera Art Festival is a beautiful buyers atmosphere with twinkle lights in the trees and string lights hung above the streets.  Electric is free for artists at this show.  This show attracts art buyers, tourists and shoppers offering patrons 2 days of art in an upscale open-air shopping environment.  The festival loads in on Saturday morning 6:30a - 10a.  The show is open Saturday 10a-9p and Sunday Noon to 6p (electric included).  

The Shops At La Cantera is located in San Antonio, Texas. The affluent area of La Cantera is home to 175,000+ with luxury living, large homes and several golf resorts  The La Cantera Hill Country Resort, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and University of Texas San Antonion are within 3 miles of the festival.  The Shops At La Cantera attracts shoppers from the entire region as well as the many tourists that visit San Antonio.  

For the touring artists The Shops At La Cantera offers a weekend to fit into your Texas tour.    Also offered within the  fall Blue Lotus Art Show Tour are Art@The Domain along Century Oaks Terrace, October 6th & 7th and Art@Discovery Green, November 3rd & 4th.


General Information
The Shops At La Cantera Art Festival
Saturday, October 20th - 10am to 9pm
Sunday, October 21st - Noon to 5pm

Artist Check In  October 20th - 6:30am - 9:00am

Artist HospitalityFrom load-in thru load-out we offer complimentary refreshments and snacks for our artists.   Mornings include muffins, fruits, berries, nuts, donuts, pastries along with cold water, and hot coffee & tea.  Mid-day to close artists come by for snacks both healthy and sugary sweets.  Our team walks the show with a rolling cooler twice a day to bring refreshments to the artists booths.

Booth-sitting – At Artist Hospitality, artists sign up for booth-sitting time and we have one of our team watch the booth so the artists may refresh.  If an artist has needs a text to the show phone sends someone down to assist.

Electric – Electricity is available for every artist included in the booth space fee.

Security – 24 hour on festival site security from load-in through load-out. Artists are responsible for their artwork and property.  We utilize an Emergency action and artist contact plan if problem at a booth or weather hazard occurs during show closed hours.

Restrooms – Not portacans, real air-conditioned, flushing, with sinks.

Easy Load-in  & out – Utilizing distributed driving instructions, artists may drive to their booth space for set-up and load out. 

Complimentary Artist Parking – Artists have a designated parking area where they may park their vehicles during show as well as large RV’s and trailers for the weekend.
We communicate with the artists through the Zapplication email system, e-newsletters and our website. All load in, load out and booth numbers will be available on our website 4 weeks before festival as well as phone and regular email.  
Images - The Artist is required to submit a total of four (4) images (three images of work and one booth image), a complete application per medium along with a $35 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee. Work to be exhibited must be represented in your jury images. Enclose the three images per medium of individual pieces that accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited; work shown in the images must be representative of current work, and no more than three years old.
Booth Slide/4th image, must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fourth image is mandatory. If a booth image (constructed tent & exhibit) not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work, which is represented both in the first four images and also within image #4. It also helps identify the scale of the artist's work. Note: this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves. Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format, for more information access www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml
Jury - A jury panel of 5 art professionals and collectors will jury the media using a 1-5 scoring system. The top 75 scores will receive an invitation to participate. The waitlist will be artists who score within 1 point of the cut- off score. Jurors will be given an opportunity to review and pre-jury at their own pace.  We feel this gives all artists a better opportunity for the juror to evaluate artist’s work in a non-stress time limited environment.
It is the artist’s responsibility to identify the category for which they would like to be juried. Please choose the category which best describes your work. If you do not choose a category (medium) your application will not be processed. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.
Media Categories
Media categories are used by the Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine contemporary craft as well as diversity among media is a principal objective, there is no quota or entitlement by media category.
Clayworks: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Glass: Sculptural and Functional glass art.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens
and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media 2d: This category includes 2 dimensional works, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce.
Mixed Media 3d: This category includes 3-dimensional works, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor etc. are in this category.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Rules & Regulations
  1. Artists must be present with their work at the Art Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.
  2. The Art Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
  3. All work must be original, handcrafted work.
  4. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
  5. It is the artist’s responsibility to identify the category for which they would like to be juried. Please choose the category which best describes your work. If you do not choose a category (medium) your application will not be processed. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.
  6. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
  7. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable.
  8. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  9. Your exhibited art must be original and your own creation.
  10. No use of commercial kits or molds.
  11. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application.
  12. Exhibiting artist are required to display an artist’s statement and their booth number sign (distributed at check-in) in a prominent place within their booths.
  13. 33% of all 2-Dimensional work displayed must be original. Artists must define reproduction or limited edition throughout their artist’s statement and disclose this information on the individual piece. 
  14. Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the Festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows unless approved by festival director prior to departure.
  15. All artist tent structures must be white and professional quality.
  16. Staking of tents is not allowed.
  17. Weights  ( minimum 50 pds per leg with abaility to center weight if necessary) and water barrels only. Covered Waterbarrels are offered for rent through LWP.
  18. Storage of supplies must be kept within the space or hidden under table and linen along the back of booth. (table and black linen available through LWP)
  19. Artist brings own 100'ft outdoor extension cord for electric.
  20. The back and front area of the booth must be neat and tidy.  No open storage without a fabric cover or black vinyl wrap tarp fitted and nicely arranged.
 Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

Refund Policy - A full refund for an artist needing to cancel the show for any reason 10 weeks out from weekend.
Refund for medical issues and emergencies occuring prior to the show weekend will be considered by committee for a refund or a credit for the following years festival.

State of Texas Sales Tax - All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Texas sales tax. No commission on sales will be paid to The Shops at La Cantera Art Festival.   

Booth Information

White Tent –  WE ONLY ALLOW WHITE TENTS for Artists - 10 x 10 , 10 x 20 canopy, weighted with a minimum of 50pds per structure leg.  If you are unsure of your weights  Our tent and rental supplier offers for rent filled water barrels with covers and rope tie down for artist needs.  Tent rentals are offered through our authorized supplier.
Booth Spaces
The fee is for a booth space  measuring 10’3” x 10ft .   Some of our booth spaces have deep backs and artists have the ability to set up a wonderful selling area or nice setting for customers. These are the deep booth offerings.   Corners are a minimum of 8’ apart with most being 10+ feet of open space.
Most booth spaces have selling opportunities from both back and front of booth.
(facing center of street and facing the retail stores behind.) 
Selling sides must be kept tidy and visually appealing. Materials and packaging must be stored out of sight and under tables.  6' black linen covered tables are available for rent at $25 each.  
Artist is responsible for 100' approved 3 prong outdoor extension cord.   
Booth  Space Fees  (includes electric)
                                    Cash/Check                    Credit Card
Single                         $475                                       $500
Corner                        $575                                       $600
Double                      $1000                                     $1050
Double Corners        $1250                                     $1250
Individual booth assignments are made to create an appealing mix of media. Assignments are at the sole discretion of The Shops at La Cantera Art Festival and the Festival Director and are not interchangeable or transferable.  Once accepted, artists may request being placed next to or near another artist, a general location or special need.  All requests are attempted to be fulfilled. Returning artists are always given first right of their prior year booth space or first consideration of relocation requests.  Any special request should be made with payment of booth space fee.
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