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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts 2018

Location:
Avenue of the Fountain/Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, Arizona (West)

Phone: (480)837-1654 ext. 4
Event Dates: 11/9/18 - 11/11/18
Application Deadline: 7/12/18 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
You are invited to apply to participate in this year's Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts, held in beautiful Fountain Hills, AZ! This is one of the Southwest's premier and most iconic arts and craft shows, featuring hundreds of amazing exhibitors from all over the United States. This show is heavily promoted via advertising and publicity through broadcast, print, and social media, attracting nearly 200,000 attendees. 

The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts features nearly 475 artisans, live music, food vendors and beer gardens. All applications going through a jurying process where only the top artists in each category are accepted. It’s the perfect place to do holiday shopping, purchase art, and enjoy good food and live entertainment. 

Artist Testimonies: 
"
This is my favorite show! It goes very smooth from beginning to end and I always make a large profit! It's one of my best shows!" - Deanna Martinez-Hay
 
"The Fountain Hill shows are professionally run from the directors to the volunteers. Everyone is friendly, helpful and there for you. Great art buyers. My favorite shows!" - Dorothy Proffitt
 
"This is a high-quality show. The attendance is enormous, and the comradadee amongst the vendors is awesome. I feel blessed to be a part of this Fountain Festival!" - Genevieve Markowski
 

General Information
Mediums:
  • Batik
  • Ceramic
  • Crafts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Art 
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Prints
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Design
  • Weaving
  • Wood

Artist Amenities/Benefits:
  • Booth Sitters: During certain hours of each day of the show, booth sitters (called "Purple People"), will be available on request. If an artist needs to grab a bite to eat, use the restroom, or run a quick errand, a booth sitter will be able to look after your booth. Purple People can be requested by phone or in person. 
  • Artist Party: Each Fountain Festival, we offer a fun artist party to celebrate the event! Each Saturday night of the show there is a full catered dinner complete with beer or wine (and non-alcoholic drinks of course) where artists can kick back and relax, meet other artists, or connect with old friends. This has become a loved tradition of the Fountain Festival.
  • Website: We have a website completely dedicated to our art shows (http://fountainhillsartfairs.com). This will make it easier for attendees to learn about the event and get information about the show. The website will have a detailed list of vendors, maps, and much more!
  • Artist Parking: We have always provided ample parking for our artists, and we are currently working on the final details of parking with the Town of Fountain Hills. We will announce the parking plans as soon as we can!
  • Artist Packets: Each participating artist will receive an artist envelope upon check-in that can contain deals and offers from Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce members. Each Chamber member is given the opportunity to submit a deal, coupon or offer in the envelopes, which means artists can save some money on participating businesses around Fountain Hills!
  • Event Program: The Fountain Festival prints thousands of event programs for attendees. The program includes a detailed map, as well as list of vendors so potential customers can find your booth. 
  • Chamber Info Booth: The Fountain Hills Chamber staffs a complete information booth that is helpful for artists who are needing information or questions answered. The Chamber Info Booth also helps customers locate a specific artist, product, or medium, helping to potentially attract buyers to your booth.
Event Demographics:
  • Marital Status:
    • Married: 74%
    • Single: 26%
  • Gender:
    • Female: 59%
    • Male: 41%
  • Age Range:
    • Under 25: 9%
    • 25 - 29: 6%
    • Over 30: 85%
  • Household Income:
    • Under 40K: 16%
    • 40K - 49K: 14%
    • 50K - 100K: 35%
    • 101K - 250K: 26%
    • Over 250K: 9%
Advertising/Marketing Plan:
The Fountain Festival is advertised to attendees by a number of ways:
  • Television Commercials that play in the entire Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area
  • Newspaper articles and advertising spots
  • Television show segments on local morning shows
  • Online marketing using defined search engine optimization and targeted demographics
  • Social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Magazine listings in multiple publications

Application Process:

APPLICATIONS OPEN JUNE 4, 2018
APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 23, 2018
  1. Submit online application(s) via Zapplication
  2. Upload 5 images with application (3 of work, 1 of booth, and 1 of artist at work).
  3. Pay $30 non-refundable application fee PER Category applied in. Checks can be made payable to the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and mailed to PO Box 17598 - Fountain Hills AZ.- 85269
  4. Acceptance notices will be delivered via email on (or about) August 17, 2018
NOTE: If you are applying under the culinary category, you MUST send us a small sample for jurying. All jury samples must be in house by July 23rd, 2018.

Applying in More than 1 Category:

Artists can apply in up to 3 different categories. Each category an artist applies in, the non-refundable application will be charged. For example, if you apply in two categories, you will be charged a total of $60, which is two application fees of $30.  

Alternates:

Alternates will be chosen during the jurying process from the applicant pool. If there is a cancellation in a specific category, the opening may be filled by a jurying selected alternate only. The Fountain Festival Committee will notify any alternates needed via telephone and/or email.

Check In:
  • Early Check In: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Booth on the Avenue of the Fountains at Verde River Drive. 
  • Regular Check in: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Exhibits must be set up and all vehicles out of the festival area by 9:00 AM. All vehicular traffic must be removed from the festival area b 9:00 AM each morning and will not be permitted back into the booth areas until after 5:30 PM.
Sales Tax:

Fountain Hills, AZ has a sales tax rate of 8.90%
 

Rules/Regulations

Artists must adhere to the following rules:
  • All participants MUST have the following before the first day of the show:
    • State of AZ Transaction Privelege Tax License (call AZ STate License Compliance Office at (602)542-4576 to apply)
    • Current Fountain Hills Business License (www.fh.az.gov/billpay ). The FH Business License Numbers are due 30 days prior to the start of the show. The Town of Fountain Hills requests that you, if you can, to please obtain your business license online by visitng www.fh.az.gov/billpay 
    • For business license questions, please call Tina at 480-816-5176 between the hours of 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • or Gema at 480-816-5105 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
       
      You can also call Customer Service at 480-816-5100 press 0 to reach CS 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday for questions and payments.
       
      There is also an option to apply for a new license or renewal your license online at www.fh.az.gov/billpay Your physical address is where your home or studio is,
      not the fair address. You are considered an out of town business unless you have a business or live in Fountain Hills. 
 
  • Artists must be present at all times during festival hours
  • No "booth sharing"
  • No "buy/sell"/ manufactures/reps/booth sharing.
  • Applicants cannot be accepted into the Fountain Festival without participating in the jurying process.
  • Acceptance is strictly at the discretion of the Fountain Festival Committee
  • All works to be exhibited must be original and made by the exhibitor
  • Each exhibitor must provide their own canopy, canopy weights (required), tables, etc. A canopy is not required, but the artist is responsible for bringing all equipment. 
  • Cancellation or closing the Fountain Festival due to weather or other acts of God is solely at the discretion of the Fountain Festival Committee
  • Exhibitors who abandon their space at any time prior to the closing of the show are at risk of being excluded from future shows.
  • Pets are discouraged on the exhibit grounds. If they must be in attendance, all pets must be leashed (city ordinance).
  • The Fountain Festival does not charge a commission on sales transacted by artists
  • Only items submitted through the jurying process may be exhibited at the festival


Booth Information

If accepted, artists will be notified by email by August 17, 2018.

Booth Fees:
*Booth fees are only accepted after an artist has been accepted into the festival through the jurying process. 

Each booth space has a $500 non-refundable fee. Double spaces can be purchased for $1000.

BOOTH FEES ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 17, 2018. Booth fees are only accepted after an artist has been accepted into the festival through the jurying process. 

All checks can be made payable to the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and mailed to PO Box 17598, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269. 

Booth Size:

11 feet wide x 14 feet deep

A typical canopy used for this event is 10 feet x 10 feet, meaning you have one foot to "play" with on the side(s) of you booth, as well as 4 feet to "play" within front or in back of your booth. This extra space can be used to display items outside of your booth in the front, or used in the back for storage. It's up to you, so long as you are within your 11' x 14' space. 

Please note: The FH Chamber of Commerce does not have any service to help an artist set up and tear down their booth. All artists are solely responsible for that. 

Electricity:

If needed, electricity is available for booths in rows B and C for an additional $20. Each exhibitor receiving electricity must supply their own heavy duty extension cord that is at least 100 feet long. 

Booth Space Requests

Artists can request specific booth locations by noting on their application in the designated field. Every effort will be made to honor such requests, however, they are never guaranteed.
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