Event Information

Orange Beach Festival of Art 2019

Coastal Arts Center and Waterfront Park grounds, just east of the Orange Beach Library.
Orange Beach, Alabama (South)

Phone: 251-981-2787
Event Dates: 3/9/19 - 3/10/19
Application Deadline: 10/31/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
The 45th annual Orange Beach Festival of Art is a juried exhibition and sale of fine art hosted by the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, Alabama. Our setting is both intimate and magnificent, set among stately oaks on beautiful Wolf Bay and offers spaces to only 100 fine artists. The event has become a regional attraction drawing 15,000 visitors. The festival includes performing arts, gourmet coastal cuisine, a bayfront music stage, and a kids’ arts alley. Our beautiful new 10,000 sq. ft. waterfront gallery has just opened and is creating even more attention for the festival. In addition to the stunning location, the artists' dinner of a low country seafood boil and prizes of $3,750 make this a truly special show. Come be a part of our rich cultural history in a story-book setting -- all with the warmest southern welcome!

General Information
The Friday afternoon set-up is convenient, offering a direct load-in area with close access to your tent space. Your tents will be set-up on the lawn at the edge of a paved center path.  A light breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday under a park pavilion near the artist’s lane.  An Artist Awards Dinner is held on Saturday night featuring our famous Gulf Coast seafood, at no extra expense.  Two seats per show artist, maximum.  An artist’s information letter explaining all these details will be sent in late January to all accepted artists who pay for and secure their space on time.  
Each year, our top award winners are automatically invited back.  Applications are still required, but $35 application coupon codes for first place winners will be sent directly to those winners for use on ZAPP.  
Booth fees will still be required by January 11, 2019, payable through ZAPP.
2018 Top Winners were…
     Two-Dimensional 1st Place:  Jesse Kudreth, Graphics
     Three-Dimensional 1st Place:  Ed Brownlee, Clay
     Best of Show: Pui Lan Cockman, Watercolor
SHOW TYPE/SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  FINE arts only - no crafters please.  A variety of mediums are welcome but please carefully indicate your medium type.  Example:  If you make jewelry that uses both clay and metal, that is still jewelry and not Mixed Media.  Five (5) photos of your work and a booth photo are required.  If you have never had a booth in a show before, you must set up a sample booth display and send a photo.  FAILURE TO INCLUDE A BOOTH PICTURE WILL AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFY YOU.  We expect effort for your booth and -- not just a tent and tables.  It must be neat and professionally presented.

Application fees are non-refundable.  One application per artist.

Notification:  Invited artists will be notified by 5pm November 20, 2018

Mediums:  Acrylic, Clay, Folk Art, Glass, Graphics, Illustration, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Oil, Pastels, Paper, Pencil, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Watercolor, Wood.

- NO electricity is available - 
March 9 ~ 10:00-5:00
March 10 ~ 10:00-4:00 pm….We close early on Sunday to allow time for packing up.  NO early booth closings or departures are allowed.
CHECK IN/SET UP:     Friday March 8, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
                                Saturday March 9, 6:00 am – 9:00 am (no vehicles on grounds after 9:00)
Artist check-in is at the green-top pavilions in front of the children's playground.

BREAK DOWN:   We close early on Sunday at 4:00 to allow break down time.  No early booth closures allowed!
You will be issued a vehicle access ticket upon 90% breakdown of your booth.
PARKING:  Required parking space for all vendors is in the back parking lot of the adjacent church facility – no exceptions.

SECURITY:  The show employs on-site security at night from 7pm - 7am.

  • One application per artist.
  • Only exhibitors who are selling their own handmade items will be accepted.  No kits, imports, manufactured, or retail merchandise will be accepted.  If you display items that are not original and handmade by you, you will be asked to leave and forfeit your booth fees.  
  • Accepted artists must be present for the entire event.
  • Leashed and well behaved dogs are allowed, but at the discretion of the Director.  If they present a problem to the public or the show image, you will be asked to remove the dog.
  • No late set-ups allowed.  You must be in place and set up by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  
  • No pizza deliveries or such allowed.  Bring your own food, or there are plenty of delicious options from our local gourmet vendors.
  • No hawking of items - No unneccessary loud noise from your booth.

Booth Information
Booths must be 10x10, but we generally provide 11'x11' spacing for ease of set-up.  No tent stakes - please bring weights and be prepared for inclement weather.

Booth presentation is important!  Tent top can be any color.  Your tables, shelving and display racks/walls need to be professionally presented.  Artists with unprofessional looking booths will not be invited back.  

Booth fees are $250.  Corner booths are limited and are an additional $50.  All fees for accepted artists are due by January 11, 2019 and only payable by credit card through ZAPP.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the show Director, Desiree Blackwell at dblackwell@cityoforangebeach.com.  Booth fees will be refunded, less $75, prior to February 1, 2019. No refunds after 2/01/2019. 
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