Event Information


Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts 2019

Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze, Florida (South)

Phone: 850-686-9271
Event Dates: 3/23/19 - 3/24/19
Application Deadline: 1/5/19 Midnight CST
50 day(s) and 19 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The city of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. are proud to host the 25th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival, held on March 23-24, 2019 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. This two day event is a staple event for the city of Gulf Breeze, which is a beautiful little city located between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, just a short drive from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The festival is held right on highway 98 in Gulf Breeze, is a free event to the public and hosts 100+ local, regional and national artists. This year will include live artist demonstrations, music, a children’s art area, and our 2nd year of the Emerging Artist Grant. We are expecting around 10,000 attendees this year. 


Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. prides itself in donating the proceeds of the GBAF to local art scholarships for colleges, as well as local school art programs to help with supplies and projects. We have assisted in getting large items such as kilns, and have donated to Band and JROTC programs for instruments and class trips as well. As of 2018, GBAI has donated over $80,000. We would be unable to do this without the participation of our artists, such as yourself, so thank you for your participation and support. 


*Note to artists: This year’s dates follow directly behind the Orange Beach Art Festival (3/9-3/10) and the Fairhope Art Festival (3/15-3/17). This is to better position ourselves in the area's festival circut, rather than compete with other events nearby. 


General Information




Applications Open:   September 1, 2018

Application Deadline: January 5, 2019

Jurying Starts: January 5, 2019

Jurying Ends: January 10, 2019

Send Artist Notifications: January 11, 2019

Accept/Purchase Deadline: February 20, 2019

Setup: Friday, March 22, 2018 

Show Dates:

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019  [9:00am – 5:00pm; followed by Artist Reception and Award Ceremony]
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019  [10:00am – 5:00pm]



  • Ceramics: 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 a source material, that is executed by the artist using a computer; or created solely with the use of a computer. Work in this category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on quality materials. 
  • Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking: Work created with chalks, pens, pastels, inks, etc. Printmaking from linoleum blocks, etc. All works must be original or limited editions that do not exceed 250. 
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and paper making. All clothing must be handmade and original.  
  • Glass: Original work created in glass by the artist. May be 2D or 3D. Pressed glass and massed production are not permitted.
  • 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 allowed. Designs must be original. There are a limited number of spaces available to jewelry, there is always a waitlist for jewelry. 
  • Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2D and 3D, that incorporates more than one type of physical material in the production of the artwork. 
  • Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions must be signed and produced in a limited edition not exceeding 250.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image (e.g., film or digital) which have been processed by the artist. Each image must be signed and numbered with editions being inclusive of all sizes and not to exceed 250 prints in the edition.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work created in any medium.
  • Wood: Original works that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.



Judging will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Cash prizes total $7,000.

  • Best of show $1000
  • Four Awards of Excellence $500
  • Eight Awards of Distinction $300
  • Eight Awards of Honor $200

Additionally, local businesses contribute approximately $5,000 in purchase awards. Purchase awards also include a designated ribbon for the artist to hang in his or her booth.




A blind jury of 3 working artists/art professionals will review the work of each applicant. The identities of artists will not disclosed. The work will be juried based on artistic excellence, originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities. Each artist’s images will be viewed simultaneously and must accurately represent work to be exhibited and sold. The jury will have the prerogative to reassign categories as they deem appropriate.


Artist Amenities

  • Festival is located in a well lit, fenced asphalt parking lot with 24 hour security. All spaces are drive up spaces. 
  • Breakfast options will provided each morning; snacks and cold water will be available throughout the day. 
  • Volunteers will be available for set up, break down and during the festival for booth sitting/break needs. 
  • Artists will be provided information on local hotels, campsites, restaurants and grocers. 
  • Artist parking adjacent to the festival site is available, including RV/camper parking.
  • Advertising- GBAI advertises the festival on billboards, in magazines, social media and through local newspapers. We spend over $6,000 on advertising every year, and reach from Mobile, AL to Destin, FL.



  1. The Jury Fee is non-refundable. An application is a commitment to exhibit if accepted. No booth fee refunds will be made after February 15, 2019.
  2. All work must be original, designed and executed by the accepted artist. Artist must be present during both days of the festival. 
  3. Absolutely no sales of purchased art or crafts are allowed (no buy-sell). No commercially produced work or work from kits permitted.
  4. If applying in two separate medium categories, separate applications must be submitted along with jury fees for each category. Only one booth fee is required if both mediums are to be displayed in a single booth. You may only display media that has been juried-in.
  5. Inconsistencies between work represented for jury and works presented will result in dismissal from the Festival.
  6. All works to be judged for prizes must be original and appropriately displayed; no work in portfolios or bins will be judged.
  7. Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Florida Sales Tax (7%) on all sales.
  8. Security will be provided on Festival grounds at all times. Although care will be taken to avoid hazards to artwork, neither Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc nor the City of Gulf Breeze will be held responsible for any loss or damage to displays or artwork.
  9. No pets are allowed on Festival grounds.


Booth Information


  • Jury Fee $30 (Non-refundable)
  • Booth Fee $165 (includes Florida sales tax; refunded in full if not accepted by Jury)
    • Double Booth:  $330  (Also, required if reserving “grass” area next to primary booth)
    • Special Location (corner) charges – ALL REQUESTS FIRST COME-FIRST SERVE
      • Prime Corner:  $25
      • School-Side Corner:  $20
      • Walkway Corner:  $15





2018 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts" cash award winners are exempt from a jury fee and image submission requirements. These artists are automatically accepted upon receipt of their completed application and $165 booth fee (plus corner fees if applicable).




The festival is located in a fenced in, asphalt parking lot. Booth spaces are 12x12, for 10x10 white tents or double booths. No electricity will be available; generators are not allowed, but batteries are. Stakes and ties are not allowed, and each tent is required at least 40 pounds of weight per leg. If you do not have appropriate weights, you will be required to purchase sandbags from the city. Weights are required in order to prevent damage/injury from potential high winds.

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