Event Information

Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Show - Spring 2019

Hewick Plantation * Virginia's Chesapeake Bay River Realm
Urbanna, Virginia (South)

Phone: 703-946-6793
Event Dates: 6/1/19 - 6/2/19
Application Deadline: 2/10/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application plus Late Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Show is "a day (or 2) in the country" for art aficionados from ares surrounding Virginia's River Realm (including Richmond, Williamsburg, Tidewater, No. Virginia &  Washington, DC.)  Chosen in 2018 as one of the top art events in Eastern VA by Virginia Living Magazine, both artists & customers love the "perfect festival setting" at 17th century Hewick Plantation ~ period buildings, expansive lawn, & large trees shading a manicured path through the exhibits.  A short stroll away is Urbanna  ~ a lively waterfront destination for visitors arriving by bike, boat, car and/or camper.   Supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts,  Middlesex County, regional and local sponsors, our production team provides impressive advertising through print, radio, web and social media promos. "Arts in the Middle" is a featured week-end event for neighboring #1 National Award Winning Bethpage Camp Resort.  Enjoy music, local foods, and area wineries; an army of friendly volunteers; near-by parking; drive up/tent side load/unload; cash prizes; a awards party for the artists on Saturday night; and a good size crowd of art lovers.   Artists give us top ratings - some report us their favorite of the season for the venue,  outstanding hospitality & volunteer support and top quality artists.  In area of much to see and do, you may be tempted to make this a “working vacation” in Coastal Virginia. We will be happy to help you. For more info:  

General Information
  • Important Dates:
  • Artist Applications Open:   October 1, 2019    
  • Application Deadline:  January 30, 2019    With $40 late fee:  February 10
  • Notification:  March 01, 2019
  • Accept/Purchase Deadline:  March 30, 2019. Late:  April 30, 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: March 30, 2019
  • Support: Friendly festival team members and volunteers for artist assistance, including short breaks,  throughout the show. Complimentary coffee and pastries on Saturday and Sunday morning for artists and their assistants.  Water delivered to your tent periodically throughout the day.  Comlimentary Saturday Night Awards Reception with heavy hors d'oeurves/light dinner foods.
  • Parking:  Artist and public parking is close and convenient.  Golf carts move from the parking lot to Artist Row during show hours for customers with special needs, including transporting of large purchases.  
  • Tentside Set-Up and Break-Down:  Tentside loading and unloading before 9:30 on Saturday and after 3:00 on Sunday.   No cars allowed onsite during show hours.  Early set-up on Friday - at your own risk.  No overnight security available on Friday night.
  • Security:  During show hours and overnight on Saturday.     
  • Amenities:  Live music, local food and local wineries in the hospitality area on Artist Row both days.  First aid in Welcome Tent.   
  • Jurying Process and Awards:   Artistic excellence and a well-balanced presentation are criteria for selection of exhibitors.  Decisions by a qualified panel of artists are final. Exhibitor’s art will be judged on Saturday with presentations of cash prizes Saturday evening.  Minimum of $2200 in cash prizes. 
  • Festival Hours:          Saturday  10am - 5pm           Sunday    10am - 3pm 
  • Awards Reception and Awards Ceremony:   Saturday  5pm - 6:30pm    Complimentary for artists and guest. 
  • Student Artists Program:  The Student Artist Program offers talented high-school students a unique opportunity to become personally involved in a fine arts event, displaying their works collectively in the Student Artist Tent.  Each student receives a yellow ribbon and a small stipend for supplies.  Their work is reviewed by the show judge and one recognized with the Best Student Art Award.  
  • Weather:  This is a rain or shine event.  Be prepared for spring weather, with rain gear for yourself,  coverage for your artwork and tools for securing your tent.  Tents will be sited under large shade trees for maximum sun protection, but be prepared for some sun exposure.  
  • Accommodations:  In our host home program, a limited number of local residents welcome artists into their home for Friday and Saturday nights.  For more information and a complete list of other available accommodations, and discounts, visit our website:  www.artsinthemiddle.org. 
  • Media Accepted
    • ​​Paintings & Drawings: Oils, acrylics, watercolor, chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, and fluid media of inks and washes applyued by pen or brush.
    • Jewelry: Jewelry of any material. No commercial casts, kits, molds or production studio work, commercially available pendants, brooches and similar commercially made items, loose stones, or catalogue merchandise.
    • Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry.
    • Photography:   Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, processed and printed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, with archival media on acid-free papers. Work will be in limited editions of 250 or fewer, inclusive of size and format,  signed and numbered.  Number of bins may be limited to preserve the fine arts nature of this show.  Photographers may be asked to disclose their creative and printing processes. 
    • Digital Art:  Original work for which the base image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using computer software. Work will be in limited editions of 250 or less inclusive of size and format, and signed and numbered on acid-free materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital camera are in the photography category.  Number of bins may be limited to preserve the fine arts nature of this show. 
    • Graphics/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.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking process.  Number of bins may be limited to preseve the fine arts nature of this show.  
    • Sculpture:   Clay, Wood, Metal, Fiber 
    • Mixed Media:   Non-sculpturing work incorporating more than one type of physical material or process in its production, e.g, a painted etching or collage combining handmade paper and photography.
    • Other Media:  Leather;  Weaving; Leaded Glass and all fine crafts and arts works considered to be in the Fine Arts category are acceptable.
    • Reproductions:  Reproductions must be from the Artist’s original work, limited editions of 250 or less, signed, numbered and labeled as a reproduction.  For painters, same limited edition rule applies to photochemical reproductions, allowed in bins and 25% of hanging space.  Photograpny editions limited to 250.  Number of reproduced bins may be limited to preserve the fine arts nature of this show. 
    • Not Accepted:   No buy/sale in any category. No dealers, agents or other middlemen.  No gourmet foods, manufactured items, greenware, kits, or work other than that produced by the exhibitor.  No bazaar crafts, crocheting, knitting, decoupage, candles or craft wearing apparel.   Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the Arts in the Middle Administration Committee. 

  • 4 photos of fine art/craft and 1 booth photo must accompany application
  • Art must be original with limited reproductions presented, as described in general information above. 
  • No buy / sell items.  No representatives or dealers may show. 
  • Booths remain open and the approved exhibitor(s) must be present during show hours.    
  • 5.3% sales tax is due to Virginia Department of Taxation
  • Artwork reviewed by qualified jurors - all decisions are final.
Media:  See information and media specific requirements in General Information. 
Artwork:   All work displayed must be 1) original; 2) created and executed by the displaying artist's; 3) of professional quality and 4)  limited to the work of a single artist or two-person collaborative team. 
Collaboration:  Show allows two artists in a tent, provided artwork is similar in nature.  Both must apply and be juried separately, and both must be accepted.  In the case of acceptance of only one of the two applicants, only artwork of the accepted artist may be displayed.  
Bin Displays:  Bin displays must be presented (size, scope and number of pieces) in a manner that respects the fine arts nature of this show.  
Enforcement:   Artists bringing ineligible items to the show will be required to immediately remove them and risk disqualification.   Artists violating the rules of this show or who fail to cooperate with the festival committee will not be permitted to exhibit in this or future Arts in the Middle shows. Please notify the Arts Festival Committee if you see any infractions of the standards.
Weather:   We always hope for perfect show weather, but we do monitor weather reports regularly throughout the show and reserve the right to close the show early or at certain points during the show, if necessary, for the protection of our artists and visitors.

Booth Information
  • Exhibit tents will be on grass under trees that generate a nice breeze.  This is usually enough to ward off bugs, but bring bug spray just in case.  
  • Minimum tent size: 10' x 10'
  • Double tent space available.
  • Ample space between tents for storage and public viewing
  • Limited corner booths  
Space Fee Schedule:
  • 10' x 10'                              $190.00                ($230 for late applicants to include $40 late fee)
  • 2 Spaces                             $380.00               ($420 for late applicants to include $40 late fee)
Set up and Break Down:
  • Set-up           noon - 5:00                  May 31 (for early birds)
  • Set-up           6:30 am - 9:30am        June 1  (coffee and pastries available)                        
  • Break-down   3:00 pm                       June 2     
Payment Information:
  • Credit Cards / PayPal via Zapplication
  • Checks can be mailed to: Arts in the Middle, P.O. Box 982, Urbanna, VA  23175 
  • Application also available on our website - www.artsinthemiddle.org.
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