Event Information

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show 2019

The show is held in the wooded parks and on the streets of Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania (Northeast)

Phone: 717-964-3270
Event Dates: 8/17/19 - 8/18/19
Application Deadline: 4/1/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Mount Gretna Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
  • The 45th annual show will be held "Under the Trees of Old Chautauqua" on August 17 and 18, 2019.

The Pennsylvania Chautauqua sponsors an Art Show, as a community fundraiser, on the third full weekend in August. The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is a non-profit organization established in 1892 for the purpose of "the advancement of literary, scientific, intellectual, physical and social welfare and the promotion of cultural and religious activities, recreation and entertainment”.

The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mount Gretna is a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800's as a summer resort. Initially the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the woods was to travel by train. Gretna was a stop along the Cornwall/Lebanon line. Our streets were footpaths until automobiles became the mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround an open-air playhouse where numerous cultural events are held. Our quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for music, theater, a visit to the local ice cream shop or just a walk in the woods and, of course, to the Art Show!


General Information
Show Dates:  August 17 and 18, 2019
Show Hours:  The show hours are 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 5 PM on  Sunday.  There is NO rain date.
Facilities:  Plenty of gourmet  food and drink is available.  First aid, rest rooms, an information booth and free parking will be provided.  Booth sitting service is also available, free of charge, to all exhibitors.
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up Hours:  All exhibitors are asked to register before setting up their display.  Personal and vehicle identification will be provided at this time.   
                                                             Friday ---------- 9 AM to 8 PM
                                                             Saturday --------  6 AM to 8:30 AM
Security:  Displays may remain standing overnight.  Security guards will patrol the grounds Friday and Saturday nights; however, the Mount Gretna Art Show assumes no responsibility for loss or damage.
Awards Program:  The show awards "Judges' Choice Awards" in both fine art and craft categories.  Cash awards will be made to the "Top Ten."  A total of 30 artists will be invited to return the following year without undergoing the jury process.
Kids' Art Show:  In an effort to encourage the arts among young people, a Kids' Art & Craft Show is held on the Chautauqua Playground featuring "make and take" crafts and entertainment just for kids.
Emerging Artists:  Open to motivated and committed artists with little or no show experience.    Contact the show office for additional information.
Entertainment:   Many outstanding local performers provide musical entertainment.  Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk and Pop musicians provide a very pleasing family atmosphere.  Street performers add to the festivities.
Entertainment for Young Audiences:   We offer entertainment for young audiences . . . . NO additional charge! 

Pets/Alcohol:  Please no pets or alcoholic beverages on show grounds.
Mount Gretna is located six miles north of exit #266 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and seven miles south of Lebanon, Pa.


Artists who exhibit in our show have repeatedly expressed their approval of the quality of our show.  We appreciate the cooperation and integrity of the artists and craft persons who abide by the rules.

 ALL artists and craft persons will be juried with the exception of the thirty winners of 2018 "Judges' Choice Awards."  These artists may return to the 2019 show without going through the jury process or submitting the jury fee.

·      Only works consistent with those represented in entry images are to be displayed or offered for sale.  Artists may exhibit and sell works in different categories providing each category was submitted and accepted.
·      Only original paintings, photography and crafts by the accepted artist are eligible.  Commercially mass-produced items including kit assembled or imported jewelry or hobby items of any kind are not eligible.
·      Artists may not have a display ratio greater than 10 to 1 for offset lithograph reproductions to every original.  The ratio refers to commercial reproductions and not to artist pulled prints.
·      The artist whose work has been accepted must be present for the entire show.

·      Sharing of a space is not permitted except by "joint exhibitors."  Joint exhibitors are two individuals working on the same body of work.
·      Artists are permitted to request double booth spaces. 
·      Each artist is responsible for collection and payment of Pennsylvania 6% sales tax.
·      Each artist is responsible for assembling, managing, cleaning and removing their exhibit.  The Mount Gretna Art Show assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any artwork or displays.
·      The show committee reserves the right to exclude any artist, without refund, who breaks these rules while the show is in progress.

Cancellations received after July 31, 2019 will result in forfeiture of entire booth fee.

Booth Information
A jury fee of $25.00 (non-refundable) must accompany each application.  Credit card payments are made on Zapplication or via checks made payable to the MOUNT GRETNA ART SHOW mailed to the show.  A separate application and jury fee is required if you wish to apply in more than one category.  Only work of the accepted categories may be exhibited.  Booth fees are $380.00 per space (10’ x 12’), double space is $760.00 and are payable upon receipt of invitation to exhibit. Deadline to accept invitation and purchase booth space is May 31.
Electricity is available on a very limited basis - $50.00
A separate application and jury fee is required if applying in more than one category.
Application deadline is April 1, 2019.  All applications are process via www.Zapplication.org
Please select your images carefully.  The quality of your image as well as the quality of your work directly affect your score.  Submit three (3) images of your recent work and one (1) image of a fully stocked booth or display. 
The panel consists of four professional artists.  Each year new jurors are selected.  Judging is anonymous; no artists' names are used.  The jurors' scores are based on creativity, originality, technique, design and presentation.  Since your score is based solely on these images, they should be an accurate representation of your work.  All four images from each application are projected simultaneously.  The jury assigns a numerical score to each entry.  The applicants with the highest scores in their category are accepted.  A total of approximately 250 applications will be accepted.  Acceptance in a previous show(s) does not guarantee acceptance in the current show.  Donations to the Pennsylvania Chautauqua or the Mount Gretna Arts Council, in no way, insure acceptance into the show.
The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show is proud to be considered as one of the best shows in the country.  In 2018, it was awarded Sushine Magazine's "200 Best."

Please note: There will be some changes to the layout of the show in 2019 and will be shared via email prior to official booth assignments.
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