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"Arts in August" Art Fair and Plein Air 2019

Location:
The History Center of Washington County
West Bend, Wisconsin (Midwest)

Event Dates: 8/8/19 - 8/10/19
Application Deadline: 4/30/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary

“Arts in August” is more than an Art Fair and Plein Air competition - it is a one-of-a-kind event.
 
Coordinated by the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA), “Arts in August” will be hosted by The History Center of Washington County at the 1890 Old Courthouse Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings along with the Old Jailhouse Museum next door.
 
The Art Fair on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 will be situated on the grounds of the Museums with entertainment provided by LMA’s musical partner, Homegrown Music, local musicians who annually attract thousands of patrons to their performances. And, the West Bend Farmers Market, one of the premier markets in Wisconsin, draws large crowds to West Bend’s picturesque Main Street on Saturday mornings, two blocks away from the Art Fair.
 
The Plein Air will take place from Thursday, August 8 to Saturday, August 10 with a $2000 Best of Show award and prizes totaling nearly $5000. Information and registration for the Plein Air is at www.westbendpleinair.com.
 
West Bend itself, home of the new, modern Museum of Wisconsin Art, is a city of 33,000 located on the Milwaukee River and the Ice Age Trail, a National Scenic Trail winding over 1,200 miles through the state. Plus, “Arts in August” will run concurrently with “The West Bend Cache Bash,” an annual gathering of geocachers that draws thousands from across the nation to head for the city and track down over 1,600 caches – several at The History Center.

General Information

The League of Milwaukee Artists draws upon the talents of its 120-plus members to organize "Arts in August." Founded in 1944, LMA is one of the oldest and most-respected artist organizations in Wisconsin. The juried membership includes acrylic and oil painters, printmakers, watercolorists, sculptors, photographers, fiber artists, metal artists, and many other artisans whose mission is to promote and enhance the arts in Southeastern Wisconsin.

ART FAIR PROSPECTUS
(Friday, August 9th, 3pm - 8pm & Saturday, August 10th, 10am - 7pm)


Location: The Art Fair will be located in the parking lot and Veterans Plaza of The History Center of Washington County. The two museums on the site, The Old Courthouse and the Old Jailhouse, are atop a hill overlooking West Bend's downtown. The stain-glass-windowed, wood-paneled Old Courtroom is a tourist attraction that will house the Plein Air art for display and sale during the Art Fair.

The street at the rear of The History Center will be closed during the Art Fair and a stage will be set up where Homegrown Music will be performing from 3pm to 8pm on Friday and from noon to 7pm on Saturday. In addition, a variety of food trucks will be selling food and beverages for the duration of the Art Fair. 

The grounds of The Center will be decorated with "Yarn Bombs," described as, ". . . public fiber art meant to bring a sense of the unexpected and fun into daily life. It is often whimsical and colorful." Trees, bushes and parts of The Center will feature this memorable display.

Art Fair Set-up: After 11am on Friday, August 9. Due to limited space in the The History Center’s parking lot, artists will unload their vehicles before setting up, then move them to either free parking on a nearby street, or to a public lot. All displays must be in place when the Art Fair opens at 3pm on Friday afternoon.
 
Art Fair Tear Down: After 7pm on Saturday, August 10 AND before noon on Sunday morning, August 11. Artists will move their vehicles to The Center grounds only after all of their art and equipment is packed and ready to be loaded.
 
Size of Fair: The Art Fair will consist of approximately 40 booths, each measuring 10’ X 10’. The History Center’s location in the heart of West Bend, coupled with several other attractive events occurring at the same time, will ensure a constant flow of traffic to the Art Fair.
 
Items on Sale: Since this is an art fair run by artists, it is designed to encourage and maximize art sales while at the same time serving the public’s need to purchase a variety of high-quality products at different price points. Artists are encouraged to display and sell originals of their artwork, however they will be permitted to determine for themselves their personal mix of originals versus reproductions for sale.
 
Therefore, artists may sell any of THEIR OWN artwork and creative endeavors, including merchandise such as giclees and notecards. Artists are NOT permitted to sell work purchased from someone else, or the work of any other artists.
 
Sales: Artists may keep 100% of their sales. They must charge sales tax and maintain records of their sales.
 
Food: The History Center is near Downtown West Bend and its restaurants. Food trucks will also be available at the Art Fair.
 
Water: Free bottled water will be available at the LMA tent to all Art Fair artists.
 

PLEIN AIR MAIN EVENT PROSPECTUS
(Thursday, August 8th, 8:30am thru Saturday, August 10th, noon)

 
ELIGIBILITY
Participation in the Main Event is open to the first 75 artists, age 18 or older, who register. The event will be closed once the 75-artist goal is reached.
 
REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
Register and pay online at www.westbendpleinair.com. Zapplication CANNOT be used to register for the Plein Air.
 
REGISTRATION FEES
  • $35 before May 31.
  • $45 after May 31.
  • Artists registered for the West Bend Main Event are automatically registered (if they choose to participate) in the “Paint the Market” competition at no extra cost. (See the separate Prospectus for “Paint the Market.”)
 
MATERIALS
Each artist may submit a maximum of three (3) pieces: 1 small & 2 large; or 2 small & 1 large; or 3 small.
  • Media may include: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastel, gouache, ink and pencil.
  • For dark colored materials, please paint a white patch to provide a legible stamping area.
  • SMALL pieces: Maximum material size 12 inches x 12 inches of canvas, paper or board unframed.
  • LARGE pieces: Maximum material size 320 sq. inches of canvas, paper or board unframed.
  • Formula: (sq. inches = length x width). Examples: 16” x 20” = 320 sq. inches; 14” x 22” = 308 sq. inches, 12” x 24” = 288 sq. inches.
  • FRAME width: Maximum 4 ¼ inches. • MAT width: Maximum 4 inches (watercolors, etc.).
 
MAIN EVENT GUIDELINES
A minimum of 95% of each artwork must be created on-site, within the event boundaries, in the true spirit of plein air. Minor adjustments or corrections may only be done in a studio to fix forms or colors. A piece will be disqualified for judging if:
  • The artist is found using an iPad or photos on their easel.
  • The artist is standing outside the boundaries (to be provided at check-in).
  • The artist intentionally impedes the sightline of another artist.
 
CHECK-IN
  • Check-in and stamping will be at The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend in the Veterans Plaza of the Old Courthouse Building from 8:30am - 2:00pm on Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9. (See separate Prospectus for check-in information for “Paint the Market”.)
  • Artwork materials MUST be stamped prior to starting work to ensure that the submitted work has been created during the event.
 
ARTWORK SUBMISSION
  • Friday, August 9 from 3:00 to 5:00pm and Saturday, August 10 from 9:00am - noon, in the Old Courtroom at The History Center.
  • Pieces will be displayed in the Old Courtroom.
  • Check-in stamp must be visible on the back of each piece of art.
  • Artwork must be signed, appropriately framed, mounted and securely wired for hanging. LMA reserves the right to refuse any improperly framed pieces, wrapped canvases, stained mats, alligator hangers, or those with wet paint on the edges.
 
PRICING
  • The pieces will be sold at the prices selected by the artist.
  • Price changes will not be allowed after artwork submission. Any manual price changes found on title cards will result in the removal of the corresponding painting from the exhibit.
  • All submitted artwork must be for sale.
 
COMMISSION
The History Center will retain a 25% commission on all artwork sales. Artist payments will be mailed during the first week of September to the address provided at registration.
 
CONTEST JUDGING
  • Judging will take place from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, August 10.
  • Judges to be announced.
  • Awards will be presented at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 10 at a wine and cheese reception open to the public from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
 
PRIZES
  • Best of Show: $2,000 This is a purchase award sponsored by Epic Creative, a West Bend marketing and communications company. The sponsor will own the Best of Show artwork which will be displayed in its headquarters building across the street from The History Center.
  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $350
  • Third Place: $250
  • Honorable Mention: $100
(An artist may win only one of the above awards.)
  • Peoples’ Choice: $100

ART PICKUP
  • After the Awards presentation, at the artist's discretion, plein air art will be displayed for sale in the Old Courtroom until Saturday, August 17 at 5:00pm.
  • Any artwork left for sale may not be removed before the art sale ends.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up by the artist or a designated agent on Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23 from 11am to 5pm. Any other pick-up times must be arranged with the History Center.
 
LIABILITY
Regardless of cause, the artist agrees to bear all risk and expense for any loss, theft or damage to their artwork or other personal property or injury to their person. The artist agrees to be responsible for insuring their artwork if so desired.
 
 
PLEIN AIR "PAINT THE MARKET" PROSPECTUS
(Saturday, August 10th, 7am - noon)

 
REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
Register and pay online at www.westbendpleinair.com. Zapplication CANNOT be used to register for the Plein Air. Artists registered for the West Bend Main Event are automatically registered for "Paint the Market."

CHECK-IN AND STAMPING 
In the Veterans Plaza of The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, 7:00am to 8:30am on Saturday, August 10.

PAINTING GUIDELINES
Artwork must be created on-site, within the boundaries of the West Bend Farmers Market, a popular attraction staged along several city blocks on the city's historic Main Street.
 
PAINTING and FRAMING PERIOD
  • All artwork must be created between 7:30am and 11:00am (Market closing time) on Saturday, August 10.
  • Art materials MUST be stamped prior to starting work.
 
MATERIALS
  • Each artist may submit one (1) signed piece of art, either a large or a small.
  • See the Main Event Prospectus for material and size guidelines.
 
PAINTING SUBMISSION
  • Only one painting may be submitted.
  • Submission is by noon, at The Old Courtroom in The History Center.
  • The art will be displayed in the Old Courtroom.
  • Check-in stamp must be visible on the back of each painting.
  • Artwork must be signed, appropriately framed, mounted and securely wired for hanging. LMA reserves the right to refuse any improperly framed paintings, wrapped canvases, stained mats, alligator hangers, or those with wet paint on the edges.
 
PRICING
  • The art will be sold at the price selected by the artist.
  • Price changes will not be allowed after painting submission. Any manual price changes found on title cards will result in the removal of the corresponding painting from the exhibit.
  • All submitted artwork must be for sale.
 
COMMISSION
The History Center will retain a 25% commission on all sales. Payments will be mailed during the first week of September to the address provided at registration.
 
CONTEST JUDGING
  • Judging will take place from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, August 10.
  • Judges to be announced.
  • Awards will be presented at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 10 at a wine and cheese reception open to the public from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
 
PRIZES
  • Best of The Market: $500
  • First Place: $350
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $150
  • Honorable Mention: $100
(An artist may win only one of the above awards.)
  • Peoples’ Choice: $100
 
ART PICKUP
  • After the Awards presentation, at the artist’s discretion, plein air art will be displayed for sale in the Old Courtroom until Saturday, August 17 at 5:00pm.
  • Any artwork left for sale may not be removed before the art sale ends.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up by the artist or a designated agent on Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23 from 11am to 5pm. Any other pick-up times must be arranged with the History Center.

LIABILITY
Regardless of cause, the artist agrees to bear all risk and expense for any loss, theft or damage to their artwork or other personal property or injury to their person. The artist agrees to be responsible for insuring their artwork if so desired.
 

Rules/Regulations

JURY
The Art Fair jury will be comprised of three professional artist members of the League of Milwaukee Artists. (Jurying is NOT required for the Plein Air competition which will be closed after 75 paid registrations are received.)
 
IMPORTANT DATES
Art Fair Application Deadline:
Midnight CT, Tuesday, April, 30, 2019
Art Fair Jurying: Monday, May 6 to Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Selected Artist Notification: Monday, May 13, 2019
Booth Fees Due: Friday, May 31, 2019

REFUNDS 
Because of the short timeframe between the due date for booth fees and the Art Fair, no refunds will be given.

DUAL REGISTRATION 
Artists MAY register for BOTH the Art Fair and the Plein Air so long as a qualified assistant is present in the artist's booth during Art Fair opening hours. Art Fair registration can be completed here at Zapplication. Plein Air registration is available at www.westbendpleinair.com.

SECURITY 
Artists may store their artwork inside the locked lower level of The History Center Old Courthouse Museum on Friday evening, August 9. Tents and exhibition components can be left in place overnight. Arrangements are being made to have auxiliary officers from the West Bend Police Department patrol the art fair from 8pm on Friday until 8am on Saturday.
 
INSURANCE 
Artists should maintain their own insurance on their art and display equipment. Neither LMA nor The History Center will be responsible for loss or damage.
 

Booth Information

APPLICATION FEE 
$25 (non-refundable)

ART FAIR BOOTH FEES
  • Single Booth $120 (10’ X 10’)
  • Double Booth $200 (Two adjacent 10’ X 10’ spaces. A maximum of three double booths will be accepted.) 

ART FAIR SURFACE
Booths will be set up either on The History Center's asphalt-paved parking lot, or on the concrete surface of the Veterans Plaza. All booths must be weighted down in case of inclement weather. While some of the booths will back onto a grassy area and can be staked down at the rear, artists should plan on bringing their own weights, approximately 40 pounds per corner pole.

ELECTRICITY
No electrical connections will be provided.
 
BEST BOOTH AWARD 
Between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, August 9, The History Center staff will review the artists’ booths and designate one of them as the “Best Booth.” The booth will be awarded a large ribbon to be displayed throughout the Art Fair, in addition to being given a FREE registration for the 2020 “Arts in August” event.
 
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