Event Information


St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival 2020

South Straub Park, 198 Beach Dr. NE
St. Petersburg, Florida (South)

Event Dates: 2/22/20 - 2/23/20
Application Deadline: 12/22/19 Midnight EST
121 day(s) and 23 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival returns for its seventh year to the beautiful venue of South Straub Park in the Waterfront Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg, across the street to the south of the Museum of Fine Arts - St. Petersburg. The event has proven consistently strong across all art mediums during the first three events.  In 2016 the average gross reported from 63% of the artists was $3295 and in 2017 based on data from 82% of the artists the average gross was $3408.

For the past several years St. Petersburg has been named the #1 arts destination for mid-sized American cities. The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival is located between Beach Drive NE and Bayshore Drive NE overlooking Tampa Bay. Within walking distance are the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of History in addition to numerous galleries, cultural venues, shops and restaurants.

Remember, Paragon events are always about:  Original  -  Quality  -  Boutique!

General Information

Jurying is conducted in-house by Paragon staff.  This is a “blind” jury process which means artist scoring is based solely on the images presented without consideration of the artist name, artist location, or reference to additional information such as websites.  Juror decisions are based 70% upon the quality of work portrayed in the artwork images submitted for the jury process, and 30% on your booth presentation image.  If you do not submit a booth image you will automatically lose 3 points off your score. 


NOTE:  No images including the booth image should have the artist or any signage with the artist name or business name visible and should represent the setup we will actually see at the event. Images are viewed simultaneously in a horizontal format, grouped by media.

2019-2020  CALENDAR:
online application available now on www.ZAPPlication.org
December 22, 2019: Application deadline
December 23, 2019: Jury starts
December 24, 2019: Jury ends
December 25, 2019: NOTIFICATION of jury results
January 22, 2020: CONTRACTS AND BOOTH FEE PAYMENTS DUE ... NOTE: ALL BOOTH PAYMENTS ARE MADE DIRECTLY TO PARAGON - NO PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE ZAPPLICATION WEBSITE If you foresee difficulty paying the full booth fee by the deadline, please contact our office prior to that deadline date and we will discuss payment options.
February 21, 2020: 
  • Check-in and setup: Friday, February 21, 2020, starting noon 12:00  to 7:00 pm - setup can begin once the artist has checked-in; setup into the evening hours is possible 
February 22, 2020:  Early morning check-in and setup: 6 am - 8 am check-in. SHOW HOURS: 10 am - 5 pm
February 23, 2020:  SHOW HOURS: 10 am - 5 pm
  • 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. Work in this category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital camera should apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category.
  • Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and paper making. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist may be exhibited.
  • Glass: Original work created in glass by the artist. Pressed glass and massed production are not permitted.
  • Graphic & Printmaking: Prints for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens, which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Print-makers are required to disclose both their creative and print making process.
  • 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.
  • Metalwork: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal. No production studio work is allowed.
  • 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. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Jewelry is not considered mixed-media; jewelry must apply in the JEWELRY category. Photography is not considered mixed-media; photography must apply in the PHOTOGRAPHY category. If you have questions or need clarification, call and talk with us.
  • Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions are allowed; however, they 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 or under their direct supervision, are included in this category. Images printed through software such as Photoshop are to be entered in this category, not in mixed-media or digital. 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.
  • Night security
  • Easy load-in and load-out
  • Check-in and setup: Friday February 21, 2020 starting noon (12:00 pm NOON) to 7:00 pm - setup can begin once the artist has checked-in; setup into the evening hours is possible
  • Dates: February 23-24, 2019
  • Hours: Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-5
  • Location: South Straub Park across the street to the south of the Museum of Fine Arts - St. Petersburg, FL


Bill Kinney

12326 Thornhill Court 

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Office:  (941) 487-8061

FAX: (941) 346-0302

e-mail:  admin@paragonfestivals.com

website:  www.paragonartevents.com


  Artists agree that Spada Graphix LLC (DBA: Paragon Fine Arts Festivals) may use images of their for promotional, website or publicity purposes.


Call us if you need clarification on any rules before applying. Our Standards & Rules Committee reserves the right to exclude work that does not conform to show standards.

1) All work must be original handcrafted work. Each artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.

2) Work done by a production studio is not allowed.

3) All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.

4) No more than 2 artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the festival for the duration of the event.

5) Artists must be present with the work for the entire duration of the art festival. Representatives, including spouses and family members, may not attend in lieu of the artists. They may be present and assist, but the artist MUST be present at all times throughout the event.

6) Every Paragon event requires a photo identification (in English) at check-in to ensure compliance. This will typically be a driver’s license.

7) Artists may only show work in categories and bodies of work selected by the jury.

8) All work exhibited must be of the quality, category, and body of work that were shown in the images used in the jury process.


  • No t-shirts or commercially manufactured items
  • No item that employs the use of commercially available molds
  • No velvet paintings, decoupage, or plants.
  • Traditional crafts such as soaps, wax media (e.g., candles), scented oils, and homemade food items are not items juried into our events.



  • Contact us by e-mail if you need clarification on any rules before applying. 
  • CANCELLATION:  must be in writing, submitted to our office by fax, e-mail or you must mail us the cancellation document.  You may apprise us by e-mail (preferred) or phone of your inability to attend an event; however, you must still submit your cancellation in writing to receive a refund



  • If cancellations are received from 8 to 30 days prior to the event, you will receive a refund as follows:
    • 50% refund by check, OR
    • 100% credit towards another Paragon event of your choosing; however, you must apply to and be juried into that event.
    • There is no time limit on the 100% credit
  • Cancellations made within 7 days of the event will not receive either a refund or credit.
SALES TAX: Sales tax in Florida is currently 7.00%. A video is available online from the Florida DOR on how to complete Sales & Use Tax Returns at: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/training/dr15_new/safari3/index.html?dhtmlActivation=inplace

Booth Information




SINGLE BOOTH FEE: Single: $395.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


DOUBLE BOOTH FEE: Single: $790.00

NOTE:  booth fees is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP


CORNER BOOTH FEE: Single: $200.00

NOTE:  booth fee is paid directly to Paragon Fine Art Festivals - NOT to ZAPP




DISPLAY SPACE:  Upon acceptance, artists desiring corner or double spaces or that require electrical connection must specify and pay any applicable fees at the time payment is submitted. Specific space requests will be assigned based on the date payment is received. We will attempt to accommodate all reasonable requests.


DISPLAY SURFACE:  Pavement/brick and grass: no drilling into or anchoring to the pavement is allowed; tents must be anchored by free-standing weights only. No tying off to benches, posts, meters, trash cans, or any other city structure. Free-standing weights ONLY.

No tying off to benches, post, meters, trash cans, or any other city structure. Free-standing weights ONLY.
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