INFORMATION AND CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Westport Fine Arts Festival is held on the downtown streets of Westport, Main Street, Elm Street and Church Lane - within high end shopping, restaurants and living space next to the beautiful Saugatuck River. The venue is stunning, impressive and easy for artists and patrons to traverse connected streets closed for the festival. This will be the 46th year for this prestigious annual event, thousands of patrons eagerly look forward to visiting from surrounding Fairfield and Westchester counties and further. This show is nationally considered one of the best for quality and recently ranked #34  of the top 200 in the country. High end sales and great artist hospitality make this a highly desirable weekend opportunity for fine artists. Again this year, the Westport Fine Arts Festival and underwriters, Westport Downtown Merchants Association has engaged the return of  Artist Director Sue Brown Gordon of Gordon Fine Arts and the Bruce Museum.

ARTIST BENEFITS

  • Exposure to 10,000 art and book lovers at an established national show.

  • Highest calibre artist liaison Festival Director - Sue Brown Gordon - expert in fine art, artist relations, recruiting and all aspects of your presence at our show.

  • One image and abbreviated bio at website, linked to artist personal website, booth number as assigned. (Info available to patrons for 10 months).

  • Extensive festival media and publicity campaign including radio, print, social media and local signage.

  • Individual artist promos via social media.

  • Complimentary awards party on Saturday evening.

  • Complimentary breakfasts, lunch on Saturday, goodie bag, extra water hand outs.

  • Overnight security from seasoned festival staff.

As a juried Fine Arts Festival, all works exhibited must be hand made and created by the artist. The Artist should be present to exhibit and represent their artwork for both days of the two day Art Festival. Westport Art Festival is a free community arts event. Bios are required to promote each artist and demos are strongly encouraged.

All handmade Fine Arts & Crafts media is acceptable.

  • Prints are allowed but must be less than 15% of work exhibited and be clearly marked.

  • No unframed photography on canvas prints.

  • All works must be juried in the category you are applying for.

  • Jewelry must be handmade - not mainly imported, manufactured components or strung beads.

  • Please do not show jewelry if you did not jury for that category. No buy/sell is allowed. Violators will be asked to remove unjuried work and will be asked to leave without a refund.

  • Application fee $40

  • Single 10x10 booth space $450, Double 2 x 10x10’s $900.

  • Processing fee added at the cart.

Each exhibitor is responsible for providing their own display and all exhibit equipment. Displays must be attractive and crowd proof. All tents must be WHITE and properly weighted, canopies are not permitted due to fire lane restrictions. Bring your own WEIGHTS. There can be NO STAKING DOWN. You will be displaying on Town or private property. Please, NO SMOKING near booths. There will be set up Friday after 6.00pm and Saturday after 6.00am and your load in slot will be scheduled by the Artist Director.  You will be able to park nearby at Westport Town Hall but you may wish to bring a hand truck. Overnight vehicle parking is allowed at Westport Town Hall. Show hours are 10.00am - 5.00pm both Saturday and Sunday. WDMA plans to honor its artists once again with an Artists Awards reception on Saturday evening and provides hospitality during the show.

The festival’s overall layout is overseen by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association in accordance with the Town of Westport. The festival becomes part of the street scape and booths co-exist alongside sidewalks. curbs and cambers, or parking lots and great care is taken to orient artist displays to harmonize with the year round merchant community. The assignment of artists to booth spots along with load in and out operations is managed by the Festival Artist Director.

No generators, no reps.  This is a no refund show for all circumstances including but not limited to, weather, unforeseen circumstances or personal.
Security is provided Friday and Saturday nights, however, you are at your own risk. Do not leave valuables in your booth over night.

General Time Frame

December 1, 2018 - accepting online jury applications including digital images of work.

March 16, 2019 - application period closes.

Early April 2019 - all work is juried by independent and highly qualified invited jury panel.

Mid April - Artist Acceptances notified and booth invoices issued with payment options. Wait list maintained. WDMA begins promotion of individual artists.

June 30, 2019 - Final date booth payments due.

Mid July, 2019 - Booth assignments finalized.

July 20-21, 2019 - live show (first wave of load ins commence 7/19 6.00pm)

If you have any questions please contact us.

Thank you for your application and for sharing your art with us.
Sue Brown Gordon
Festival Artist Director Westport Fine Art Festival
Gordon Fine Arts |  FAFDirector@westportdma.com  |  (518) 852-6478 | GordonFineArts.org