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 "Yard Bombs," described as, ". . . public fiber art meant to bring a sense of the expected 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 30 booths, each measuring 10’ X 10’.
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.
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.)
Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Art Fair Boot 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 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
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.
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. No. additional security will be provided.
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.
ART FAIR PROSPECTUS
(Friday, August 9th, 3pm - 8pm & Saturday, August 10th, 10am - 7pm)
Apply to the West Bend Art Fair at: www.zapplication.org
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