Arts on the Avenue – Applications Due May 24th

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Festivals Kelowna produces a funky one day, arts-focused, outdoor event celebrating and promoting our local artist community.

3 rd Annual Outdoor Visual Arts Event Thursday July 27, 2017 4pm to 10pm Bernard Ave (from Water to Ellis) Downtown Kelowna

After two amazingly successful years– Arts on the Avenue is back for year three. This event features a variety of visual arts activities – from retail sales of featured artists to live performances and hands-on community engagement art projects. Artists of all disciplines will be taking over the street and sidewalks of Bernard Avenue for an evening of artistic revelry. You don’t want to miss it.

Are you an artist interested in participating in Arts on the Avenue?

If you’re artsy, crafty, or a fine artist through and through – we want you to apply! This is a celebration of Visual Arts in its many forms, providing you with an opportunity to showcase your talent. This event retains high artistic integrity through a juried selection process. Acceptance is based on the quality, originality and craftsmanship of the work to be sold. All artists are required to read our guidelines for application and apply through one of two processes.


 All work must be designed/created and executed/produced by the artist.

 In some categories, such as jewellery, those who are creating distinctive work with a strong hand-made component will be considered first.

 This is an outdoor market-style event, rain or shine, and artists must provide their own substantial tent and weights (no attaching to infrastructure).

 This event runs into the evening; battery powered lights are recommended. We do not provide power.

 Artists are responsible for their display area, including set up and take down, tables and chairs. The artist must be onsite at all times; except washroom or food breaks.

 The allocation of spaces will be at the discretion of the organizer. Consideration will be taken to not place similar artists next to one another.

 Please apply in the category that most suits your art work. If you have a second art-style, please note this in the space provided on the application.

 We will be adding even more advertising to this event for 2017. Participants are also encouraged to use their social media accounts to spread the word.

 For returning artists; please note the earlier start time of 4 o’clock. You get an extra hour to sell!


How to Apply/Where to Send:

Fill out the appropriate application form at the end of this document, one of the two, and tell us about your hand-crafted work.

Send the application back 1 of 3 ways:
Electronically (preferred) – fill out online and email back.
Print, fill, scan and email back.
Or print, fill out and mail to Festivals Kelowna, Suite 100 – 260 Harvey Ave, Kelowna BC, V1Y 7S5.
Please send all photos by email.

1) Fast Track Application (Pg 3 only). In collaboration with various artist collectives in the Kelowna area, we have created a simpler application process. If you are an artist that has participated in any of the following events over the past year, you may apply using our shorter Fast-Track process. (Please note: This does not ensure your acceptance into the event.)

Our partners include:
 Artisan – Etsy Show
 Craft Culture – Spring or Winter
 Okanagan Artisan Guild Show & Sale
 Make-it! Okanagan
 Artsco Exhibition (Artscape/Downtown Gallery)
 Arts on the Avenue past participants OR 2) Full Application (page 4&5).

For artists who have not been previously adjudicated by one of our partners (see above), we ask you to complete a more detailed application which allows our panel of professional artists/crafters to adjudicate your work.

It will be up to our Selection Committee to make the final decision on who is accepted into the show.

2017 Deadlines /Important Dates/Information:

 There are a limited number of spots in each category so applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadline. After which, all applicants will be selected on a first come first served basis for their category. A waitlist will also be implemented.

 There are a limited # of spaces for group applications-contact Lisa directly.

 All spaces are approximately 10 x 10 feet.

 May 24th: applications are due – at which time categories will begin to be filled.

 June 7th: acceptance emails will be sent out to the artists. For late entries, acceptance emails will be sent out as they are accepted to the event. Alternatively, artists will be notified of their placement on a waitlist.

 July 5th: artist entry fee of $90 (including GST) is due. After this time, if your payment has not been received then your space may be given to another artist in your category on the waitlist.

 July 12th: Any category not considered full will be opened up to artists on the waitlist regardless of medium. Placement will be at the discretion of the organizer.

 Cancellation Policy: refunds will be given up to two weeks prior to event, less a $20 admin fee.

 Set-up times, instructions, and other pertinent information will be sent out a couple of weeks before the event. Have a question? Lisa Brown, Project Coordinator 250-868-3307 (available Tuesdays and Wednesdays) [email protected]