Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

August 26 & 27, 2017 - Buffalo, NY

Always held the weekend before Labor Day weekend

The Festival is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization

Application deadline is April 1st, 2017

Cancellations by April 28th for booth refunds

Important: Please read all information below, particularly the section on Digital Image submission, before clicking the link at the bottom of the page to submit your application.

SHOW HOURS

Saturday, August 26 10am-6pm
Sunday, August 27 10am-5pm

LOCATION

The Festival will be held on Elmwood Avenue between West Ferry Street and St. James Pl., in the heart of Buffalo’s premier neighborhood.

PO Box 786
Buffalo, NY 14213-0786
Phone: 716-830-2484
www.elmwoodartfest.org

MISSION and GOALS

Mission

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment. We strive to accomplish our mission in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Goals

The goals of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts are: 1) to give regional artists, craftspeople, musicians, arts organizations and community groups a family oriented venue in which to present their work, and to help foster the creation and growth of these grassroots enterprises; 2) create a children’s festival that celebrates and educates through the Arts. Offering hands -on art projects, some collaborative, that will bring together children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; 3) Commission and fund public art, fund tree plantings and other beautification projects; 4) Create an environmentally sustainable event; 4) Highlight the richness of Buffalo, the Elmwood Avenue Village and its stores, restaurants and people.

We plan on accomplishing this by seeking out regional artists and developing marketplaces for them in cooperation with our volunteers, community groups, neighborhood businesses, regional arts organizations, galleries, colleges and universities and our sponsors. We feel that providing such a venue is an economic development tool for the neighborhood, city, region and state.

ATTENDANCE

The seventeenth annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts was held on August 29th and 30th and attracted an enthusiastic shopping crowd of 100,000 people.

BOOTH SPACE

All booth spaces are 10’ x 15’. An attempt will be made to accommodate special requests in the order they are received. The Festival tries very hard to make every space a good space.

SALES TAX

Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting 8.75% New York State sales tax. For information, contact: NY State Department of Taxation & Finance; calls from within NY State 800-225-5829; calls from outside NY State 518-485-6800.

ARTIST'S PARTICIPATION

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts is a juried show open to all artists and craftspeople. One of the festival goals is to encourage regional artists and craftspeople. To accomplish this we award one point in the jury scoring to Erie County and New York State residents. Participating artists must be present for the entire festival. No agents, dealers or representatives will be permitted. Photo identification may be required. All artists must supply their own booth, tables and chairs and are responsible for their safe set-up. Only one artist or artist partnership per application. Artist partnership applicants are permitted; no more than two artist partners per application. Partners are considered two artists who work on the same completed pieces. All work should be original and made by the artist, not manufactured. No "buy and sell" work will be permitted.

STANDARDS

All work displayed must be consistent with images submitted. The Festival will have on-site jurors to insure compliance during the festival. Work not consistent with the images will be required to be removed. Jurors will use the following guidelines in selecting eligible participants. "Whether one of a kind or produced in quantity, all work should reflect excellence of design and craftsmanship. Work should be well conceived, expertly executed, and show a creative identity of design." All submissions will be juried, but the Festival Committee reserves the right and responsibility to make final determinations as to the suitability of all work for inclusion into the show and the right to remove specific items or entire displays if deemed necessary.

Tee shirts and other imprinted clothing must be printed by the artist with their original artwork. There is no clothing accepted imprinted with the words "Buffalo" or "Elmwood". There is no clothing accepted with images of a Buffalo or Buffalo landmarks.

Jewelry must be juried. If you plan on displaying jewelry you must submit an application in the jewelry category. If any artists are seen displaying jewelry, that has not been juried in to the show, they will be excluded from future shows. There will be no second chances regarding this rule.

APPLICATION

Click here to complete the application. Applications must be submitted online by April 1st, 2017, and include:

  1. A completed application form for each medium to be exhibited.
  2. Four digital images for each medium to be exhibited. (see IMAGES)
  3. A valid credit card for each application fee for each medium to be exhibited. (see FEES)

One application must be completed for each medium to be displayed. An artist wishing to display work in more than one medium must submit a separate application, images, and jury fee. Only one booth fee is required. Applications submitted after April 1st, 2017 will not be accepted. The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any application. The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Inc. reserves the right to use any of your images submitted with this application and/or your name, business name and any images of your participation in the Festival for any publicity needs.

FEES

Application Fee: $25-Non-refundable, for each medium applied in. Will be billed to your credit card.
Booth Fee: $300 per booth. Booth fees must be paid by check upon notification of jury acceptance into the show.

DIGITAL IMAGES

All work to be exhibited must be represented in your images.

Each of the three work images should show singular pieces, not groupings. The images should be representative of all of your work. If you do not have a booth image please include a fourth image of your work.

Please do not send images with your name or business name in the picture.

  • 3 images of work/1 of display
  • Dimensions: Images must be a minimum of 700 pixels and a maximum of 1920 pixels in both width and height. Any rectangular image within these limits is acceptable (e.g. 1024 x 800)
  • File Format: Baseline JPG (do not use progressive JPG format) PLEASE DO NOT SAVE YOUR JPG AS A PROGRESSIVE JPG FILE. Progressive JPGs will be read by the Web site. However the large format images used during the jury will not display properly if the files are saved as progressive files.
  • Compression: The image file size must be less than 1.8 MBs. To determine your file size please view the properties of your image file size while it is closed. Larger is not necessarily better. Please consult a professional vendor to determine if compression for your artwork is needed.
  • Quality pictures are very important There a several products that will help you format your images. Software is available to purchase as well as free downloadable software. Various websites offer online image editing tools. Here are some helpful links:

    Photo Editing Software
    You can use also use photo editing programs to help you format your images successfully. The options below are some of the most widely used programs or software.
    • Adobe Photoshop (the industry standard photographer’s tool set)
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements (offers fewer tools than the full version, but allows for formatting images to ZAPP® specifications at a lower price point). VIEW TUTORIAL
    • Mac Users: The application “Preview” can format images to ZAPP® specifications.
    • Online Resources: Sumo, Aviary, and Pixlr are some of the few websites out there that offer image editing right in the browser. VIEW TUTORIAL
    • If purchasing a photo editing program is out of your budget or you are short on time, having a digital professional prepare your images for upload to the Elmwood Festival system may be your best option.

JURY PROCESS

The jury will be composed of local arts & crafts professionals. All four digital images will be viewed simultaneously.

NOTIFICATION

Notifications will be mailed by April 15th, 2017. Cancellations must be made by April 28th, 2017 to have booth fee refunded.

Festival Events
ARTIST MARKET
170 Artists and Craftspeople
KIDSFEST
5 Tents with hands-on arts and crafts - run by artists
MUSIC and DANCE
3 Stages with continuous performances
CULTURAL/ENVIRONMENTAL ROW
Interactive, informative, and transformative
The Festival
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment in an environmentally sound manner.
The Goals of the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the arts are:
  1. To give artists, craftspeople, musicians, arts organizations and community groups a family oriented venue in which to present their work, and to help foster the creation and growth of these grassroot enterprises.
  2. Create a children’s festival that celebrates and educates through the Arts. Offering hands-on art projects, some collaborative, that will bring together children of all ages.
  3. Commission and fund public art, fund tree plantings and other beautification projects.
  4. Highlight the richness of the Elmwood Avenue neighborhood, its stores, restaurants and people.

    Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts     PO Box 786      Buffalo, NY 14213      Phone: (716) 830-2484      Email: directoreafa@aol.com

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