Over the last six years Gathering of the Artists has become one of the most prestigious holiday art shows in North Central Florida. It features the work of forty award-winning artists. It is a small show to keep the quality high in an effort to draw a crowd of art enthusiasts and collectors not typical of outdoor festivals. Outstanding musicians give an air of a festival reminiscent of New Orleans with its jazz and upbeat feeling. The growth of the show has been made possible by the generous support of a large number of sponsors in the Gainesville area. Exceptional quality food trucks have been greatly enjoyed by both a sophisticated crowd as well as by the artists. As a way to give back to the community, Gathering of the Artists is privileged to contribute to the ongoing support of The Gainesville Woman’s Club.
What began as five artist friends selling high quality pottery, jewelry, and glass out of their studio, last year attracted more than a thousand people to The Woman’s Club. Through our publicity efforts, advertising and the quality of the artistic work, we are expecting to draw two thousand people or more. Advertising for the show is intense. Radio spots leading up to the event reach to Jacksonville and The Villages. Posters, postcards, website, Facebook page, and Instagram as well as newspaper articles that every year have featured us on the cover of The Scene Magazine have contributed greatly to the show’s success.
A jury of 5 established art professionals will decide on the forty artists who will be accepted. The artists will be chosen for their unique styles and artistic excellence. Twenty two artists will be selected to display inside The Woman’s Club. Eighteen artists will be selected for the large outdoor tent equipped with electrical generators and heaters. Artists will be judged in thirteen categories: Ceramics, Fiber (wearable and nonwearable), Drawing, Printmaking, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Digital Art, Wood, Metal.
As in previous years, artists will receive assistance unloading into the show and loading up at the end of the show. Also, a small breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a small dinner on Saturday will be offered at no charge for the artists.
- Indoor Exhibition Space: $235.00
- Outdoor Tent Exhibition Space: $175.00 (Note: standalone heaters will be provided at no additional charge if required by the weather conditions)
- August 15, 2017: Deadline for All Applications
- August 20, 2017: Artists Notified by E-Mail of Selection & Reserve List
- September 7, 2017: Booth Fee Payment Deadline
- October 8, 2017: Last day to cancel and receive a refund of 100% of the booth fee.
- November 1, 2017: Last day to cancel and receive a refund of 50% of the booth fee. After this date, no refunds will be processed.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Show Hours
Sunday, December 3, 2017