General Information

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.

LOCATION
The Gainesville Woman’s Club
2809 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

 

CONTACT
Sandra Matasick

 

SHOW DATES
Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017

 

APPLICATION
$25.00 Jury Fee (non-refundable)
Deadline: August 15, 2017 (Midnight EST)
SHOW FEE
  • 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)
DEADLINES
  • 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.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Each exhibiting artist must complete an online application with only one artist per entry, unless you are entering as a team in collaboration.  Each application must include a jury fee and its own set of images.  The jury consists of a panel of five experienced arts professionals representing museum curators, gallery owners, professional artists, and art educators.  Decisions by the jurors are based solely on the quality of work in the submitted images.  Images must clearly represent all work intended for exhibition at Gathering of the Artists.  Each category will be judged separately.  Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process.  Artists with the highest scores will exhibit inside the Woman’s Club.  The second exhibit space will be heated tents outside next to the Woman’s Club with spaces for 18 artists.  A reserve list will be comprised of artists based on their jury scores.  Decisions of the jury panel are final.

 

SHOW TIMELINE

Friday, December 1, 2017

     Set-up:
     9:00 am – 6:00 pm  (tent display area artists only)
     9:00 am – 1:00 pm (inside display area artists only)

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

     8:00 am – 10:00 am Set-up

     10:00 am – 6:00 pm  Show Hours

     6:00 am – 8:00 pm  Artists’ Party with Music and Food

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

     9:00 am – 11:00 am  Woman’s Club open (artists only)
     11:00 am – 5:00 pm  Show Hours
     5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Break down

 

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