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Join Us at the Artisan's Vendor Fair during Uptown Lexington's Christmas Open House

 

We are thrilled to announce that this year we're adding a special twist to one of our community's favorite events, Uptown Lexington's Christmas Open House, with an Artisan's Vendor Fair that will showcase the incredible talents of local artists and crafters!

We are seeking artisans and craft vendors who offer unique and high-quality items that will appeal to holiday shoppers looking for a one-of-a-kind gift. Whether you specialize in handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, paintings, textiles, candles, or any other form of art, we encourage you to apply.

 

🗓️ Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023

⏰ Time: 1pm - 6pm

📍 Location: Arts | Theatre 202

                     202 North Main Street

                     Lexington, NC 27292

 

At the Artisan's Vendor Fair, you'll discover a treasure trove of unique handmade gifts, perfect for spreading holiday cheer to your loved ones. From handcrafted jewelry and pottery to stunning paintings and custom-made decor, there's something for everyone on your shopping list!

But that's not all!  Get ready for a day filled with festive fun, delicious treats, and heartwarming holiday tunes!  Our Artisan's Vendor Fair will be buzzing with creativity, laughter, and the spirit of giving.

Spread the word and invite your friends and family to this not-to-be-missed event! Let's support our local artists and make this holiday season one to remember.

Information & Application
for Professional Artists, Artisans, Writers, Illustrators, and Nonprofit Groups

Arts Davidson County’s 1st annual juried show supports regional fine artists, artisans, writers and illustrators in the sale of their own, original creations. Wares typically include handmade furniture, clothing, accessories, tableware, soft goods, toys, ornaments, soaps, candles, seasonings, self-published books, fine arts, prints and cards. Cultural non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply. 

Eligibility 

Artisan’s Showcase supports artists and artisans in the sale of their own, original, hand-made creations. No kit crafts, imported crafts, or commercially produced items are permitted. Corporate logos (including sports team logos) and depictions of trademarked characters (Disney, manga/anime, superheroes, etc) are prohibited; this ban includes commercially printed fabric with logo or character designs. All wares must be in good taste and suitable for a family audience. Home improvement companies, cosmetics companies, and other non-arts-based businesses are not eligible to participate. Edible goods are permitted as long as they meet health department guidelines. This show is juried. The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. 

Poets, authors and book illustrators are welcome to sell their own publications, including anthologies in which they are represented. These artists are also welcome to apply as a group. All product design must be appropriate for display at this all-ages event. This show is juried. The selection process is competitive, and acceptance is not guaranteed. 

Groups who intend to donate all proceeds to a not-for-profit organization or public/non-profit partnership are eligible to apply as well. The recipient organization does not need to have federal 501C3 status. Individuals and groups who wish to donate a portion of their proceeds to a non-profit organization should please utilize our professional artisan or writers/illustrators' application as best describes your status. The selection process is competitive, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Groups must offer something for sale in order to participate. This may include memberships as well as wares which reflect your organization's mission. Imported crafts are not permitted. Special permission may be granted in some cases for organizations to sell commercially-produced items. Edible goods may be sold as long as the exhibitor complies with applicable health regulations. Corporate logos other than your own and imagery of licensed characters are prohibited; this ban includes commercially printed fabric with logo or character imagery. All wares must be described in this application.

 

Event Structure 

This event will utilize multiple spaces both indoors and outdoors at Arts | Theatre 202. Accepted vendors will be offered booth spaces of different sizes, based on their

displays and inventory, as well as availability. This show will be in-person only, with no promotion of online shopping. 

Shopping hours are Sunday, 1pm - 6pm. Vendors must participate during all fair hours. Persons other than the artisan may staff a booth for all or part of the time if the artisan is participating in multiple shows that weekend. Saturday night load-in is available and encouraged; there will also be a 2-hour window for load-in on Sunday morning available by prior arrangement. 

 

Fees 

There is no fee to apply. Fees will be due two weeks after the applicant receives notice of acceptance. Booth fees are non-refundable. 

Larger spaces (6' deep X 10' frontage or similar): $75

Smaller spaces (5' deep X 6' frontage or similar): $50

Tables and chairs may be rented for a small additional charge (limited supply).

How to Apply 

Applications will be accepted online through Friday, September 29. Before completing the application below, please review our photo guidelines. 

 

Photo and Video Guidelines 

When preparing your application photos, please bear in mind that these images are not merely for reference. Our intention is to use select images in event promotions. The quality of your photography is a factor in artist selection for these opportunities. 

  • Application Photos (required): due when you submit your application 

  • What is needed: All applicants must upload close-up images of your wares that are representative of the product lines you wish to sell. Booth photos are also requested. 

  • Photography tips: Please follow the guidance on page 2. Good photographs can be made with or without specialized equipment if your composition and lighting are thoughtful. 

  • Technical requirements: Please use the “jpg” or “png” file format. If possible, provide images with a standard website resolution of 72 pixels per inch with an image height of 3”. At least some of your ware photos should please be square if possible. 

  • Labeling your files: Please follow these examples: “DENN, Gina 1” or “KERR, John - booth”

All applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than October 1.

Selection Process 

Selection is based on: artistic merit; originality; quality of craftsmanship; quality of booth display; price point; the goal of including both returning and new vendors; and the goal of a diverse array of products. If accepted, vendors must provide full payment within two weeks to secure their space in the show. Arts Davidson County will make decisions thoughtfully about vendor selection and booth space assignments, and these decisions are not subject to appeal. Gracious acceptance will increase the likelihood of an artist being admitted from the waitlist or being selected to participate in future years.

Cancellations 

If you are unable to participate, please notify Arts Davidson County. Booth fees are non-refundable, but giving notice will help to ensure that you are not excluded from future events. 

Promotions 

Once accepted to the show, vendors agree to help promote this event through their websites, blogs, social media accounts and email lists as applicable. Arts Davidson County will provide a digital invitation which you can share. Arts Davidson County and Uptown Lexington will promote this show through our websites, social media accounts, email lists, outdoor signage and press releases.

Vendors must choose one of the following options regarding liability insurance:

1. Vendors who already have a Liability Insurance policy can request from their agent that a Certificate of Additionally Insured be issued, listing Arts Davidson County as Additionally Insured showing liability insurance minimum coverages of $1,000,000 per occurrence Bodily Injury and $1,000,000 per occurrence Property Damage, arising from your Premises and Operations or your Products and Completed Operations.

OR

2. Vendors can sign a waiver, releasing Arts Davidson County from any claimsof liability associated with Vendor’s participation in the Event.

Contact 

Amanda Feliciano 

amanda@artsdavidsoncounty.org

336-237-0823

Application

Selection Process 

Selection is based on: local interest; originality; quality of products; quality of booth display; price point; past comportment and compliance with show regulations; and the goal of a diverse array of products. If accepted, vendors must provide full payment within two weeks to secure their space in the show. Arts Davidson County will make decisions thoughtfully about vendor selection and booth space assignments, and these decisions are not subject to appeal. Gracious acceptance will increase the likelihood of an artist being admitted from the waitlist or being selected to participate in future years. 

Cancellations 

If you are unable to participate, please notify Arts Davidson County. Booth fees are non-refundable, but giving notice will help to ensure that you are not excluded from future events. 

Applications will be accepted online through Friday, September 29. Before completing the application, please review our photo guidelines. 

 

All applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than October 1.

 

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NO FEES ARE DUE AT THIS TIME. Payment will be due in two weeks following your acceptance to the show. Booth fees are non-refundable.

I have reviewed and agree to all vendor guidelines. I have provided a full and accurate overview of the items I plan to sell. I acknowledge that acceptance to this fair is not guaranteed, and that the decisions of Arts Davidson County regarding vendor selection and booth space assignments are not subject to appeal.

Thank you for applying!

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