Wickford Art Festival Call for Artists

55th Wickford Art Festival - Call for Artists 

Wickford, RI – The Wickford Art Association (WAA) is accepting applications from fine art artists for the 55th Wickford Art Festival to be held on July 8 and 9, 2017 in Wickford Village, Rhode Island. Artist applications must be received by April 15, 2017. Download applications at www.wickfordart.org 

Artist benefits:
-Artists retain 100% of their sales.
-10' x 10' booths are $240, plus jury fee. 
-Corner booths at no additional charge.
-Easy load in and load out.
-Complimentary booth sitters available for artists for brief periods.
-Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning setup available.
-Free parking for artists during festival. 
-Festival brochure distributed free with artist name, booth number and location (also available online).
-Top ranked fine art festival in established arts destination with up to 40,000 visitors during the two-day event.

Why buyers will attend:
-Wickford Art Festival is juried to include only the best fine art and artists. No crafts/commercial/mass-produced/buy/sell allowed.
-Free entry for visitors. 
-No sales tax on fine art in RI.
-Rhode Island and Wickford have a vibrant arts community. 
-An incredible outdoor location by the bay. 
-Close to Newport and Providence, an easy drive from Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

Rated by Sunshine Magazine as the country's 17th best fine art festival in 2016, the 55th Wickford Art Festival will take place in scenic, coastal Wickford Village. Produced by the Wickford Art Association the top ranked festival is one of the longest running outdoor fine arts festivals in New England. Up to 250 artists from all over the country display their fine art amongst historic homes, eclectic shops and quaint streets. Handicap accessible and family-friendly, this festival draws art lovers from all over New England. Admission is free for the public.

Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to go tax-free on the sale of fine art. Tax-free exemption is available to RI and out of state artists, certain restrictions apply. Artists should visit our website for more details.

Festival proceeds support WAA programs and services including art exhibits, art classes, poetry readings, open studios, business gatherings and professional development, community events, scholarship awards and more. Wickford Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization and was founded in 1962 to educate and promote the arts to its membership, the local community and general public. 

The WAA Gallery is located next to the North Kingstown Town Beach at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI. Wickford Village is 10 minutes from Newport, 30 minutes from Providence and Westerly, RI and 1 hour from MA and CT. The seaside village is accessible by boat via Narragansett Bay with transient docking available.

For more information, call 401-294-6840, visit www.wickfordart.org or stop by the Gallery. 

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