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Call to Artists DEADLINE EXTENDED Artoberfest 2013

A Juried Art & Fine Craft Fair in the Beautiful Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon

Friday & Saturday, October 18, 19 and Sunday, October 20
Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Guild

For Prospectus & Application go to <>, call541-592-5019 or email [email protected]

Questions: Call 541-659-3858

Apply online or print and mail application


Artoberfest a Unique Art Fair; New Application Deadline August 22

Artists can still apply for entry to the Southern Oregon Guild’s unique fall art fair, Artoberfest, through Thursday, August 22.

The small, intimate, indoor fair will be held Friday through Sunday, October 18, 19 and 20 in conjunction with the 6th annual Valley Girls’ Quilt Show in the Illinois Valley. Application can be made online at or by calling 541-659-3858 for a paper application form.
Now in its second year, Artoberfest is a juried show and welcomes all visual and functional art forms. Judges Janet Higgins and Mike Murphy will look for excellence and creativity in conception, execution and presentation as well as a balance of media.

Show Design is Unique

The design of Artoberfest’s booth layout and decor, created by Guild member and set designer, Jean Robertson, is unique among art fairs. The absence of canopies, a variety of booth sizes, a meandering path that leads through the artists’ displays, and splashes of fall color everywhere create a feast for the senses and a friendly, intimate experience for artists and visitors alike. 

We work with all accepted artists to mutually decide on optimal shape, size and location of their booths. Booth size options are 25 sq. ft., 50 sq ft., and 80-100 sq. ft. with the shape of booth footprints flexible rather than automatically determined by a rigid structure like a commercial canopy. Booth fees are $35, $50 and $75, respectively. Artists may share booth space but each individual must apply separately. 

This booth plan offers some interesting opportunities. For example, an artist could select at 25 sq. ft. space and create a strong vertical display structure such as a triangle of grid walls for just $35 for the three-day show and still present a large inventory of work. Or, an organization could represent both itself and several of its individual members by sharing a larger space. This would also allow the artists to split coverage of the booth over the three days, assuming that each member is accepted by the jury. Sharing a booth is also an option for artists with smaller inventories.

Artist Friendly, Well Advertised

For artists who do not have effective display units or who have never participated in an art fair, the Guild can provide both design consultation and some display equipment such as tables, grid walls and easels. Some excellent artists who could easily pass a jury are hesitant to try art fairs. Artoberfest is a truly artist-friendly show for everyone from show beginners to professionals. 

The Southern Oregon Guild advertises Artoberfest extensively throughout southern Oregon and northern California. The Valley Girls Quilt Show does so as well. The combination creates a celebration of the arts that brings a large buying public to the Illinois Valley during this fall weekend. 

A Prospectus about Artoberfest and an online application are available at  A free class on Applying for & Setting Up at an Art Fair will be offered Monday, August 19, 11:30 to 1:30 at the Guild, 24353 Redwood Highway in Kerby. Call 541-592-5019 to register.

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