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Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Call to Artists - Deadline April 1st

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts
31st Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts
[email protected], [email protected]
PO BOX 526
Joseph, OR 97846


31st Annual
Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts
May 31, June 1-2, 2013
Joseph Community Center, Joseph, Oregon

Entry through:
Prospectus Outline:
The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, featuring contemporary and traditional realism.  The festival reflects the beauty, culture, and traditions of the region through its arts and artists.  The mission of the festival organization is to showcase and market the accepted artists’ diverse and wide ranging talents.  Consistent with that intent any subject, style or medium within the categories below will be considered by the jury.  Exhibition space is limited; jurors will select the best art appropriate for the venue and diverse audience.

1.  Deadlines and Timelines
April 1             Deadline for Entry forms and Images for Jury
April 22           Acceptance email sent to artist.  See “Acceptance” section for details.
May 22-28       All shipped artwork due. (Be mindful of the Memorial Day Holiday.) See “Shipment/Return of Artwork” section for detailed instructions.
May 27-28       Hand delivered art to Valley Bronze Gallery, 18 South Main St., Joseph, OR 97846 (Noon-5 pm)
May 29            Hand delivered art to Joseph Community Center, 102 East 1st Street,  (11 am-2 pm)                                                             
May 31            Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Opening Reception7-10 pm (ticket event)
June 1-2           Open to the public Saturday (10 am to 5pm) and Sunday (10am-2pm), also featuring art demonstrations and music (see program guide for specific scheduled events)
June 1              “Night of the Quick Draw” Saturday 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. Public admission is $5.00 at the door.  Up to 15 artists may participate – see details in paragraph 12
June 2              Silent Auction bids close at 1:30 pm.  Art buyers can pick up their purchases at 2pm.  Unsold art must be picked up between 2:30- 4 pm at the Joseph Community Center

2.  Categories
Sculpture/Bronze:       Any three dimensional work in bronze
Sculpture/Other:         Any three dimensional work in wood, clay, stone, or metal other than bronze

Painting:                      Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
Drawing &                   Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink or any combination thereof, Wood Printmaking: block, Engraving, Etching, Monoprint, Aquatint, Linotype, Lithography, Silkscreen
Photography:               Any photograph including digitally altered photography
Other:                          Mixed Media / Collage, Glass, Jewelry, Ceramics, Fiber

3.  Eligibility
The festival is open to all artists.  All work submitted must be for sale. Each piece of art entered must be the same one accepted in the jury process.  Work must be original and must not have been displayed in a previous Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts show.
Copies, kits, reproductions, or work done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible.

4.  Acceptance
At the conclusion of the juried process, artists will be sent an acceptance email.  It will contain an entry identification number assigned to each piece, detailed instructions for delivery and   pick-up of artwork, options to enter the silent auction and/or quick draw, request for short artist biography, and directions for purchasing additional reception tickets.  The artist biography (175 words or less) will be posted with each artists displayed work in the show.

5.  Entry Fee & Images
A $30.00 non-refundable entry fee will be charged for up to 3 pieces of art.  Please submit one image per entry piece unless the work of art is 3–D (sculptural) for which you may provide two images per entry piece.

6.  Size Constraints & Framing
Pieces weighing more than 200 lbs. or two dimensional work measuring more than 20 square feet will not be considered.  Glass and Plexiglas must be properly secured.  Framed art must be fitted with a wire for hanging.  Bracket frames, Uni-frames, rings, zigger and sawtooth type mountings are not acceptable and will not be included in the Festival.

7.  Sale of Art
All exhibited art is for sale and all sales of artwork will be handled through the Festival sales desk.  The Festival will retain a 25% commission on all sales resulting from the exhibition and all artwork will hang until the end of the show.  All artists are invited to participate in our silent auction.  A percent of auction proceeds are returned to the artist (see section 11 for Silent Auction  details).  Sales and awards proceeds will be paid to the artist within three weeks of the close of the festival.

8. Awards
Cash awards and ribbons totaling approximately $4,000 will be given at the discretion of the judge.   Monetary awards will be given for “First, Second and Third Place”, “Best of Show”, “People’s Choice (entire show)”, and “Directors Choice”.  Additional sponsored cash awards include “Best Photography”, “People’s Choice Photography”, and “Art of the American West Award”, “Wildlife Art Award” and “Western Heritage Award.”
Art that receives an award will be photographed for use in promoting the Art Festival.  Please see the Art Festival website for the full privacy statement and opt-out procedure.

9.  Artist Reception   
An “Opening Night Reception” to honor participating artists will be held Friday, May 31, 7pm to 10 pm at the Joseph Community Center.  Major award winning artists will be announced and this year’s Judge will be introduced.  Hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages will be served, and each attendee will receive a beautiful hand painted wine glass.  Artists will receive one complimentary reception ticket, if requested on their entry form.  Artists will be able to purchase additional reception tickets through the acceptance process.  This event often sells out in advance so artists desiring additional tickets should plan accordingly.

10.  Judge 2013
Each year a new judge is selected to assist in the jury process and judging of the show.  Awards and ribbons are given at the discretion of the judge, excluding Best Photography, People’s Choice Photography and Directors choice.  This year we are pleased to announce the distinguished artist Steve Henderson from Dayton, Washington as our 2013 Festival judge.  For more information on this year’s judge see our festival website ; or visit Steve’s website

11.  Silent Auction
Accepted artists are invited to enter a small piece of artwork in our silent auction..  Participating artists will receive 50% of the final bid; the remaining 50% will be retained by the festival to support future shows.  Artists will assign the market value of the piece and the minimum bid will be established at  25% of the established market value.  For example, if the piece is valued at $100, then the starting bid for that piece would be $25.  If the minimum bid is not met then the piece is returned to the artist.  Sale proceeds from pieces that meet or exceed the minimum bid will be divided equally (50/50) between the artist and the Festival.  The original value of the piece will not be revealed on the bid sheet nor will viewers be informed of the starting bid ratio.  We recommend auction pieces have an assigned value of no more than $200.  If an artist does not assign a market value, the Festival will estimate one.  All silent auction pieces will be prominently displayed and a cash award given for “Best Silent Auction Piece”.  An auction piece is not required as a condition to exhibit in the Festival.

12. Night of the Quick Draw
A special evening unfolds Saturday, June 1, at the Joseph Community Center, (same venue as the festival exhibition) when selected artists participate in the Quick Draw Event from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  The atmosphere is thrilling and fast paced as artists work feverishly to create a finished work in 1 ½ hours time.  The finished pieces are sold by auction during the course of the evening.  There will be a no host bar, hors d’oeuvres and music. Entry forms are in the acceptance email.  Space is limited; up to 15 artists will be accepted.  The Festival will retain a 25% commission on art work created and sold during the Quick Draw event.

13. Entry and Delivery Detail
 ENTRY DEADLINE:  April 1, 2013— late entries will NOT be accepted.
Jury results and acceptance emails will be sent by April 22, 2013.  If the artist does not receive communication from the Festival by April 24, 2013, it is the artist’s responsibility to contact the Festival Directors:
Sue Moore – 541-426-5914   [email protected]
Mary Edwards – 541-432-1078   [email protected]

At time of delivery, accepted artwork must be identified by artist name and the Online Juried Shows entry number assigned to each accepted piece.


  • Preferred delivery – Directly to the show at the Joseph Community Center, 102 East 1st Street, Joseph, OR 97846 on Wednesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • If this is not possible – Deliver to the Valley Bronze Showroom at 18 South Main Street, Noon – 5 p.m. on May 27-28–or see Shipment instructions below.
  • “Art- Pooling” – for delivery and pickup is acceptable and encouraged.  Please note that the individual picking up unsold art at the Festival’s conclusion MUST have the artwork receipt in order to claim the unsold art for another artist.
  • Art Pick Up – Please insure that the receipts issued for accepted artwork are safeguarded in the process; a receipt is required to pick up any unsold artwork
  • Liability – All reasonable care will be given to objects in the custody of the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts; however, it is the artist’s responsibility to provide insurance for their artwork.



  • If you are using a shipping service that requires a physical address (such as UPS or FedEx) please ship to:  WVFA 2013, c/o Valley Bronze, 18 South Main St., Joseph, OR 97846.
  • If you are using the US postal service please ship to: WVFA, PO Box 526, Joseph, OR 97846
  • Please note that Valley Bronze Foundry is a separate location and cannot accept Festival shipments
  • Art should arrive in Joseph between May 22 and May 28. (no weekend or Memorial Day delivery service is available)
  • All art shall be labeled with artist’s name, assigned acceptance number, category, medium, title, and sale price.
  • All shipped artwork must be either picked up on Sunday, June 2, between 2:30 and 4 p.m. or shipped in reusable containers with pre-paid return shipping.  Shipping options include UPS, or FedEx, all with insurance and shipping prepaid.


For general information please visit   if you still have questions please contact either of the Festival Directors below:

Sue Moore – 541-426-5914   [email protected]
Mary Edwards – 541-432-1078   [email protected]

We look forward to a fun and successful 31st Anniversary of our unique Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts.

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