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2016 Riverside Art Festival

June 11-12

   

The YWCA Riverside Art Festival draws over 10,000 people from around the Great Lakes Bay Region with beautiful artistry and entertainment. The venue on the streets of downtown Bay City and along the riverfront of the Saginaw River has allowed the festival to grow and the artists love the atmosphere! The jury committee for the festival will convene twice - once in February and again in April. Acceptance letters will be sent within two weeks of jury meetings based on when your application is received.


All jury decisions are final. Jury decisions are based on originality and level of difficulty and the committee is anonymous. The jury committee reserves the right to limit the number of artists accepted for the show and the number of artists represented in each media category. Jury will be done in the order that applications are received. Any application that does not have the required photos submitted will not be considered for the show.

   

Accepted mediums include

  • Ceramics
  • Crafts
  • Drawing
  • Garden Art
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Novelty
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Stone
  • Textiles
  • Watercolors

  • Weaving
  • Wood
  • Other    

Jury Information


Jury meets twice: once in February for applications received by February 1, 2016 and once in April for applications received after February 1, 2016. Checks are cashed upon acceptance into the festival.


All applications must include 5 excellent photos (no slides) - 1 of 5 must be a work in progress and 1 of 5 must show your booth display. The jury will not consider applications that do not have the appropriate photos submitted.


Your application must include a short paragraph describing your work and the process used.


Note to our jewelry artists: This particular medium has become very competitive. Please submit your application on time and provide the appropriate photos for consideration of your artistic ability. Buy-sell jewelry is not acceptable. Please be sure to include a summary of your process for jury consideration. The Riverside Art Festival only allows 20% jewelry for artistic variety.


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Media and Prize Money

The YWCA markets the Riverside Art Festival through the following local newspapers: The Bay City Times, The Saginaw News, and The Midland Daily News. The festival is also highlighted in the Michigan Festival and Events Publication/Brochure, and festivalnet.com. The Bay City Times also presents a feature artist in the weekend events insert along with detailed information about the festival.


Other marketing includes flyers, postcards, banners, radio, and road side signs. Awards will be presented for Best of Show ($200 and ribbon) and second place ($100 and ribbon).

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Demographics

The Riverside Art Festival is located in Bay City, Michigan which is part of the Great Lakes Bay Region and includes Bay, Saginaw, and Midland counties. The population of the three counties respectively is 391,000 combined, with an average family income of $56,000. For 43 years the Riverside Art Festival has drawn people from throughout the state of Michigan.


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Eligibility

The Riverside Art Festival accepts only handmade-original work. Commercial kits, premade patterns and pieces are not accepted. All jewelry must be made by the jeweler, prefabricated jewelry is not allowed. All jewelers must submit a process summary.

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Food Vendors

Food vendors will be a part of the festival and really draw crowds. They will be back again in 2016 with the participation of local eateries in the area giving you a chance to refuel and keep shopping.

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Set-up

We know how hard it is to lug your treasures far and wide. Having the venue on the street allows all artists to drive right up to their booths to unload and pack-up.

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Booth Sitters

Have to go to the bathroom? Get a drink? Grab some more art? The YWCA will have several booth sitters to assist our hard-working artists. Be assured that someone will always be available to lend a hand. We will also have a designated artist relations tent to answer those pressing questions. As always the Riverside Art Festival has an exceptional reputation as a well-organized event.

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Special Requests

Unfortunately we are unable to meet request for specific booth space.   Please do not request a special booth number as frequently those numbers will change from year to year.

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Silent Auction

Every artist has the opportunity to donate a piece of their art to the YWCA’s silent auction. All auction donations will be highlighted with the artist’s name and booth location to draw patrons to view their other wonderful pieces. Last year 92% of artists donated their beautiful work to support the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region’s programs and services.


The Riverside Art Festival is the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds support advocacy, economic empowerment, and professional development programs for women and their families in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


   

Dates to Remember


March 31

Application Deadline

March 31

Last Day for Refunds

June 10

Registration 6pm-9pm

June 11

Registration 7am-9am

June 11

Auction Items Due 8am

June 11

Festival 10am-6pm

June 12

Festival 11am-4pm

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Riverside Art Festival Application Forms


online form


printable form


If you have any questions regarding the Riverside Art Festival below is the contact information.


Riverside Coordinator:  Brandon Strong

Email:  strongbrandon@att.net

Phone: 989.894.9055

Fax: 989.894.9056

   

Non-Profit Booth Request



   

Food Vendor Application

If you are interested in participating as a Food Vendor or are a Non-Profit and would like to have a booth at the Riverside Art Festival please download and complete your application form.  Please mail it to the address below:


YWCA Riverside Art Festival

723 Washington Avenue

Bay City, MI 48708




Other Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Riverside Art Festival below is the contact information.


Riverside Coordinator:  Brandon Strong

Email:  strongbrandon@att.net

Phone: 989.894.9055

Fax: 989.894.9056


   


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