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Call for Artists: 19 Art Fairs from Paragon Art Festivals

Those of you familiar with Paragon have come to know we are committed to the boutique style (i.e., small) show characterized by a balance of mediums and supported by strong media coverage. This provides a greater likelihood of success for the artists. We believe this type of event is the future of our industry.

Below is a list of events for 2013 moving into the winter of 2014. Further, as we move into summer we will be announcing 3-4 new and very powerful venues for 2014. So please stay tuned!

Bill Kinney
SAN ANTONIO FINE ART FESTIVAL 

April 13 & 14, 2013
The Village at Stone Oak, San Antonio, Texas
CLOSED TO JEWELRY

The San Antonio Fine Art Festival will be held at the Village at Stone Oak, an upscale open-air shopping village just 15 miles north of downtown San Antonio, easily accessed off Hwy. 281.  Over 65% of the zip codes surrounding the Village at Stone Oak are among the wealthiest in Texas with an average household income over $100,000. Residents of San Antonio enjoy a cost of living 7% below the national average.

LAKE NORMAN FINE ART FESTIVAL

April 20 & 21, 2013
Birkdale Village, Huntersville, North Carolina
CLOSED TO JEWELRY

The Lake Norman Fine Art Festival will set up on the Concourse down the center of Birkdale village, one of the wealthiest and most exclusive markets in the Greater Charlotte area.  In the fall of 2012 the event was well received.  Crowds were steady on Saturday, lighter on Sunday.  Expensive 2D artwork, jewelry and glass fared exceptionally well.  Sunday delivered big buyers.

FAIRFAX FINE ART FESTIVAL

April 27 & 28, 2013
Fairfax corner, Fairfax, Virginia
CLOSED TO JEWELRY
The Fairfax Fine Art Festival is held at Fairfax Corner in Northern Virginia, part of the Washington DC metropolitan area.  The inaugural year of the event produced #44 national ranking.  The event may place in the Top 100 for 2012 despite being affected on Saturday with unseasonably cold temperatures and rain.

 

WESTCHESTER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 

May 18 & 19, 2013
Scarsdale, New York

CLOSED TO JEWELRY

The Westchester (Scarsdale) Festival of the Arts returns for its fifth year to the Village of Scarsdale.  The show sets up on downtown streets amidst elegant Tudor architecture, highend shops, surrounded by numerous parks and green spaces.  The boutique event offers  extraordinary demographics of wealth and culture.  The show is challenging for artists needing volume sales as it tends to be smaller crowds of affluent patronage.  The average sale reported by artists has risen each of the four years of the event.

HUDSON RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 

June 1 & 2, 2013
Tarrytown, New York 

The Hudson River Fine Art Festival moves back to the newly renovated Pierson Park along the Hudson River.  The park is part of the Hudson Riverwalk Project, designed to convert 50 miles of waterfront along the Hudson River from industrial to mixed-use residential, retail and recreational properties.  The Metro station is less than a quarter mile from the site, providing easy access for patrons from Manhattan.

 

JERSEY SHORE FINE ART FESTIVAL*

June 8 & 9, 2013
Ship Bottom, New Jersey   

The Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival returns for its fifth year to Long Beach Island.  This event has the largest advertising schedule of any Paragon event, being sponsored by Gannett Newspapers and their affiliates.  Coverage extends into southern Delaware to Philadelphia and Westchester, NY.  Despite the devastating effects of super storm Sandy in October, our hosts have told us 85% of the island is up and running.  Post-hurricane shows often involve insurance settlements that lead to extensive buying to replace lost artwork.

*The Chamber of Commerce is pulling together to make this an exciting event. Read more about it here.

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

June 22 & 23, 2013
Quogue, New York 

The Southampton Town Festival of the Arts is a new addition to the Paragon show lineup for 2013.  The event will be held in Quogue, NY on the southern coast of Long Island between East Hampton and Southampton.  Our Westhampton Festival of the Arts draws an enormous number of the buyers from Quogue and East Quogue.  This will give artists and additional opportunity for pre & post show sales.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 

August 31-September 1, 2013
The Great Lawn (Main St.), Westhampton Beach, New York 

The Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts returns to the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach for it's fifth year.  This is one of Paragon's strongest events.  This event began strong in 2009 and has remained in the Top 50 shows.  Buyers are abundant and higher priced artwork does exceptionally well.  Buying energy goes past the closing time on Sunday and hours have been extended accordingly.

LEESBURG FINE ART FESTIVAL 

September 14 & 15, 2013
Downtown Historic Leesburg, Virginia 

Leesburg is an elegant, historic town dating back over 250 years.  A bedroom community for commuters to Washington DC, Leesburg has experienced phenomenal growth in the past decade.  Our 2012 event was the first art show in Leesburg and it was an amazing success.  We believe the Leesburg Fine Art Festival will build into one of the top fine art events in the country.  The community is responsive, supportive, and delighted to now have their own signature event.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FINE ART FESTIVAL

September 21 & 22, 2013
Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, Virginia 

The Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, VA will be the home of the Prince William County Fine Art Festival. The event will set up in the middle of the Town Center.  Woodbridge, VA is a bedroom community for commuters to the Washington, DC metro area less than 19 miles to the North.  It is an untapped DC metro suburb and shopper's destination.  Prince William County ranks 7th nationally in median household income.

TARRYTOWN FINE ART FESTIVAL

October 5 & 6, 2013
Tarrytown, New York 
 
The Tarrytown Fine Art Festival moves back to the newly renovated Pierson Park along the Hudson River.  The park is part of the Hudson Riverwalk Project, designed to convert 50 miles of waterfront along the Hudson River from industrial to mixed-use residential, retail and recreational properties.  The Metro station is less than a quarter mile from the site, providing easy access for patrons from Manhattan. 

RESTON FINE ART FESTIVAL

October 12 & 13, 2013
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia 

The Reston Fine Art Festival is the new home and renaming of the Fairfax Festival of the Arts.  The move was necessitated by the start of a construction phase at Fairfax corner that would adversely impact the show.  The new home, Lake Anne Plaza, is an elegant site modeled after a coastal Italian village.  Lake Anne Plaza is considered the heart and soul of historic Reston.  There are no corporate chain stores; only locally owned businesses.  We believe that attitude by the residents and local business will embrace and support this event as "theirs".

GREATER CHARLOTTE FINE ART FESTIVAL Buying a painting

October 19 & 20, 2013
Birkdale Village, Huntersville, North Carolina 

This event sets up on the concourse down the center of Birkdale Village, one of the richest and most exclusive markets in the Greater Charlotte area.  In the fall of 2012 the event was well received.  Crowds were steady on Saturday, lighter though buying on Sunday.  Expensive 2D artwork, jewelry and glass fared exceptionally well.  Sunday delivered big buyers.

GREATER DALLAS FINE ART FESTIVAL

November 2 & 3, 2013
The Village at Fairview, Fairview, Texas 

The Greater Dallas Fine Art Festival returns to the Village at Fairview in the town of Fairview, TX.  Our event in 2012 received phenomenal media support from the Dallas Morning News and Star Publications. Customers were recorded from the outlying cities of Plano, Richardson, McKinney and from Dallas itself.  Crowds were steady on Saturday and although Sunday crowds were lighter, artists were rewarded with many return customers and higher-priced sales.

HOUSTON FINE ART FESTIVAL 

November 9 & 10, 2013
Discovery Green, Houston, Texas 

The Houston Fine Art Festival will be held at Discovery Green in downtown Houston, TX.  Discovery Park is the recipient of numerous awards for design and construction.  It is a unique urban and sculpture park located downtown across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Discovery Green hosts numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year.

FORT WORTH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

November 16 & 17, 2013
Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth, Texas 
 
The Fort Worth Festival of the Arts will be held on the green space in front of the Will Rogers Center in the heart of the Fort Worth cultural district.  The site is mere minutes from the daily commerce in downtown Fort Worth.  The Cultural District is home to renowned museums including the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Cattleman's Museum and the Botanical and Japanese Gardens.  More than 2 million people visit the Cultural District annually.

LONGBOAT KEY FINE ART FESTIVAL 

November 23 & 24, 2013
Bayfront Recreation Center, Longboat Key, Florida
  
The Longboat Key Fine Art Festival will be held on the 11 mile barrier island of Longboat Key.  Located north of St. Armand's Circle, in Sarasota, Florida the show will set up on the green space of the beautiful Bayfront Recreation Center.  What there is on Longboat Key is disposable income: both in the residents and winter tourists.

SARASOTA FINE ART FESTIVAL  

January 18 & 19, 2014
Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, Florida 

The debut of the Sarasota Fine Art Festival was a stellar success.  The average gross sales placed Sarasota crowds for Saturday and Sunday were in response to an extensive media campaign.  

ST. ARMANDS FINE ART FESTIVAL 

March 8 & 9, 2014
St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida 

The St. Armands Fine Art Festival will be held at the St. Armands Circle Park, located in the affluent community of St. Armands surrounded by the wealthy communities of Longboat Key and Sarasota.  The entire event will take place in the park.  The event will accommodate 140 artists. 

SARASOTA OPEN FINE ART FESTIVAL

Festival Dates: April 18-20, 2014
Location: Longboat Key Club and Resort, Longboat Key, Florida

Paragon has recently been presented with a unique opportunity.  We have been invited to present a fine art festival in conjunction with the USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament to be held in April 2014 on Longboat Key.  Our event will be the final three days of the tournament: April 18-20, 2014.  This event is gated and these are the highlights:

* Attracts 18,000 of the wealthiest residents within a 60-mile radius, paid admission
* The tournament spends over $370,000 in media exposure
* Rolls Royce, one of the 2012 event sponsors, sold 5 automobiles onsite

This is one of the most exclusive events in the state of Florida, attracting exactly the type of demographics you seek: wealthy patrons with disposable income and supportive of the arts.  This will be a boutique-style event for which Paragon is known, affording artists the greatest likelihood of success.  A third of this event will be by invitation from Paragon.  We will be providing more information on the event in the coming weeks.

Learn More about Paragon Fine Art Events 
& Apply  

Visit our website: www.ParagonArtEvents.com

Questions? 

Call Bill Kinney: 631-421-1590

Apply today: http://www.Zapplication.org

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