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Call for Artists: 7th Annual Art Rapids

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Elk Rapids, Michigan

Veteran's Memorial Park

10am-5pm
75 Artists

Deadline: April 1  


Where is Elk Rapids?  Visit this link.

Elk  Rapids  is at the center of some of the most affluent real estate in  northern  Michigan, on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, near Charlevoix  and  Harbor Springs.  This  area has really blossomed with new homes, golf  courses and galleries  in the last ten years, making it a desired  vacation second home  location, for people from Chicago and Detroit.
The  art fair is held in Veteran's Memorial Park, by Grand Traverse Bay in  the heart of this charming harbor town.  Patrons can walk two short  blocks where they will find restaurants, antique shops and art  galleries.  Elk Rapids already attracts an art-loving clientele the year  around.

The  organizers  have planned every detail including a reception (appetizers  and wine)  the night before for the artists and volunteers.  The next  morning volunteers are on hand with golf carts at 5am to unload artists  vans and help with setup.  Then the sun comes out and the people show  up.  As they know this is a one-day show so it is "now or never."

Prize money:Charlevoix
$1000 Best of show
2 - $400 Honorable Mention
$125 People's Choice

Space Fees:

1 space, 1 artist $125
1 space, 2 artists $175
2 spaces, 1 artist  $250

Testimonials from artists:

--This was a terrific show, well organized, advertised, and well attended.  Glad to be in the show.
--My compliments to all involved.  The art presented was upscale.  Very well done.
--Thanks  for  selecting fine art (as opposed to crafts). It's very difficult to  find  art shows, and if you continue to keep a high standard and accept  only  fine art, you will get that reputation and buyers coming with  the  knowledge that it is an art show and they are prepared to  spend  accordingly.

For more information and to download an application visit:

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Comment by Sheila Wissner on March 16, 2012 at 8:42am
Too bad they don't have Friday setup.
Comment by Connie Mettler on March 16, 2012 at 10:36am

Have you inquired? For years we did the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Festival, a one day show, and we had to get up so early to be ready. I remember how heavy the dew was. I'd wear boots, besides really hustling to be ready for the early buyers this show always brings. We kept talking to the committee about Friday setup and they said their liability insurance didn't cover it. In recent years there has been Friday setup -- but I'm not remembering what changed. This would be worth looking into though.

Comment by Sheila Wissner on March 16, 2012 at 3:37pm
Their app says Saturday setup but I could always lobby them to change that for next year. Wonder if any artists have brought it up. I thought about applying, but I live an hour away and am not a morning person.

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