The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival is currently celebrating its 53rd year!
From humble beginnings to the premier arts festival in northwest Arkansas, the Festival now boasts over two hundred artisans from all over North America. Representing over 30 states, our artisans offer unique items from kitchen goods to fine art. All items are handmade and must go through a jury process to be sold.
The Festival is sponsored by the Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and provides funds to support the core missions of the Alliance to improve access to and promote the arts. Nearly 90 percent of profits go to art scholarships for college students, block grants for elementary school art supplies, support for the Wishing Spring Gallery (a place for artisans to sell their work all year, staffed fully by volunteers), and the Clay Studio (a new Alliance endeavor to teach pottery to all interested). Even the festival director and staff are volunteers. Hundreds of people devote hundreds of donated hours every year to continue these missions. The other ten percent of profits go straight to community organizations.
The first step is to check out the guidelines to make sure the Festival is right for you. Keep in mind that we absolutely do not allow buy and sell. Festival exhibitors are defined by one of three categories:
Arts & Crafts - Artisans who do not sell food.
Edibles - Also referred to as "Cottage" by the state, this is for food meant to be taken home to finish preparing.
Food - Fully prepared and meant to be eaten immediately.
HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES;
Now that you've read the guidelines, you'll need to fill out an application. If you are approved, this information will also appear in the Festival program.
You will also need to submit pictures of your products, your booth (if you have one), and a brief statement about what you do.
A picture of every color/pattern is not necessary, but every type of item is mandatory. If an item is not approved, you will be asked to remove it from your booth. Items can be added to your application throughout the year after approval.
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Once you've read the guidelines, filled out and sent an application, and submitted your pictures, you'll be part of the next scheduled jury. We understand this probably isn't the only place you've applied, so we try to make this part as quick as possible.
A jury consists of three Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring members who will not be exhibiting at the Festival. They will check for quality and that the product is handmade.
Once the you are approved or not, you'll be notified as soon as possible. If you were successful, you'll be asked to fill out a supplemental application and make payment arrangements.
Occasionally, the artisan will be approved, but one or more items will not be. At that point, the artisan may agree to not sell the item, ask for a re-jury, or decline the rest of the approval. Contact our office if there is any confusion at any point of the process.
TO HELP DECIDE WHERE YOU'D LIKE YOUR BOOTH, CHECK OUT THIS MAP;
We love new things! Any new creations do require a quick jury process. You will need to send pictures and the items will have to be individually approved.
Any items that have not been approved by Festival staff cannot be sold and will have to be removed from your space.
We understand that you create all year. New items are approved during a regular jury, regardless of when you submitted your application or renewal.
The Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival is the last fully jury festival of its kind in Northwest Arkansas. Artisans from all over North America bring their unique, handmade items. You're sure to find something to love.
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