After the most recent season that saw attendance increases at every one of its show and artist sales increase by as much as 23%, Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, one of the nation’s most prominent and popular juried shows of fine art and crafts, is accepting applications from artists and craftspeople in all media for its Spring 2013 shows.
The shows for the Spring 2013 season of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals are:
January 25-27, 2013, Chantilly, VA (Northern Virginia), Dulles Expo Center
March 8-10, 2013, Somerset, NJ, Garden State Exhibition Center
March 15-17, 2013, Oaks, PA (outside Philadelphia), Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
April 12-14, 2013, Gaithersburg, MD (outside Washington, D.C.), Montgomery County Fairgrounds
April 26-28, 2013, Timonium, MD (outside Baltimore), Maryland State Fairgrounds
Exhibition space is available at every show in all categories, including fiber and fashion, photography, fine art, furniture, ceramics and pottery, blown and leaded glass, jewelry, metal, leather, and functional and decorative wood. Jurying for the Spring 2013 shows begins in mid - August.
“Americans are excited about filling their homes, gardens and wardrobes with the work of talented artisans, and they’re showing it with their pocketbooks,” said President and Founder Deann Verdier. “It’s a great time for craftspeople to be offering work, especially artists who may have taken a break from shows or younger artists who are just starting out.”
In 2011, nine of Sugarloaf’s shows were ranked in the “100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows” nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Craft industry publications regularly rank Sugarloaf Craft Festivals among the top fine arts and crafts festivals in the country. Sugarloaf’s jury-selected artists are represented in the nation’s finest galleries, private collections, and museums.
Last year, artists sold more than $14.4 million in fine arts and contemporary crafts to more than 164,000 enthusiastic visitors at Sugarloaf shows. Both sales and attendance were up between 5% and 10%" over the previous year."
Sugarloaf invests all exhibitor booth fees in the promotion and production of each show, and artists are supported with an aggressive marketing and advertising program. Show previews and artist interviews are regularly featured in the areas’ most prominent publications and on local television. Other benefits to artists at Sugarloaf shows include free VIP tickets for artists to distribute to their best customers and discounts for artists at hotels convenient to show venues. Artists can receive discounts on booth fees with flexible payment options.
Artists can apply online at www.zapplication.org using the search term “Sugarloaf.” A paper application can be downloaded at www.sugarloafcrafts.com/becomeex.html. For information about Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com.