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Art in the Park

at Gypsy Hill






EVENT APPLICATION: Artist vendor applications are now closed. Food vendors may apply below.

FESTIVAL DATES: Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, 2023.

FESTIVAL HOURS: The event will be open to the public 10am-5pm Saturday (September 2) and 11am-5pm Sunday (September 3). Artists are not permitted to pack up or depart early. Art in the Park is a RAIN OR SHINE event.

BOOTH FEES:  $125.00 ($110.00 for current Art Center members) for 10'x10' tent space. Fees will be due after the jury selection.  Announcement date TBD.


PRIZES: The judge will begin their review on Saturday morning around 10:30am. In order for a booth to be judged, the booth label (provided in your packet upon arrival) must be visible. Cash prizes totaling $2750 as follows:

$750 - 1st Place/Best in Show 2D 

$750 - 1st Place/Best in Show 3D 

$500 - 2nd Place 

$250 - 3rd Place

$250 - Creative Use of Materials

$125 -  Honorable Mention 

LODGING: Please contact the SAAC office if you would like information on area lodging options.

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION & SET-UP:   Artists may arrive to set up booths on Friday evening, September 1st from 5-7pm. Enter the park via the entrance off of Thornrose Avenue and check in at SAAC’s information tent. We will have an Artist’s Packet ready for you upon your arrival and your booth placement will be assigned at that time. [Sorry – no requests, trading or booth location changes.]  On Saturday, registration/set-up begins at 7:00am. We ask that you unload your vehicle as quickly as possible and move to vendor parking no later than 9:30am Saturday. If you set up and register Friday evening, you may unload as early as you like Saturday morning. If you arrive on Saturday, you must check in before setting up and check in starts after 7am.


VENDOR PARKING: Armory Parking Lot. The use of handicapped spaces for handicapped licenses is strictly enforced by the City of Staunton.


TAXES: please note that Virginia sales tax (5.3%) is required on all sales.  It is each vendor's responsibility to report and pay taxes. The Art Center will pay for and arrange for a temporary promoter's license, a requirement of the City. SSN or EIN is required of all participants.


SECURITY: while the Art Center arranges some security through collaboration with local law enforcement, it accepts no responsibility for the safety and security of participants and their artwork. Vendors are expected to display their work under a tent. All tents and canopies must be secured against strong winds (heavy block or window weights work well, tent stakes may not be allowed or work in some areas).

ASSISTANCE: please note that although we will happily help you as much as we can in any way that we can and this includes popping over to your booth if you need to step away, we do not have staff on hand as full-time booth-sitters and cannot guarantee someone will be available. Please be sure to arrange your own help as needed for breaks and lunch times.



The Art Center invites all artists who exhibit their own original art and fine craft to apply.

WORK THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Commercially produced works, commercially molded ceramics, sculpture or jewelry, or Items made from kits, or assembled from pre-manufactured components

If planning on showing multiple artistic disciplines please provide a separate entry for each media as they will be juried separately.

Reproductions are not eligible for judging/prizes.


Participants are strongly encouraged to display their work under a tent. All tents must be anchored against wind with weights.



Valerie Larkin Smith, Executive Director

(540) 885-2028 (cell)

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