58th ANNUAL SIOUX NARROWS ARTS FESTIVAL August 3 and 4, 2019
The 2019 Sioux Narrows Arts Festival is now accepting applications for our 58th year of celebrating the unique artistic talents of Lake of the Woods and beyond. This annual show will be held Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Curling Club on Red Indian Road in Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Exhibitors are expected to only display work hand-crafted by themselves and to exhibit for the entire length of the show.
Our festival is a juried show and we invite all artists to submit 3 - 5 photos of their work with their application. A brief resume may be included should you wish to offer more insight into interesting facts about your specific work. We also invite you to share any connection/history you might have to our Lake of the Woods community. Previous acceptance does not guarantee a booth in current festival.
A registration fee of $75 must accompany a completed 2019 Application Form in order for artists to be juried. Student artists who have not completed high school will only be charged a $25 registration fee. There will be no charge for an artist who is demonstrating only. If you are a festival participant, the Sioux Narrows Arts Council will request payment of 10% of your booth sales after the first $500. This includes all commissioned work that results from the show. If your work is not selected by the jury, or if you withdraw from the festival before June 1, 2019, the registration fee will be refunded. Payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer. (Note that if your registration fee is in the form of a cheque, the cheque will NOT be cashed until jurying is complete and you are accepted).
The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, March 15, 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified on April 1, 2019 by email or phone. We again anticipate being able to accommodate only a portion of applicants due to limited availability of space, and will notify those who have been waitlisted. In the event that an accepted registrant later finds that he/she is unable to participate, we ask that the arts council be informed promptly in order that a waitlisted applicant may be accommodated.
Please return your application form, photos and registration fee by March 15, 2019 to:
Mail: Sioux Narrows Arts Council P.O. Box 90, Sioux Narrows, Ontario P0X 1N0
8th Annual Arts Festival - 2019 SHOW INFORMATION & REGULATIONS
New for the 2019 Sioux Narrows Arts Festival: ATM: In order to address the unreliable internet access within the building, we have made arrangements for a portable ATM/Cash Machine to be available at the entrance to the curling rink.
Set-Up Times: The building will be open on Friday, August 2nd from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and also on Saturday morning, August 3rd at 8 a.m. for set up. (The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. August 3rd).
Security: A security person will be on the site on both Friday and Saturday nights, from the minute we close up on both days until the doors open again in the morning. Your displays will be well taken care of.
Insurance: The Sioux Narrows Arts Council carries liability insurance for the duration of the show. However, we cannot insure items we do not own, therefore, exhibitors should arrange additional coverage as required for their own pieces.
Table Rentals: Table fees will be collected during the show. They are $10 for 6/8 ft and $5 for a 4ft. Please bring your own chairs.
Fees/Receipts: As stated in the registration letter, a minimum fee of $75 was payable upon registration. An additional 10% of sales over $500 will be expected. This includes all commissioned work that results from the show. An envelope will be distributed on Sunday in which your additional fee can be enclosed. Receipts for both your table rental and deposit/fees will be available after the festival. All pictures that were sent with your application will also be returned on Sunday unless already returned.
Exhibits: The work exhibited must be consistent with the photographs/application submitted. Work must be hand-crafted by the exhibitor. Note also that the artist is expected to be in attendance.
Artist Statement: Exhibiting artists should display an artist statement in a prominent place within their booths.
Supplies: Please remember to bring exhibits ready to display (frames, hooks, wires, tape, lights, extension cords). Although we have some supplies available for your use, we cannot guarantee supply. PEG BOARD WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED as we are moving towards pipe and drape booth dividers.
Displays and Booths: Artists will be responsible for securing their art to their displays in case of wind damage. Booth size is 8 ft x 11 ft.
Packing Up: There should be no removal of displays or unsold goods before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. This will be strictly enforced.
Exchange: Sioux Narrows has a high number of U.S. visitors and you may find U.S. funds being offered for payment of purchases. Since the exchange rate fluctuates, the current weekend rate will be available.
Parking: Check with the parking attendants as to where the exhibitors’ cars will be parked. If you need to get out during the day, an accessible spot will be provided. If you wish to leave your vehicles downtown at one of the designated parking sites, there is a shuttle bus service provided free of charge to the show site.
Show Site: First-time exhibitors will have no trouble finding the Curling Club (the show location) on Red Indian Road. The entrance to Red Indian Road is immediately south of The Narrows gift shop. Travel Red Indian Road approximately 500 meters and the Curling Club is on the left side. Someone will be there to assist you.
Accommodations: If you require accommodations, please book immediately. Space is limited in Sioux Narrows in the summer. Although there are over thirty resorts, most will be busy. Arriving without a reservation will likely result in disappointment.
Smoking/Pets: For the comfort and safety of all artists and attendees, smoking is not permitted in the building. No pets are allowed inside the building .
Concession: We hope to provide, for the convenience of the participants, a concession with light snacks and beverages available during show hours.
Fans: The building is not air-conditioned and it can get very hot in August. While we do have exhaust fans, you may wish to bring a small fan for your comfort.
Power Consumption: Power consumption by exhibitors seems to increase each year and we are beginning to have problems with overloaded circuits. Please keep your power consumption below 500 Watts.
Free Entertainment: The arts council has also sponsored a children’s craft tent outside of the festival site and afternoon musical performances downtown at the “Lazy Loon”.
Show Profits: For your information, profits from the show are used to fund art scholarships for full-time and seasonal residents of the Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Township, as well as to subsidize various art-related workshops in the Township.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us and we will do our best to assist you. Have a great show!