June 16, 2018 Notice to Artists, We are very excited to have filled the curling rink with a diverse group of artisans from Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba.
POSTED May 12, 2018 CALL TO ARTISTS SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN Sioux Narrows Community Hall Friday evening August 3rd, 2018 from 7 to 11 pm This is an opportunity for a diverse group of local artists to participate in a live painting fundraiser for The Big Picture Campaign in support of the future Art Centre in Kenora. Artists will be provided with supplies to paint a 16 x 20 inch canvas in 25 minutes. The audience will vote for their favourite paintings to advance to a final championship round. The audience can bid on the original works as the evening draws to an end. Interested artists can find more information at Showdown at Sundown. Admission tickets are $10 and will go on sale in July from The Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora and The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows.
April 1, 2018 Attention Artists: Letters of acceptance for the show and sale have been emailed out. Any applications received after April 1, 2018 will receive a response with regards to openings and waitlisting.
March, 8 2018 Attention Artists: Everyone who has applied has been sent an email confirmation. Please check your junk mail if you did not hear back from us. We are looking forward to a great show and sale this summer!
57th ANNUAL SIOUX NARROWS ARTS FESTIVAL Artisan Show and Sale Saturday August 4th and Sunday 5th, 2018 from 10 am to 4pm
The 2018 Sioux Narrows Arts Festival is now accepting applications for our 57th year of celebrating the unique artistic talents of Lake of the Woods and beyond. This annual show will be held Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th 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 2018 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, 2018, 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).
Successful applicants will be notified on April 1, 2018 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 to:
Mail: Sioux Narrows Arts Council P.O. Box 90, Sioux Narrows, Ontario P0X 1N0
Set-Up Times: The building will be open on Friday, August 4th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and also on Saturday morning, August 5th at 8 a.m. for set up. (The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. August 5th).
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.
Artist Statement: Exhibiting artists should display an artist statement in a prominent place within their booths.
Exhibits: The work exhibited must be consistent with the photographs/application submitted. Work must be handcrafted by the exhibitor. Note also that the artist is expected to be in attendance.
Packing Up: There should be no removal of displays or unsold goods before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. This will be strictly enforced.
Displays and Booths: Artists will be responsible for hanging their art securely to their displays. Wind gusts may blow through the large open doors at either end of the rink. Booth size is 8ft x 11ft.
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.
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 we will have what you need.
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.
Smoking/Pets: For the comfort and safety of all artists and attendees, smoking and pets are not permitted in the building.
Fees/Receipts: A $75 fee was payable with your application. An additional 10% of sales over the first $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 fees will be available at the end of the festival.
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. Would you 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: Any 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 contact us and we will do our best to assist you.