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CAPE CORAL ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
JANUARY 9-10 , 2021
1201 Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
THIS IS NOT A MAILING ADDRESS
PLEASE NOTE! We are serious about not allowing Buy-Sells at our festival. If you are suspected of being a Buy-Sell, we will ask for proof that your work is your own and is completely made by you. Exhibitors who are selling merchandise that is not their own work will be ejected without refund.
The 36th Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival is produced by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral and is a celebration of national and local fine art, fine craft and music.
The Festival was ranked as the 8th Best Art Festival in 2019 by Sunshine Artists
The 2021 event will feature 300 juried exhibitors. A limited number of Double Booths will be available if you are invited to attend, The event will take place outdoors on scenic Cape Coral Parkway in the heart of South Cape Coral. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area has 754,610 residents.
The festival is Lee County’s largest special event according to the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. With over 120,000 visitors over the two days of the event, it is a must do with over 60% returning exhibitors.
The Music Festival is a separate event and is an outdoor event separate from the Arts Festival Area. Musicians should see capecoralfestival.com for links. See the site map. . Music is not a category for entry into the Festival and is a separate event. Music is not allowed (recorded or live) in any Art Festival booth.
The Maketplace is separate from the art festival between the Music Festival and Art Festival.Marketplace booths are for Retail Companies and Non-Profits. If you are a retailer, professional service, healthcare provider, service industry or basically any business (other than food or beverage sales (on-site consumption). See capecoralfestival.com
36th Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival
South Cape Coral, FL
January 9 & 10, 2021
Application Deadline: October 1, 2020
The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival invites you to apply to be one of 300 exhibitors at the 2021 event, one of Sunshine Artists top rated events. The festival enjoys an attendance of 120,000 visitors to the South Cape area in Cape Coral, Florida. The two-day event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists and craftspeople. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the Festival help the Rotary Club of Cape Coral to fulfill its mission of “Service above Self”. View our programs at www.capecoralrotary.com
Over $70,000 is spent annually promoting this event with over 5 million impressions. From Newspapers, Digital Billboards, Conde Nast Traveler, Destinations Magazine distributed throughout the state, Local television commercials to include drive market TV stations, Email Marketing - Targeted Email Blasts/Series of special announcements about the event. Media Emails - Direct one-to-one emails to drive market TV stations and newspapers, Social Media - Two-month campaign leading up to event, Facebook Advertising.
March 1, 2020
2021 Application Available
Thursday, October 1, 2020 Midnight, EST
The five person jury convenes to select 300 exhibitors
October 31, 2020
Notification by email.
email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions Please do not call)
300 juried exhibitors will receive an invitation to exhibit.
Exhibitors who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as well.
November 15, 2020
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.
Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival Dates
Friday, January 8th, 2021
Check-in opens 3pm. Booth access approx. 7pm
Saturday, January 9th, 2021
Setup and Check-in 6am
Judging 9:00am - 4pm
Show 10am - 5pm
Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Show 10am - 5pm
Tear down 5pm -8pm
The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.
Ceramic – Art objects either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
Digital – Pictures made with the assistance of computers. Computer Graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications.
his category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category
Drawing/Pastels – Drawings are works on paper using pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media.
Fiber – Includes non-wearable artwork from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking.
Glass – The expression of art made from blowing and fashioning glass.
Graphics/Printmaking – Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. It involves creating a drawing or other composition on a surface other than paper, for transfer to paper through the use of a press or through impressions made by hand.
Jewelry – Ornaments, such as bracelets, necklaces, or rings. Made of precious metals set with gems or semi-precious gems or ceramic or glass or any other product.
All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed
Metalworks – Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.
Mixed Media – Includes any combination of a variety of materials to create an original work of art. This artwork may be 2-D or 3-D.
Painting: Oil/Acrylic – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.
Painting: Watercolor – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.
Photography – Process of capturing images of objects by the action of light, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto a flat surface.
Sculpture – Shaping figures or design in the round or in relief by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials.
Wearable – Includes clothing or leather goods, such as belts or purses, that can be worn.
Wood – Art objects either functional or decorative that may be hand-tooled or machine worked in wood.
Thank you, John, for all your hard work and efforts on the behalf of your community and ours. I sent a thank you last week but I don't know if you got it, so I'll repeat: I absolutely LOVED being a part of your great event. Community shows are my favorite, much more so than with private promoters. You and your committee did an outstanding job from my perspective and I couldn't be more grateful. We had a great show, we LOVED having a hotel on site, I can't say enough about what a gift that is as an artist dealing with the elements; thank you for arranging the artists' special rates.
- Kevan Breitinger
Thank you for all your efforts. It is truly a wonderful festival. The new way of getting artists on the parkway was amazing in how well it transpired. Thank you for coming to every booth and checking on us.
The show was amazing! The volunteers are so good - helpful & kind!
I think for me the show worked well- load in was a piece of cake- load out the same! My experience with the festival is always a wonderful one, and I feel you all did an amazing job- I thank you
-Kelly Zimmer Demichele
All I can say is thank you! We had the greatest show ever.
We were never able to leave our booth.
We were busy all day, everyday.
It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your outstanding show.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
- Ellie Stephens
I just wanted to say I had a wonderful fair
To me it gets better each year I believe I have done it for 15 years running
The food court was excellent
The crowd was great pleasant happy
Love the fair my sales were terrific and I look forward to each year and I tell other artists the same thank you very much for a very profitable and easy show
- Celeste Theodore
Dear Mr. Jacobsen.
On behalf of my wife and myself thank you and your wonderful volunteers for a great show. We look forward to your show every year. The folks who come out and support the show are wonderful and loved to see the art. Once again, thank you
- Ian williams
Location: South Cape Coral on Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral Florida
Web Address: www.capecoralfestival.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 101346 Cape Coral, FL 33910
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth or display image
or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications
Application Fee: $35
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $425. plus sales tax Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $850 plus sales tax. There are no corner booths
Liability Insurance: Artists are required to have proof of liability insurance that names the Cape Coral Rotary Foundation as additionally insured. If you do not have liability insurance, a short term policy will be available for $42 through a link in in the acceptance and on our web site.
Awards: Over $7,000
Electricity: Not available. No generators.
Security: 24 Hour
Parking: Free and reserved parking provided for exhibitors.
Load-In: Access booth directly with vehicle
Attendance: 120,000 guests
1. Only fine craftspeople and artists displaying their own original work may participate. No agents or dealers. Photo I.D. is required. This show is for original handcrafted work. Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the Committee. The Committee has the right to expel, without refund, any Exhibitor who breaks these rules during the Art Festival.
2. All applicants MUST submit four (4) images of recent work AND one (1) image of their booth through Zapplication.
3. Application by collaborating artists
Collaborating exhibitors may apply as a single entry only. No more than two (2) exhibitors working as a team may collaborate in the design and creation of any artwork submitted with the application or chosen to display at the Festival.
Assistants, employees, office or other support staff are NOT considered to be collaborators. If an artist has a helper who assists the exhibitor with frames, setup, selling, paperwork, etc., but she/he is NOT producing the work under his/her own or team name, this person is NOT a collaborator, though he or she may certainly assist at the Festival.
If accepted, only one (1) booth will be issued, and only finished work that is the result of the collaborative process may be displayed and sold.
BOTH exhibitors are required to sign in and present photo identification prior to setting up.
BOTH exhibitors must be present during Festival hours in the booth during the entire two-day Festival, with the exception of short breaks.
4. The following are prohibited:
a. Buy-Sell (see below)
b. Copies of original artwork not done by the exhibitor and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
c. Work purchased from an outside source for resale
d. Production artwork in any category
e. Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
f. Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils and homemade food items
g. Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc. not reproduced from the exhibitor’s original work.
h. Artwork not in the category in which the artist applied and was accepted
i. Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
j. Alcohol or sound systems
5. The selection of an artist/craftsperson is an indication of his/her commitment to exhibit. NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellation. NO REFUNDS shall be made for inclement weather or other acts of God over which the Sponsors have no control, and the risk and/or loss from such event shall be borne by the Exhibitor.
6. Exhibitors’ work displayed and sold during the show must correspond to the work submitted for jurying. The exhibition or sale of anything else by the Exhibitor is prohibited. No sharing of space, subletting or selling is permitted except when two people work together.
7. If your craft is the building of musical instruments, they must be sold (not DVD, cd or other media forms of the music). As a courtesy to other exhibitors, any music played in your booth may not be audible outside your booth or you will be asked to lower the volume. Failure to do so will result in your being asked to leave.
8. Each Exhibitor must comply with all pertinent State of Florida sales tax regulations.
9. Official Exhibitor I.D. badges will be issued and must be worn at all times by the Exhibitor. Each Exhibitor will be provided with and must display an 8 1/2” x 11” white card with Exhibitor’s name, category and home city.
10. All Exhibitors must check in between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 or between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Check in is REQUIRED prior to beginning setup. Failure to check in by 8:00 a.m. will result in loss of your space and your fee forfeited.
11. Displays must be set up by 10:00am daily. No booth may be dismantled prior to the 5:00 p.m. closing. Displays must be manned at all times by the Exhibitor. Exhibitors must furnish their own displays. Displays must be strong enough to withstand winds and crowds. Exhibitors may not use stakes. Exhibitors are responsible for damages caused by these displays.
12. All Exhibitors must park their vehicles in designated areas. Vehicles must be off the Parkway by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and by 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.
13. Judges will base all awards on the overall quality of all work shown.
Buy-Sellers have become a scourge on Art Festivals. These people have become increasingly clever in their applications and often show documentation that they are the artist or craftsperson. This makes it very difficult to prove. We wish to do everything we can to deter buy-sell at the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival. We will have a special committee devoted to researching each application upon receipt. If you are determined to be a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor by the committee, you will be immediately expelled from the Festival without refund. If you are a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor, save your $35 dollars and don’t apply.
Please don’t apply if you:
1. Buy work and try to sell it as your own
2. Have a factory or a team that makes the work under your direction
3. You plan on having a representative staff your booth
4. Make work from kits or assemble other people work into something else
· Friday set-up and check-in (street spaces set up Friday evening)
· Drive to and unload at your booth
· Exhibitor Hospitality Area with daily morning coffee and pastries
· Free exhibitor parking near the Festival in grass lots
· Discount hotel rates
· Exhibitor Concierges that patrol booths offering booth sitting and other assistance.
· Security patrol after hours
· Extensive media promotions throughout Southwest Florida leading up to the Festival
· Artists retain all sales proceeds
Upon invitation into the show, artists may purchase a single booth. A limited number of double booths are available, and these will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 10' wide. Exhibitors are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $425 plus sales tax. Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $850 plus sales tax.
How images are viewed by jurors:
Within a medium category, applications are sorted and viewed by:
Jurors score applications using the following scale:
1 - 10
Number of jurors scoring applications:
The show organizes the jurors for a:
Single jury panel that scores applications for all medium categories
Separately from various locations
Average number of applications submitted each year:
Enter the average number of artists selected from the jury to participate in the event:
Am I allowed to observe the jury process?
Jury process is closed
P.O. Box 101346, Cape Coral, FL 33910