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Village Green
Lake Bluff, Illinois

The 2020 Arts Festival will be held rain or shine.

Artists on the Bluff  2020 Summer Arts Festival is an independent outdoor art show highlighting local artists.   Artists on the Bluff welcomes all fine artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Lake Bluff (members as well as non-members) to apply to participate in this annual event. Held June 20 & 21 on the Village Green in Lake Bluff, with live entertainment, food, and a children’s crafts tent, it will be a lively community event.

This year the festival will also be combined with the Lake Bluff History Museum’s annual Auto Show on Saturday the 20th, and the celebration of Lake Bluff’s 125th Anniversary, so we expect great attendance.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance into the 2018 Summer Arts Festival via email by April 20, 2020.   The 2020 Summer Arts Festival will be held rain or shineThere are no refunds and no alternate rain dates.

Application due date for AOTB Members: May 15th, 2020 and for Non-members, due date is May 15th. About and Apply for the 2020 Summer Arts Festival.

Please note: No commission will be charged on sales for this event. Individual artists are responsible for reporting their sales as required for tax purposes.

Exhibition Fees & Schedule

For 2020 AOTB Members the Booth Fee is $185.00 and Application is due May 15th, 2020. Payment of $185.00 is Due May 15th, 2020

For Non-Members* the Booth Fee is $235.00. Submit samples of your work. Once we notify you of your acceptance, please submit your booth fee. Booth fee is due May 15th, 2020.

* Non-Members are required to submit 3 digital samples of their work, a short artist statement. Digital files should be small to medium sized jpgs (72 ppi with 1400 px longest dimension). Please include your First Initial and Last Name in each file (for example: J-Doe_title1.jpg). Please email samples to: artists[at]artistsonthebluff.org. Please write “2020 Summer Arts Festival Application” in the subject line of your email and include your name and contact information. DEADLINE: Applications and jpgs must be received by May 15, 2020.

Rules and Regulations

1. The 2020 Summer Arts Festival will be held Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 from 10 am-5 pm. There will be no refunds or alternate rain dates. All exhibitors are requested to set up their tent on Friday afternoon from 3-8 pm, June 19th.
2. Artists must display in tents and are to supply their own 10’ x 10 ‘ white tent and all display boards, tables, chairs and panels needed to exhibit.
3. SET UP Set up from 7-9 am each day. All exhibitors are strongly encouraged to set up their tent on Friday afternoon from 3-8 pm June 19th.
4. After unloading and by 9 am each day, all artists’ vehicles must be moved to the nearby train station parking lot to allow patrons closer parking. (Parking at the train station is free on the weekends.)
5. Artists will assume full responsibility for setting up and taking down their own tents (although there will be some volunteers to provide assistance), and for monitoring their displays and tents at all times. (Please note there are no animals allowed except for service animals.)
6. An artist may share his/her tent with another showing artist, but artists are jointly responsible for the application fee. Please notify us if you are sharing a tent, or would like to share a tent with someone and we will see if there are any matches for your request.
7. No mass-produced work and no work from kits will be allowed. All work exhibited must be the creation of the exhibiting artist.
8. Some work may be in whole or part a reproduction of artist’s original work. Not more than 50% of the work exhibited can be reproductions. Artists on the Bluff reserves the right not to accept artists’ applications. Artists will be informed in such cases, and any fees which have been paid will be returned or refunded.
9. Artists on the Bluff is not responsible for damage to tents, artwork or displays caused by wind, inclement weather, vandalism or accidents of any kind.
10. Each artist will be responsible for their own change, so please bring cash and a credit apparatus if you accept credit cards.
11. The tax in Lake Bluff is 8.0%. Each artist is responsible for collecting and paying sales tax.
12. Artists setting up after 10 am or breaking down before 5 pm and/or not adhering to the rules may not be eligible to participate in the festival in the future.

Additional Information

1. If you would like your artwork to be considered for promotional materials, please submit up to 3 high-resolution digital images to: artists[at]artistsonthebluff.org. Please include: “Arts Festival Images” in the subject line of your email, and include your name and contact information. You will be notified if we use your artwork. Artists agree to grant permission to Artists on the Bluff to use their images for promotion but retain full copyright.
2. We invite you to become a member of Artists on the Bluff. The Membership Application form is available on our website, https://artistsonthebluff.org/join-league/, or at our events. For more information, please contact us.