Saturday, January 3, 2009

Downtown Toms River Art & Music Festival

Call to Artists!
Downtown Toms River
Art & Music Festival 2009

Huddy Park
Water St & Rt 166 (Main St)
Toms River, NJ 08753

This is an outdoor festival celebrating live music and dance,
visual arts and fine crafts of our region.

May 16, 2009. Rain date: May 17, 12- 5pm

About the Event:
Downtown Toms River had a very successful music concert series last summer. It seems only natural to expand that with visual arts & fine crafts. We encourage emerging artists as well as those with established reputations to participate in this juried show. There is an abundant amount of talent within our city limits, as well as in the county and throughout the state. The purpose of the exhibit is not only to sell art, but to also to showcase the talent of local artists, and to enlighten and delight the general public. Monetary prizes will be issued the day of the show for Best In Show, 2nd and 3rd place.

To be considered for the jury process, artists are required to submit two images by email. All work submitted must be available for sale and must be original work by the artist (limited edition prints by the artist are also acceptable). There are a finite number of spaces available and only the highest quality work will be selected for participation. Submission of work is not a guarantee of acceptance into the show.

About the Juror:
All submitted work will be juried by Drew Stevens, award-winning art director and graphic designer. For nearly twenty years Drew has worked in the advertising and publishing industries, specializing in the design of high-quality, illustrated reference books. The books he produced have sold millions of copies, and his advertising work regularly appears in shelter magazines such as Architectural Digest, Veranda, and Elle Decor. He is winner of the 2004 50/50 Award given by the American Institute of Graphic Artists for his design of the best-selling Sibley Field Guides to Birds. He currently works as a freelance designer and marketing specialist.

Best in Show: $200
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
Awards announced at 4pm.

Process to apply:
Entry Fee: $10 Jury Fee (non refundable) - 10x 10 Booth Fee: $75. [With Attendance on May 16th, artist 's will receive a $25 refund for the booth fee]

Email two images of work that will be for sale the day of the show to make out TWO checks, one for $10 and one for $75. The $75 checks will NOT be cashed unless you are accepted into the show. For applicants that are denied - your checks will be destroyed. Make checks out to: Yvonne Yaar
and mail check and Entry Form (below) to: 218 Main St, Toms River, NJ 08753 Attn: Yvonne Yaar.

Entry Form

Last Name:
First Name:
City, St, Zip:
Phone number:

1. Title of work:

2. Title of work:

Remember to include this Information with your two checks [one for $10 and one for $75] and with your email submission.

Artist Information for Day of the Event:
Booth fee: $25 will be refunded upon attendance on the day of the show, for the original $75 fee. The space is approximately 10 x 10. Tents and tables are the artists' responsibility.

Work submitted must be suitably framed, wired or prepared for hanging. Work must be professionally displayed. Submitted work must be for sale and available for the entire day (12- 5pm) unless sold to a customer, of course.

Sales: No commission, the artist's retail price is entirely for the artist- no additional fees.

Huddy Park is a beautiful riverside park. It is located at the corner of Main Street/State Route 166 and Water Street in Toms River, NJ.

Additional park information: Food vendors will be available. Very clean, permanent bathroom facilities on location. Free parking.

Important Deadlines and Dates:
March 1, 2009: Submission deadline for 2 images via email to and for receipt of $10 nonrefundable jury fee. (This has been extended from February 17)
Mar 10, 2009: A list of accepted artists will be posted to: Show details, drop off process, etc. will be given at this time. (This has been extended from March 1)
May 16, 2009: Day of show- Unloading begins at 9am. Loading area must be cleared by 11am. Artists must be set up by noon.

Contact: Yvonne Yaar, Show Coordinator at

The artists alone are responsible for their work. DTR, or any of the volunteers and coordinators, etc. of the event are not liable for any damage to, or theft of, art work.

Program Sponsors:
This program has been made possible in part by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, through funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and also by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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