Friday, October 7, 2011

Smoky Hill River Festival

36th Smoky Hill River Festival 
"A Festival Like None Other" 

Smoky Hill Pix for CTA     
Call To Artists

Fine Art Show, June 9 & 10 
Four Rivers Craft Show, June 8, 9 & 10

What: 36th Smoky Hill River Festival
    Presented by Salina Arts & Humanities   

Where:  Oakdale Park, Salina, KS (730 Oakdale Drive) 

When:  Four Rivers Craft Show, June 8, 9 & 10
           Fine Art Show, June 9 & 10


  • Record high sales totaled over half-million dollars in 2011!
  • Ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country and one of the best in the central Midwest.  Nationally award winning event.  #1 in artist hospitality.
  • 90 exhibitors in the Fine Art Show
  • 50 exhibitors in the Four Rivers Craft Show
  • Very high quality juried shows - long standing tradition of excellence
  • Attendance at 75,000 drawing patrons from the region and across the country
  • $130,000+ Art Patron Program (Fine Art Show)
  • $9500 cash Merit & Purchase Awards - Fine Art Show
  • $1800 cash Merit Awards - Four Rivers Craft Show
  • Children's "First Treasures, Art for Young Collectors" purchase program
  • Outstanding organization 
  • Reasonable booth fees and jury fee
  • Exceptional show layout
  • Access to discounted lodging
  • 24-hour security 
  • Great artist amenities: booth sitters, water/tea/coffee brought to booth, assistance with unload and loading, artists' reception, artists' breakfast, free reserved parking within the event for access
  • Presented with an arts-based mission by the acclaimed Salina Arts & Humanities 
  • Both show applications may be downloaded from the festival website and mailed or accessed through zapplication online. 

Celebrating Artists, Celebrating Excellence!

The first breath of summer marks the arrival of the highly anticipated and award winning Smoky Hill River Festival, one of the top festivals in the Central United States and Kansas' finest!  The dynamic cultural life of Salina has been celebrated at the Festival for now approaching 36 years, drawing people together to commemorate this place - through art, artistry and artists - and through the joy of marking time with one another.  Sponsored by the Salina Arts & Humanities, the Festival honors its Mission - to change lives and build community through the power of the arts.  The mission becomes reality in its evident commitment to quality, education, and exchange.

The Festival presents a sophisticated palette of events: exceptional fine art and contemporary craft, art installations, superb entertainment, and interactive arts experiences for all ages.  Salina is widely acknowledged as an Outstanding Arts Community...where recognition at national levels is a frequent occurrence within its remarkable array of established cultural organizations and offerings...where art and culture are a $23 million industry annually.  A model in its rich cultural landscape, Salina is a vibrant example of a community that grows, thrives and reaches for the future, through the arts.

Community ownership is exemplified in the commitment of over 2,000 enthusiastic volunteers and an extensive base of financial support.  75,000 attendees enjoy the artistic excellence and outstanding hospitality which continue to define the event.  A thriving Art Patron Program boasts over $130,000 in purchases.

We welcome your application to the Fine Art Show (90 exhibitors) and Four Rivers Craft Show (50 exhibitors).  These two outstanding venues are highly acclaimed among artists for incredible organization, quality of exhibition, artist hospitality, sales promotion, and community support.  The Festival has earned a stellar reputation as an award winning and well juried visual arts venue.  Both shows are recognized by many artists' resource publications online and in print, including ArtFair SourceBook, The Crafts Report, and Sunshine Artist, with extensive statewide and regional marketing.

Experience a "pleasant surprise" - the unmistakable spirit of the Smoky Hill River Festival - a genuine Festival of the Arts!

THE FESTIVAL MISSION:  To celebrate the arts and this community through a festival accessible to anyone - physically, psychologically, and economically.

DEADLINE:  February 25, 2012

NOTIFICATION:  March 23, 2012

BOOTH FEE DUE:  April 25, 2012


Karla Prickett, Director

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