Call for Artists
Demonstration Day, May 7th
The Artisans of Western Mass. is now accepting applications for our Artisan Demonstration Day which will take place on Saturday, May 7th, at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke. This new location is just off exit 15 (Ingleside) of I91. It will be an indoor/outdoor show and will take place rain or shine.
Demonstration Day will be a juried show and all members of the artisan community are encouraged to apply. While we will accept a limited number of non-demonstrating artisans, priority acceptance will be given to those willing to demonstrate how they create their work or demonstrate a portion of their process.
This event hosted by Artisans of WMass, Inc. is one way of fulfilling our mission to educate the public about the quality of handmade and the benefits of purchasing locally made products. It is a way of connecting customers with artisans to demonstrate the care that goes into creating handmade products and why they have more value. We therefore encourage all members of AWM to support this effort and apply.
Electricity will be available inside only. Artists should plan to be demonstrating all day and will be able to set up a small display of finished products for sale in their space. Single booth sizes will depend upon the number of artisans accepted. Inside spaces will be a minimum of 8’x6′. There will also be a limited number of spaces for 10′ x 10′ tents outside.
Applications must be complete and received by Mar 12, 2016. Vendor Application and guidelines are available at:
Booth fees are $50 for demonstrating artisans and $60 for those not demonstrating. Accepted applicants will receive information about paying via Paypal or by check. Payments will be due within 2 weeks after acceptance.
Artisans of WMASS, Inc is tax-exempt non-profit organization which includes collective of artists, hand crafters, business owners, community members, and artisans who live, work, and play right here in Western Massachusetts – including Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties. Our mission is to serve as a cooperative organization educating and collaborating with local communities as we strive to highlight the importance of a vibrant creative culture and emphasize the considerable benefits of buying locally. Our goals are to:
- Nurture a cooperative Organization of artists, artisans, businesses and community members;
- Build creative collaborations within our local communities;
- Educate the public about the benefits of a creative culture and economy;
- Mentor and support local artists and artisans in their work and businesses;
- Develop and create local events for members and the public; and
- Collaborate with other artist and art advocacy groups in Western Massachusetts.
Visit Our Artisans gallery to view the online shops of our talented members. Use our Events Calendar to stay up-to-date on events and craft shows so you can meet us in person. Visit our Creative Education page for opportunities to learn a new creative skill. Get to know us better by following our BLOG. Stay on top of all the latest news and developments by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter. We thank you for supporting local artisans and for buying handmade!