35th ANNUAL PELHAM ART FESTIVAL IN-PERSON May 6 to 8, 2022

At Meridian Community Centre Accipiter Arena
Plus Arena Booth Map, Artist Booth Lighting
and Booth Setup Guidelines

Important Dates!!!

35th Pelham Art Festival

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
New March 21, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 18, 2022 - Final day to cancel your participation for a refund – There will be a $25.00 non-refundable application handling fee
May 6-8, 2022 - 35th Pelham Art Festival at Meridian Community Centre Opens

Pelham Art Festival Online

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
New March 21, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 18, 2022 - Final day to cancel your participation for a refund – There will be a $25.00 non-refundable application handling fee
May 4, 2022 – Pelham Art Festival Online Opens

 

Commitment to Artists for 35 years!

The Pelham Art Festival Committee is preparing for the 35th Annual Mother’s Day weekend Festival from May 6 to 8, 2022, provided it will be prudent to do so. Due to the ongoing unpredictability of COVID-19, the PAF Committee will make every effort to find a safe way for artists and artisans to promote and sell artwork.

We expect to find a way to make the 35th Annual Mother’s Day weekend Pelham Art Festival a special event for visitors, art lovers, and collectors to enjoy beautiful art and purchase fine art pieces. Join us at Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Ontario Niagara Region.

We invite individual artists and artisans to apply to participate in the juried 35th Pelham Art Festival in 2022, beginning January 1, 2022. Pelham Art Festival is recognized as one of the premier spring Art Festivals in Ontario, hosting nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists and welcoming thousands of visitors to the Festival every year.

Collectively our visitors spend over $50,000 annually on buying art, contributing to the economic prosperity of our participating artists and the cultural vibrancy of Pelham.

2022 Festival Will Look Different:

Normally, over 60 juried established and emerging fine art artists and artisans working in an array of disciplines come together annually to showcase and sell work directly to the public. In 2022, the in-person Festival will host fewer artists in order to ensure social distancing in the booth layout and safety for all, should Niagara Region Public Health rules allow the Festival to be mounted. Regardless, together with our committed and generous community of donors, we will celebrate artistic excellence and our artists’ entrepreneurial spirit! Artists will participate with the same overall intention to raise funds to donate to the Pelham Library System, art scholarships and community art projects. Join us for the exciting 2022 in-person Festival and our new Pelham Art Festival Online e-commerce venue!

If PAF in-person is allowed to happen in May of 2022, it will be a modified version of our regular show, depending on what Niagara Region Public Health regulations allow in May. Stay tuned for announcements in April 2022 as the details unfold.

Artists will have the choice to sell their work at the in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival at the Meridian Community Centre, or at Pelham Art Festival Online, or BOTH!
If BOTH Festivals are applied for there's no cost for the Online Festival. Online artists' galleries of artwork remain online for a year until May 2023.

Who Can Apply?

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, wood creations, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Artists are encouraged to submit original artworks created within the last three years. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

The Pelham Art Festival provides a welcoming place for all artists and art enthusiastsand we are committed to equity and inclusion.

You can choose to join us for Pelham Art Festivals from anywhere in Canada and beyond. Sell artworks, tap into the exponentially expanding Southern Ontario and Niagara Region art market, and participate in our Online Festivals safely from the comfort of your home.

If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada. Our recommendation for International artists is to apply for Pelham Art Festival Online.

All submissions will be juried. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artwork submitted for the in-person festival must be for sale. The application handling fee is non-refundable.

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Please see our Guidelines for more information. Artwork in the photography category must be of signed, numbered limited edition prints, with a series of each image limited to a total of 25 or fewer.
Once you've declared the limited edition status of an image, you are expected to follow through anywhere you show that work.

Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display.

All works must be hand-made by the artist. Machine-made or mass-produced works are not permitted and will result in an automatic disqualification.

Please read our Reproduction Policy information carefully before an application is submitted.

Since the Festival is a fundraising event, the Festival Committee reserves the right to jury returning artists who consistently experience little to no sales to offer the opportunity for new artists to display and sell their work. In such an event, the request to return will be held on a waitlist in order of receipt after the new artist applications have been juried after April 1, 2022.

What Do Artists Have To Say?  

PAF is proud to have hosted many renowned Canadian artists such as Robert Amirault, Janny Fraser, Linda Kemp, George Langbroek, Doug Mays, Sonja Mortimer, Edward Spera, Josh Tiessen and Steve Wilson to name a few.

Artists agree Pelham Art Festival is a successful, professional, well-organized event. Many artists come back year after year saying that they enjoy the Festival, comment on the warm, friendly, ambience that is unique to Niagara and appreciate our volunteer assistance.

Participation in the Festival Includes:

  • Artists are provided with Pelham Art Festival label tags for artwork; Artist Name Badges; Assistant Name Badges; Artist Name and Booth Number Signage, and artists may choose to print PAF artwork label tags on business card sheets in advance by emailing [email protected]. A special tag to identify art entries for the Featured Theme of the Year, "Beauty in Niagara", will also be enclosed.
  • Volunteer assistant lunch break booth-sitters for artists and when breaks are needed.

Why apply to PAF?

  • Be a part of the art community: We are committed to the artists who participate in Pelham Art Festival and as such, want to assure you that a strong social media, digital and ad campaign will be implemented before and during the Festival to help attract attention to both Pelham Art Festival and Online Festivals.
  • Participate in training: We offer artists the opportunity to learn how to provide good quality images to promote work for Online Festivals and Pelham Art Festival through extra training and support as needed. 
  • Grow your network for Pelham Art Festival and Online FestivalsPAF is a well-respected Festival where many artists return year after year saying they love the atmosphere and feel warmly welcomed. Every effort will be made to help you promote and sell your artwork and for art lovers to see and purchase pieces through both Pelham Art Festival at Meridian Community Centre and Pelham Art Festival Online.
  • Online sales experience: Showcase your artworks in our Online Festival on our user-friendly e-commerce platform where artists and artisans showcase artwork year-round until May 2023.
  • In-person and Online Festivals:

  • We welcome: 2500+ visitors in-person, and our online Festival, 5,300+ visitors.
  • We offer a successful and comprehensive marketing campaign:
  • Ongoing professional development: Dedicated support and guidance from our team through application workshops, juried art, and social media workshops (how to grow your digital outreach and social media skills).
  • Free Pelham Art Festival and online resources and support: Assistance and troubleshooting for your artist and product pages, training, instructional videos, volunteers to assist you in setting up your PAF booth display and comprehensive artist information is available.
  • We welcome: 2500+ visitors to the In-person Festival, and our online Festival, 5,300+ visitors.
  • And so much more!

The 2022 Theme Challenge:

  • Visitors to the 35th Pelham Art Festival and Pelham Art Festival Online will be treated to artwork specially created for this year's theme challenge: Pelham Art Festival creates a Theme Challenge every year. When artists are successful in the jury process it is your choice to participate with one artwork in the Theme Challenge. As part of their collection, artists have been invited to create one artwork to celebrate 'Beauty in Niagara', representing a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region. These artworks will be featured in a special online Curated Collection and visitors to Pelham Art Festival in the Meridian Community Centre will vote for their favourite theme artwork. A People's Choice award will be presented to the winning artist on Mother's Day weekend at the Festival.
  • Theme Challenge for the Mother's Day weekend Pelham Art Festival:
  • Artists and artisans successful in the jurying process are invited to create one artwork to celebrate "Beauty in Niagara" that represents a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region. 
  • Artists and artisans, email [email protected]m with your Beauty in Niagara artwork title for a tag to identify your art entry. The tag will be enclosed in your Artist Information package when you arrive at the Accipiter Arena in Fonthill's Meridian Community Centre. 
  • Visitors to the Festival will vote for their favourite theme artwork and a People's Choice award will be presented to the winning artist.
  • Theme Challenge Online Festival:  Artists and Artisans must include 'Beauty in Niagara' in the artwork title when filling out the form for your theme challenge piece after it's uploaded into your gallery. eg) Beauty in Niagara - Balls Falls. It will be identified by the title for a specially curated collection featuring selected artworks from all the theme challenge submissions. 
  • Artists should also choose 'Beauty in Niagara' in the Subjects dropdown menu when filling in the form for the 2022 theme challenge so it can be identified by the site search engine.
  • NB: Only one artwork in your gallery should be assigned this subject designation if you participate in the theme challenge. This enables the curator to find your theme challenge work for consideration. Visitors will be invited to view the 'Beauty in Niagara' Curated Collection when it is presented during Pelham Art Festival Online.

A guide to local restaurants is included with the directions to the Meridian Community Centre for PAF 35 artists, and some helpful accommodations including local restaurants for artists who may travel from a distance have been arranged. Please state that you are with the Pelham Art Festival when contact is made.

How Do I Apply?

All applications are submitted through our online e-commerce platform at PAF’s website. 

Please read our Instructions for an Online Account and Profile for information on how to apply for an online application for the jury.

 Artists fill in your name, address – mailing information (very important), email contact, biography and description – no artist name included, and only skip the banner image, profile photo, and social media accounts, for now. Those are not available to the jury and during online Festivals, only become publicly visible if your application is successful. Please check spam and junk folders if you have not received an email confirmation. When new artists are accepted by the jury payment is due. There will be a non-refundable $25 application handling fee.

Please read through our Application Guidelines "How Do I Apply" online and tips to help you submit a successful application.

Why do I have to pay an application fee for the Festival?

Did you know that PAF is a non-for-profit Canadian Art Festival? Your application fee goes towards the processing and administration of your application, and to artist support like application feedback and information sessions, as well as to allowing PAF to continue its’ work in the Canadian arts sector.

A portion of the fees goes towards the setting up of a professional website capable of showcasing your art on a secure e-commerce platform. Your fees also go towards advertising and promotion to create visibility for the Festival for you to sell your work to the public.

It is because of the careful administrative work-time that PAF Committee and jurors dedicate to the Call for Artists that the $25 application-handling fee is non-refundable.

How do I find out if I will be accepted into the Festival?

You will be provided with your application results by email after April 1, 2022. You can also see your results by logging into your Artist Dashboard after April 1, 2022. No phone calls please – results will not be given over the phone. Please check your junk and spam email folders if you have not received your results. All decisions are final. The Pelham Art Festival will not appeal any decisions. To make sure that your results letter does not accidentally end up in your spam folder make sure that you add “[email protected]” to your address book as a safe sender.

Booth Fees

$150.00 corner booth; $225.00 3-panel booth; $225.00 double booth REDUCED for 2022 ONLY, from $300.00
There will be a non-refundable $25 application handling fee.

For a breakdown of participation costs, see our Fees and Deadlines page.

Arena Booth Map & Artist Booth Lighting

Artists with two-dimensional artwork are provided with a minimum of two pegboard panels 8' wide by 6' high hanging horizontally, an 8' x 8' booth, including an artist-supplied table and seating. Artists with three-dimensional work will require stands. Please note the pegboard panels require 1/4" pegboard hooks. "S" hooks will work as well.

Double, Corner and 3 Panel booths are available for 2022:  Although there is a growing demand for additional booth space, in reality, there are a limited number of booth spaces available. The Festival Committee reserves the right to jury all artists who have and are requesting additional booth space to assess the applicant’s need for displaying their work in an additional space. We reserve the right to limit the number of booths available in the event that social distancing rules may continue to require that for greater distance for COVID-19 related precautions.

Do you provide display equipment?

Booths with walls consisting of pegboard sheets (6’x8’) are set up in advance for the in-person Festival. You are responsible for bringing your own hooks, displays, small table and chairs.

Can I build my own booth?

No. The only exceptions are stand-alone jewellery display cases and display supplies for sculptors, ceramicists and glass artists using plinth displays.

Can I leave the artwork in my booth overnight?

YES. Professional security is arranged after hours on Friday and Saturday evenings and overnight. The Pelham Art Festival and the Town of Pelham are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items during the Festival so please insure your artwork. Volunteers and limited carts/dollies are available to assist you in transferring your artwork to and from your vehicle at the beginning and end of each Festival.

Do I need to be present during the festival? What hours am I expected to be at my booth?

Yes, you do need to be present. This is not a gallery festival and clients look forward to meeting the artists. Our mandate is that the artist is present – each artist must set up and manage their booth for the duration of Festival hours. We recommend that you bring a friend, family member, or colleague, to help you over the weekend and to give you a chance to take a break. Festival volunteer booth-minders are available to assist you when you need to take a short break.

The public hours of the Festival are:
Friday Opening, 7pm - 10pm
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 10am - 5pm

How do I process payments?

You are responsible for bringing your own preferred payment processing system (Square, etc.) We recommend using your own secure hot spot for payment processing and other needs. Many artists bring petty cash for cash transactions.

A 15% Commission on Total Sales (excluding taxes) in cash or by cheque is accepted at the conclusion of the show at 5:00 PM on Sunday. If an artwork is sold after the show as a result of contact made with the buyer at the show, the Festival Committee requests that the 15% commission be forwarded to the Treasurer; Els Swart ([email protected])

If an artist wishes to cancel their application for any reason, the Pelham Art Festival requires written notification on or before April 18, 2022, so a refund minus a non-refundable $25 application fee can be made to you. If the request for cancellation is made less than three weeks before the show every effort will be made to fill the space with an artist from the waitlist and a refund will be issued to you if the booth can be filled.

Can I only sell the work I submitted in my application?

You may sell more. The images you submit in your application should be consistent with the type of work you intend to show at the Festival. They do not have to be the exact same artworks. You should only be showing works relevant to the category/medium you are selected for.

Am I allowed to sell artist cards or prints at the Festival?

YES. Artists are allowed to sell artist cards and prints at Pelham Art Festival.

Please refer to our Reproduction Policy for full details.

What is the Artist Code of Conduct?

The Artist Code of Conduct is a section of the Liability and Code of Conduct Agreement. All artists must agree to it as part of their participation at the Pelham Art Festival.

 

ARENA BOOTH MAP

KEY– Corner Booths C – Double Booths D – Extended 3-Panel Booths E

 

 

PLEASE READ OUR BOOTH SETUP GUIDELINES 

FOR IMPORTANT MERIDIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

 

LIGHTING

Artist booth lighting exceeded capacity resulting in sporadic blackouts at Meridian Community Centre, Accipiter Arena during the last Pelham Art Festival. The Meridian Community Centre requires that all lights used by artists are LED, with no exceptions. LED is more efficient and widely available.

Artists are to provide lighting for their booths for the weekend and will be asked to confirm they will be using an LED maximum of 125 watts of lighting at the door. The Town Electrical inspection will be made at approximately 4 PM. We ask that artists have booth lights up by then. All booth lighting will be professionally balanced. We ask that artists do not make changes to their lighting after the Electrical Inspection is completed.

The arena overhead lights will be turned down on Friday Opening Night, and on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours, while entry hallways remain lit. Central electrical panels will be set up for artists to access. Please bring a 100-foot 3-prong extension cord to access the panels, and a step ladder to place lighting on pegboard tops. Artists are asked to refrain from directly drilling into booth pegboards, and to remove tape, sticky tack, staples, etc. from the pegboards when the Festival ends.

 

 

Where Do I Find Support?

Admin support will be available for you if you need it through [email protected]
Please state the title of your question in the heading of your email so your question will be forwarded to the person who can help you. 
with the subject line: PAF 2021 Photographing Your Art for the Online Gallery + Your Name 
with the subject line: PAF 2021 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with the subject line: ‚ÄčPAF 2021 General Support + Your Name

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COVID-19 Safety Measures:

The PAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. Necessarily cancelling the in-person Festival in 2020 and again in 2021, we are hopeful to return to in-person in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.

Pelham Art Festival is a not-for-profit corporation.