Saluda Business Association in Saluda, NC, Calls for Artists to Participate in the 12th Annual Saluda Arts Festival – Deadline is Mar. 16, 2015

saluda-art-festival-picSaluda Grade painting by Beverly Pickard

The Saluda Business Association in historic downtown Saluda, NC, is calling for artists to participate in the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival, held May 16, 2015, from 10am-4pm. Entry into the is off to a great start with a record number of early entries.

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 12th annual Saluda Arts Festival. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.

Exhibit Fee:  $65
Entry Deadline:  March 16, 2015

Celebrating its 12th year, we are expecting a large number of entries. Some types of work (i.e. jewelry) will be accepted on a limited basis. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.

Cresting at the top of the Saluda Grade, the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad grade in the US, is the quaint town of Saluda where the Foothills end and the Blue Ridge Mountains begins. Visitors experience a  slower pace of life, a warm community spirit, good food, lodging in charming B&B’s, and leisurely strolls among tree-lined streets of lovely Victorian homes. Saluda abounds with natural assets. The art show celebrates Saluda’s art heritage, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of its mountains and waterfalls.

Application Deadline:  Completed applications must be postmarked by March 16, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April.

Entry Guidelines and Application Fees:  All work must be original and current.  A non-refundable exhibit fee of $65 along with 4 copies of printed images of your work must accompany each application payable to the Saluda Business Association, as an option, you may also e-mail the images in jpeg format to (  If your entry is not accepted, your $65 will be refunded.  If you have exhibited and submitted work for the 2014 festival, then it is not necessary to submit images again unless the work you are exhibiting has changed.

Artist Statement:  Please submit a short artist statement (i.e. bio, resume, inspiration) with application.

Exhibit Descriptions:  10 ft. by 10 ft. area in designated areas.  Exhibitor is responsible for exhibit display, equipment and supplies, tables, and signage.  Please prepare a canopy in case of rain. All canopies must be weighted as it is often windy in May. Some exhibit areas may not be level, so plan accordingly. Tobacco and alcohol use is prohibited in exhibit area. We encourage you to exhibit your work in a creative and well maintained booth to meet with the quality standards of Saluda artists exhibiting at the arts festival.

Taxes:  Any applicable sales tax or business permits are the responsibility of exhibitor.

Exhibit Fee:  $65 payable to Saluda Business Association.  Send application and payment to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773.  Exhibit fee is refundable if your work is not accepted.

Cancellations:  An application is a commitment to show.  No refunds are given unless work is not accepted.  Rain or Shine event.

Set Up and Breakdown:  Official hours of the show are 10 to 4.  Set-up time begins at 7am.  Exhibitors will receive instructions one month prior to the show regarding booth number, set up and unloading, contact information of assigned volunteer and general information.  Breakdown is not allowed until after exhibit hours.

For more information about the Saluda Arts Festival please contact Susie Welsh at 828/749-3900 or e-mail to ( or Catherine Ross at 828/749-3534 or e-mail to (


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