Call For Entry – November 15 to January 30

Kings Mountain Art Fair is pleased to offer our artists the ability to submit applications online! Please read the Art Work Criteria and application fees before applying.

General

Dan & Joi LaChaussee
Dan & Joi LaChaussee
2007-2016
The Kings Mountain Art Fair (KMAF) is a three-day outdoor exhibition held annually Labor Day Weekend in the redwood forest. The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery quality fine arts and fine crafts, giving our customers the rare opportunity to meet, interact with, view the works of, and purchase art from the individuals who have created it. Only 135 juried exhibitors are selected each year – you are invited to apply!

KMAF Inc. is a not for profit organization. All proceeds from the Fair are used to support the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade (purchase vehicles, supplies and equipment), the Community Center building (repairs, utilities and insurance), special programs for area youngsters and students at our public school, the publication of the community's newsletter, and to cover the Fair's expenses. KMAF is self-supporting - no public tax dollars or grants are involved. There are no "corporate" sponsors. All Art Fair workers volunteer their time.

Essential details on exhibitor participation follow and should be read carefully prior to application. Please note that applications are accepted beginning November 15 and must be received by January 30.

Participation of the artist is required at the Fair. Please do not send a representative in your place. Only works of art created by the artist accepted as an exhibitor at the Art Fair may be displayed or offered for sale. Work exhibited must be comparable in size, style and quality to the work presented in the application accepted by the jury. Works beyond the scope or medium as originally accepted by the jury will be prohibited from exhibition.

Art Work Criteria

Fees

A non-refundable fee of $20.00 must accompany each application. This may be paid online via PayPal or by mailed check made payable to KMAF. If accepted, there is a $100 entry fee and 15% commission on sales. (There will be a charge of $25 for returned checks.) All sales taxes are the responsibility of each artist and a California Seller's Permit is required by the State (800-400-7115 or www.boe.ca.gov).

Spaces

Spaces are at least 10' X 10'. Many can be "free-form" beyond that. There are no "double" spaces available. The redwood forest location prevents us from offering any perfectly level spaces and the terrain can be rough; many spaces can be challenging for setting up a booth. Every attempt is made to be fair about distributing the 138 spaces. Fewer than 50% of the spaces have adjacent space for unloading/loading vehicles. There is no electricity and generators are not allowed.

Different categories may not be combined in the same booth. Paintings and such display best on A-frames. Individual booth assignments are made to create an appealing mix of mediums and in consideration of the character of the work to be exhibited. Assignments are at the sole discretion of the Art Fair and are not interchangeable. While KMAF attempts to honor specific space location requests, no guarantees can be made.

Jima & Carly Abbott
Jima & Carly Abbott
1971 - 2016
Artist Selection is managed each year through a jury process. The exception to this process is the prior year’s participants whose sales fell in the upper 25%. Those artists are automatically invited to return. Artwork is juried/accepted in the categories described below. These labels aid us in balancing the show. Please indicate which label best suits your work. If you are unsure, the ultimate use of the item will determine its category.

Our waiting list is made up of artists who have gone through the jury process. This is the only way an artist can be placed on the waiting list. Artists are selected from the list to replace cancellations based upon category and location of booth space.

Helpful Hints

The weather at the Fair can be unpredictable. Situated outdoors in the redwoods at approximately 2,250 feet elevation in the Coastal Mountain Range, we may experience coastal fog and strong fog drip under the redwoods - bring something to cover yourself and your art. On the other hand, it can be quite warm. Should this occur, watering cans will be available to keep the dust down. In any weather, the show will go on!

The most convenient overnight accommodations are located in San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont and Half Moon Bay. Portola State Park is within 45 minutes of the Fair.

Camping overnight on the Fair grounds is permitted. Since Kings Mountain is in a forest fire hazard area, open fires are prohibited. Chemical toilets and a wash area with running cold water are available. There are no kitchen or shower facilities.

The Art Fair offers breakfast and lunch prepared and served in a separate area by volunteers to customers, artists and volunteers. There are no commercial food vendors. There are also three restaurants near the Fair.

Categories

Please note: per the Art Work criteria policy, no forms of mass production are permitted in any category. Different categories may not be combined in the same booth.

Ceramics
All original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry, is accepted in this category.

Clothing and Accessories
Wearing apparel is accepted in this category, including hand-woven or handsewn clothing, hand-screened or hand-painted by the artist ready-made clothing. No machine tooling or machine-screened patterns are permitted.

Glass

Jewelry
All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, plastic, or other materials, must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Leather

Miscellaneous
Any work that doesn't fit the description of any other category is considered "miscellaneous." If your medium is recorded music, it may be presented at the Fair only through headphones and/or live performance. There is no stage/performance area. Food items are not accepted.

Painting/Artist
Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. fall into this category. Also included are works created using dry medium including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush; serigraphs, lithographs, offset lithographs, and etchings of limited edition prints signed and numbered within reasonably sized editions executed in processes involving four-color separation, acid free ink, archival paper, and/or hand work by the artist. Printmakers are strongly encouraged to do their own printing.

Photography
Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative and that have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are strongly encouraged to do their own printing.

Sculpture
Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built-up works in wood, is included in this category.

Textile/Fiber
All work crafted from fibers including basketry, batiks, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, and papermaking are included in this category. No machine tooling or machine-screened patterns are permitted.

Wood
Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned, or carved are accepted in this category.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online.

Applications accepted only between November 15 and January 30.
  1. Must be accompanied by five or more images of your work and an image of your booth set up at a fair. Applications without a booth photo will NOT be accepted. Image format: jpg or gif; 50kb-5mb, minimum 500 px wide. Please orient your images correctly. (Once in the entry form, click “see jury view” to preview.)
  2. Must include a description of your art form, technique and process. Please define terms to give the jury a common language with which to work. A resume of recent shows is also required. Please note the price range of your art.
  3. Must include a $20.00 (check or PayPal) non-refundable jury fee.
  4. Must be received by January 30.
You will be notified by April 15 of acceptance or non-acceptance. The judges will also select the alternates for our waiting list. Alternates will receive a notice to this effect.

If you have difficulty with the application process, please contact kmafsecty@aol.com or call (650) 851-2710.