Whidbey Island has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to creative people! And for established, professional artists and craftspeople, there are a number of existing shows and venues - from the Whidbey Art Market and Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, to the tour of studios in the Whidbey Art Trail, to the variety of galleries in Langley and elsewhere.
But there aren't many opportunities for emerging creators to showcase their work. So we're creating a market just for them!
Tangible items of sellable quality that are handmade by an artist or craftsperson who lives on Whidbey Island and has not vended at a professional show, been a featured artist at a restaurant or other exhibit, or vended at multiple art/craft markets.
Like any other art show, there is a jury process, but it is primarily to make sure that your items fit the criteria above, and to make sure we don't end up with 10 jewelrymakers or 8 pen & pencil artists who sketch wildlife. We'd like to showcase a wide variety of items! We also want to ensure that you're at a place in your art to move forward with becoming a professional - that lovely difficult time between getting to know your craft and doing it for a living at least part-time.
If this isn't quite where you're at, but you'd still like to vend, sign up for the monthly flea markets where almost anything goes!
This will take place indoors at Greenbank Farm's Barn A. To have the widest variety of art possible, we are restricting vendors to only one space.
Each space is 7x12, and includes an 8' table and two chairs. The vending fee is $50 and includes a feature here on the website and our Facebook page. There is no sales percentage, only the fee for the space. Setup is from 9-10 am, and teardown is 2 to 3 pm. If the barn is available on the 27th, we may be able to do set up space infrastructure ahead of time.
The State of Washington requires a temporary sales tax certificate if you're only selling at 1-2 events a year, and this does include art shows and craft markets. More information can be found at https://dor.wa.gov/open-business/business-types/temporary-businesses.
The organizer will not require a copy of your certificate.
If you have something very large and/or heavy (say, bronze sculptures or concrete garden art), you are welcome to still have a space as long as you can bring something physical of your work with you. From there, you can distribute business cards, flyers, etc.
There is also an option to instead create a feature advertising your work and contact information. It will be posted here from a week prior to the event to the month prior to the next market, and on our Facebook page. Again, any items we feature would have to match the show criteria above. A single picture and up to 250 words is $15.
Use the Contact Us form below to send us more information about what it is you create, and we'll contact you shortly! Decisions will be finalized within 7 days of receipt of pictures and description.