Frequently asked questions about the Yarmouth Art Festival

For artists:

Q: What is a “juried show”?  A: Unlike an open show, where any artist can exhibit any works, in a juried show, artists submit pieces for consideration, and the jury selects pieces for the show.

Q: What are the criteria for jurying?  A: Jurors are primarily selecting artwork based on the quality of each piece.  Secondary considerations include the overall mix of subject matter, media, prices and sizes in the show. Jurors gather as a group and strive for consensus on the selected pieces.

Q: Who decides the prices of artwork? A: Each artist decides the price as part of the submission process.

Q: Do I need to have a professional photographer make the digital image of my artwork entry?
 No, but it is very important that the digital image captures the quality of your artwork. Most images submitted to the show are taken by the artists themselves and usually work very well for the jurors. Occasionally, the jurors have been frustrated that they had to pass over artworks because of poor digital images, when good images might have made the difference. Be sure the image is sharp, not tilted or angled, and well lit. Make a number of images and select the one that best represents your artwork.

Q:  Will my chances for selection increase if I enter the maximum 10 pieces?  A. Not necessarily. The jurors are primarily choosing based on quality. However, they are also seeking a diversity of styles, media, genre, subject matter, size and price. In other words, once they have selected a pool of works based on quality, they may winnow the number further with those other criteria.

Q: Do I need to make up a label with the info about the painting such as title, dimensions, medium, price?  A:  No, we create those labels from the information you submit when entering.

Q: I’ll be away during the artwork delivery time (or pickup time). What should I do?
A: This is not unusual, and artists in this situation typically have been able to enlist a friend or fellow artist to help. (There are NO OTHER TIMES when artwork can be dropped off or picked up)

Q: I entered last year. Should I log in with the same account info? 
A: No, you’ll need to create a new account. The system is cleared of all entries and accounts from the prior year before the new year’s “call for entries.”

Q: The rules say artwork must be “ready to hang.” Does that mean it has to be framed? If I bring my artwork and it doesn’t have hanging wire or hook attached, what happens?  
A: Artwork must be ready to hang, with an attached wire or bracket. Pieces do not need to be framed, however. For example, a canvas stretched on a wooden frame can have hanging wire attached.  If your artwork is not ready to hang when you deliver it, you will need to fix it and return. Hanging supplies are not available at the venue.

Q: I submitted 4 images, but when the Show Catalog appeared after jurying, only one showed up as my entry. Does that means only that image was selected for the show? 
A:  That’s correct. The “Show Catalog” is the official (and only) notification of which pieces have been juried into the show.

Q: I tried logging in (after the entries closed) and it wouldn’t let me log in, Why not?
A: The log-in function is only used during the entry process, when artists can enter and edit their submissions. After entries close, the log-in system is shut off and accounts are closed.

For buyers: 

Q: Can I purchase a piece before the show opens?
A: No. Sales begin when the show opens, at 10am Wednesday. We often have people waiting at the door when the show opens, so if there’s a piece you really want, be there!
Q: What kinds of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, checks and major credit cards.

Q: When can I pick up my purchase?
A: The pickup dates and times will be on your receipt. They usually are immediately after the show closes Saturday, and the following Sunday afternoon. The times also are listed on the Rules page of this site.

Q: Do I have to leave my purchase hanging during the show, or can I take it home immediately?  
A: We ask buyers to leave their purchases hanging so others can enjoy the show, but there certainly are cases where a buyer is passing through and can’t return, so this is not a firm rule.