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Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

Application deadline for 2014 has passed

The 57th Annual Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival will take place on
Saturday, August 9th, 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday, August 10th, 10 am to 5 pm

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57th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

Location:
2 miles in Historic Downtown Mystic
Mystic, Connecticut

Phone:860-572-9578
Email:Cherielin@MysticChamber.org Email me!

Application deadline for the 2014 show has passed. Thank you to all artists who have submitted to enter into the show!

Please join us Saturday, August 9th at 6pm to celebrate this year’s festival with a casual yet sophisticated “White Linen Night” cocktail party. The concept for a White Linen event, which originated in New Orleans, is to get the community involved in local arts and out of the house during the long, hot days of summer. The event will take place at the Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street. Music, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual white or cool colors of the summer.

Tickets are $35 each and now available for purchase online at MysticChamber.org or by calling the office at (860) 572-9578. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Information booths during the event.
Proceeds from this event will allow the GMCC to sustain the Mystic Outdoor
Art Festival for years to come.

The annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival will be celebrating its 57th year, Saturday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the streets of historic downtown Mystic, CT. The art festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings 56 years ago. In 1957, Milton Baline and several other local business owners and art lovers proposed that Mystic pattern a festival after the famous Washington Square Festival in New York. That first show featured 105 artists and 500 paintings. Between 4,000 and 6,000 visitors came to admire and purchase art. Today the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival stretches over two miles and is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast. In fifty-five years, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art.
As the years go on, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is keeping its feet firmly planted in the area. Community pride is seen in the donations of time from over 100 volunteers and the donations of money and services from the local businesses. Local non-profit organizations, such as the Mystic Rotary Club, Coastal Masonic Lodge #57 and Boy Scout Troop #76 offer food and drink for sale to raise money for their organizations.

The Children’s Art Park is a great way for you and your children to make some art of your own during the event! Make sure to visit the Mystic River Park on the Stonington side of the river for a variety of activities including face painting, fish prints, bubbles, hula hoops, bean bag toss, funny photo boards and nautical knot tying as well as activities led by area museums and cultural centers.

During the Art Festival, stop by and see the Young Artist Exhibition with over 100 pieces of sea life artwork by local students. These pieces will be displayed along West Main Street on both Saturday and Sunday. Come support these talented young artists!
The show would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. The major sponsors for this year’s event are: Advanced Improvements, Coca Cola of South Eastern New England, Hall Communications Stations Classic 98.7, Roxy 100.9, 97.7 WCTY, and WICH 1310, The Day, Mystic River Press, Chelsea Groton Bank, and Jim Bates Office- Edward Jones Investments. Other sponsors of the festival include: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Washington Trust Company, Katherine Forest Foundation, M.J. Sauchuk, INC., RAD Works, Bank of America, Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Costello's Clam Shack, Grover Insurance, Block, Janney & Pascal, Mercer & Bertsche Architecture & Engineering, Del Bouree Bach, and the Courtyard Gallery.

Volunteer Opportunities Available for Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

The 2014 Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, scheduled for August 9th and 10th, is looking for volunteers to help make the annual festival the best one yet.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our Chamber events. Each year, it is the support and efforts of our generous volunteers that help make the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival a huge success,” said Cherie’lin Toporowski, Events Director for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, producers of the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.

The oldest of its kind in the Northeast, the 57th Mystic Outdoor Art Festival will be held along two miles of streets in Historic Downtown Mystic on the weekend of August 9th and 10th, 2014. There are over 100 positions to be filled to keep the event running smoothly. All volunteers receive a free official art festival t-shirt and are invited to a special gathering in their honor. Volunteers can choose to help with Festival Support Services including Artists set up on Saturday morning or one of three shifts per day in the following areas: Children’s Art Park Area & Art Wall, Artists Hosts, Information Booths and Merchandising.

Available volunteer shifts include:
Saturday morning Set Up: Arrive by 6 am on Saturday morning and work in a specific area helping artists find their spaces and assisting with set up under the direction of Street Captains and Committee Members. There is one shift on Saturday, August 9th from 6am - 10am.

Street Assistants: Be available for any visitor or artist questions throughout the event in their designated area, rest breaks for the artists and depending on the heat delivering drinks to artists and other volunteers. These positions are scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday with three shifts between the hours of 9am - 12:30pm, 12pm - 3:30pm, and 3pm - 6pm. The last shift on Sunday may also help assist with light clean up and breakdown if needed.

Information Booth: Responsible for handling cash and credit card transactions for sales of merchandise including T-shirts and hats. Also available to answer questions and hand out the Official Art Guide which includes important information about show and exhibitors. These positions are scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday with three shifts between the hours of 9am - 12:30pm, 12pm - 3:30pm, and 3pm - 6pm. The last shift on Sunday may also assist in breakdown of tent and/or merchandise if needed.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer for the Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival, please contact Cherie’lin Toporowski at cherielin@mysticchamber.org or (860) 572-9578


The oldest of its kind in the Northeast, the annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival hosted by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 57th year, Saturday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the streets of historic downtown Mystic, CT.

The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings 57 years ago and now stretches over two miles and attracts over 85,000 visitors. In fifty-six years, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art.

General Information
Accepted Media Categories: (chose one that best describes the work you are entering)

Fine Art:

Acrylics
Graphics
Illustration
Mixed Media
Oils
Pastels
Photography
Sculpture
Watercolors


Fine Craft:

Ceramics
Fiber
Glass
Jewelry
Leather
Metal
Wood



Rules/Regulations

All entrants must submit to jury. Prior participation does not guarantee acceptance into this year's show.
Booth space and locations are assigned based on the discretion of the Event Director and prior year's assignments do not guarantee the same location. The use of location is restricted to whom it is assigned.
Applications must be received by April 15, 2014. Applications received after this date will only be reviewed on a space only basis. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after the jury date.
Notifications will be emailed or mailed by April 30, 2014. No notification by telephone will be given prior to this date.
Applications must be received by April 15, 2014 accompanied by a jury fee of $30. Applications received after this date will only be reviewed on a space only basis. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after the jury date.

Notifications of acceptance and invitation to the show will be emailed or mailed by April 30, 2014. No notification by telephone will be given prior to this date.

Artists must accept the invitation accompanied by appropriate booth fees by May 24th, 2014.

Except for a $50 processing fee, the booth fee will be refunded in full if a written cancellation is received by June 15, 2014. Cancellations after this date will NOT be refunded.
Except for a $50 processing fee, the booth fee will be refunded in full if a written cancellation is received by June 15, 2014. Cancellations after this date will NOT be refunded.
All exhibited work must be the original work of the registered and juried artist and craftsman. Original work must constitute 75% of the display, reproductions must be numbered and signed. The Committee will remove exhibits not in compliance, and artists will not be invited back.
No work which has been made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, or prefabricated pieces is allowed.
Work must fit into one of the Media categories on the application to be considered by the jury.
You may not exhibit work purchased from other artists for resale.
Official show time is Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10am to 5pm.
Setup time is from 6am until 10am on Saturday. All setup must be completed by 10am on Saturday. No exceptions.
Absolutely no early setup. Town ordinances require setup after dawn on August 9 and teardown at dusk by August 10. Early breakdown is unacceptable.
Artists are not allowed to break down their booths early on either date without prior permission. Artists who do so will not be invited back for the following year.
Exhibitors may leave their booths intact Saturday night, However, with limited security, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is not responsible for damage or theft.
Exhibitors can not block entrances to businesses and those setting up near churches are urge to accommodate worshipers on Sunday before noon. Do not block access to walkways.
Each participant is preassigned a 10' x10' space. Racks must be able to withstand crowds and winds.
Booths set up in the street must comply with depth restriction per order of the Fire Marshall. Artists must be prepared to straddle the sidewalk.
Due to the nature of a sidewalk show, space and layout is not an exact science. Reference markings in problem areas will be in place.
Compliance with exhibit size limits will be strictly enforced. Nonconforming booths will be removed and/or artists will not be invited back. No artwork may be displayed on the back or sides of the booth.
Electric lights or any other appliances in exhibit area are prohibited.
Official Mystic Outdoor Art Festival credentials and tax ID must be clearly displayed at all times.

​To obtain a number, go to www.ct.gov/drs click on "Businesses" on the left of the page and then click on "Vendors at Flea Markets" at the bottom of the page under "General Information" and follow the instructions. Either fill out the application electronically or send the form to:

State of Connecticut
Department of Revenue Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106

If you do not yet have a tax id number, apply for one and then send in your application indicating that the CT Tax ID number is pending.

Exhibits must be tended to by artists at all times. Committee volunteers are available to provide 15 minute "rest breaks" depending on demand.
Show goes on rain or shine unless the police or fire chief deem it unsafe.
Decisions of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in regard to jury selection, awards and space allocations are final.

2013 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Jury Announces Winning Artists

The 56th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Jury and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this years winning artists. The artists were awarded at the Courtyard Gallery Artist Breakfast on August 11th, 2013. They are as follows, including booth numbers:


Category (Sponsor) Artist Booth
Best In Show (Aquarion Water Company ) Stephen L. Previte 147
Robert Brackman Award (Block, Janney & Pascal, LLC) Paul S. Marra 247
Beonne Beronda Award (Grover Insurance) Angela Hill 177
Marion Tetlow Award (People’s United Bank) Marion Kyff Dodd 248
Milton Baline Award (Bank of America) Robin Frisella 137


Acrylics
1st Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Frank Gee 161
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) John Mansueto 11
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Del-Bourree Bach 12
Honorable Mention Michael Dziomba 61

Graphics
1st Place (Mercer & Bertsche Architecture & Engineering) Marian L. O’Connell 27
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Leo P. Donahue 258A
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Linda Mahoney 179A

Mixed Media
1st Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) John Cheng 21
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Teri Oja 36
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Stephanie Nadolski 35

Oils
1st Place (Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough) Harry Jarman 37
2nd Place (Costello’s Clam Shack) Jihong Shi 65, 66
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Bao Ke 79
Honorable Mention Joseph Grieco 42A


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Pastels
1st Place (Washington Trust Company) Brent Bailer 39
2nd Place (Washington Trust Company) Jennifer Gardner 274
3rd Place (Washington Trust Company) Roxanne Chardon 43

Photography
1st Place Leo Charrette 273
2nd Place Evan Reinheimer 22
3rd Place John Tunney 210
Honorable Mention Nelson Holt 153

Sculpture
1st Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Faye Anderson
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Peter Bowe 254
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Hana Vitek 151

Watercolors
1st Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Eugene B. Smith 47
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Rosalind Oesterle 149
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Tracy Lizotte 30

Crafts
1st Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Douglas Wood C32
2nd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Gabriel Cole C16
3rd Place (Mystic Chamber of Commerce) Joanna Case & Les Olin C2
Teddy Goberis Award for Excellence in Ceramics Austin Zimmer C53
Louise Forest Gibson Prize-Jewelry John Mroczek C23
Mabel Kingsbury Fentress Prize-Wood Thomas Denton C25
Joseph Gualtieri Prize-Textile Lucille Scelfo C48
Alice Clark Hubbard Prize-Metal Matt Johnson C32A



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