This year Yorktown Art Stroll show and sale will take place Sunday, September 24th from 11am to 6pm.
Freight Shed, 331 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690
Take a walk through the imagination of local artists! The Riverwalk Landing businesses, specialty shops, restaurants and the Freight Shed located on the Yorktown waterfront will be filled with unique art works from a range of art mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, glass, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, painted furniture, fiber art, handmade soap and wood work will be represented. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the artist and enjoy talking with them or sit and watch as some of them demonstrate their work. In addition, Yorktown restaurants will feature lunch and supper specials. The Art Stroll show and sale is sponsored by the Yorktown Arts Foundation, York County and through special funding from the Yorktown Arts Commission.
Visitors from all over the globe visit Historic Yorktown, Virginia. Rich in history and architecture, nary a sole leaves unsatisfied for what our area has to offer. Many visitors return to participate in historical reenactments, visit the battlefields, witness the inspiring calling of the Yorktown Fife and Drums, and have their picture taken at Victory monument. As Yorktown reaps with history, the many events which take place on Riverwalk Landing have history as well. The Yorktown Art Stroll is one such event, Terry Buntrock, Arts Director for Williamsburg/James City County gave this event its founding name in 2011 during a meeting held in the old courthouse in Yorktown. York County had dedicated September as “Arts Month”. Kathleen Wahl, President of Yorktown Arts Foundation (YAF), in coordination with Kristi Olsen, York County Tourism began collaborating with county representatives, business owners, and marketing/advertising representatives for this first time event to get underway after the meeting with county officials at the courthouse.
The goals for this event were multiple: to carry out the mission of the YAF in supporting local artists, and the sale of their work, provide support to other venues during Art Month (i.e. Virginia Symphony), and support local businesses along Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. This first time event resulted in a blending of local businesses, tourism and art. The Yorktown River is the backdrop for the Art Stroll, which is in its sixth year. Despite the hustle and bustle of the construction around us this event exudes small town America. People leisurely stroll about shopping and talking to the artists which are located in the Freight Shed, local businesses and alcoves along Water Street in Yorktown.
From its inception, Kathleen Wahl has tried to maintain a personal relationship with each artist. Yorktown Arts Foundation needs volunteers to help artists, load and unload vehicles, provide water/snacks to artists, and even enough volunteers to relieve artists to stretch their legs. Many artists have found this personal experience to be beneficial, in conjunction with the nominal fee to participate in this event. This year Art Stroll is September 24, from 11-6 p.m. There will be a lot of artists nestled in and around Riverwalk Landing, as well as entertainment for your enjoyment. We hope you can join us.
As the future of the Art Stroll moves forward the Yorktown Arts Foundation hopes to move events up to historic Main Street as well. If you would like to be a part of the future of Yorktown Art Stroll show and sale, please email us or contact us at (757)369-1108.
If you are a new artist to the Art Stroll show and sale or a previous artist working in a new medium, please submit 3 photos of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them with your application and the signed contract.
Booth Space or equivalent to a 10’ x 10’ area will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No tables, displays, or chairs will be provided. There are only single spaces available for inside the Shed and shops. The Freight Shed Tent, Water Street and Chischiak Green can accommodate double spaces. Space assignments will be emailed to artists no later than September 10, 2017.
Single or Double spaces:
Please make checks payable to the Yorktown Arts Foundation. Mail your registration fee, application, and signed contract to this address: Yorktown Arts Foundation (Attn: Tanya Gillis), PO BOX 657, Yorktown, VA 23690. All items must be received by August 1, 2017.
The non-member fee includes $40 for a one-year membership in the Yorktown Arts Foundation.
Sunday, September 24th from 7:30 am to 10:30 am, break down times 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. All exhibitors need to stay to the end of the Stroll.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Yorktown Art Stroll,
Tanya Gillis, Art Stroll Chair, Yorktown Arts Foundation