Yorktown Art Stroll show guidelines

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

Art Stroll show and saleTake a walk through the imagination of local artists! The Riverwalk Landing 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. The Art Stroll show and sale is sponsored by the Yorktown Arts Foundation, York County and through special funding from the Yorktown Arts Commission.

Blending History and Art ~ A brief history of the Yorktown Art Stroll

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 old 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. 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.

Exhibitor Standards

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 yorktownartsfoudation@gmail.com or mail them with your application and the signed contract.

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • All work must be hand crafted by the artist or craftsperson, and the person must be in attendance at the Yorktown Art Stroll
  • All items displayed or sold must fall into “Fine Arts” or “Original Handcrafts” categories
  • No kits and commercially manufactured merchandise, affiliates of companies, imported merchandise, novelty sales items, including balloon, inflatable toys, and anything that is perceived as a weapon, wholesale and retail items
  • All artists are responsible for their own work and space
  • All exhibitors must read, sign, and return a contract and pay entry fee. Yorktown Arts Foundation and York County reserve the right to ensure that all rules of the contract are being followed. Failure to do so will result in termination from this and future events in York County
  • All artist and crafts persons shall be responsible for collecting Virginia sales tax and submission of reports to the Virginia Department of Taxations. No commissions shall be charges on sales

Space availability and assignment

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 spaces:

  • Inside the Freight Shed; provide your own tables
  • Inside a Riverwalk Landing Shop/Business

Single or Double spaces:

  • Inside the Freight Shed Tent; provide your own tables
  • On the pavement part of Water Street; provide your own tent and tables
  • Chischiak Green; provide your own tent and tables

Fees and Deadline

  • On the pavement part of Water Street: $35 members/ $75 non-members
  • Inside the Freight Shed and the Freight Shed Tent: $45 members/$85 non-members
  • Inside a Riverwalk Landing Shop/Business: $40 members/ $70 non-members

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.

Set up Times

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.

Artist Application and Contract

Looking forward to seeing you at the Yorktown Art Stroll,
Tanya Gillis, Art Stroll Chair, Yorktown Arts Foundation