Monet Waterlily Arts Festival 2017: Exhibitor Information and Regulations

To apply online, click here.

Located in Ball Ground, Georgia, one hour north of Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens 220 acres of Gardens that welcome visitors from all 50 states as well as around the globe.

The Gardens are featured regularly on national and regional television and in the press. It is also the site for major motion pictures and television series.

Event advertising will include a regional marketing campaign in the greater Atlanta area and surrounding bedroom communities utilizing newspapers, lifestyle and gardening magazines, digital advertising (including social media and e-mail direct marketing) and publicity initiatives.

The Monet Waterlily Arts Festival is designed to provide artists and artisans, who create and execute original work, with a venue to sell their work to a targeted set of customers


  • Overnight security.
  • Vehicle loading and unloading in close proximity to your booth space.
  • Hospitality tent with coffee and refreshments provided daily.
  • Parking information will be included in your artist check-in packet.
  • “Booth Sitters” will be available during event hours.


Friday, September 22
9 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 23
7:00 – 8:30 am

No staking of tents, canopies or panels is permitted. Please come prepared with appropriate weights.

  • No sleeping is permitted overnight on the property.
  • Trailers may be left overnight, at your own risk.
  • No rollerblades, scooters, bicycles, Segway’s or other wheeled personal transportation devices are permitted on Garden property.
  • No pets please.
  • Failure to follow restrictions will result in your disqualification from the show with no refund of your participation fees.


Administrative/Jury Fee: $25
10 X 10 Booth: $200
10 X 20 Booth: $400
Corner Booth: $250


Application Deadline: July 1, 2017
Jury Dates: July 20, 2017
Acceptance Email Notification: July 23, 2017
Acceptance Fees Deposited: July 30, 2017
Full Booth Refund Until: August 15, 2017
Wait List Notifications: August 20, 2017


Artists selected for the wait list may be contacted up until the day before the event.


Cancellations for full booth refunds will be accepted if cancellation notification is received via email by by August 15, 2017. No refunds will be given for cancellations after the deadline date or for no-shows.


Our show is designed for artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. All work displayed MUST be produced by the exhibiting artist or a two-person collaboration team and MUST be consistent with the images submitted. Artists may only exhibit art in the category for which they are accepted.

2D MIXED MEDIA – Two dimensional, wall hung artwork using a combination of two or more distinct media in a collage- type manner.

3D MIXED MEDIA – Original work which uses one or more type of material or medium.

CLAY – Original sculptural, decorative, or functional work in which the primary material used is clay. No machine made or mass produced items. All artwork must be signed by the artist.

DRAWING / GRAPHICS / PRINTMAKING – Original works made with pen, pencil, color pencil, charcoal or traditional printmaking techniques, including etching, engraving, lithography, serigraphy or woodcuts. Combination techniques / collages are also permitted. Original prints must be signed and numbered.

FIBER / LEATHER – Original work created from fibers or leather. Includes basketry, handmade paper, weavings and other artistic, fabric-based work. All work must be designed and sewn by the artist. No commercial, mass produced items are permitted.

GLASS – Original sculptural or decorative work created in glass. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted. All work must be signed by the artist.

JEWELRY – Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, fiber, clay or other materials. No buy/sell, kit or costume jewelry or mass produced items are permitted. Jewelry may be exhibited ONLY if accepted under the jewelry category.

METAL – Original sculptural or decorative items created in metal. They may be painted or unpainted. No commercial or volume production items. All work must be signed by the artist.

PAINTING – OIL / ACRYLIC – Original work created using oil / acrylic or similar materials on canvas, paper or board. Combination techniques / collages of these materials are also permitted.

PAINTING – WATERCOLOR / PASTEL – Original work created using watercolor / pastel or similar materials on canvas, paper or board. Combination techniques / collages of these materials are also permitted.

PHOTOGRAPHY / DIGITAL ART – Original artwork created by the artist / photographer utilizing an SLR or Digital camera, or computer-generated image, and printed with either traditional darkroom, ink-jet or laser printing technologies. No commercial photography is permitted. Original prints must be signed and numbered. Only one framed piece of each image may be hung on the walls of the booth.

WOOD – Original sculptural or decorative work made primarily from wood. Includes hand tooled, carved or machine worked items, with either natural or painted finish. No commercial or volume production items are permitted.


Artists accepted for participation MUST be in attendance during the entire festival. Only one artist may display in a booth unless the work produced is a collaboration of two artists. Both artists must sign the application and be present during entire festival. No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend in place of the artist(s). Work by apprentices or employees is not permitted.

  1. The Festival provides only the ground space for exhibits. Each artist must provide his/her own displays. We require artists to use white top tents of EZ UP quality or better. All tents must be weighted (40 lbs. per tent leg minimum). NO STAKING is PERMITTED.
  2. Two weeks prior to the Festival, artists will be notified of their site location and detailed set-up information.
  3. After unloading, artist vehicles must be moved to designated artist parking. Vehicles will not be permitted to remain in the exhibition space during the Festival, nor may they enter the Festival grounds without the permission of the Arts Festival Coordinator.
  4. Artists shall be responsible for obtaining any required licenses, permits or approvals under state law applicable to his/her activity at the Festival and for paying any taxes, sales taxes, fees or other charges that may be applicable to any artist’s activity at the Festival.
  5. The Festival is a rain or shine event.
  6. The Festival reserves the right to cancel an artist’s contract. The Festival may require the artist to leave the Festival at any time if the artist is in violation of any rules and/or regulations stated herein.
  7. All artist merchandise must be original, handmade and created by the artist. Reproductions must be clearly identified as such. All artwork on display must be available for sale.
  8. Artists may only display work in categories approved in advance by the Jury.
  9. No T-shirts or commercial clothing, posters, commercially manufactured or reproduced products (resale) or any item that employs the use of commercially available molds or patterns are permitted.


By mail: Submit signed application, administrative/jury fee and booth checks (must be separate checks), 5 digital images (including one of your outdoor booth display, four individual art pieces) on a CD or flash drive and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Online or by Email: Submit signed application and email 5 digital images (one of your outdoor booth display and four individual art pieces) to

For those paying by credit card: Contact Carol Skapinetz 770-712-1090 for payment.


As noted above, submit 5 photos (one of your outdoor booth display and four individual art pieces). Submit high resolution digital images of your work on a clearly labeled CD or via Email. Images must be 300dpi, 4” x 6” or larger, in JPEG, TIFF or PNG format. Please include a description of the images with prices. Images may also be emailed. Zapp or JAS images are acceptable.

Accepted artists understand and agree that images of their work may be used by Gibbs Gardens, LLC for the sole purpose of marketing the event.