May 1 and 2, 2020

Apply as an Artist

Artists and artisans are invited to submit work to be considered for 2020 Arts Gala now through February 29. Exhibit fees are $75 for 3D exhibit booth space, $50 for exhibit wall space, or $100 for both. Artists must be present to conduct sales throughout the weekend.

All artists will be notified as to their status in February, 2020. For questions please contact artsgala@plainfieldlibrary.net.

Attend the Event

The 8th Annual Arts Gala opens with the Starlight Reception on Friday, May 1, from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy fine arts and artisan crafts, live music, food trucks, wine, and craft beers.

The Arts Gala continues on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with various live-artist demonstrations throughout the day. Art can be purchased at any time on Friday and Saturday.

This year we are raising funds to go towards purchasing a Nursing Nook for the library. Nursing Nooks provide mothers and families a clean, private space to nurse.

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For Artists

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is a fine art and artisan sale and fundraiser. This event offers arts and crafts items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place May 1 and 2, 2020 at the library. For more information, email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net.

What do the proceeds go towards?

The proceeds from the 2020 Arts Gala fundraiser will go towards funding a Nursing Nook for the library’s Children’s Room for mothers to pump or nurse in a private, clean space.

How do I apply?

Visit plainfieldlibrary.net/artsgala and click the “Apply” button.

How do you decide which artists to include?

We receive a large number of applicants, and although we wish we could include everyone, we have limited space for Arts Gala. This is a juried fine art show. The Arts Gala Selection Committee reviews each artist’s submission. The selection process includes keeping a balanced offering of fine art mediums, previous artist participation, previous sales, quality of work, etc. We appreciate your understanding, and if you are not selected we encourage you to apply again the next year.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

Artists will be notified in February.

How many pieces of art can I bring?

2D Artwork (anything that hangs on a wall): Each artist will receive a 5’ horizontal by 7’ vertical wall space with fully adjustable suspension system for precise hanging. We recommend artists use wire hangers. This space will accommodate display bins. If you sell any of your 2D artwork during Arts Gala you are welcome to replace it with a similar-sized piece.

3D Artwork: Each 3D artist will have a 2’x5′ table, one white tablecloth, and 6’x7′ floor space. Artwork must fit in this space. Artists who have their own setup for their artwork must send a photo of the layout to ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net by April 17, 2020 for approval. If you sell any of your 3D artwork during Arts Gala you are welcome to replace it with a similar-sized piece.

What do I need to do to prepare my artwork for sale?

2D artists must have the artist’s name, title, and price on the back bottom left corner of the artwork. We recommend artists use wire hangers. 2D artists are responsible for preparing their own title cards. Blank title cards will be available at check-in for artists to hand-write the following information: 

Title of Piece
Medium
Artist Name
Price

3D artists must have visible prices on their merchandise.

What is drop-off like?

What does the art drop-off consist of?

Artists can set up their exhibit space anytime during library hours from Thursday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Once at the library, artists are welcome to pull up to the curb on the north side of the library and use our art carts to bring their artwork upstairs to the second floor art gallery. An elevator is directly to your right when you walk through the sliding doors. You will find your designated exhibit space with your name on it. Go ahead and set up your space, and if you need assistance, you may visit the front desk downstairs.

What's my cut?

Artists will receive 100% of their sales at Arts Gala. Artists are charged an exhibit or booth fee which will go towards funding a Nursing Nook for the library’s Children’s Room.

Do I need to stay with my artwork all weekend?

Yes, artists must be present at Arts Gala to conduct sales through Saturday.

What is the process for picking up my unsold artwork?

All artists are required to take all unsold artwork at the close of Arts Gala at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

What if I have a special question?

Email us! ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net
We are always happy to help.

I would love to do a live demonstration on Saturday or Sunday. How do I sign up?

Awesome! We’d love to have you demonstrate your talents. Email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net for more information.

For Attendees

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is a fine art and artisan sale and fundraiser. This event offers arts and crafts items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place May 1 and 2, 2020 at the library. For more information, email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net.

What do the proceeds go towards?

The proceeds from the 2020 Arts Gala fundraiser will go towards funding a Nursing Nook for the library’s Children’s Room for mothers to pump or nurse in a private, clean space.

What is the Starlight Reception?

The Arts Gala opens with the Starlight Reception  on Friday, May 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. This spectacular event allows visitors to meet the artists and gives them the first opportunity to view and make their purchases from the displayed art.  Attendees will enjoy live music, food trucks, wine, and craft beers.

What should I wear?

Black tie, evening gown, business casual,  jeans, and even shorts.  You will see folks dressed in a variety of attire. The important thing is we want you to be comfortable while enjoying the art and making your purchases.

Can my kids come?

We love kids and want you to bring them to see and buy the exemplary artwork. Children are welcome  throughout the weekend, but please be aware that alcohol is served at the Starlight Reception on Friday, May 1, and anyone under 21 is not permitted by law in the immediate area around the serving stations.

How can I get upcoming Arts Gala information?

Email us at ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net and give us your name, address and phone number and we will add you to our email.

I'm always hungry. Is there food?

We eat a lot here at the library, so never fear!  New this year, at the Starlight Reception there will be a variety of food trucks, an array of  wine, beer, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Will there be alcohol?

Yes, we serve alcohol to those who are at least 21 years of age and who have a valid photo ID. Once we check your ID, you will be issued tickets that you may exchange for drinks at one of our designated serving stations.

Where do I park?

Our parking lot provides ample parking; however, it is a big event so you are welcome to park across the street at the First Baptist Church or on the side streets around the library.

Cash, Check, or Charge?

Accepted methods of payment are up to each artist. Please be prepared with cash, check, or card.

What kinds of art do you have?

You mean what kinds of art DON’T we have, right? All mediums are represented at Arts Gala: Jewelry, Painting, Drawing, Woodworking, Ceramics, Textiles, Artisanal Goods, etc.

I've been to Arts Gala before. Are there new artists?

We like to keep Arts Gala fresh every year. New artists join us, some artists take a break, and others return every year.

For Volunteers

What is Arts Gala?

Arts Gala is a fine art and artisan sale and fundraiser. This event offers arts and crafts items in a variety of styles and media for sale to the public. Arts Gala will take place May 1 and 2, 2020 at the library. For more information, email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net.

What do the proceeds go towards?

The proceeds from the 2020 Arts Gala fundraiser will go towards funding a Nursing Nook for the library’s Children’s Room for mothers to pump or nurse in a private, clean space.

What can I do to help?

There are all kinds of ways to help with the Arts Gala. To get on our Arts Gala Volunteer list, email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Email ArtsGala@plainfieldlibrary.net to get your background check in order and find out more about volunteer positions.

What training should I expect?

Depending on your volunteer assignment, training will be provided. A staff member will also be nearby to help with any questions you may have.

What should I wear?

While we expect all types of dress from attendees, we like to convey a professional image for staff and volunteers working the event, so please dress accordingly. One thing we want you know is to be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Brad Bickel, 2019 Signature Artist

Over the last seven years the Arts Gala fundraiser has:

Sold over $103,000 in local artwork

Raised over $31,000 for library projects

Partnered with over 50 community sponsors

Publicized in over 30 publications

Partnered with over 150 local artists

Drawn over 3,000 attendees  

2019 Signature Artwork

Look back : 2018 Arts Gala

Look back : 2017 Arts Gala

Look back : 2013 Arts Gala