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Call for Artists: Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop

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ArtReach St. Croix is looking for artists to be part of the 2020 Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop, a seasonal showcase of St. Croix Valley artists.

This year, ArtReach St. Croix will be hosting its annual holiday gift gallery in a dual format. First, we will convert our South Galleries and current Gift Gallery at 224 N. 4th Street into a cozy, welcoming holiday shopping experience – complete with social distancing. In addition, the gift gallery inventory will also be available through our online shopping portal we tested out in July.

The ArtReach Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop will feature high quality, well-crafted pieces with price points ranging from impulse buy to signature showpieces. We are looking for pottery, contemporary jewelry, fiber arts, woodworking, printmaking, paintings, glass art, sculpture, music and literary art. Since we will be utilizing a smaller space, we will need to limit the number of artist so we have a mix of various artist mediums and styles.

Consideration for participation in the 2020 ArtReach Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop is limited to artist members of ArtReach St. Croix. Membership starts at $40. If you would like to become a member, please complete a Membership Form online or return one with your Artist Application. If you have any questions or would like to check on your membership status, please call Syndie at 651-439-1465.

We rely on our participating artists to contribute their best work. ArtReach Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop will utilize social media, public relations and other marketing efforts to draw shoppers into the physical and online stores.  

Submit your Artist Application Online

If you would prefer to email your application please use this PDF Application Form (and Membership Form if necessary).

2020 Holiday Gift Gallery and Online Shop Calendar

October 8Call for Artists Posted
October 19 at 11:59pmApplication Deadline
October 23Artists notified of their selection
November 8 & 9Artwork Drop-off
November 12 at 5-8pmHoliday Gift Gallery opens to the public
November 19Online Shop goes live
January 2 at 4pmHoliday Gift Gallery and Online Shop close
January 3 & 4Artwork pick-up

Please note: Artwork drop-off and pick-up will be by appointment to limit the number of people in the gallery at any one time.

Inventory & Commission

Artists who are selected for the Holiday Gift Gallery will receive information regarding the amount of inventory to bring to artwork drop-off. As items sell, individual artists will be notified if we are able to accommodate additional items. Since we will be adding all inventory to the online shop, we will need descriptions and dimensions for all items in addition to the title, medium and price. Artists are encouraged to provide quality images of their artwork to be used with the online shop. ArtReach staff and volunteers will be able to photograph items for any artists who do not feel comfortable with this inventory element.

We know this year has not been easy for many of our artists due to cancelled exhibitions, sales and art fairs. Therefore, we will have reduced the commission rate to 32% for all participating artists. Artists who are able to provide their own inventory photography will have their commission rate reduced to 30%.

ArtReach St. Croix will handle all packaging and shipping of online orders. As always, ArtReach St. Croix will handle the sales tax for all sales during the Holiday Gift Gallery and Online Shop.

Additional Information

Due to the unusual circumstances around staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be asking participating artists to volunteer in the shop this year. We will instead utilize a core group of staff and volunteers to cover the open gallery hours. If you feel that you have a particular skill or resource that would be beneficial to the success of the Holiday Gift Gallery and Online Shop, please let us know.

If you are interested in participating in this holiday event, please submit the application by October 19 at 11:59pm. The application form will ask for a brief description of your work, your price range, four representative images and an artist statement (250 words maximum). Please plan on submitting your work through the online form or by email.

Please be prepared to bring approximately 20 business cards with your artwork on the drop-off date.

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Online Application

If you would prefer to email your application please use this PDF Application Form (and Membership Form if necessary).