The Orange County Arts Commission serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. We have been the Designated County Partner (DCP) of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985 and are responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

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Orange County LocalFest

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Blackwood Farm Park | Hillsborough, NC


Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday August 10, 2018, Midnight EST 

Notifications emailed: No later than Monday, August 20

Fees due: Monday, September 10

Event Summary

In its inaugural year, Orange County LocalFest will offer a diverse, family-friendly festival that celebrates and promotes local food, local music, the local economy, and the county’s heritage and culture. LocalFest is sponsored by Orange County Government and is free to attend. Live music, cooking demonstrations, local artists and crafters, and educational and kids’ activities will highlight the daylong event.

While artist booth fees will benefit the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), profits generated by the event will support the Breeze Farm Incubator. This farm provides a place for aspiring farmers who don’t have access to the land or equipment required to farm and is creating new local farm businesses.  

General Information

The artist exhibit area of LocalFest will be coordinated by the OCAC and will be a juried showcase of high-quality fine art and crafts. All artists must submit an online application with images to be considered. If accepted, a $50 booth fee will be required. Artists residing in Orange County and members of the Orange County Artists Guild will be given preference, but artists within a 50-mile radius of Orange County are encouraged to apply. Preference will also be given to artists able and willing to demonstrate their craft on-site for the public.

LocalFest will be promoted Triangle-wide through local media outlets and through partners including the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. As a participating artist, you will be featured on the Orange County Arts Commission website (, the LocalFest website ( and LocalFest and Orange County Arts Commission social media pages.

Fees and Venue Information: 

Festival location: Blackwood Farm Park, Hillsborough
Public Admission: Free
Public Parking: Public shuttle service will run continuously to and from the festival site
Single Booth Fee: 10' x 10' booth space: $50
Double Booth Fee: 20' x 20' booth space: $100
Load In: Load –in will begin at 7am on Saturday, Septmber 29. Temporary parking at vendor space while loading in will be permitted. Vendor parking will be located on-site.
Electricity: Available for $25 fee (with advance reservations/payment)
Security: Police will be on-site during the day 

Allowed Mediums:

Clay: All original clay and porcelain art objects other than jewelry, whether functional or decorative, are accepted in this category. Work must be made by hand-shaping and then firing. No work that uses commercial casts or molds, is machine-made or mass produced is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed. 

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category. 

Drawing: Original works created using dry media, including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc., or from the fluid media of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category. 

Fiber/Leather: Original work crafted from fibers, including basketry, batik, embroidery, leatherwork, painted fabric, papermaking, quilting, soft sculpture, tapestry, and weaving. This category includes both wearable and decorative art. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited. 

Furniture: Original, hand-made, decorative or functional furniture of any material. No reproductions or kits permitted. This category excludes ready-made furniture which has been decorated or altered. 

Glass: Original design, functional or decorative glass works that are kiln-formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting may be entered. No forms of mass production are permitted. 

Jewelry: All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials, must be entered in this category and both designed and hand-made by the artist. Beads used in jewelry-making must be fabricated by the artist. There are only two exemptions to this rule: 1. If the beads are not made by the artist, they must clearly play a subordinate role in the finished piece; and 2. The requirement that beads must be made by the artist does not apply in the technique known as bead weaving; however, commercial bead weaving kits are not permitted. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted. 

Mixed Media (2D & 3D): Two or three dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce a single, original work of art. Garden art, folk art and floral artists may apply to this category. Food, lotions, soaps and candles are not accepted in the Artist Exhibit area, but may be permitted in another LocalFest exhibit space. Contact festival planner Evan Hatch for more information at  

Painting: Original creations using wet media, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paints, applied on a flat surface, such as a canvas or board. Excludes henna art and face painting.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by the artist, or under his or her direct supervision. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. 

Printmaking: Prints hand-pulled by artists using traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions of no more than 250 from an original image created by the artist. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Prints must be matted and displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand. 

Sculpture: Original, non-functional, three-dimensional work of any material. 

Wood: Original works in wood, excluding furniture and sculpture, that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. Wooden toys and puzzles should be submitted under this category


APPLICATION PROCESS: All artists who wish to participate in LocalFest 2018 must submit this online application with images by the deadline. Accepted artists will be notified by Monday, August 20. Accepted artists will be required to pay a $50 nonrefundable booth fee, and booth assignment preference will be assigned based on the time of fee payment. Electronic payment is preferable; however, if the applicant elects to pay by check, checks should be made out to the Orange County Arts Commission and mailed to 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC, 27278. 

Artists working in more than one medium are welcome to submit applications for each body of work. Artists are limited a maximum of three applications. For each application, artists are required to submit four images of their work, including one photograph of their booth display.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applicants will be judged by a panel of jurors and scored by media category. Artists with the highest scores within each media category will be admitted. Admissions will be made based on jury score and media category keeping in mind that the show must remain balanced among media categories.

Orange County is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, gender preference, marital status, or political affiliation in all programming and employment. LocalFest is committed to providing equal access for all visitors and participants. Those unable to comply with the application requirements listed above because of a disability should contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919-245-2335.

RAINOUT PROCEDURE: LocalFest is a “rain or shine” event. Artists should be prepared to exhibit in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the Festival Committee will consider hazards and needs of participants in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or an artist’s decision not to participate. Should an artist choose to leave before the end of the festival has been declared, future participation in LocalFest may be jeopardized. 

SECURITY: Artists are required to have representation at their booth at all times. While there will be uniformed site security during LocalFest, Orange County nor the OCAC are responsible for any artwork, supplies, tents, or other items left unattended in your booth or on festival grounds.


  • LocalFest will provide one 6’ banquet table and two folding chairs per booth space. Artists are responsible for their tent as well as all display and exhibit materials. Tent weights are required; stakes are not permitted. Non-weighted tents will not be allowed.
  • Booth displays may not include "sale" signs, signage that extends beyond the footprint of the booth, or signage that is otherwise obtrusive to surrounding artists. All signage must be professional in appearance. Handwritten signs are permitted as long as they meet these standards.
  • All accepted artists are required to display an Artist Statement in their booth as an educational tool for festival visitors. This should be no longer than 250 words and should include an explanation of the process(es) used to create the applicant’s art.
  • Participating artists are required to stay throughout the entire event. Early break-down is not allowed.  
Orange County Arts Commission