How to Apply
About the 2017 Saratoga Rotary Art Show
The 60th Annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show, Silicon Valley’s premier fine art and contemporary craft show takes place the second weekend in May at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. Situated in Santa Clara County, Saratoga and its neighbor Los Gatos rank in the top 100 wealthiest zip codes in the US; Saratoga has the highest median income in the nation.
In 2015 responding to feedback from our artists we expanded from to a 2-day show and halved the artists commission from 20% to 10%. This year, 2017, the commission will be 10% of the total sales over $1,000.
We continue to make enhancements based on artist feedback. Our multipage catalogue features artist thumbnails and a map of artist locations; our interactive web site guides visitors around the show while they enjoy a range of excellent food, fine wines and craft beer. In addition there will be music, the always popular strawberry smoothies and –of course-exceptional art. The ambiance is enhanced by a return to the grass, narrower rows, and multiple seating with shade umbrellas. Our renowned artist support continues to be the talk of the town!
Our updated website is clean, modern and designed to work as well on desktops as it does on smart phones. The interactive artists’ listings enabled visitors to browse for artists by name, row and medium; and will provide an ongoing resource for art lovers, and publicity for participating artists, for a full year – until next year’s show.
The art show is highly publicized through ads in the surrounding community newspapers for several weeks prior to the show. Twenty-nine thousand 20-24 page color catalogs will be inserted in local newspapers the week before the show. A bonus will be Bay Area News Group’s 65,000-targeted emails to readers interested in local events. Social media sites, including Nextdoor and Facebook, will be abuzz with Art Show news with organic postings and paid ads.
Artists are invited to submit an application. Spaces are 10’x10’. If accepted, there will be a $25 application fee, plus a space cost of $325 if paid before February 20, 2017. After February 20th, the space cost fee will be $365. The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch both days. Artists will be responsible for all their own sales and sales tax, with 10% commission on total sales over $1,000 paid at the end of the show to a representative of the Saratoga Rotary club. The sales tax in Saratoga is 9.0%. Sales tax should not be included in the total sales when calculating the 10% commission.
Special end of row spaces are available for $75 on a first come first served basis. Select “GUARANTEED CORNER” when applying to be considered for one of these limited time locations. There is limited security provided on Saturday night only. No Friday night security for those wishing to set up Friday, RV and large trailer parking is available.
Apply at Festival Productions (Now open)
This link will take you to Festival Productions who manage the artists applications for the show. If you have not previously registered with Festival Productions, click “Create New Account” to enter your contact information. Once registered you will be able apply for the 2017 Saratoga Fine Arts Show, May 6 and 7.