ABOUT ARTQUEST HAYWOOD OPEN STUDIO TOUR
The ArtQuest Haywood Open Studio Tour is a full weekend event that takes place every spring and fall (usually the first weekend in May and the last weekend in October). Haywood County boasts an artist community of over 120 professional artists of all mediums. They are tucked in the nooks and crannies of the county known for the highest average elevation in North Carolina. Many of our artists are members of professional organizations such as the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, Carolina Designer Craftsmen, The Shady Ladies Quilting Group, Blue Ridge Watermedia, and of course, our own Haywood County Arts Council. Our studio tour has been redesigned a few times, and is happy to be back on track providing a biannual 3-day opportunity to meet and visit with artists in their workspace, while rambling through our beautiful area.
Interested in being part of our event? Here are some frequently asked questions about becoming involved. We’d love for you to consider being part.
QUESTIONS ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST PARTICIPANT
(GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ATTENDING AN ARTQUEST TOUR ARE AT THE LOWER PART OF THIS PAGE.)
Who can participate as an exhibiting artist?
ArtQuest is primarily focused on spotlighting artists living and working within Haywood County, North Carolina. This includes the proper towns of Waynesville, Canton, Clyde; and all the neighborhoods inbetween. Visiting artists may participate by individual application approval if they are invited by, and display with, a member artist. Clusters are designed to accomodate artists whose workspace is too remote or not suitable for the general public. All Cluster artists are Member artists and pay the same fees.
What are the differences between a “member artist”, a “visiting artist”, and a “cluster artist”?
Member artist: Artists who live and work in Haywood County are eligible to become member artists. Member artists must complete the standard participation application. Member artists are expected to hold residency in Haywood County for at least 60 continuous days per year. Member artists pay $100. per event and are required to sell at least one ad or sponsorship to help support the ArtQuest advertising budget. Member artists are given an individual page on the ArtQuest website that will remain active as long as their registration stays current. A registration is current from the day the participation fees are paid until 45 days prior to the next ArtQuest Studio Tour. (i.e., March 15 for the May tour, Sept. 15 for the October tour).
Visting artist: Artists who live outside of Haywood County, and who have been invited by member artists to display within the member artists studio location may apply to be a Visiting artist. Visiting artists must complete the standard participation application. They are eligible to have an active individual artist page on the ArtQuest website for up to 4 weeks before, and ending shortly after the studio tour events. Visiting artists pay $150. per event and are not required to contribute to advertising sales. Visiting artists are expected to meet all other requirements of participation. Visiting artists artwork is not juryed. It is expected that the Member artist is vouching for the quality of the work.
Cluster artist: Member artists who live and work in Haywood County, but who do not wish to have the public visit their studio/workspace may choose to be Cluster artists. Cluster artists may arrange their own location agreement with another member artist of a stand-alone studio location. Cluster artists are required to meet the same requirements of Member Artists, and pay the same fees. Cluster artists pay $100. per event and are required to sell at least one ad or sponsorship to help support the ArtQuest advertising budget. Cluster artists are given an individual page on the ArtQuest website that will remain active as long as their registration stays current. A registration is current from the day the participation fees are paid until 45 days prior to the next ArtQuest Studio Tour. (i.e., March 15 for the May tour, Sept. 15 for the October tour).
What is a Cluster location?
* A “Cluster” is a location or tour stop that has more than one artist display/demo during the studio tour weekend.
* A cluster location must be approved by the Director, and all artists displaying within a Cluster must be MEMBER or VISITING artists.
* Cluster locations cannot be more than 25% of the total participatory locations within a given tour event.
* Cluster locations may not have more than 3 artists.
* Cluster artists are expected to demonstrate their art during the tour events as arranged within that studio.
* Cluster artists are expected to fully attend their display during each tour event. (Lunches and break times to be arranged with your studio mates.)
* Cluster locations must be at a ‘stand-alone’ studio (i.e., not 3 tents in a parking lot)
Can I exhibit my work at a local business during the ArtQuest Studio Tour?
The ArtQuest Studio Tour goal is to bring visitors to area artists’ private studios, many of which are located in less-populous, less-traveled parts of the county. In keeping with that spirit, we do not facilitate artist/business arrangements of this type, and encourage a concerned artist to partner with members to show in their studios. Should an artist feel they have special circumstances, please contact the Director at 828/400-3036. Should an artist/business arrangement be accepted, The artist would be considered a “visiting artist”, and the business would be required to purchase a sponsorship of $150. for the respective studio tour event. All sponsorship and artist benefits would apply.
What are the benefits of participation?
The benefits of ArtQuest are contingent to our budget, which is why we ask that each participating artist sell at least one advertising listing. While the budget may fluctuate accordingly, our goal is to provide the following:
* A listing on our group Artists page on the ArtQuest website. A listing consists of name, website URL, image, map to your studio location.
* A full web page with name indexing and including 6 to 8 images plus limited descriptive text. Don’t worry, our webmaster does this for you.
* A personalized entry (name, featured image, work description, and map/Stop #) in our full-color brochure. The brochure will be distributed to regional businesses and welcome centers, and
will be available at the Haywood County Arts Council. It will also be available as a download on our website. (Note: production of the brochure is pending funds availability.)
* Work featured at Gallery 86 for the full month of October (October tour), which can be for sale.
* Participation in the Fall reception for Artquest in October at Gallery 86. (Date to be announced)
* ArtQuest does not take a commission on your sales. For the show at Gallery 86 only, a 40% commission is paid to the Haywood County Arts Council on items sold.
* Benefits from our extensive advertising campaign will drive visitors to your location. This may include WCQS, WNCW, banners, local newspapers and magazines, social media and email newsletters.
What kind of display will I have to have?
The size of your artist display and the quantity of work you have are up to you and your studio mates. If you are in a Cluster, please be cooperative. ArtQuest encourages innovative and attractive staging of your studio workspace. Propanels can block off unsightly areas and provide extra wall space for hanging art. It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and plant a few flowers at the entrance. Create a flow from the doorwary and into your studio…and don’t forget to set up a sales area with the essential sales book and calculator. P.S. don’t forget the NC sales tax….that’s your personal responsibility.
Do I have to be open all three days?
No. You can choose two of the three days, but ArtQuest strongly encourages you to be open all three. This gives the public more time to visit more studios, and one of those on the third day might be yours!
How to become a participating artist:
Complete the information request here. The ArtQuest Director will be in touch with via email or phone.
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