is Muskoka's most popular, largest and longest running outdoor art and craft
show. Exhibitors from Muskoka, Ontario and other regions of Canada display
their work in a beautiful park setting to an anticipated
audience of more than 20,000 people who are enthusiastic and
knowledgeable about the arts. Public admission to the Summer Show is by
north of Toronto, Muskoka is a two-hour drive following Highways 400 and 11.
The most accessible vacation area in Ontario with recreation facilities,
attractions and thousands of lakes, Muskoka has been the traditional
“getaway” destination for cottagers and vacationers for more than a
hundred years. In 2011, the National
Geographic Travelers Magazine picked Muskoka as their number one choice
for their Ten Best Trips of Summer 2011. The
Ontario Business Report, in 2011,
as one of Ontario's top ten historic towns. In
2012, Muskoka was selected as one of the Best in the World Must See Places
by the National Geographic Travelers magazine.
of Ontario’s oldest and largest rural outdoor art and craft shows, the
Summer Show is the major fund-raiser for Muskoka Arts & Crafts, a
not-for-profit, community-based arts organization. Proceeds support
Muskoka Arts & Crafts and its annual programs and events. Muskoka Arts
& Crafts does not receive operational funding from local, provincial or
federal governments. We appreciate the support of the Town of Bracebridge
through the rental of the building that houses our Chapel Gallery.
Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Annie Williams Memorial
50 Santa’s Village Road
must reach the office of Muskoka Arts & Crafts on or before February 28,
2017. It is recommend-ed that you do not wait until the deadline to submit
your application, as it does not leave any time to correct mistakes or
supply missing information. Incomplete or late applications will not be
+ $53.24 HST)
Big MAC Booth
[10’W x10’D] –
Arts & Crafts believes in supporting the next generation of artists by
offering a discount on booth fees. To be eligible, you must be a student,
thirty years of age or younger, currently enrolled full-time at a recognized
post secondary. Only regular sized booths are available to Emerging Young
Artists. You must submit proof of enrollment and age with your application.
reputation of the Summer Show has been built on selecting outstanding and
quality handmade work.
applicant must be the designer and maker of the work represented by his or
her application. Agents or dealers are not eligible. All work must be made
in Canada. If copyright images are used, you must include a copy of the
work produced or sourced by any commercial means will be accepted. Ceramics
from commercial molds are disqualified. Any article in any media using a
commercial kit or commercially available plans or patterns is not allowed.
Ready-made components are acceptable only where their importance is
subordinate to the skill and design contributed by the maker and where the
use is clearly appropriate to the nature and design of the work.
made from molds are acceptable only where the mold is the design and product
of the artist or craftsperson or where the mold is evidently subordinate to
the maker's creativity. Unfinished items, raw
materials and other such items cannot be sold at the Summer Show.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts has deep respect for all who create. A jury of
five professional artists assess the applications. Work is juried within
a media category.
Jurying is a blind process in that the work is considered without
presenting the name of the applicant so an unbiased decision can be
arrived at based on the work alone.
Traditional items have a greater emphasis on craftsman-ship rather than
innovation and exploration of materials. Both approaches are equally
valid. Originality in conception and execution, quality of workmanship
and excellence of design are the primary criteria by which the submitted
work is evaluated.
The jury reserves the right to decide about the appropriateness of all
work to be included in the show. Only work similar to that which was
juried is allowed into the show. The decisions of the jury are final.
images of your work are your most valuable marketing tool. Images should be
of good quality. Poor images make it difficult for the jury to give an
honest appraisal and could result in an application not being accepted.
must submit ten recent digital images that accurately represent the style and
quality of work that will be exhibited and sold. If more than ten digital
images are submitted, only the first ten will be presented to the jury. If two
people are sharing a booth, each person must submit ten digital images.
who have shown in previous Summer Shows must submit digital images of their
work as all applications are juried every year.
is only from digital JPEG images. Hard copy photographs, slides,
websites and email sub-missions cannot be submitted for jurying. It is your
responsibility to ensure that all digital files are saved in the correct file
format, can be opened, are not corrupted and are compatible with a PC. When
preparing your digital images, please follow these instructions.
TYPE, SIZE & OTHER INFORMATION
images as JPEG or JPG using ‘maximum quality.’ The file size should be
no smaller than 1500 pixels wide or long at 92 dpi. Smaller file sizes
will result in poorer quality images that may be unsuitable for viewing or
for publicity purposes.
the image in the correct orientation.
JPEG/JPG images are not accepted and will not be converted.
not use PowerPoint or other types of presentations. Do not use any auto
run programs such as Kodak Easy Share or Picasa.
not place images in separate file folders or zipped files.
not include your name, studio name, business cards or any other writing on
your digital image.
Arts & Crafts assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any item
Arts & Crafts believes in hosting high quality shows and maximizing each
exhibitor's sales, therefore, a maximum of 200 booths are available. Muskoka
Arts & Crafts reserves the right not to booked all the booths.
are two sizes of booths:
Regular Booths” located on the perimeter of show have a guaranteed
measurement of a 10’ frontage with a 10’ depth. Booths located in
the interior area of the show may have up to a15’ frontage and a 10’
MAC" booths have a guaranteed measurement of a 22’ frontage and a
10’ depth. Some Big MAC booths are corner booths. Big MAC booths are
not located on the perimeter row of the show.
flexible booth design is highly recommended as the ground for some booths
may not be level and natural irregularities
and trees within the park ultimately affects the final layout of the booths.
Bring shims to level your booth and/or display stands as well as suitable
stakes to securely anchor your canopy to the ground.
must provide your own equipment such as a canopy, chairs, backdrops and
display stands. Vehicles or trailers are not permitted to be part of your
exhibits, display materials and chairs must remain within the assigned
space. All demonstrations, signs and distribution of promotional materials
must be confined to the limits of your booth.
This is an
outdoor show and many locations are in direct sunlight. A canopy or shelter
offers protection from the sun and rain.
is not available in the park.
not arbitrarily change booth locations with other exhibitors nor sublease
their booth. No exhibitor is guaranteed the same booth location year after
you check-in, you may set up on Thursday, July 13, 2017, between 8am and 6pm
or on Friday, July 14, 2017, between 7am and 9am.
Thursday, you may drive your vehicle to your booth to unload. During the
three days the show is open to the public, prior to its opening, you may
drive your vehicle to your booth to unload. After 9am, vehicles will not be
allowed into the show area. All vehicles must be removed from the show area
by 9:30am. One half hour after the show closes to the public, you may drive
your vehicle to your booth to load any stock.
booths and equipment must be removed from the park on Sunday, July 16, 2017,
is provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Many exhibitors,
however, choose to pack and remove their merchandise at the end of each
day. You are responsible for your
own liability insurance. Muskoka Arts & Crafts, its employees,
volunteers, agents or representatives are not responsible for any
damage, breakage or theft of your work, booth, display props or other
personal or business property.
You are responsible for your own liability insurance. A
copy of your public liability certificate of insurance with a minimum
amount of 1 million dollars may be submitted after you have been
accepted. You are encouraged to name Muskoka Arts & Crafts Inc. as
an additional insured. Muskoka Arts & Crafts, its employees,
volunteers, directors, agents or representatives are not responsible for
any damage, breakage or theft of your work, booth, display props or
other business or personal property, personal injuries or expense of any
nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you or any third party. May
31, 2017 is the deadline to send a copy of your public liability
certificate of insurance to Muskoka Arts & Crafts. Failure to submit
a certificate of insurance will result in forfeiting your booth.
Summer Show Best in Show Awards recognize the excellence of our artists. Each
award comes with a cheque, a banner to display in your booth during the show
and promotion on our website and Facebook page. Details about the criteria
will be released in May. Judging takes place on Friday and the awards are
presented early in the afternoon.
YOU CANCEL YOUR APPLICATION
Ten percent of the booth fees are withheld if you cancel between March 1 and
April 30, 2017. For cancellations received between May 1 and June 15, 2017,
twenty-five percent of the booth fees are withheld. For cancellations received
between June 16 and June 30, 2017, fifty percent of the booth fees are
withheld. Booth fees will not be refunded for any cancellations received
between July 1 and July 13, 2017. Booth fees are not refunded if an exhibitor
fails to attend the show or leaves early.
WE CANCEL YOUR APPLICATION
Muskoka Arts & Crafts reserves the right to cancel any exhibitor’s
participation in the show in accordance with the Summer Show Policy. Should
Muskoka Arts & Crafts find it necessary to cancel an exhibitor’s
participation; a full refund will be issued.
YOUR BOOTH OPEN DURING SHOW HOURS
You must have your exhibit intact and open for all three days of the show.
Under no circumstances should you close your booth early or take it down
during show hours without first consulting the Show Coordinator who is
present at the Information Booth from Thursday to Sunday.
The Summer Show is open rain or shine. In the event a weather emergency
requires the show to close temporarily or for the day, three blasts of an
air horn will sound. Upon hearing the signal, exhibitors are to return to
their cars and leave the park in an orderly manner. If lightning occurs, do
not stand under trees, tents or hold onto tent poles. After the storm has
passed, you are welcome to return to the Summer Show.
Booth fees are due at the time of application by cheque, money order or
credit card. Cheques or money orders are made payable to Muskoka Arts &
Crafts. Cheques post-dated past February 28, 2017 are not permitted. Any
cheques returned by the banks due to insufficient funds are subject to a $25
fine. Exhibitors with any booth fees or bank charges in arrears will be
ineligible to participate in the Summer Show.
While Muskoka Arts & Crafts strongly recommends that exhibitors apply
with only one media. Two exhibitors working in the same or different media
may share a single booth. Such exhibitors may choose to have their
applications juried together (to be accepted into the Summer Show, the work
of both exhibitors must be approved by the jury) or separately (if the work
of one exhibitor is not accepted, the other exhibitor, if accepted, can
continue as a solo exhibitor). Exhibitors who apply to have their work
juried separately must each complete a separate application.
At Muskoka Arts & Crafts, we believe in the value of handmade work. To
maintain this integrity, signs offering Discounts, Sales, No HST, Show
Specials, Reduced Prices or other signs of this nature are not permitted to
be displayed and you will be asked to remove the sign from your display. Any
sign that is part of your display must be within the confines of your
contracted space and must not obstruct other booths or come out into the
aisles. If this happens, you will be asked to remove or reposition your
When applicable, exhibitors are required to collect and remit all
Food concessions are present during the three days the show is open to the
public. Exhibitors with specialized diet requirements should bring their own
food. Beer, wine or any other types of alcohol cannot be consumed in the
park during set-up or take-down times or during the three days the show is
open to the public. Portable toilets are located near the food concession
A stamped, self-addressed #10 business envelope must be included with your
application if you want your materials returned or if you do not have an
Overnight camping in the park is not permitted.
& DEBIT MACHINES
There are no public telephones located in or near the park. The availability
of a debit machine will be announced later.
FREE SUMMER SHOW
We made our family friendly event smoke-free to promote a healthier
life-style, cleaner environment and help to inspire
smoke-free children. Smoking is not permitted in the show area, at
any picnic table, at the food court or within 20 meters of the playground.
For the well-being of the animals, exhibitors are encouraged not to bring
their pets to the show. Muskoka Arts & Crafts reserves the right to ask
exhibitors to remove their pets from the show area.
& AMPLIFIED SOUND
When the Summer Show is open to the public, radios and other forms of
amplified music or sound may not be operated.
Exhibitors must park all vehicles in the designated areas.
The coordinator for the Summer Show is present from Thursday to Sunday to
answer any of your questions. The Summer Show Coordinator may be contacted
at the Information Booth, located at Gate 1.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts reserves the right to use the images and
promotional material submitted by exhibitors and those photographs taken at
the Summer Show for promotional purposes without notice or payment to the
The information you provide to Muskoka Arts & Crafts is for the sole use
of the organization. Muskoka Arts & Crafts collects, uses and discloses
personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would
consider appropriate to administer the organization as well as to
communicate future events. Information such as your telephone/fax numbers,
mailing address, studio location, website or email is given to potential
customers or clients only with your consent. If no preference is indicated,
it is assumed that this information may be released. Muskoka Arts &
Crafts does not rent, lend, share, trade nor sell its mailing lists with any
other individual, corporation or similar cultural organization.
Summer Show Best in Show Award and the Awards of Excellence recognize the
excellence of our artists. Each award comes with a cheque, a banner to
display in your booth during the show and promotion on our website and
Facebook page. Judging takes place on Friday and the awards are presented
early in the afternoon.
The deadline to apply for the
2017 Summer Show has now passed.
To be placed on the waiting for the 2018 Summer Show, please email your request
to Muskoka Arts & Crafts.
be considered, your application must include:
completed and signed Application Form.
recent digital JPEG images that represents the style and quality of work
that will be exhibited and sold at the Summer Show. The CD/DVD or Flash
Drive must be labeled with your name.
or before May 31, 2017, a copy of your public liability Certificate of
Insurance with a minimum amount of $1 million must be received by the
office. You are encouraged to name Muskoka Arts & Crafts Inc. as an
applicable, a copy of the permission agreement to use copyrighted
fees in the amount of $462.74 ($409.50 + $53.24 HST) for a Regular Booth
or $682.24 ($603.75 + $78.49 HST) for a Big MAC Booth. Cheques are made
payable to Muskoka Arts & Crafts and should be postdated to February
28, 2017. Postdating cheques after February 28, 2017 may disqualify your
Artists must submit proof of post-secondary school enrolment and age.
stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your materials returned or
do not have email.
You will be notified, by email, of your application
status early in April. If your work has been accepted, your booth fee
payment will be processed after March 15. You will be sent an acceptance
letter and additional material, which includes pertinent information
about the show and a receipt for your booth fees. The list of accepted
exhibitors will be posted on our website by mid April. If your work is
not accepted, your payment will be voided and returned.
If you have any
questions or comments, please contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts.
Box 376, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1L 1T7
Applications are also available from Muskoka Arts &
Crafts by mail, fax or email.
When making your request, please indicate how you would like to receive the