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 donation.
Located 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, listed Bracebridge
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
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,
2018. It is recommend- end 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 applications will not be reviewed.
Late applications may be considered.
+ $53.33 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 permission
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.
Arts & Crafts has deep respect for all who create. A jury assesses 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.
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.
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.
The images of your work are your most valuable
marketing tool. Images should be professional quality (in focus, neutral
backgrounds, pleasing composition, no writing or business cards in the
image, etcetera). Poor images make it difficult for the jury to give an
honest appraisal and could result in an application not being accepted.
Low-quality images cannot be used for promotional purposes.
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.
Include an image of your booth set-up.
who have shown in previous Summer Shows must submit digital images of their work
as all applications are juried every year.
NOTE: Jurying is only from digital JPEG images. Hard copy
slides, websites and email sub-missions cannot be submitted. 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 book all the booths.
are two sizes of booths:
Booths” are 10’ wide and 10’ deep. NOTE:
Due to the Town of Bracebridge mandating a change in the layout of the
show, extra space is no longer available for the majority of regular
booths. The only exception will be those regular booths that must fit
around a curve. These booths may have a wider front. If you require
more than 10’ wide x 10’ deep booth, you will need to purchase a
Big MAC Booth.
MAC Booths” have a guaranteed measurement of a 22’ frontage and a
10’ depth. Some Big MAC booths are corner booths. NOTE:
Big MAC booths are only located in the center aisles 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 tent to the ground.
must provide your own equipment such as a tent, 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.
is an outdoor show and many locations are in direct sunlight. A tent
offers protection from the sun and rain.
is not available in the park.
Exhibitors may not arbitrarily change booth locations with other
exhibitors nor sublease their booth. No exhibitor is guaranteed the same
booth location year after year.
you check-in, you may set up on Thursday, July 19, 2018, between 8am and
6pm or on Friday, July 20, 2018, 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 10am 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 22,
2018, by 8pm.
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 must 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, 2018 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.
WE CANCEL YOUR APPLICATION
Ten percent of the booth fees are withheld if you cancel between March 1
and April 30, 2018. For cancellations received between May 1 and June 15,
2018, twenty-five percent of the booth fees are withheld. For
cancellations received between June 16 and June 30, 2018, fifty percent of
the booth fees are withheld. Booth fees will not be refunded for any
cancellations received between July 1 and July 19, 2018. 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, 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, 2018 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 signage.
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
When applicable, exhibitors are required to collect and remit all
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 and trailers in the new designated
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 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
If you want your materials returned, or if you do not have an email, a
stamped, self-addressed envelope must be included with your application.
Download an application
by clicking on this link.
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 plus one image
of your booth.
or before May 31, 2018, a copy of your public liability Certificate of
Insurance with a minimum amount of $1 million must included with your
application. You must name Muskoka Arts & Crafts Inc. as an
applicable, a copy of the permission agreement to use copyrighted
fees in the amount of $463.30 ($410 + $53.30 HST) for a Regular Booth
or $682.52 ($604 + $78.52 HST) for a Big MAC Booth. Cheques are made
payable to Muskoka Arts & Crafts and should be postdated to
February 28, 2018. Postdating cheques after February 28, 2018 may
disqualify your application.
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