Citizens Bank & Trust
Lake Wales Arts Festival

Save the Date: FEBRUARY 24-25, 2018

Presented by Lake Wales Arts Council                                                                                                                                     Co-Chair: Chip Thullbery

A TRADITION OF QUALITY, DIVERSITY & EXCELLENCE!
The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival has a 46 year old tradition of celebrating and exhibiting quality works of art by fine artists and artisans with up to 100 artists competing for more than $30,000 in awards! Presented by the Lake Wales Arts Council, the diversity of the critically acclaimed two-day Festival attracts thousands of art lovers each year who purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art. The Festival also features:

  • Children's Fun                                         
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment
  • Art-B-Que
  • Student Art Show

 

Join the Purchase Prize Program!

The Purchase Prize Program guarantees the artists that approximately $10,000 will be spent on art during the Festival. It works in this way: prior to the Festival, you pay into a purchase prize account, thus agreeing to purchase art worth an amount determined by you. During the Festival, you select your merchandise and inform the artist that you are making a purchase prize. The artist will give you a receipt to take to the Information Tent where you will receive a voucher to use to purchase your item. At the end of the show each artist will be paid for the purchase prize money spent on his or her work. Any unused funds in your account at the end of the festival will be used by the Festival committee to help cover Festival expenses. Those whose purchase prize is $100.00 or more will receive priority parking as well as the opportunity to store art work in the Information Tent while they view the rest of the Festival. Those whose purchase prize is $250.00 or more will, in addition, receive two invitations to a gala breakfast sponsored by Polk State College on the Festival grounds on the first day of the Festival. Join the Purchase Prize Program now by clicking on one of the buttons below and remember that Purchase Prizes also make great gifts!

 

Awards Selection

Each year awards selection is made by a different judge and without regard to category.

Best of Show – $4000

Judge’s Choice Exceptional Work (1) – $2500

Judge’s Choice Exceptional Work (1) – $2500

Award of Excellence (4 @$1000) – $4000

Award of Distinction (5 @ $500) – $2500

Award of Merit (5 @ $300) – $1500

TOTAL – $17,000

"Gift of Art" Purchase Awards in 2016 – $7,000

Total – $24,000

Application Instructions

Online application using ZAPP®, the one-stop universal application system www.ZAPPlication.org  –FREE to all artists. All applications are processed through ZAPP®. Available to artists on September 1, 2017 for the 2018 Arts Festival.

Artists Selection

An anonymous panel of experienced jurors selects the artists for the Lake Wales Arts Festival 2017. Jurying is based solely on the images submitted and acceptance goes to highest scoring artists. A waiting list will be kept. Jury’s decisions are final.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Holiday Inn Express: $99/night if booked before December 31; identify you are an artist with the Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival; limited number of rooms; first come/first served. Need to call early as they are booking up fast.

Hampton Inn: $149/night; identify you are an artist with the Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival; block of rooms set aside. Need to call early as they will book up fast.

RV Parking at the Methodist Church grassy area.

DIRECTIONS

From Orlando: Take I-4 West to US-27 South. US-27 South approximately 25 miles to W. Central Avenue (Woody’s, McDonalds on southeast corner). Turn left onto W. Central Avenue continuing for approximately 1 mile ending at Lakeshore Blvd. and the shores of Lake Wailes.

From Tampa: Take I-4 East to US-27 South. US-27 South approximately 25 miles to W. Central Avenue (Woody’s, McDonalds on southeast corner). Turn left onto W. Central Avenue continuing for approximately 1 mile ending at Lakeshore Blvd. and the shores of Lake Wailes.

From Vero Beach: Take SR-60 West to US-27 North. Turn right (north) onto US-27 then immediately turn right (east) onto W. Central Avenue (Woody’s, McDonalds on southeast corner) continuing for approximately 1 mile ending at Lakeshore Blvd. and the shores of Lake Wailes.

From Sebring: Take SR-27 North to W. Central Avenue. Turn right (east) onto W. Central Avenue (Woody’s, McDonalds on southeast corner) continuing for approximately 1 mile ending at Lakeshore Blvd. and the shores of Lake Wailes.