Taste of the Gardens – Artists 2018

Taste Logo with Call for Artists BannerAre you an ARTIST interesting in displaying and selling your art at this year’s event? Here’s more information and an application. Deadline to apply is July 13.

Download a printable Taste of the Gardens 2018 Artist Application or complete online form and payment links below:

The Elkhart Rotary Club and Wellfield Botanic Gardens will celebrate the ninth annual TASTE OF THE GARDENS fundraiser on Sunday, August 26, 2018, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Last year’s event was a great success, with nearly 5,000 guests in attendance supporting Wellfield Botanic Gardens, a private, not-for-profit founded by the Elkhart Rotary Club in 2005 as a Centennial Celebration project for Rotary International. Since its founding, Wellfield has grown leaps and bounds and in 2017 welcomed over 40,000 guests through its gates for a variety of special events and programs, all supporting Wellfield’s Mission to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. We expect to build upon this momentum in 2018. This is a ticketed, public event featuring fine art, live music, local restaurants, and the beauty of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. We invite you to be a part of it!

To Apply as a Displaying/Selling Artist:
This is a juried art show; your completed application does not guarantee entry. Artists will be selected by the Artist Committee by submitting a minimum of 3 photos of your works for consideration (and a maximum of 10 photos submitted). Deadline to apply: Applications must be received no later than Friday, July 13 to participate.

Selling your art:
You sell your art. You keep 100% of your sales. It’s that simple.  We appreciate you being a part of the event and providing a great assortment of art for our guests.

Artist awards:
Two, $500 Purchase Awards will be awarded on the day of the event as follows:

Purchase Award #1: Best Expression of Wellfield Botanic Gardens – $500
Purchase Award #2: Best Overall – $500
There is also a $100 prize awarded for Best Booth Display

Judging will take place at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Each booth may designate up to 3 works for judging by placing a Yellow Dot Sticker (provided by event volunteers) on the pieces you’d like to enter. Judges will judge at 11 a.m. and award ribbons will be placed on the winning pieces and best booth display. Winners will be acknowledged on social media and remain on the event website until the following year. Purchase Awards will be paid to the artist during the event. Please designate items that you value at $500 or less for the Purchase Awards as those will be donated to Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The Taste of the Gardens is intended to be a “Fine Arts” show; submissions that may be deemed otherwise by the Artist Committee will not be accepted. Examples may include jewelry assembled from bought components, items portraying logos or other commercial expressions, or any items that do not appear to be “one of a kind” or “hand-made” by the displaying artist. The Taste of the Gardens committee reserves the right to decline artists that do not meet these criteria. Thank you for your understanding.





After submitting the form above,  just two more steps:

  1. Email a minimum of 3 photos (maximum of 10) representing your work for consideration by the Artist Committee to info@wellfieldgardens.org. Please include Subject Line: [Your name] TASTE 2018 ART 
  2. PAY ONLINE HERE or mail a check payment, payable to: Wellfield Botanic Gardens, to:
    Wellfield Botanic Gardens
    1011 N. Main Street
    Elkhart IN 46514

Once your artwork is reviewed by the committee, you will be notified immediately of your acceptance or declination; if declined, your check will be returned to you (or refunded fully if paid online). If accepted, you will be notified by the committee and provided further details about the event and your specific set up time that morning. 

Remember, applications must be received no later than Friday, July 13

Questions? Reach the committee at info@wellfieldgardens.org or call 574-266-2006, ext 102

This Year’s Artists: Roster Coming Soon!



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