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53rd Annual Courthouse Art Festival
August 10, 2024

Festival Requirements & Guidelines

for Artists

Founded in 1971, the Sandpiper Art Festival is a one-day show featuring original fine art and artisan crafts, organized by the Sandpiper Art Gallery & Gifts. The festival accepts a wide range of mediums. Painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media are all welcome. Reproductions of the exhibiting artist’s original work are permitted so long as they don’t comprise more than 40% of the work displayed on walls or panels.


Sandpiper Art Courthouse Festival requires a non-refundable application fee of $35 prior to July 1, 2024.  Artists and artisans applying for the first time must submit images of their work to be juried by the Festival Committee with their application.  Returning exhibitors may submit an application without images, unless changing categories.


The Festival committee juries new applications as they arrive. Returning exhibitors will receive notice upon receipt of the application. Applications will continue to be accepted until the festival is full and notifications will be sent as needed.  All exhibitors will receive an email or letter indicating acceptance or rejection plus additional information.


To Apply:

  • Fill out the application. Please note any special considerations you might need and we will try to accommodate you.  Please let us know if your tent is high and needs extra clearance. 

  • Submit the application with a non-refundable application fee of $35.  Please note that two or more exhibitors intending to sell their work in the same space must register separately and each must pay the application fee.  Only one booth fee will be required.  Make checks payable to Sandpiper Art Gallery.

  • First time exhibitors only must include three photos of their work.  You can also send images of your work in a .jpg file format to: .  Please include your name and the show designation “Courthouse” in the email subject line. 

  • Notifications will be mailed within 2 weeks of receipt of application.

  • If you cannot receive information via email, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your application submission.



  • Exhibitors must supply all materials needed for their display.

  • Single Festival booths are 10 x 10 feet.  Weights are required on tents. No stakes allowed in the Courthouse lawn.

  • Exhibitors pay a flat booth fee of $ 85.00 for a single booth.

  • Booth Fees:  10'x10',  $85   10'x20', $170

  • No products from kits, commercially produced items, or dealers allowed.

  • All food products require a food vendor application.

  • Set-up times:  Friday, August 9th, 5pm - 7pm.   Saturday, August 10th, 7am - 9am.

  • Show hours:  Saturday, August 10th, 10am - 4pm.

  • Returning exhibitors will be assigned the same booth area unless a change is requested.

  • Submission Checklist:

    • Completed application form

    • Non-refundable Application fee of $35 made payable to Sandpiper Art Gallery

    • If needed, three (3) photos of work and one (1) of booth labeled with artist’s name and category.  Images may also be emailed per instructions above.

Mail complete submission package to Sandpiper Art Gallery & Gifts, P.O. Box 1163, Polson, MT 59860


Questions:  For additional information please contact Festival Chairperson, Carole Carberry 803-968-4678, or e-mail  


The money raised during the Art Festival goes towards scholarships for students studying art and for maintenance of the gallery.  The Festival is a great opportunity to present your work to the public and make sales.  We hope you will apply.

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