WVFA Call to Artists - 2017

*35th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts*
September 13-17, 2017; Joseph, Oregon
Venues: Joseph Community Center (JCC) & Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (JCAC)

Dear Artists,

Last year, we invited you all to, "Come out and play", amid the Wonder of the Wallowas! Well, many of you took us up on our offer…and what an amazing time we had…so much so, that we can't wait to do it again! Please join us, in Joseph, next September 13-17, for the 35th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. We're celebrating our 35th birthday, and we'd be honored to have you and your art here with us!

The Wallowa Valley is truly a special spot on the map. Our breathtaking scenery captivates the heart, piques the imagination, and has a knack for unleashing the artist within us all. It's not by coincidence, that this beloved corner of Oregon is renowned for its vibrant community of artists, its exquisite galleries, its numerous bronze foundries, and its "WOW-inducing" Main Street art installations. Whether you're a local artist who has lived here most of your life, or you've never ventured quite this far out to the "End of the Road", we encourage you to come and let yourself experience, anew, how this place will enchant and inspire you. And, while you're at it, be sure to step out and play a bit…take advantage of the myriad outdoor recreation opportunities this area has to offer. And, what better time to explore Joseph and the Wallowas, than during colorfully placid September? Some have even taken to calling it our fifth season - our "Season of Art".

Based on encouraging feedback from last year's artists and festival-goers, as well as improved art sales over previous years, we feel that moving the festival from June to September was a sound decision. So, in an effort to continue that trend and draw a larger audience to your art, our 2017 dates for the Fine Art Show (including Opening Reception, Night of the Quick Draw, and Silent Auction), will be September 15th - 17th. We're also excited to, once again, offer our optional En Plein Air Competition, commencing on the morning of Wed., Sept. 13th, and culminating on Thurs., Sept. 14th, with a special reception and art hanging at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (please refer to our Prospectus for all the details on this event). We will also, again, host an early-evening Joseph Gallery Walk, selected showings of winning short films from past Ruby Peak Film Festivals, and a special Local Youth Arts Showcase. We are also pleased to announce an intimate Saturday Pastel Painting Workshop, with this year's judge, Bonnie Griffith (please refer to our Prospectus for all the details on this event).

The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, featuring representational/traditional realism from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as contemporary art. The festival reflects the beauty, culture, and traditions of our region through its arts and artists. Consistent with that intent, any subject, style or medium within the categories listed below will be considered by our jury. Exhibition space is limited, so jurors will select pieces that are most appropriate for the venue and our diverse audience. The categories are as follows:

Painting: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
Sculpture Any Three-Dimensional Work in Wood, Clay, Stone, Bronze, or other Metal
Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink, or any combination thereof
Printmaking Wood block, Engraving, Etching, Monoprint, Aquatint, Linotype, Lithography, Silkscreen, or
Digital Art Prints
Photography: Any Photograph that begins with the capture of the image through a lens, including Digitally
Altered Photography
Other: Glass, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Ceramics, or Mixed Media

*Copies, kits, reproductions, or work done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible.

Below, are a few important details to keep in mind, as we approach this year's Festival of Arts:

FIRST AND FOREMOST, please refer to our detailed Prospectus, on either this site, or the Café website callforentry.org. This Prospectus should be considered your "one-stop shop" for ALL pertinent information; as it contains nearly every detail you will need, in terms of pre-, during-, and post-festival instructions and announcements.

The artist deadline to apply and submit images has been extended to July 20th, 2017. All artwork MUST be submitted through the online form at callforentry.org. Acceptance emails will be sent by July 31st, 2017.

We are proud to announce that our Judge for the 2017 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is the distinguished artist, BONNIE GRIFFITH. For more information on Bonnie and her work, please check this link, and visit Bonnie's website at bonniegriffith.com..

For all accepted artists, we will, once again, be presenting our Silent Auction. You may want to be thinking now of a piece to enter into the silent auction. Please note, though, that an auction piece is NOT required as a condition to exhibit in the Festival. For complete information regarding silent auction participation, please refer to the Prospectus.

If you have questions and/or concerns that cannot be addressed through either the Prospectus, or the above websites, please don't hesitate to contact our Festival Director, Jeff Costello, (510) 390-2121, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For questions specific to the online entry process, via the Café website, please contact Mary Edwards, (541) 432-1078, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, see this guide.

We are grateful for your past participation in our Festival of Arts, and we hope to see you back, this September 13-17, for our 35th annual festival, featuring a rich and diverse display of works. Our group of dedicated volunteers has been hard at work for months, preparing for another fun and successful event. Please come join us - to inspire, to be inspired, and to experience our "Season of Art", amid the Wonder of the Wallowas! See you in September…and, in the meantime, keep on creating!


Sign up Guide

cafe-logoWVFA is now using the website CaFE, aka 'Call for Entry,' to make submissions to our show. Registering at this site is free and will also give you, the artist, the added benefit and ability to register for many other shows as well. It will also make it easier if you should decide to enter in this or other shows in subsequent years.
Follow this simple guide if you are unfamiliar with this process. You may want to print this page.

First: Register

  1. Click on this link to go to callforentry.org -it will open in a new window or tab so you can switch back and forth to it and this guide.
  2. In the upper right of the home page, click the Register Here link. This will bring you to the registration orientation page which will also explain how to prep your images.
  3. Click the "Click Here" link to register with café
  4. Agree to the terms.
  5. Fill in the required information. Don’t forget to write down your username and password for future reference.
  6. Click Register Now button.

You are now registered with the café site! (You can tell as the site will welcome you by name in the upper right corner).

Second: Prepare and Upload Images

Now you will upload your images into your café portfolio. If you already have jpegs that are at least 1920 pixels on the longest side and less than 5MB in total size, no preparation is necessary. If not then watch these simple YouTube guides: Windows 7 - Windows XP - Mac. Another option is to go into your camera settings and change the size to something smaller and re-take the shots: check your camera manual.

  1. Click the Continue button or the My Portfolio link on the menu bar.
  2. Click on Upload Media button.
  3. Be sure to select "Image" (not audio or video).
  4. Click on Browse and select the image you want from your computer.
  5. Fill in the rest of the required information.
  6. Click Add to My Portfolio.
  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 to add more images.

Third: Apply to Our Call (Show)

To search for our call (show) on the Café site, do the following:

  1. Click View All Calls below the top menu bar.
  2. Enter WALLOWA in the keyword field and click Go.
  3. IGNORE the Invitational Call Passcode - (this does not apply to this show)
  4. Scroll down to Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts in the search results and click APPLY TO THIS CALL.
  5. Agree to the terms.
  6. Fill out the required information.
  7. Choose your already uploaded images at the bottom of the page.
  8. Click Save Application.
  9. Review your application and click Check Out
  10. On Check Out page click $30 and Recalculate.
  11. Click Payment Preference and Proceed to Checkout
  12. On final checkout page fill in fields and Submit Payment.
  13. You will receive a confirmation # which you may print out. Café will also email a confirmation.
  14. Done!

CaFE Support

If you have trouble signing up at our registration site, please use the information below: