Fall Stockley Gardens

Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

 2016 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival artist applications are now available online at http://www.zapplication.org/register.php!

Building community takes art. Music. Food. Laughter. A willingness to work together. Most of all, it takes vision.

For almost 30 years, Hope House has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition, drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.

Twice a year, on the third weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by approximately 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.

The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with intellectual disabilities. But the events themselves benefit the entire community.

Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the artists, who compete for cash prizes. There are special exhibits and prizes for college students in the fall, and high school students in the spring. Award winners are announced during the Artists' Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.

We're proud to give the community one of the best outdoor arts festivals in the area. In fact, the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival was featured in Richmond-based 64 Magazine as "One of the 64 reasons we love Virginia!" So don't miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. It's a good time, for a good cause.


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Dates & Facts

2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016, noon to 5 pm
Location: Stockley Gardens Park in the Ghent section of Norfolk
Media: Fine art, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and more
Attendance: 25,000 — 30,000
Admission Fee: Free and open to the public
Events: Live entertainment and kids' activities throughout the day
Artists' reception: Saturday at 5 pm
Map of Park & Artist Locations: Available at the information booth in the center of the park
Participating Artists & Vendors:  List_of_Artist_F2015.pdf


You gotta have art. But you also gotta have some activities to keep the little ones entertained, as well as an opportunity for local musicians to strut their stuff.

Kids' Activities

All activities listed below take place at the Children's Stage, which is in the middle of the park (B Block), near the center circle.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

10:00-2:00 pm Make and Take
2:00-3:00 pm Carrie Criddle
3:00- 4:00 pm STAHR
4:00-5:00 pm C-Shells


All Day: Bobby the Clown


Sunday, October 18, 2015

12:00-4:00 pm Make and Take 
2:00-3:00 pm Bobby the Clown
4:00-5:00 pm


For more information, email Laura Janosko at ljanosko@hope-house.org, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.


Live Music

All musical acts listed below perform on the Main Stage, at the top of the park (A Block) near Olney Road.

Saturday, October 17

10:00 a.m.                   Dan Pellegrino/Acoustic                    

10:30 a.m.                   Alice Conner/Rock n Roll Ukulele                                        

11:30 p.m.                   Nick DuPre/ Pop/Country/ Classic

1:00 p.m.                     Aaron Randolph/Poetic Folk Blues

3:00 p.m.                     Red Clover Ghost/Folk-rock/Americana

5:00 p.m.                     The Framers/Indie Folk Rock


Sunday, October 18

12:00 p.m.                   Dustin Furlow/Acoustic

12:30p.m.                    Vinny Peculiar/Pop

1:30 p.m.                     Slackdog/High Energy Rock

3:30 p.m.                     Native Lines/ Folk/ Americana

For more information, email Laura Janosko at ljanosko@hope-house.org, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.


Artists' Reception

A free artists' reception with live music will take place on the main stage on Saturday evening. The party takes place immediately after the show ends for the day, and lasts from 5 to 7 pm. We encourage the festival artists to attend, along with sponsors, volunteers, and the community at large. Midway through the reception, the Festival judge will announce the award winners and distribute prizes.

In addition to live music provided by talented musicians, food vendors remain open for the reception, and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available. This rockin' outdoor party is a great opportunity to have fun and mingle with both patrons and artists.


Sponsorships provide tremendous exposure for businesses, while supporting the arts, people with disabilities, and the community as a whole. And they're available at many different levels. All donations are fully tax deductible.

If you're interested in being a corporate or prize sponsor for our next festival, please contact Development Director, Elena Montello, at emontello@hope-house.org or 757.625.6161, x507.

The sponsors for the 2015 Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival are:

Presenting Sponsor 



Other Sponsors

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Awards & Winners

Below are the artists who won awards at the 2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Show.  

Best In Show ($3,000)
Sponsored by the Helen G. Gifford Foundation
Winner: Zu Shen Yu (Huntington, NY)
Medium: Painting

The MELAYNA and SOPHIA Second Place Award ($1,000)
Sponsored by The Palace Shops, Palace Station, and Decorum Furniture
Winner: Vonnie Whitworth (Virginia Beach, VA)
Medium: Painting

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial Third Place Award ($500)
Sponsored by Russ Cerro in honor of Catherine and her love for the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
Winner: Daniel Christie (King George, VA)
Medium: Ceramic

Norfolk Artist Award ($300)
Sponsored by The Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Winner: John Massey (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Wood

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)
Sponsored by Claudia Mackintosh, Nancy Chandler Associates
Winner: Edgar Reims (Harpswell, ME)
Medium: Painting

The Mayor's Award ($500)
Sponsored by Mayor Paul Fraim
Winner: Linda Gourley (Dry Fork, VA)
Medium: Printmaking

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Jake's Place
Winner: Brian Lacey (Roseland, VA)
Medium: Pottery

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by McCormack & Puryear Jewelers
Winner: Majorie Rawson (Greenville, NC)
Medium: Jewelry

Randy Smith Memorial Award
Sponsored by Josh and Jen Harris
Winner: Dave Bruner (Sarasota, FL)
Medium: Printmaking

Futures Award First Prize ($150)
Sponsored by Dr. Hamlin and Dr. Morgan
Winner: Sindy Jessup (Tidewater Community College)
Medium: Painting

Futures Award Second Prize ($100)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner: Jade Brown (Old Dominion University)
Medium: Photography

Futures Award Third Prize ($50)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner: Shidonna Johnson (Norfolk State University)
Medium: Drawing




Applications for the 2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival are now available. Click here to view. icon-pdf.gif

Emerging Artist Application for the 2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival are now available. Click here to view. icon-pdf.gif

SGAF Date Artist Application is Available Date Artist Application is Due
Fall 2015 June 8, 2015 (Updated) July 20, 2015 (Updated)
Spring 2016 January 8, 2016 February 5, 2016
Fall 2016 June 3, 2016 July 15, 2016
Spring 2017 January 9, 2017 February 10, 2017


Artist Jury Fee: $20
Artist Booth Sizes & Fees:

$250 (10' x 10')
$375 (10' x 15')
$500 (10' x 20')

Number of Exhibit Spaces: 138

All work displayed must be original, created and executed by the displaying artist's or artisan's own hand and of professional quality. This work is absolutely limited to the work of a single artist or two-person collaborative team.

Photomechanical reproductions of an artist's original work may be present in a small quantity in a spin tower or portfolio/bin or hung on one side of one wall, whichever is lesser. The individual prints must be clearly labeled as reproductions. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Ineligible items include items made with commercially available molds or patterns or any item produced commercially or by anyone other than the artist. No representatives or dealers may show. Artists bringing ineligible items to the show risk disqualification.
Artists violating the rules of this show or who fail to cooperate with the Festival committee will not be permitted to exhibit.

All displays will be reviewed by the standards committee at intervals throughout the show to ascertain that all items in the booth are the same or better quality as the slides submitted. The artists will be required to remove ineligible items based upon the show's standards.

Please notify the Arts Festival Committee if you see any infractions of the standards.



Vendor applications for the 2015 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival click here.


Booth Sizes & Fees: $450 (15' x 15')
$375 (cart)
Number of Vendor Spaces: 8-10


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