Fall Stockley Gardens

Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival


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.

Dates & Facts

2014 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 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: Click here to view the list of 2014 artists.


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 18, 2014

10:00-2:00 pm Abrakadoodle, Hands-on Art for Kids
2:00-3:00 pm Bobby the Clown, Magic Show & Balloon Animals
3:00- 4:00 pm Carrie Criddle, Hula Hooping Performance and Lessons
4:00-5:00 pm STAHR, Suzuki Violin Group String Ensemble from the Academy of Music
Permormances throughout the day by Jon Norton, the Flaming Ginger

Sunday, October 19, 2014

12:00-4:00 pm Abrakadoodle, Hands-on Art for Kids
2:00-3:00 pm Bobby the Clown, Magic Show & Balloon Animals
4:00-5:00 pm

C-Shells, Music for Kids

For more information, email Anne Knox at aknox@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 18, 2014

10:00 am

11:30 am

JoAnna Lynne, Acoustic

The UnXpected, Blues and Classic Rock

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

Moaning Lisas, Psychobilly Rock and Roll

The Bartones, 60s/70s Rock & Soul

5:00 pm

Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot, Southern Blend

Sunday, October 19, 2014


1:30 pm

Esoteric Ramblers, Esoteric Acoustic with a Beer Influence

The Tasty Specials Band, Eclectic Americana

3:30 pm

The Shifty South, Hillbilly Rock



For more information, email Anne Knox at aknox@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 Festival Director Elena Montello at emontello@hope-house.org or 757.625.6161, x507.

The sponsors for the 2014 Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival are:

Presenting Sponsor


Other Sponsors













Awards & Winners

Below are the artists who won awards at the 2014 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Show.  

Best In Show ($3,000)
Sponsored by the Helen G. Gifford Foundation
Winner: Amber Poole and Daniel Caruthers (Lexington, VA)
Medium: Ceramics

The MELAYNA and SOPHIA Second Place Award ($1,000)
Sponsored by The Palace Shops, Palace Station, and Decorum Furniture
Winner: Karen Sutton (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: Dave Bruner (Sarasota, FL)
Medium: Printmaking)

Norfolk Artist Award ($300)
Sponsored by The Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Winner: Todd Owens (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Painting

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)
Sponsored by Claudia Mackintosh, Nancy Chandler Associates
Winner: Kris Taylor (Richmond, VA)
Medium: Etching

The Mayor's Award ($500)
Sponsored by Mayor Paul Fraim
Winner: Kate Negri (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Fiber

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Jake's Place
Winner: Luba Warrack (Greensboro, NC)
Medium: Jewelry

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by McCormack & Puryear Jewelers
Winner: Sarah Bean (Radford, VA)
Medium: Mixed Media

Randy Smith Memorial Award
Sponsored by Josh and Jen Harris
Winner: Brett Miley (Delane, FL))
Medium: Photography

Futures Award First Prize ($150)
Sponsored by Dr. Hamlin and Dr. Morgan
Winner: Julie Larkin (Tidewater Community College)
Medium: Glass

Futures Award Second Prize ($100)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner:Dara Alper (Tidewater Community College)
Medium: Glass

Futures Award Third Prize ($50)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner: Julia Berry (Tidewater Community College)
Medium: Photography




Applications for the 31st Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival will be available on January 2, 2015.

SGAF Date Artist Application is Available Date Artist Application is Due
Spring 2015 January 2, 2015 February 6, 2015
Fall 2015 June 5, 2015 July 17, 2015
Spring 2016 January 8, 2016 February 5, 2016
Fall 2016 June 3, 2016 July 15, 2016


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 31st Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival will be available in January of 2015. 


Booth Sizes & Fees: $450 (15' x 15')
$375 (cart)
Number of Vendor Spaces: 10-13


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