Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

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

Since 1984, Hope House Foundation has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition proudly presented by Towne Bank, and drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.

Twice a year, on the third full 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 over 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 developmental 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 is also an Emerging Artist Competition, also with cash prizes, for college and high school students, as well as recent graduates. Award winners are announced during the Artists’ Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.

We’re proud to give the community what Virginia Living Magazine readers voted one of the top three arts festival in Virginia. So don’t miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. It’s a good time, for a good cause.


Dates & Facts

31st Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015, noon to 5 pm
Location: Stockley Gardens Park, in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood
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 and Artists' Reception: Saturday at 5pm to 7pm
Map of Park & Artist Locations: Available at the information booth in the center of the park
Participating Artists: Click here to view the list of 2015 artists


Occassionally, parking does become an issue in the area surrounding Stockley Gardens Park. Please click HERE to download our helpful parking map.


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, May 16, 2015
10:00 -2:00 pm Abrakadoodle/Hands on Art for Kids
2:00 pm Bobby the Clown/Magic Show and Balloon Animals
3:00 pm Carrie Criddle/ Hula Hooping Performance and Lessons  
4:00 pm STAHR Suzuki Violin Group (Academy of Music)/Strings
Sunday, May 17, 2015
12:00 - 4:00 pm Abrakadoodle/Hands on Art for Kids
2:00 pm Bobby the Clown/Magic Show and Balloon Animals
4:00 pm C Shells/Music for Kids

For more information, email Keeley Fenning at kfenning@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. For more information, email Keeley Fenning at kfenning@hope-house.org, or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10:00 am

James Arellano/Acoustic

10:30 am

Kings of Ukulele/Rock n Roll Ukulele

11:30 am

Amanda Raye/Country/Pop/Americana

1:00 pm

Uncle Jack/Roots Rock

3:00 pm

Jacob Vanko Band

5:00 pm

Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos/Funkin Bluesy Rock n Roll


Sunday, May 17, 2015

12:00 pm

Lena Klett/Acoustic

12:30 pm

Mountaintide/Soul Folk

1:30 pm

Brandon Bower Band

3:30 pm

Outta The Furnace/Rock/Blues

 Artists' Reception

A free artists' reception with live music takes 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 announces the award winners and distributes 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 an upcoming festival, please contact Festival Director Elena Montello at emontello@hope-house.org or 757.625.6161, x507.

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

Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Copper Sponsor


Contributing Sponsors
Billie Luckie & Bill Wroton

Media Sponsors


Awards & Winners

31st Annual Spring Festival Winners
Best In Show ($3,000)
Pamela Hill
Medium: Painting
Sponsored by the Helen G. Gifford Foundation

The MELAYNA Second Place Award ($1,000)
Michael Morgan
Medium: Drawing
Sponsored by the Palace Shops, Palace Station and Decorum Furniture

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial Third Place Award ($500)
Kris Taylor 
Medium: Etching
Sponsored by Russ Cerro

Norfolk Artist Award ($300)
Gregory Bryant
Medium: Jewelry
Sponsored by the Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)
Michael Farrar
Medium: Painting
Sponsored by Claudia Mackintosh

The Mayor's Award ($500)
Milenko Katic
Medium: Painting
Sponsored by Mayor Paul Fraim, City of Norfolk

Award of Merit ($150)
Farhana Hussain
Medium: Painting
Sponsored by Changes Hairstyling, City Spa & Jake's Place

Award of Merit ($150)
Kim Young
Medium: Jewelry
Sponsored by McCormack & Puryear Jewelers

Randy Smith Memorial Award ($100)
Jennifer Nielsen
Medium: Jewelry
Sponsored by Anonymous Donor

Futures Award: Emerging Artists Exhibition
First Prize ($150)
Shidona Johnson
Medium: Drawing
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley

Second Prize ($100)
Amy Banks
Medium: Photography
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley

Third Prize ($50)
Megan Kariya
Medium: Drawing
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley




Artist applications currently being accepted for the 31st Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival.  If you are interested in applying, please click here to download the application.  Applications are due February 6, 2015.

Fall 2015 June 1, 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.


Emerging Artists

Applications from now until April 24, 2015 are being accepted for the Emerging Artists. Applicants for the Emerging Artist Exhibit must be currently enrolled in a college, university, high school, or be a recent graduate. Each applicant may submit up to three works of art for the jury process.  The jury may select one or more for exhibition and the competition depending on availability and quality of work. Click here for the rules and application form. 


Please Contact Keeley with questions: kfenning@hope-house.org



Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the 31st Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. Please click here to download the application. Applications are due March 2, 2015.


Booth Sizes & Fees: $450 (15’ x 15’) - 8 to 9 available
  $375 (cart) - 3 to 5 available


Experience Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
Experience Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

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