Fall Stockley Gardens

Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival  

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

For over 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 30,000 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 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 rent, transportation, food, furnishings, unmet 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 emerging student artist. 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 has been voted one of the top two art festivals in eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers five years in a row, 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

2020 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 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: 15,000 — 20,000
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: TBA

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 17th: 

- ALL DAY: Bobby the Clown (Balloon Animals)  

- 1pm-2pm: Carrie's Hula Hoops (Hula Hoops)

- 1pm-3pm: Coast DIY (Make & Take Art)

- 3pm-4pm:STAHR (Strings)

- 4pm-5pm: C-Shells (Music for Kids)


Sunday, October 18th:

- ALL DAY: Bobby the Clown (Balloon Animals)  

- 1pm-3pm: Coast DIY (Make & Take Art)

- 3pm-4pm: Carrie's Hula Hoops (Hula Hoops)

- 4pm-5pm: C-Shells (Music for Kids)


For more information, email Laura DeVore 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 17th: 

11:00am-12:15pm: Amy Ferebee (Americana/Blues)

12:30pm-1:30pm: Two Hand Touch (Indy Acoustic Rock)

2:00pm-3:00pm: Troy Breslow (Country)

3:30pm-4:30pm: Rob Oliver & The Attractors (Blues Rock)

5:00pm-7:00pm: Paper Aliens (Rock/Funk/Jazz)


Sunday, October 18th: 

12:00pm-12:30pm: Regina Scott Sanford (Singer-Songwriter)

12:30pm-1:15pm: Serious Black (Contemporary Folk)

1:45pm-3:00pm: Saint Juliens Creek Revival (Americana/Newgrass)

3:30pm-5:00pm: Barbara Nesbitt with Special Guest Bernie Lee (Americana Singer/Songwriter)



For more information, email Laura DeVore 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 "TBD", 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.



Sponsorship's 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 or 757.625.6161, x507.

The sponsors for the 2019 Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival are:





















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Participating Artists



PA= Painting

PM= Printmaking

JE= Jewelry

DR= Drawing

GL= Glass

MM= Mixed Media

LE= Leather

PH= Photography

PO= Pottery

ME= Metal

SC= Sculpture

WO= Wood


Awards & Winners

Below are the artists who won awards at the 2019 Stockley Gardens Fall Art Show.  

Best In Show ($3,500)
Sponsored by the Helen G. Gifford Foundation
Winner: Richard Toft (Accomack, VA)
Medium: Painting

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial 1st Place Award ($2,000)
Sponsored by Russ Cerro in honor of Catherine and her love for the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
Winner: Avery Groves (Charlottesville, VA)
Medium: Jewelry

- This award is now The Alexis Reass 1st Place Award for Fall 2020

The MELAYNA and SOPHIA Second Place Award ($1,500)
Sponsored by The Palace Shops, Palace Station, and Decorum Furniture
Winner: Amanda Outcalt (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Mixed Media

Third Place Award ($1,000)
Sponsor remains anonymous
Winner: Joshua Soloman (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Glass

The Lee Gerry Wertheimer Award ($500)
Sponsor remains anonymous
Winner: Cindy Liebel (Fredericksburg, VA)
Medium: Jewelry

- This award is no longer available for Fall 2020

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

- This award is not available for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)
Sponsored by Claudia Mackintosh, Chandler Realty
Winner: Kristin Moger (Gap, PA)
Medium: Drawing

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Changes Hairstyling, City Spa & Jake's Place
Winner: Albert Massey (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Wood

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Abe McCormack & Sharon Puryear
Winner: Gopal Kapoor (Greenville, NC)
Medium: Jewelry

Randy Smith Memorial Award ($100)
Sponsored by Scott and Cindy Mackey, Mackey Ink
Winner: Trista Chapman (Fredericksburg, VA)
Medium: Pottery

Best in Show - Emerging Artist ($250)
Winner: Brandon Umberger 
Medium: Painting

1st Place - Emerging Artist ($150)
Winner: Michael Halliday, Jr.
Medium: Digital Print

2nd Place - Emerging Artist ($100)
Winner: Sydney Osborne
Medium: Photography

3rd Place - Emerging Artist ($50)
Winner: Craig Holden
Medium: Drawing & Screen Print




Artist applications are available on zapplication.org until July 13, 2020. 

SGAF Date Artist Application is Available Date Artist Application is Due
Fall 2020 June 1, 2020  July 13, 2020


Artist Jury Fee: $40
Artist Booth Sizes & Fees:

$275 (10' x 10')
$415 (10' x 15')
$550 (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.

Photo-mechanical 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

Applicants for the Emerging Artist Exhibit for Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival on October 17th and 18th must be currently enrolled in a college, university, high school, or be a recent graduate.

The application can be found here and must be turned in with artwork by September 18th, 2020.

For more information contact Laura DeVore at ldevore@hope-house.org



Food Vendors


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


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