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 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 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

2018 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 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: 

Aidien Shapiro, Davide/JE

Anderson, Tracy/PA

Angelo, Donna/JE

Argenbright, Troy/DR

Banta, Leslie/MM

Barnes, Tom/PA

Bates, Marcy/SC

Beard, Jill/GL

Benvenuto, Jean/DR/PA

Brownlee, Ed/PO

Bruce, Kathleen/MM

Bruno, Chris/MM

Burkett, Hillary/JE

Cantilo, Icka/JE

Cesario, Ellie/GL

Collins, Derek/PA

Corr, Will/PA

Dahms, Kristen/MM

Dallas, Amy & Jeff/SC

DeHart, Patricia/PA

DeNardo, Laura/PH

Dennis, John/WO

DeSerres, Lauren/PA

Diener, Jeffrey/PH

Downey, Barbara & David/MM

Duval, Kevin/ME

Duvall, Sharon/LE

English, Joseph/PM

Estes, Jamie & Thompson, Andrew/GL

Fadool, Ed/PA

Farrar, Michael/PA

Faulk, Makenna/PA

Fenwick, Tracy/JE

Fleck, Mel/PM

Freeman, Anna/PO

Friel, Sherry/PH

Fuller, Kazuko/JE

Gal, Yoram/PA

Galuszka, Maria/PO

Gardner, Laura/PA

Goodman, Jeanne/DR

Gordon, David/PA

Gourley, Linda/PM

Green, Jonah/PA

Gulyas, John/JE

Gupta, Ruchi/PO

Harrison, Cindy/PA/DR

Hearn, Maureen/JE

Hemming, Rod/PO

Hill, Pamela/PA

Joannidi, Carol/JE

Jones, Kerream/PA

Kain, Liz/JE

Kapoor, Gopal/JE

Katic, Milenko/PA

Keller, Jeremy/PO

Kudulis, Kenneth/MM

Lawrence, Linder


Leavell, Matthew/ME

Lee, Letitia/PA

Lewando, Peter/PH

Liebel, Cindy/JE

Ligmont, Alyssa/PO

Liu, Weihong/PA

Lloyd, Steven/ME

Margeson, Jana/JE

Massey, Albert/WO

Maurer, John/PA

McCarthy, Sarah/PO

Molignano, Nick/WO

Nichtberger, Liz/MM

Nidy, Kathryn/MM

Nogueira, A. Cesar/SC

Obermeyer, Ed/PA

O’Connell, Christine/PO

O’Connor, Sara/PA

Olinger, Holly/MM

Oliva, Cary/PH

Outcalt, Amanda/MM

Paul, Carrie/JE

Pedroso, Armando/SC

Pembroke, Gene/PH

Pinkard, Rosalie/MM

Poole, Amber/PO

Proffit, Kim/GL

Rawson, Marjorie/LE

Reims, Edgar/PA

Ricketts, Richard/MM

Roberts, Scott/WO

Ruby, Kurt/MM

Sanborn, Misha/PO

Sandage, Greg/JE

Scarborough, Suzy/MM

Schappell, Melissa/MM

Sertzen, Cesar/JE

Shapiro, Lori/PA

Skully, Frank/WO

Spillane, Jim/PH

Spoon, Marisol/PA

Supraner, Scott/PO

Sutton, Karen/PA

Taliaferro, Earnest/WO

Tamber, Ashley/JE

Thiele, Michael/WO

Tinkham, Spencer/WO

Titus, Austin/JE

Toft, Richard/PA

Trejbal, Willie/JE

Tsai, Erh Ping/JE

Tyree, Tanya/SC

Vagner, Michael/JE

Viele, Brenda/PA

Vinson, Suzanne/MM

Walko, Nickolai/MM

Whalen, Patrick/PH

Williams, Susan/MM

Wolf, Susan/MM

Womack, Tracy/JE

Wooldridge, Kathy/GL

Worsley, Jennifer/PO

Young, Kenn/WO

Young, Kim/JE

Yu, Zu Sheng/PA

Yuan, David/PA

Zah, George/PH



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

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 20, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Forging with Kids (Blacksmithing)    

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.       Hunter the Magician (Magic Show)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m        STAHR (Orchestra)          

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       C-Shells (Music for Kids)         

All Day:                                  Bobby the Clown (Balloon Animals & Facepainting) 


Sunday, October 21, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Forging with Kids (Blacksmithing)     

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.       Hunter the Magician (Magic Show)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m      C-Shells (Music for Kids)          

All Day:                                Bobby the Clown (Balloon Animals & Facepainting)        


For more information, email Laura Janosko 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 20, 2018                                           

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Gratiot Lake Road (Folk)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.     Who We Are Not (Indie Alternative)           

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m        Roebuck (Blues)          

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Buddah Council (Reggae)        

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       The LifeHacks (Alternative Rock Trio)       

Sunday, October 21, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Kate Stedelbauer (Singer-Songwriter)     

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.     Jim Newsom (Folk Singer-Songwriter)

1:45 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m.      Rosebird (Rock/Country)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Bad Weather Birds (Roots Rock)

For more information, email Laura Janosko 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.


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 2018 Fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festival are:







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Awards & Winners

Below are the artists who won awards at the 2018 Stockley Gardens Spring Art Show.  

Best In Show ($3,500)
Sponsored by the Helen G. Gifford Foundation
Winner: Matthew Fine (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Glass

The MELAYNA and SOPHIA Second Place Award ($1,500)
Sponsored by The Palace Shops, Palace Station, and Decorum Furniture
Winner: Kyle Wilson (Selma, NC)
Medium: Photography

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial Third Place Award ($1,000)
Sponsored by Russ Cerro in honor of Catherine and her love for the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
Winner: Richard Toft (Accomac, VA)
Medium: Painting

Norfolk Artist Award ($300)
Sponsored by The Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Winner: Jeanne Goodman (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Drawing

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award ($250)
Sponsored by Claudia Mackintosh, Nancy Chandler Associates
Winner: Amanda Outcalt (Norfolk, VA)
Medium: Printmaking

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Changes Hairstyling, City Spa & Jake's Place
Winner: Karen Sutton (Virginia Beach, VA)
Medium: Painting

Award of Merit ($150)
Sponsored by Changes Hairstyling, City Spa & Jake's Place
Winner: John Cooley (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
Medium: Pottery

Randy Smith Memorial Award
Sponsored by Scott and Cindy Mackey, Mackey Ink
Winner: Ryan Eure (Gloucester, VA)
Medium: Jewelry

Futures Award First Prize ($150)
Sponsored by Dr. Hamlin and Dr. Morgan
Winner: LaKaye Mbah (Norfolk State University)
Medium: Mixed Media

Futures Award Second Prize ($100)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner: Devin Reed (Bishop Sullivan High School)
Medium: Photography

Futures Award Third Prize ($50)
Sponsored by Friends of Stockley
Winner: Elizabeth Johnson (Bishop Sullivan High School)
Medium: Pottery




Artist applications are available on zapplication.org until July 9, 2018. 

Emerging Artist Application for the 2017 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival are now available. Click here to view. APPLICATION IS DUE ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2018.  

SGAF Date Artist Application is Available Date Artist Application is Due
Fall 2018 June 1, 2018  July 9, 2018
Spring 2019 January 1, 2019 February 11, 2019 


Artist Jury Fee: $35
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.

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.

Food Vendors

Food vendor applications for the 2018 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival click here.  APPLICATION IS DUE ON AUGUST 6, 2018. 


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


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