*Notice about Spring 2021*

The Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival, sponsored by TowneBank, will be held virtually on May 15th & 16th. Participants will be able to view and purchase works of art and enjoy performances from the region’s favorite musicians. The virtual experience can be found at


There will still be top-notch artists, groovy music, sponsor shout outs and plenty of nostalgia. But this time around, footsteps and hands-on browsing are out, socially distant clicks, comments, and shares are in. Stay tuned for more details on the art and entertainment.

Every artist will have links to their website for purchases, and several pieces will be available through a virtual auction. Emerging artists will also be included in the festival.

About the 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. Now, the free event is a community tradition proudly presented by Towne Bank, and drawing more than 20,000 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, dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. 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 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 six years in a row, so don't miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. It's a good time, for a good cause.


Dates & Facts

37th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 10am to 5 pm
Location: Stockley Gardens Facebook page




You gotta have art. But you also gotta have an opportunity for local musicians to strut their stuff.

Live Music

Saturday, May 15, 2021                                          

11:00 a.m.    The Lost Soles (Oldies)     

1:00 p.m.      Jim Knox (Americana, Jazz & Country)

2:30 p.m.      Matt Vollmer (Singer-Songwriter)

4:00 p.m.      Brent Gable (Americana Singer-Songwriter)

5:00 p.m.      Barbara Nesbitt (Americana Singer-Songwriter)


Sunday, May 16, 2021

11:00 a.m.     Ann Gray (Folk)

1:00 p.m.       Roy Ira & Zach Moats (Acoustic Folk)

2:30 p.m.       Holly Kirsten (Contemporary Singer-Songwriter)

4:00 p.m.       Michael Lille (Acoustic Singer-Songwriter)

For more information, email Laura DeVore or call her at 757.625.6161, x509.

List of Spring Artists'


Anderson, Tracy (PA) https://tracyandersonartist.com

Andrews, Rolande (JE) https://www.beachcombingsstudio.net

Ayala, Sue (GL) Ayala-Glass.com

Barnes, Tom (PA) http://www.tombarnesfineart.com

Benkendorf, Jason (WO) https://www.redeemedwoodturning.com/

Benvenuto, Jean (PA) https://jeanbenvenutoart.artspan.com/

Bock, Susan (MM) etsy.com/shop/art2die4

Bonet, Marisol (PA) https://marisolbonetart.com/stockley-gardens

Burcher, Lynn (JE) https://www.etsy.com/shop/luckiepenny (for Metal & Enamel Jewelry)                                https://www.etsy.com/shop/gildedlilyglass  (for Fused Glass Jewelry)                             https://www.etsy.com/shop/prettybyrdz  (for Torchwork Glass Jewelry) 

Burkett, Hillary (JE) https://camerashycove.com

Cade, Michael (PA) www.michaelcadeart.com

Clark, Dorothy (PA/DR) https://dorothys-paintings.square.site

Cockman, Pui-Lan (PA) puilanart.com

Collins, Derek (PA) http://www.etsy.com/shop/derekcollins

Easley, Bruce (DR) www.Etsy.com/EnfieldScrimshaw

Frey, Benjamin (MM) https://www.benjaminfrey.com/collect/

Gal, Yoram (PA) https://yoramgal.com

Glassman, Alan (PH) https://www.studio1zimaging.com/

Heifetz, Doug (JE) https://lostandforged.com


Heiser, Tiffany (PA) https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheShipsHold

Hill, Pamela (PA) www.pamelahillart.com

Horvath, Corinne (JE) https://textureandtarnish.com/

Jefferson, Philip (PH) https://pj-facility-imaging.myshopify.com/

Johnson, Eafrica (PA) https://www.artbyeaf.org/buy-art-works

Joo, Jungwhon (JE) https://enamelsbyj.com/stockley

Kay, Ilene (JE) https://www.art-jewelry-by-ilene.com/

Kehew, Elaine (PA) www.elainekehew.com

Korte, Carol (JE) https://www.kortejewelry.com/

Kudulis, Kenneth (MM) www.kudu-lah.com

Laufman, Leslie (PA) www.LeslieAquarelle.com

Lawrence, Linder Hollywood (PA) https://hollywood-in-ghent.square.site/

Lee, Letitia (PA) www.leemeeart.com

Ligmont, Alyssa (PO) www.etsy.com/shop/ClayEclectics

Macaulay, Angus (MM) http://www.angustheartist.com/?fbclid=IwAR3EXdoUGc_omVxV1yi4yMreBlT6YD-UfWxQ4r2r2jAl_VXJDWBsU4A9jP8

Maurer, John (PA) www.johnmaurer-art.com

Mayberry, Karla (PH) www.olehennsphotography.com

Miller, Peggy (JE) Pegsjewels.com

Myers, Barbara (PA) www.bmannmyers.com

Obermeyer, Ed (PA/PH) http://www.edobermeyer.com/index

O'Shell, Mike (PH) https://www.mikeoshellphoto.com/gallery

Outcalt, Amanda (MM) https://manda-on-demand.com/

Poole, Amber (PO) https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthFireSpirit

Pratelli, Rejane (JE) www.anvilfireandtime.com

Primm, Ron (PA) https://ronprimm.com/shop/

Sarfan, Cyndi (PH) https://cyndi-sarfan.pixels.com/

Sertzen, Cesar (JE) www.shademetals.com

Smead, Cindi (GL) etsy.com/shop/FireflyMedley

Solomon, Joshua (GL) www.jsolomonsolutions.com

Stolberg, Josh (MM) http://www.rvacapworks.com/

Swan, Allison (PA) www.AllisonSwanArt.com  

Toft, Richard (PA) www.toftstudio.com

Tyree, Tanya (SC) www.tanyatyree.art

Walko, Nickolai (MM) https://www.nickolaiwalko.com/originals

Wilson, Sharon (JE) www.etsy.com/shop/Cravings4Jewelry


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


Food Vendors 



This Years Sponsors

Sponsorships provide tremendous exposure for businesses while supporting the arts, people with disabilities, and the community as a whole. They're available at many different levels and 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 or call her at 757.625.6161, x507.

Presenting Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors


Copper Sponsor





Helen G. Gifford Foundation


Media Sponsors

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Friends of Stockley

Best Friends

Ann and Russell Onhaizer

Brooks Johnson and Germaine Clair

Jeff Janik

Mary Jane Sufficool

Matthew McKeon & Vince Zentner


Drs. Shivar, Peluso, & Andersen

Rebecca White

Richard and Anne Stenberg


Atlee and Carolyn Smith

Debra Keeling

Hunter Thomas

Ken and Windsor Shewbridge

Mary Kelly

Norva Plastics

Patricia and Doug Wilbourne

Robin Gustin


Allan and Harriet Reynolds

Chris Jones & Diane Catanzaro

Donna Marcialis

Dot Snipes

Awards & Winners

35th Annual Spring Festival Winners

Helen G. Gifford Foundation Best in Show - $3,500 (Jason Weatherspoon)

The Catherine Toscano Kastenbaum Memorial 1st Place Award- $2,000 (Hannah Long)

- Now The Alexis Reass 1st Place Award

The Melayna Sophia 2nd Place Award - $1,000 (Pamela Hill)

3rd Place Award - $500 (Tom Barnes)

Lee Gerry Wertheimer Memorial Award $500 (David Russell)

- No longer available in Spring 2021

(2) Awards of Merit $150 each (Marc Aune & Milenko Katic)

Norfolk Artist Award $300 (Joshua Soloman)

- Not available in Spring 2021

Edward G. Carson Memorial Award $250 (Jessie Bensen)

Randy Smith Memorial Award $100 (Dion Pollock)

Best in Show Futures (Coming Spring 2021) 

1st Place Futures (Miranda Clark)

2nd Place Futures (Damon Jones)

3rd Place Futures (Caroline Foresta)



Artist applications for the 37th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival will become available on January 1, 2021. If you are interested in applying, go to https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9010 to apply online on Zapplications. Applications are due February 15, 2021.


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

$275 (10' x 10')
$415 (10' x 15')
$550 (10' x 20')

Number of Exhibit Spaces: 130


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

Please contact Laura DeVore at ldevore@hope-house.org with questions. 

Food Vendors

Food Vendor applications will be accepted for the 37th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival starting in January. Please contact Laura DeVore at ldevore@hope-house.org with questions. 


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