VIRTUAL Spring Arts Festival

We are pleased to announce our plans to host the Stockley Gardens VIRTUAL Spring Arts Festival sponsored by TowneBank. Join us on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th to view works of art from 110+ talented artists in addition to live virtual performances by many of your favorite Tidewater musicians. You’ll have the opportunity to visit artists websites and make purchases. Visit our FaceBook event page and stay tuned for more information about the line-up and the restaurants that will feature “drive-up” menus for SGAF patrons. Although Hope House won’t benefit financially from hosting this event, we hope that you will become a Friend of Stockley to help us continue our mission of providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes.


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 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, 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

36th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival

Dates & Hours: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 10am to 5 pm
Location: On Facebook, at the link here:


 Commemorative, special edition SGAF t-shirts and posters can be purchased here: Virtual Stockley Gardens Merch


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

Live Stream Music

Saturday, May 16, 2020                                          

10:15 a.m.    Amy Ferebee / Americana & Blues     

11:15 a.m.    Holly Kirsten  /Singer-Songwriter

12:20 p.m.    Michael Paul Lawson / Visceral Americana 

1:15 p.m.      Kayce Laine / Acoustic Pop

2:20 p.m.      Delirious George / Precision Funk

3:45 p.m.      Saint Juliens Creek Revival / Americana Newgrass

5:00 p.m.      Dryland Folk Duo / Electro-Acoustic Folk 


Sunday, May 17, 2020

10:15 a.m.     Dustin Furlow / Singer-Songwriter

11:15 a.m.     Jarvis Griffin / Rock Soul

12:20 p.m.     Narissa Bond / New Folk

1:15 p.m.      Rob Oliver / Blues Rock

2:20 p.m.      Esoteric Ramblers / Folk

3:45 p.m.      Rachel & The Jellycats / Burlesque Soul

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

List of Virtual Spring Artists'


Abdelahad, Elie/LE/ 

Aldini, Joseph/PH/ 

Anderson, Tracy/PA/

Andrews, Patrick/ME/

Ayala, Sue/GL/

Baldauf, Stephen/MM/

Barnes, Tom/PA/

Beard, Jill/GL/

Benkendorf, Jason/WO/

Benvenuto, Jean/PA/

Bice, John/PH/

Bladen, Ed/WO/

Britt, Anne/JE/

Bryant, Gregory/JE/

Bryant, Michael/PH/

Buckley, Cathy/JE/

Buis, Marian/MM/

Burcher, Lynn/JE/

Burkett, Hillary/JE/

Butcher, Brandie/MM/

Carson, Theresa/JE/

Cesario, Ellie/GL/

Cheng, Michelle & Gao, Wayne/MM/

Chen, Kevin/PA/

Cheng, John/MM/

Clark, Dorothy/PA/

Clarke, Caroline/LE/

Cody, Colleen/JE/

Colburn, Jon/PO/

Collins, Derek/PA/

Costine, Andy/WO/

Dahms, Kristen/PA/

Daniel, Arlene/PA/

Davenport, Hillary/JE/

Davin, Lisa/JE/

deSerres, Lauren/MM

Diener, Jeffrey/PH/

Dressler, Julia/PH/

Duvall, Sharon/LE/

Easley, Bruce/DR/ 

Epstein, Jana/PH/

Eure, Ryan/JE/

Fadool, Ed/MM/

Feipel, Ryan/PH/

Finnie, Kelsey/GL/

Freeman, Anna/PO/

Frey, Benjamin/MM/

Geiman, Brecken/JE/

Glassman, Alan/PH/

Goodman, Jeanne/DR/

Goskey, Judy/JE/

Greene, Louise/MM/

Groves, Avery/JE/

Hemming, Rod/MM/

Hill, Pamela/PA/

Hopson, Tonya/PA/

Horan, Megan/JE/

Horvath, Corinne/JE/

Hunt, Kathleen/GL/

Huston-Field, Victor & Megan/PO/

Johnson, Eafrica/PA/

Kapoor, Gopal/JE/

Katic, Milenko/PA/

Kay, Ilene/JE/

Korte, Carol/JE/

Kristophel, Jake/WO/

Lane, Mike/PA/

Lawrence, Linder “Hollywood”/PA/

Lee, Letitia/PA/

Lewando, Peter/PH/

Ligmont, Alyssa/PO/

Lillemoe, Ethan/PO/

Liu, Weihong/PA/

Lloyd, Steven/ME/

Loomis, Kate/JE/

Macaulay, Angus/MM/

Maiwald, Andre/WO/

Mamandi, Rezgar/MM/

Master, Kathleen/MM/JE/

McCrary, Elginia/PA/

McGuirt, Brent/PH/

Myers, Barbra/PA/

Nichols, Merrianne/LE/

Nichtberger, Liz/PA/

Nikitchenko, Paul/MM/

Nugent, David/JE/

Obermeyer, Ed/PA/PH/

Owens, Nathaniel/JE/

Pollock, Dion/MM/

Pollock, Ellen/JE/

Primm, Ron/PA/

Reinheimer, Evan/PH/

Reuling, Ginger/MM/

Riggs-Harrell, Kyrstin/PO/

Rodrigue, Kevin/PO/

Ruby, Kurt/MM/

Sandidge, David/GL/

Schappell, Melissa/MM/

Sedlak-Ford, Lyn/PA/

Shampine, Paul/MM/

Simcoe, Annie/MM/

Solomon, Joshua/GL/

Spillane, Jim/PH/

Spillar, Sharon/PA/

Stolvoort, Peter/PA/

Strauss, Lisa/LE/

Toft, Richard/PA/

Turnage, Russell/PO/

Umbel, Barbara/JE/

Wakefield, Chris/WO/

Walko, Nickolai/MM/

Waugaman, Wendy/JE/

Welti, Jeff/JE/

Whorl, Steven & Sherry/GL/

Wolf, Susan/MM/

Wooldridge, Kathy/GL/

Wu, Guanwen/PA/

Yancey, Spencer/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


Food Vendors for Pick-Up

 Pick up food from our participating food vendors!

Cogan's Pizza- 

Call them at 757-627-6428 for pickup orderes.

They are also on Doordash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

(757) 627-6428

4311 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508

Strawberry Fields Gelato- 

Weekend curbside pick-up hours: 1pm-9pm 

Flavors to come soon!

(757) 354-4297

1510 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517


Horseshoe Point Honey- 

Get your local honey from a Stockley staple!

Pick-up available, please visit the link below.


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


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Copper Sponsor

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Contributing Sponsors


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Media Sponsors

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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 36th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival will become available on January 1, 2020. If you are interested in applying, please click here to apply online on Zapplications. Applications are due February 17, 2020.


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 with questions. Find the application here

Food Vendors

Food Vendor applications will be accepted for the 36th Annual Spring Stockley Gardens Arts Festival starting in January. Find the application here


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