Notice Regarding Cancellation

Hope House Foundation values our Stockley Gardens Arts Festival artists, patrons, and community. Due to Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 requiring all persons to stay at home, and for the safety and health of the community, the Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival is cancelled. We are currently exploring other options, including hosting a virtual festival, and will post updates as we proceed.  

Thank you for your continued support of Hope House Foundation and please consider becoming a Friend of Stockley.


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, 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: 15,000 — 20,000
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:  


Occasionally, 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, 2020

10:00 am- 5:00 pm    Bobby the Clown/Balloon Animals

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm      Carrie’s Hula Hoops

1:00pm- 3:00pm        Coast DIY/Make & Take Art

3:00 pm- 4:00pm       STAHR Suzuki Violin Group (Academy of Music)/Strings 

4:00 pm – 5:00pm      C Shells/Music for Kids         


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Noon – 5:00 pm        Bobby the Clown and Balloon Animals

1:00pm- 3:00pm       Coast DIY/Make & Take Art

3:00 pm – 4:00pm     Carrie’s Hula Hoops

4:00 pm – 5:00pm     C Shells/Music for Kids


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, May 16, 2020                                          

11:00 a.m.    Amy Ferebee/Americana & Blues     

12:30 p.m.    Two Hand Touch/ Indie Acoustic Rock

2:00 p.m.      Troy Breslow/Country

3:30 p.m.      Rob Oliver & The Attractors/Blues Rock

5:00 p.m.      Paper Aliens/Rock, Funk, & Jazz


Sunday, May 17, 2020

12:00 p.m.    Regina Scott Sanford/Singer-Songwriter

12:30 p.m.    Serious Black/Contemporary Folk

1:45 p.m.      Saint Juliens Creek Revival/Americana Newgrass

3:30 p.m.      Barbara Nesbitt with Special Guest Bernie Lee/Singer-Songwriter

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

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.

List of Spring Artists'


Abdelahad, Elie/LE

Anderson, Tracy/PA

Andrews, Patrick/ME

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

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

Costine, Andy/WO

Dahms, Kristen/PA

Daniel, Arlene/PA

Davenport, Hillary/JE

Davin, Lisa/JE

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

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


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

Simcoe, Annie/MM

Solomon, Joshua/GL

Spillane, Jim/PH

Spillar, Sharon/PA

Stolvoort, Peter/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



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)
The Melayna Sophia 2nd Place Award - $1,000 (Pamela Hill)
3rd Place Award - $500 (Tom Barnes)

Lee Gerry Wertheimer Memorial Award $500 (David Russell)

(2) Awards of Merit $150 each (Marc Aune & Milenko Katic)
Norfolk Artist Award $300 (Joshua Soloman)
Edward G. Carson Memorial Award $250 (Jessie Bensen)
Randy Smith Memorial Award $100 (Dion Pollock)


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