All Fine Artists and Fine Crafters are invited to submit applications with digital samples of your artwork for the 12th Annual Downtown Clermont Art Festival. This November 3 and 4, 2018 DCAF juried fine art show is themed “Champions For the Arts”. This boutique festival is the signature event produced for Historic Downtown Clermont by the Clermont Downtown Partnership. The previous 2017 Best of Show Award Winner Ward Siegler will be this year’s Featured Artist with his fine art jewelry creations. 2018 DCAF attendance expected to be at least 10,000 art collectors and visitors.

Final Call For Artist & Crafter Applications: DCAF 2018 will again host highly creative and technically superb juried artists to continue its reputation as one of the best small and exclusive art shows in Central Florida. Juried artists will be chosen to feature their work in the special Red Carpet Area. Crafters exhibiting their work in the non-competitive division section of the show must also apply to be accepted.  This annual event will be publicized thoroughly in local and regional media, with broadcast, print and online promotions as well as travel guides, tourism and economic development and event websites.

Once accepted, Fine Art / Fine Art Craft category artists will reserve a space. Early applicants will get a 10’ x 10’ for $150 or a 10’ x 20’ space for $275 on the center of Montrose Street.  Non-competing arts and crafts participants must also submit an application with images of work to be considered for acceptance to the event. Accepted crafters for this two-day show without cash awards or ribbons are only $100 for a 10’ x 10’ booth space and $150 for a 10’ x 20’ space.

DCAF Art Awards & Winners: Artists will compete for $3,000 in cash prizes! “Best of Show” will be awarded $750. Judges Choice cash prizes of $250 each will be awarded across five distinct categories of work: Mixed Media 2-D; Mixed Media 3-D; Photography; Jewelry; and Fine Craft. Finally, up to 10 Awards of Excellence of $100 each are available. Award Ribbons will be distributed by 2 pm on Saturday to optimize Artist recognition. The Annual DCAF Artists & Sponsors Reception will be held on Saturday after the show. Red Carpet section Fine Artists and Fine Crafters may attend at no cost as guests of the CDP.

Award, Sponsorships Are Available! Sponsors are still encouraged to promote their business services and products with an exhibit space. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the show’s “Title Sponsor”, “Artist/Sponsor Reception” and “Featured Artist”. Purchase Awards, donor participation and business exposure opportunities are available. The South Lake Art League, The South Lake Chamber of Commerce, Florida Blue, Mark’s Flooring, Lake County Economic Development & Tourism and the City of Clermont have already stepped forward to be 2018 sponsors. It is not too early for vendors and food trucks to sign up.

Chalk Art Competition & Kids Zone: There will be a special Kids Art Zone. The Downtown Clermont Art Fest will be free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. This special Children’s Art Zone with a chalk art competition will be sponsored on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm by the South Lake Art League with awards at 2 pm.

Pancake Breakfast: Sponsored and hosted by the First United Methodist Church, breakfasts will be available from 8 am to 10 am in City Hall Park with delicious pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Only $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Sunday CDP Farmer’s Market: The popular Sunday Clermont Farmer’s Market will be held adjacent to the art festival on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, food and shopping within Historic Downtown Clermont’s unique shops and restaurants.

2018 Clermont DCAF Fine Art Show: This event will take place in Historic Downtown Clermont. For more information, visit: or contact Sandy Farnsworth, Executive Director of the CDP at:, 352-617-8788.

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