Mary O. Fritchie Art Show

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ADMINISTRATOR: Amanda Innocente
Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11AM – 4PM
Address: 7 Glovers Lane,
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Telephone: 631.288.3337
Facsimile: 631.288.3322
E-Mail: info@whbcc.org

In our 46th year, the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Annual Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show has become known as the premiere Summer Art Show on Eastern Long Island.  Over 65 superb fine artists from both near and far attend. You will find oil and acrylic paintings, pastel and watercolor, mixed media, sculptures–both wood and metal, as well as photography.  This spectacular festival of the arts attracts thousands of visitors to Westhampton Beach Village the first full weekend in August. The show is open between 10AM-6PM on Saturday and until 5PM on Sunday, August 4th and 5th, Rain or Shine!  For information about participating as an artist vendor, click on the picture to the left or contact the Greater Westhampton Chamber Office at 631-288-3337.

Very Important Show Procedures!

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR

2018 Mary O. Fritchie Art Show

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY 11978

 

All work exhibited or offered for sale must be original, produced by the exhibiting artist and signed. Limited editions must be appropriately numbered. Wearable art must be your original design and individually made. Artwork displayed may only be of the artistic category in which you are applying.

The Show is held Rain or Shine. Artists must attend all days and hours of the show. In the event of inclement weather, the show will proceed as scheduled. It will be at the sole discretion of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce (GWCOC) as to when to close the show due to dangerous weather conditions. Weather is monitored by the GWCOC.

Vendors must remain set up for the entire duration of the show and not break down any displays without prior permission from the GWCOC Board Member who is serving as Chair of the Art Show. Breaking down booths early is a disruption to both the event and your neighboring artists and may result in your expulsion from the current show and reflect on your application to participate in future shows.

TENT INFORMATION

There will be approximately 60 tent spaces. There is only one artist per tent. No tent sharing is allowed.

Artist must provide a suitable and attractive display. All supports, racks, stands and covered tables for artwork must fit within their assigned 10 X 10 space. All exhibitors’ tents must be WHITE. Any tents that that are not white cannot be erected and exhibitor will forfeit his/her location without refund.

Exhibitors are responsible for keeping their display area neat and clean at all times. Boxes and packing materials must be hidden from view.

All safety precautions must be taken in setting up exhibits. No staking of tents is permitted. There are many buried high-voltage electrical cables and sprinkler pipes in the Village Green. Therefore, weights capable of securing tents during heavy winds must be attached to all tents to prevent both personal injury and property damage. Artists are responsible for any tent contractors they may use. Electricity is not available, and generators are not allowed. Artists must maintain sufficient theft, damage and liability insurance to protect both them and their artwork.

PROCEDURES FOR SET-UP, BREAK DOWN AND PARKING

Set-up begins no earlier than 2pm on Friday. After unloading, all vehicles must be parked in the Village Public Parking Lots. No vehicles are allowed on the Village Green for loading and unloading. No vehicles will be permitted to unload after 9AM on Saturday. The perimeter of the Green will be used as a LOADING ZONE. It may be helpful to bring a hand truck.

Please follow Village Parking restrictions. All parking tickets are the full responsibility of the artists. The only times vans, automobiles, and hitch trailers belonging to artists will be permitted to park on the streets surrounding the art show is during Friday afternoon and Saturday morning set up, Saturday evening removal of artwork and Sunday evening break down of tents.

No overnight parking or camping is allowed in municipal or private lots or on the Village Green.

GREATER WESTHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce shall not be liable for any failure to perform or fulfill its contractual obligations concerning this art show provided such failure is caused or furthered by closure of site locations due to any cause or causes beyond its control, including but not limited to, acts of God, acts of nature, fire, flood, war, public disaster, strikes or labor difficulty, government enactment, regulations or order, or any other causes beyond its control.

The GWCOC reserves the right to reject or remove any and all works it may deem contrary to the show’s integrity and best interests, at its sole discretion.

CLEAN-UP

Artists must remove all rubbish, including but not limited to packing boxes, tables, wood, packing materials, water bottles used for weights and newspapers.

SALES TAX

The New York State Taxation Department requires artists to have a “Certificate of Authority”. Form DTF-17 is available at www.tax.ny.gov

MISCELLANEOUS

If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the show, as a courtesy to fellow artists and the Show, please notify us immediately by telephone. If an emergency arises during the Show and it becomes necessary for you to leave, you must notify a Show official before you dismantle.

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce does not assume liability for exhibits or artwork. The Art Show Committee reserves the right to make all decisions concerning participation. There will be no rain dates or refunds if the show is canceled.

History of the Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show

Mary O. Fritchie
January 19, 1920 – April 11, 2011

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Outdoor Fine Art Festivals have graced the beautiful village of Westhampton Beach since the late 1930s. Back in the day, visiting artists started to gather with their paints, easels and canvases on the sidewalks along Main Street each summer for a weekend in August to share their techniques. Each year word spread of the informal gathering of talent in our beachfront village and more and more artists started appearing every year. The first documented gathering that we have come across on record is in the summer of 1937. As the decades continued, weekend showings along Main Street sometimes turned into longer events that spanned a week and even two weekends.By the early 1950s Main Street in Westhampton Beach became dotted with artists clad in paint smocks and their talented hands holding paint brushes dabbling in watercolor and acrylic or fervently etching in pencil or ink. Community members, local artists and area business leaders started formally organizing the artists in the late 1950s and promoting the artistic gathering as a week-long event.In the early 1960s, one individual seemed to take the lead in orchestrating the annual summer assembly of artists in Westhampton Beach, local businesswoman Mary Ocame Fritchie. As the August turnout escalated to over 40 fine artists, Fritchie turned to the directors of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce in the mid-1960s for assistance in promoting the outdoor fine art show that had grown in the community. Main Street Westhampton Beach had now become the premiere artist event on the East End of Long Island attracting visitors each August from all over Long Island, New York City and points much farther away. The shows continued to grow each year with the involvement and structure of the local business community and chamber of commerce. Westhampton Beach was now a destination for those desiring fine art and was attracting international talent.After many years of leading the way and setting the high standards of producing quality art events in the community, Ms. Fritchie passed the duty of art show director on to the volunteer board of directors of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce in 1970. In the spring of 1972, the executive board of directors honored Frichie by naming the annual Westhampton Beach summer art show event The Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show. Over the course of the years since the 1970s, we have seen the art show under the direction of many local volunteer individuals, most recently John David, Sarah Mendenhall-Luhmer and Kris Vanderslice.

In the mid 1980s, the size of the annual art show outgrew Main Street and the show was moved to the Westhampton Beach Village Green and Gazebo with over 80 fine artists. In the late 1980s chamber directors developed a poster contest inviting local artists to submit their work for consideration for an annual summer poster as a means to both promote and commemorate the art show, praise local artistic talents and generate revenue for Greater Chamber of Commerce with the proceeds of  reprinted, artist signed and numbered limited edition posters.

By the late 1990s the size of the art show was doubled and artists were allowed to line the portion of Mill Road between Main Street and Church Street adjacent to the Village Green location. The caliber of the annual art show event in Westhampton Beach escalated each year as the jury selection process became more stringent and competitive thus gaining higher notoriety as one of the most respected art shows in the northeast.

Today, the executive board of directors of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce continue with the tradition of producing an annual summer poster contest, as well as orchestrating the Annual Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show. Although many recognize nearly 75 years of organized art in Westhampton Beach, the board of directors uses the 1972 date of when the art show was renamed in Ms. Fritchie’s honor in commemorating the annual event.

This year posters will be produced and available for sale by Memorial Day Weekend. Nearly all of the commemorative summer posters from over the years are available for purchase in the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce office located at 7 Glovers Lane off Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Unframed posters are available at the cost of $35 tax included. A few of the early posters are now officially sold out while one poster as been officially retired from further retail sales and all proceeds donated to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center restoration endeavors in the early 1990s.

In honor of Mary O. Fritchie and her vision for creating a premiere art event in the Greater Westhampton community, the executive board of directors of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce have established an annual scholarship in the amount of $1000 to a graduating senior of the Westhampton Beach High School who excels in fine art and intends to enroll in a four-year higher education program with the intent to major in art or art education.