2017 Studio Trail Update

Thank you for your interest, past, present and future, in the HopArts Studio Trail.  We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the changes that have been made to the 2017 Trail.

The application period has been changed to March 15 through April 30.  There are a limited number of artists that can be accommodated on the Trail so please submit your application promptly.  The online application is preferred and will be available on hoparts.org beginning March 15, although paper applications will be accepted.  Questions regarding the application should be sent to info@hoparts.org.  Payments and paper applications should be mailed to HopArts, POB 934, Hope Valley, RI 02832.  Acceptance packages will be sent on May 30.

The application is a contractual agreement between HopArts and the Artist to participate in HopArts related activities, specifically the studio trail dates. In signing/submitting the application the artist is giving HopArts permission to reproduce their artwork to promote the Trail. Participating artists will be asked to attend on informational meeting prior to the Trail and possibly a post-Trail meeting.

We require the submission of new images each year for the purposes of accurate representation and artist placement; please ensure your images reflect the categories of artworks which will be available for sale/display during the Trail. Artists may not sell a category of  work for which images have not been submitted.  Providing good description helps us to accurately promote your artworks in the weeks prior to the Trail, i.e. media, material, size (no abbreviations please).

Artworks presented should be created by the participating artist and demonstrate artistic originality, mastery in the medium, creativity and craftsmanship in its making. The HopArts committee has the right to jury out any work that doesn’t meet the requirements above.

The application fee paid by participating artists represents about one half of the Trail expenses each year.  We also rely heavily on the support of the local business community, as well as private donation, as an important source of funding and we are, therefore, requesting that each artist solicit one business or private sponsor per year.  We are now a non-profit organization (501c3) which may help in soliciting donations.  The acceptance package will include bullet points/information to assist you.  We also ask that artists contribute contact address to our central database.

And finally, a reminder that participating artists must have a retail permit to make sales; the permit may be obtained online at https://www.salestaxhandbook.com/rhode-island/sales-tax-permits.  Artists are also required to maintain liability insurance as HopArts accepts no liability for risks associated with their participation with the Trail.

We are privileged and honored each year to work with such a talented group of artists!  Thank you for your  continued participation and support of HopArts.  Please send any questions you may have to mredinger@hoparts.org.

A diverse group of Southern Rhode Island artists and artisans.