Orange Street ArtsFest 2018



Orange Street ArtsFest 2018 has accepted all artists!

Email questions to Community Arts Center Director, Samantha Herrick



BOOTH CHART - Click Here




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 2018 OSAF- General Information for Artist


23rd Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

LOCATION: The festival will take place at our namesake location on Orange Street between Front and 3rd streets, next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second Street.

HBHUSO/Community Arts Center  
120 South 2nd. Street 
Wilmington, NC 28401

*Memorial Day Weekend* 
Saturday, May 26 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Sunday, May 27 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The building will open to exhibitors 2 hours prior to the start of the show on Saturday morning. Personnel will be on site starting at 6:30am for set-up.


Drop Off 6:30-8:00am – To facilitate an efficient process each booth assignment will be given a designated drop off time. Artist may start getting their booth ready on the side walk but must keep street clear until 8:00am. After 8:00am, the street will be closed to all traffic. Personnel will be onsite starting at 6:30 AM to help direct traffic and offer any directional assistance.

Set up 8:00am-10:00am: No cars will be allowed to unload and travel down Orange Street after 8:00am. Please refrain from setting up booth spaces before 8am and blocking traffic. If an artist is blocking traffic, staff will ask you to take down your booth area.

Sunday, May 27th - 5:01 pm - 7:00 pm. All exhibits must be removed by 7:00 pm. Exhibit area must be left clean and free of trash at breakdown.


  • Limited parking available in the (Paid) Hannah Block lot on 2nd Street.
  • Free street parking close to area.
  • Please visit city of Wilmington website to plan ahead:

All correspondence will be sent via email. Please include a valid email address on your application.



There are two options for submitting applications. All NEW applicants must submit color photos of artwork.

ONLINE *preferred method*:You can complete the online application at this link.

MAIL TO:You can mail your completed application form along with artwork photos to Orange Street ArtsFest, Attn: Samantha Herrick, 120 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

PAYMENT:Upon acceptance, you can pay by check or credit card (credit card payments have an additional $5 processing fee). Make all checks payable to Thalian Association Community Theatre.

All questions may be directed to Samantha Herrick by calling (910) 341-7860 10 am until 5 pm or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Application and payment must be received before the following dates:

  • Early Bird Special: $135 (before March 31st)
  • Regular Price: $150 (after April 1st, until spaces are filled)

Applicants will be notified upon acceptance via email. Please allow up to 14 days after application is submitted to hear a response from the committee. Spots fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.



  • Early Bird Special: $135 (before March 31st)
  • Regular Price: $150 (after April 1st until spaces are filled)
  • Credit Card payments have an additional $5.00 processing fee.

BOOTH SIZE: Outdoor exhibit spaces measure approximately 10’ wide by 10’ deep. Indoor exhibit spaces measure approximately 10’ wide by 8’ deep. Work must be contained within the assigned space. Only one exhibitor or partnership producing a single product may qualify as an exhibitor. Tents are allowed but not required. OSAF will NOT provide tents, tables or chairs.

ASSIGNMENTS: All booth spaces are assigned in advance based on completed application and payment received. Please refer to the booth chart diagram for your reference and booth availability. If you do not show up by 10am on Saturday Morning your booth may be forfeited and no refund will issued.


All new applicants must submit color photos of artwork.

ACCEPTABLE TO SHOW: Original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable art, leather, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work, or mixed media. We request that the participating artist be the one who conceived of and executed the finished product. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable. It must be limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist.

UNACCEPTABLE TO SHOW: Non-original work, decoupage and decal crafts; works made in commercial molds, from patterns or kits; dried flower arrangements; needlework made from commercial patterns; and works utilizing materials from endangered species. We reserve the right to decline any artwork we deem is not in keeping with the nature of the show.


The show will be juried. Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with four Judges Awards and cash prizes.


Please share our Facebook Event (coming soon) with your friends, family and clients!

Follow us on Instagram @communityartscenterilm and make sure to tag your photos with #OSAF2018 and #orangestreetartsfest


Southeast Tourism Society has named the Orange Street ArtsFest one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for May 2018. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes the events throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.


  1. You will be notified of your space assignment prior to the show. Space assignments will not be changed. Please refer to booth chart.
  2. All photographically or commercially reproduced work must be limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. Extra reproductions should be exhibited in bins.
  3. Each artist is responsible for collecting NC 7% sales tax on all sales made during the 2018 OSAF. NC law requires a NC sales tax number. Failure to provide a NC sales tax number on your application may disqualify you from participation.
  4. Deadline for entries to be received is May 1st or until all spaces are filled. Application must include your NC sales tax number and payment for your booth space(s).
  5. All artist participants are eligible for awards presented by the ArtsFest judge.
  6. All items for sale must be the original work of the applicant. No buy/sell, imports, kits, or commercial products. NOTE: Management reserves the right to remove any exhibit/exhibitor without refund and without recourse.
  7. Exhibitors may not sublet or share booth space.
  8. An accepted application is a commitment to show. Cancellations must be in writing and submitted to our office 14 days prior to the show. No credits or refunds within 14 days of show.
  9. $25.00 fee for all returned checks.
  10. Exhibits/exhibitors must not extend beyond allotted 10 x 10, space.
  11. Security will be provided, however, Orange Street ArtsFest shall not be liable or responsible for any items lost, stolen, or damaged.
  12. Orange Street ArtsFest reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

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Our Management

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is managed by the staff of the The Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina.

The Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization founded in 1788 to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington. The organization has its offices and holds auditions at the Community Arts Center.  The Center also hosts the Thalian Children's Theater classes and performances.

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Getting Here

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Parking Information



Patrons of the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center can park in the surface lot conveniently located next to the building.

Parking Rates:

- Hourly: $1.25
- Daily: $7.00
- Monthly: $50.00


Paid parking is enforced 24/7 unless otherwise noted.  Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.