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“Art is to the soul what garlic is to the palate.”

Just as garlic spices our daily food, art and craft spice our daily life. This festival brings together hidden handmade treasures from the North Quabbin region: people working in small workshops to make beautifully crafted things by hand. Some artisans are professionals who ordinarily sell their work in galleries and festivals outside the area. Others are amateurs who feel the need to create after their “day jobs” are over. The festival is the place to meet the artists and craftspeople of the region, and to enjoy conversations with people who love what they do.

Apply Now to the 2015 Festival!

We invite you to apply to the 17th annual celebration of the agricultural, artistic, and cultural bounty of our North Quabbin region. Please download the application materials, fill them out completely, and send them to us along with the required photos of your work. (There is an email option for photos)

There are few things about the application we would like to highlight:

NEW for 2015! “Friends of the Festival” invitation to apply: New to the festival this year, the organizing committee will open up applications to jury and invite a select few artisans to participate as a one-time Artist Friend of the Festival. An Artist Friend demonstrates high quality work, a strong community spirit, and creates their work in an underserved area outside of the festival’s represented Quabbin region. These guest artists will be invited based on space availability, jury scores, and demonstration of festival values. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the festival’s demonstration offerings and will be juried alongside other applicants of the same medium with priority going to North Quabbin area artists.

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival Mission Statement – Please bear in mind what we are striving to do for the region which includes Handmade, Homegrown, and High Quality. This is a regional festival, so we only generally only accept applications from artists who live in the North Quabbin area. The nine North Quabbin towns that will be represented at the festival are New Salem, Wendell, Erving, Orange, Athol, Warwick, Royalston, Phillipston and Petersham. If there are still spaces to be filled, artists may be accepted from a defined surrounding area 15 miles from the site of the festival (North= NH border, East=Templeton, South=Pelham, West=Greenfield). Remember that everything sold must be handmade by the artist who must be present in the booth during the festival.

Sustainable Volunteer Model: We are excited to announce another year of our sustainable volunteer model. As part of your acceptance into the festival, you will be asked to contribute 4 hours during the summer leading up to the festival or during the days just before and after. If you plan to apply this year, make sure to fill out the exhibitor participation information sheet that is part of your application packet. Your application will not be juried without the participation form. Please make sure to read the entire application packet thoroughly before applying.

Specific details may be found by downloading the 2015 Garlic and Arts Festival Artist Application Packet

Please use the form below to get in touch with Lou and Diane with any questions. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival!

Lou Leelyn
Diane Nassif
Artist Coordinators for the Festival Organizing Committee


If you’d like to inquire about anything artist related, please fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.