Orange Street ArtsFest 2022

Orange Street ArtsFest 2022 – Memorial Day Weekend

Thalian Association Community Theatre is excited to announce that the 26th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest will be held this year on Memorial Day Weekend – May 28th & 29th, 2022 from 10am-5pm both days. Artists/Vendor application will open to the public on February 1st, 2022.

We are looking for enthusiastic people interested in volunteering at the 26th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest. Volunteers will run the TACT information booths, assist with set-up and breakdown, deliver water to vendors, and collect raffle and donation money.
If that’s you please sign up here!


A very BIG thank you to our OSAF 2022 Sponsors!





General Information for Artist/Vendors


26th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest


LOCATION: Hannah Block Historic USO Building/Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street.

    • Inside the HBHUSO/CAC building – Limited spaces
    • On Orange Street, between Front and 2nd Street
    • On 2nd Street, between Orange and Dock Street

*Memorial Day Weekend*

    • Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The building will open to vendors 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 – 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.




ONLINE APPLICATION: You can complete the online application at this link.

All new applicants must submit color photos or artwork.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified upon acceptance via email no later than April 30th. Spots fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.

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 and mail to: Attn: Stacie Smith- OSAF, 120 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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

DEADLINE: Application and payment must be received before the following dates:

  • Early Bird Price: $135 (before March 1, 2022)
  • Regular Price: $150 (after March 1 until all spaces are filled)

QUESTIONS: All questions may be directed to Stacie Smith by calling (910) 341-7860 or email at



UPON ACCEPTANCE: Once your application is accepted into the show (via email) payment for booth space must be complete within 7 business days to guarantee your spot.

    • Early Bird Price: $135 (before March 1, 2022)
    • Regular Price: $150 (after March 1 until all 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 electricity, 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 at this link for your reference 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 speciesWe 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.

Meet Our Judge   

Madison Creech was the 2018-19 Fountainhead Fellow in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University and a BFA and BS in textile, merchandising, and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as faculty associate at Arizona State University, instructing surface design and served as Visiting Assistant Professor and the Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar at Stetson University teaching digital art and textile art courses. Currently, she teaches in the Art and Art History Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Creech has held residencies at Praxis Fiber Digital Weaving Lab in Cleveland, Ohio, Metro Community College Prototype Lab in Omaha, Nebraska, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Texas, and Techshop in Chandler, Arizona. Her work has been widely exhibited across the country, and she has been the recipient of a number of distinguished awards, including the Juror’s Award from the Surface Design Association’s Explorations exhibition, the Rudy Turk Award for History in American Craft from ASU, and the Mary Beason Bishop and Francis Sumner Merit Scholarship from the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is a co-founder of Fresh As Fruit in DeLand, FL and currently co-runs Fried Fruit Art Gallery in the cargo district in Wilmington, NC.




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  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 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.



Memorial Day Weekend May 28 & 29, 2022


WILMINGTON, NC –Thalian Association Community Theatre is seeking artists for the 26th Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday May 29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair will return to Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, and on 2nd to Dock Street, with some artists inside the building. The popular juried festival is the largest springtime arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 80 artists from North Carolina and surrounding states, with local entertainment and refreshments.

Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. An early bird discount fee of $135 will be offered until March 1st, with registration $150 after that date until all spaces are filled. Artists will be eligible for awards and $550 in prize money. For complete details about booth rental, deadlines and application process please visit or email Stacie Smith, Community Arts Center Director at Online registration opens February 1, 2022.

The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages featuring entertainment from Thalian Association Community Theatre and local community performers. Another highlight of the festival is the Children’s Museum Interactive Playroom in the Peggy Farrell Studio. Visitors are invited to tour the WWII exhibits in the lobby of the fully renovated Historic USO building, now restored to its 1943 appearance.

Thalian Association Community Theatre launched the Orange Street ArtsFest in 1995 to promote the arts in Wilmington and the Community Arts Center (CAC), located in the Historic USO building. The theatre organization has managed the Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994. The 80-year-old landmark building, long recognized as the local center of visual and performing arts, was completely renovated in 2008 and is now known as the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. More information about building history and a film documentary can be found at

Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children ages seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to