About the Show – 2024

For 22 years, the GSR has been a draw for local artists. Our Book Nook expanded in 2022, into the Ellerbee Room reception room, across from our main hall!

The show is strategically held in time to catch holiday shoppers and also coincides with “small business Saturday” following Thanksgiving/Black Friday.

Show Schedule

Sept 1 – Application deadline
Sept 15 – Artist notification
October 1 – Last day to cancel with refund*
November 10 – Artists promote GSR

Dates and Times

Saturday Nov 30, 2023 10 am – 6pm
Sunday Dec 1, 2023 10 am – 4pm

Booth Cost

Jury Fee – $15 (non-refundable)
Single Booth (10×10) – $220
Booth-and-a-half (10×15) – $310
Double Booth (10×20) – $390

Art Requirements

  • All work MUST be created by you the applicant/artist; mass produced, commercial and resale items are not allowed
  • All work must be attractively displayed in a professional manner
  • All work must be consistent with images represented in your application

GSR reserves the right to request anyone not following these guidelines to leave the show.

General Information

  • Artists are responsible for collecting & paying
    Minnesota Sales Tax (7.875%)
  • Artists are required to be at their booth; you are
    responsible for your own sales. The GSR will not take
    a portion of your sales; all sales go directly to you
  • We provide bagels and coffee in the morning and a
    lunchtime meal. This courtesy only extends to 2
    artists/helpers per booth. Additional amenities can
    be purchased if necessary.


  • Electricity is provided at no additional cost. We highly recommend being prepared to light your space!
  • Chairs and skirted tables are available– please note how many on your application.

We ask that you support our volunteers

Every year volunteers donate their time and talents to our event. In exchange for their assistance, we ask all artists to extend a 5% discount (volunteers will be given a thank you card to show you in order to receive this discount). Thank you for agreeing to join us in extending such a gift in return for their services.


  • Color ‘post-it’ on Mankato Free Press’ front page
  • Radio advertising
  • Posters and postcards available for pickup two to three weeks prior to the show for you to hang in your community and mail out
  • Electronic poster and postcard will be mailed to artists three weeks prior to the show
  • All participating artists are expected to send notification to their customers. Whether you prefer email or snail mail, we provide you with materials to contact your clients. Sharing shoppers benefits everyone! Also be sure to add us to your online calendar and social media.

ShopART Midwest Online

In 2020, we created an online presence in partnership with Twin Rivers Council for the Arts. The shopping platform is now called ShopART Midwest. All GSR artists are invited to upload current work on the platform at no additional cost. The same rules as previous years will apply; GSR and Twin Rivers will send interested buyers directly to you, and 100% of sales are yours, we take no fees.

To Apply

  • Complete Application
  • Check for $15 make checks payable to: GSR Fine Art Festival
  • Second check for Booth Space (accepted artists’ checks will be cashed after September 18th)

High Resolution Image Requirements

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • 3 x 5 inches or larger
  • PDF, TIFF or JPG files preferred

Cancellation Policy

The last day to cancel with a full refund is October 1st. We ask that you alert us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so we may invite those on our waiting list.

22nd Annual GSR Fine Art Festival Artist Application

Artist Application – Deadline September 1st

Artist Registration
Address *
Booth Size:
Please indicate # requested:
**Two artists working as a team (creating one body of work) may fill out one application. Two artists applying to share a booth (creating two bodies of work) will apply separately, even if work is similar. Application, photos & jury fee must accompany each application.
Are you planning to share a booth?
Will you still come if they are not accepted:

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