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Artist Invitation

ENGAGE Art Fair is returning for its fifth year as a signature event of Napa Valley Arts in April's showcase of the arts. Curated by top creatives from around the Napa Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, ENGAGE Art Fair provides an interactive, sensory experience for guests in an alternative art fair setting.

Curating ENGAGE Art Fair

Team ENGAGE is in the process of curating ENGAGE Art Fair, the anchor event of SARAFORNIA, the kick-off celebration in Calistoga of Napa Valley Arts in April. Based on the quality and merit of your work, we cordially invite you to participate in this three day event: The opening night Preview Party on April 5th and the public show April 6th and 7th.

ENGAGE Art Fair is an exclusive event with both an invitational and open application process. All artists are encouraged to apply for consideration. Selected artists are invited to display their work in the 11,000 sf converted gallery space, designed to promote interaction between the artists and audience.

Presented by Celebrate! Napa Valley, ENGAGE Art Fair is an annual, curated and immersive affair featuring some of the Bay Area’s best artists, craftspeople, and performers who gather in Calistoga to meet, create and engage with the public. SARAFORNIA: Art | Music | Food | Wine, held over the first weekend of April, is the kick-off celebration of Napa Valley Arts in April and is a collaboration of Celebrate! Napa Valley, Arts Council Napa Valley, and Visit Calistoga.

Applying to ENGAGE Art Fair

Apply through ZAPPLICATION for the 2019 ENGAGE Art Fair.

The ZAPPlication site has several video tutorials and other resources in case you need help, and if that isn't enough, you can always email us.

We look forward to your submission.

Breaking Down the Barriers

Open Application Process

ENGAGE Art Fair is an exclusive event with both an invitational and open application process.

Artists may apply in the FINE ART or FINE CRAFT category.

All eligible artists are encouraged to apply through the ZAPPlication site. All applications will be reviewed by the ENGAGE Team of arts professionals, members of which will be invited each year by ENGAGE management. The blind selection process will be conducted remotely, using ZAPPlication, an online platform and only digital images will be accepted. Artist names and business names will be removed from all applications.

The ENGAGE Team will use the following criteria when reviewing artist applications:
1. Quality of workmanship
2. Creativity, originality and conception
3. Professional presentation + experience
4. Overall impression of work
5. Proposal for Audience Engagement

Selected artists will be invited to participate. Panel selections are final and no comments will be provided.

Invitational Process

In addition to the open call for artists using ZAPPlication, the ENGAGE Team will also have the option to invite specific artists of their choosing who also fit the selection criteria listed above.


ENGAGE Art Fair takes place both indoors and outdoors. Each year the space is custom organized to maximize flow and accessibility for audience to interact with the participating artists.

Indoor Space: The Fine Art Gallery

The Tubbs Exhibition Building will showcase a variety of exquisite, fine artists. Equipped with ceiling and spot lighting, this 11,000 sf 'warehouse' transforms into an elegant gallery, with an open floor plan allowing patrons to mingle and immerse themselves with the art. This is a curated show.

Outdoor Space: The Marketplace

Surrounding the Tubbs Exhibition Building is a covered outdoor area, The Marketplace. Up to 15 artists may be placed in this area.
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