About This Series

WHO

SAM is available to artists and crafters who are selling original works created by the applying artist. Multi-level sales and franchise sellers will not be considered for participation. Examples of acceptable handmade and original wares:

  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Metal Works
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
  • Jewelry
  • Fiber arts

HOW

Space is limited to 10 booths per Sunday. Interested artists and artisans should complete the online form, and provide photos of the intended product. If approved you will receive an email with your approved date(s) and instructions. Applicants will be reviewed and approved on a first come first served basis.

We consider the following:

  • Quality of work.
  • Are there similar artists already participating?
  • Strength of reputation. Does your participation encourage other artists to participate? Do you have a following?

WHY

Downtown Spokane is tasked with creating an open and vibrant place in the downtown core. Art and the enjoyment of art is essential in showcasing creativity and diversity of community.

This event is designed to:

  • Create a positive image of Downtown Spokane, and enhance the community at large;
  • Support local artists and craftspeople; and
  • Expose adults and children to a wide array of fine art, hand-made crafts, and engaging art education opportunities.

CONSIDERATIONS

While selling of items is encouraged the primary goal of Art Mart is to showcase artists at work and build collaboration among local artists and crafters. It is preferred that whenever possible participants be creating throughout the event and engage with fellow exhibiters and visitors.

In its first year, Downtown Spokane cannot guarantee attendance or sales. This is a pilot program to determine the need and interest for this type of offering.

There is no cost to participate in 2019, however, with anticipated future growth, there may be a small fee to participate. In the future, preference will be given to those who participate in the pilot program.

Limited power is available on site. Please note any power needs in your application.

TERMS

  • The location of SAM is a public space open to the entire community. Downtown Spokane reserves the right to remove an artist displaying items which may be sensitive in nature and not appropriate for younger audiences.
  • Downtown Spokane will provide a 10’ x 10’ tent space, chair, and promotion. Participating artists must bring their own tables, easels or displays.
  • Participants must come prepared with a reasonable number of items to be made available for sale OR the intention of creating on demand.
  • Each artist is responsible for their own sales and should come prepared with a mobile point of sale processor or appropriate cash change.
  • Those who live and work in Washington State who gross over $12,000 a year from art-making activities or generate income from the retail sale of their art must obtain a business license from the state. If you are selling art as a business, you must have a business license through the City of Spokane. Exhibitors falling into either of these categories must provide Downtown Spokane with business license numbers.
  • Set-up should be complete by 11:45am and tear down should not happen before 4:00pm.
  • Downtown Spokane will not be responsible for any damage or loss of Art Work.
  • Artists are expected to stay with their booth during the duration of the event. Downtown Spokane will have staff on hand to watch your booth for a duration not to exceed fifteen minutes.
  • Parking is prohibited on Wall Street during the event. On-street parking is free in downtown Spokane on Sundays. Exhibitors are responsible for their own parking.
  • Cancellations should happen by noon the previous day (12:00pm Saturday). Late cancellations and no-shows without reasonable cause will be banned from future participation in the Sunday Art Mart.

If you have any questions please call Downtown Spokane at 509.456.0580 X-102 or email lizh@downtownspokane.net.

 

Past Events

  • Friday, Nov 1 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 12:00am

    The Spokesman-Review Window Display Contest

    To celebrate Spokane’s unique, historic downtown, awards will be presented to businesses in the downtown area for the best Holiday window displays. The contest runs from Small Business Saturday, November 30, through December 20, 2019. Winners will be announced on December 23.

    Each award winner will receive $500 in advertising in The Spokesman-Review, some restrictions apply. Winners will also receive a trophy to display.

    • Mayor's Choice Award -- Determined by incoming Spokane Mayor, Nadine Woodward
    • The Spokesman Award – Determined by staff at The Spokesman Review
    • People’s Choice award – Determined by public voting

    To vote, pick up your ballot at the Davenport Grand Hotel, at any of the participating businesses, or print online (click here). Votes may be returned to the voting drop box located inside the Davenport Grand Hotel. The business window with the most votes by 5:00pm December 20 will win the People’s Choice Award.

    Ballot

    One ballot will be drawn to win a night stay at the Davenport Tower!

    Persons under 18 must have parental permission to enter, one entry per person. Official rules.
  • Saturday, Dec 21 / 10:00am

    Mount St. Helens: Critical Memory

    The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) marks the 40th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. The exhibition includes material artifacts, film, photography, recordings, first-hand accounts and virtual experiences to examine how the 1980 eruption has advanced our understanding and perceptions of volcanoes more than any other eruption in history.

    Visitors will encounter a variety of analog and digital technologies that tell the story of the Cascade Range’s most active volcano. From time-tested oral traditions, to digitally crowd-sourced accounts of the 1980 blast, Critical Memory explores how knowledge is passed down through generations. Scientific data, communications and tribal culture merge to present a useable history, because the question isn’t if Mount St. Helens will erupt again, it’s when.

    Museum closed Mondays. Prices subject to change after Feb 8 opening of Pompeii: The Immortal City

  • Wednesday, Apr 29 / 7:00pm

    Virtual Paint Class with Pinot's Palette

    Some of the most relaxing moments come right after sunset.

    NO SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED IN THIS RESERVATION. This class will not be held in the studio.

    This is a USE YOUR OWN SUPPLIES Event.

    SUGGESTED SUPPLIES TO PURCHASE FOR THIS EVENT:
    - Any size canvas or thick paper (you can use an old painting to paint over)
    - Acrylic Paint: White, Black, Yellow, Blue, Bright Pink, Bright Orange
    - Brushes: Large Flat, Small Flat Brush
    - Other supplies: Paper plate for Painting and Mixing, Paper Towel, Water Cup, Apron or Painting Shirt, Table Cover

    Registrants will receive a link to sign up for the class on the day of the event prior to class. It will include instructions to get set up on your computer or mobile device.

    If you experience technical issues during the live class or are unable to attend, a recording of the class will be available for 4 days following the event.

    Michael's is offering curbside pickup. Walmart also has art supplies and does both curbside pickup or they have a delivery option you can do with groceries. We also have exclusive discounts with Mister Art here: https://www....palette.html. Please allow 5-7 business days to get your supplies from Mister Art.