2019 WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza Inquiries
WaterFire Providence and Bryce Studio are pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2019 WaterFire Providence season. Located on Washington Street and Steeple Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and handcrafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.
We are now accepting artist applications for the 2019 WaterFire Providence Season!
Detailed information will be provided upon selection, the following information serves as a general overview. Start times for WaterFire Providence are dependent upon the season's sunset, causing setup and exhibition hours to change slightly through the summer and fall months.
Public Exhibition Hours
6:00 PM** to 10:30 PM
**Subject to change
Washington Street and Steeple Street (the streets are closed off from traffic)
+ Saturday, June 22
Sunset: 8:24 PM
+ Saturday, July 20
Sunset 8:16 PM
+ Saturday, August 3
Sunset 8:02 PM
+ Saturday, August 17
Sunset 7:43 PM
+ Saturday, September 14
Sunset 6:57 PM
+ Saturday, September 28
Sunset 6:33 PM
+ Saturday, October 5
Sunset 6:21 PM
+ Saturday, November 2
Sunset 5:39 PM
Setup and Break Down Times
Load In: 4:00 PM**
Show Time: 6:00 PM**
Load Out: 10:30 PM
**Subject to change
Booth Fee: $150
This is a flat fee. There are no discounts for multiple market dates.
Vendors are required to set up their own 10x10 pop-up tent, weights (no stakes are permitted), and lights (not to exceed 60 watts each or a total of 5 AMPs–or five standard clip lights).
WaterFire will provide vendors with electricity.
Please note: tents must be white. Branded or alternate color tents will be removed from the show.
Booth Fees are only accepted via credit card or PayPal through WaterFire Providence. All artist vendors must submit or confirm payment to WaterFire Providence no later than 10 days prior to the event. Any artist vendor who has not submitted payment by 3:00 PM the Monday preceding any event will forfeit their location.
WaterFire is very rarely canceled. In the event of cancellation, you may request a refund or select an alternative event date, if available. Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to your date in order to receive a refund. No other refund requests will be considered.
In order to be considered, you must fill out this application. WaterFire and Bryce Studio will review applicants work and will make selections based on craftsmanship and uniqueness of work. We do our best to curate a well-rounded event that includes a wide variety of showcased mediums.
Description of work to be sold
Events Dates Your Are Interested In
Do you have a sales tax exemption permit?
In Rhode Island, you may seek sales tax exemption for Artistic works; visit:
for the form. No temporary permits will be provided. An annual permit for art sales is required, even if you have an exemption permit.
No: if you do not qualify for an exemption, you need a tax permit for RI.
Indemnification: a digital signature is required
By typing my name below, I hereby expressly indemnify Bryce Studio, WaterFire Providence, The City of Providence, and Barnaby Evans, and all employees and agents and volunteers of the above, from any and all costs or liabilities associated with my participating or selling art and or crafts at WaterFire and the Arts Festival Plaza, including any and all possible injury to myself or my employees or agents. My participation is voluntary and is done at my own risk. I am not an employee or agent of WaterFire Providence. I understand that the above parties are expressly not responsible for loss or damage to my artwork arising from any cause including weather, the public or any other hazard, nor for the safety of myself, or any of my employees, interns, friends, volunteers, etc. WaterFire and Bryce Studios can use the images of my art work and tent booth for promotion of the arts festival plaza.
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