When and where does the show take place? The crackedpots Art Show always takes place August 14 & 15 this year! Please note this date change. The show is still on a Tuesday and Wednesday, (with set-up day on Monday) at McMenamins in Troutdale, Oregon. Edgefield has extensive grounds and we spread artists sections throughout the gardens. This show is mainly an outdoor affair, but we do place a few artists in Blackberry Hall. 

What is the show’s main goal? The primary goal of the crackedpots Art Show is to further its mission by presenting art made from materials that otherwise would have gone to the landfill. We also curate the work based on many factors so we have fabulous examples of art that reduces the landfill.

Does my art qualify for show? This is a juried show. All art must be made from at least 80% reclaimed materials and meet our criteria. Please read the criteria carefully. All artwork must also be produced by the artist. We realize how much time it takes to reuse and reimagine and we want to support artists putting heart, soul, and sweat into making unique pieces.

When is the Call to Artists available? Typically the third week in February.  The Call to Artists is posted and sent in February and runs about four weeks.

Anything to know to help me apply? It is helpful to list your mediums you work with, the biggest pieces you might have or the typical size of your work. We get 3 photos to determine many things about your artwork. Please also be aware that we prefer short and sweet descriptions of your process on the application. We have over 100 applicants to jury in one night so get right to the point. 

What kind of photos should I send? Please send 3 high-quality photos of the work you intend to sell at the show. These photos should be clear, with no distractions in the back, and if possible capture your work in context. Please send photo with a size of 700 pixels by 700 or thereabouts depending on your proportions. If possible send photos with a resolution of 150. Typically the resolution is 72 which we can work with, but we prefer 150. To do this find the adjust size option on your photo software and you should be able to increase or decrease the size and the resolution. Please safe your photos in your name for easy reference and organization. 

When is art juried into the show? The art is evaluated by the photographs and descriptions that are submitted during the application process. We jury based on these photos and your description so please be specific, concise, and intentional with your application submission.Jury selection begins in April and 100 artists are selected and notified in mid April.

What does it cost to enter the show? There is no jury fee. If selected you will pay a registration fee of $50. We take a 20% commission on total sales at the end of the show. This is crackedpots biggest fundraiser. The monies collected from this show goes towards paying to produce the show and to create new programs and opportunities for waste reduction and artists.

What does the show look like? Crackedpots strives to maintain a friendly, free-flowing feel to the show – think garden party - not a street fair. The size of the spaces vary greatly in shape and size, and are allocated based on the size of the artwork and to provide a mix of mediums. All artist must work well with their neighbor because the spacing is cooperative and not rigidly defined. Again, this is NOT a farmer’s market – we are going for a garden party shopping experience. To reach our visual goal, no E-Z up canopies* are allowed unless rain is expected. Artists are allowed to bring parasols and sun hats. For super sunny spots, umbrellas are permitted.

*Please don’t bring a white canopy often seen at street fairs or Saturday markets. The layout of McMenamins simply can’t accommodate this. Please remain flexible when it comes to your space, placing 100 artists of different medium and requirements is a challenge. Last minute changes may need to take place, being adaptable will work in your favor and keep the show from being overly stressful. 

What if it rains? All artist are to be responsible and check the weather before the show and prepare accordingly. It's helpful to pack rain protection for the show such as plastic sheeting, a canopy which is allowed only if it rains pretty hard. If the producer of the show is able to alert the artists of the weather before the show, they will, but it’s ultimately the artists responsibility to care for their inventory and to stay at the show, rain or shine.

Are there any requirements specific to this show? Selected artists are required to further our reuse message by: The use of individual “Story Tags,” that relay the story of the recycled materials used in each piece of art. Artists must also show raw materials used and helpful signage that gives a quick snapshot of their raw materials and finished product. Both ideas will be discussed in detail once you are accepted.

Where do I stay? You can stay at McMenamins, or surrounding campgrounds, or hotels. Find your accommodations by searching in Troutdale or Portland, OR.  

Can I bring my own cooler full of food? Coolers are not allowed at the show by request of McMenamins because they want visitors to buy their food and drink onsite.  Therefore, open display of brought in picnics etc are not allowed. However, please take care of dietary needs to stay healthy and hydrated at the show. Many artists find that snacking throughout the show works best. Please feel free to have snacks in a purse etc. but, be discreet with your 'brought in' food. There are also many wonderful food options on site and volunteers to watch your booth while you take a break and eat a meal. We are providing you a chance to order food the mornings of the show so you are not caught up in lines.

How can I help spread the word about the show? This is a word of mouth show and a successful one at that. Please tell your networks about this show by any means necessary. Crackedpots does have a Facebook page you are welcome to “like” and share posts, we will also have an events page. If your neighborhood or local paper would be interested in this event please contact us with your suggestion. This is especially helpful for the suburban promotion of the event. We promote via online calendars, Facebook ads, print media including weeklies, post cards, direct emails, and through posters and word of mouth. If there is a publication you recommend please let me know at artistinfo@crackedpots.org.

Will there be help for me to load and unload? Having volunteers at the shows to help you is a bonus! We are grateful to the volunteers that will show up and offer their services. We hope that they will want to continue to do so. Please realize that having your own helpers, should you desperately need them is up to you to arrange. We cannot guarantee that volunteers will always be there to help you. We do appreciate you treating volunteers well and being grateful for them.

Who attends the show? Our closest guesstimate is that approximately 5000 – 7000 people visit the show (yes on a Tuesday and a Wednesday!). The demographics show retired couples and homeowners looking for art for their home and gifts.



If you have more questions or suggestions please email artistinfo@crackedpots.org