When and where does the show take place? 

Tuesday July 9th and Wednesday July 10th 2019

McMenamins Edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060

Show Hours:

Tuesday July 9th:10am until 8pm

Wednesday July 10th: 10am until 7pm

The show is ALWAYS on Tuesday and Wednesday, (with set-up day on Monday) at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon. Artists are spread throughout the gardens. It is primarily an outdoor affair, with a few artists in Blackberry Hall. 

What is the show’s main goal? The primary goal of the crackedpots Reuse Art Show is to further our mission of creative reuse by presenting art made from materials that otherwise would have gone to the landfill. The work is curated based on many factors, with the goal of diverse 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? The Call to Artists is posted and sent in late February or early March and runs about four weeks.

Anything to know to help me apply? List the mediums you work with, the typical size of your work, dimensions of very large items if needed. The jury uses the three photographs you send to determine many things about your artwork. The jury prefers short and sweet descriptions of your process on the application.

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 photos with approximate size of 700 pixels by 700 and a resolution of 150. Image File labeled: Last Name, First Name, #1, #2, #3.

When is art juried into the show? We jury based on the photos and your descriptions 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. crackedpots charges 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, garden party feel to the show. 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 artists MUST work well with their neighbor because the spacing is cooperative and not rigidly defined. 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.

*DO NOT 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 ensure that you are invited to apply again in the future.

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. 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.

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 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 - 20 years!. 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. We promote via online calendars, Facebook ads, print media including weeklies, postcards, direct emails, and through posters and word of mouth. If there is a publication you recommend please let us know at artistinfo@crackedpots.org.

Will there be help for me to load and unload? We are grateful to the volunteers that show up and offer their services. Please realize that having your own helpers, should you 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? Approximately 5000 – 7000 people attend 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