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SATURDAY | SUNDAY

November 18 & 19 | 10AM to 5PM

Support by Patron/Collectors helps to make the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts a great festival!  Artists choose to exhibit in communities where there are patrons committed to purchasing their work.

Each Patron/Collector pledges a minimum of $350 in artist purchase support. The festival retains $100 to help run the program, and to provide Patron events and benefits. Before the festival, each Patron/Collector receives the remainder in purchase vouchers which can be used only at the festival to purchase work from exhibiting artists.

Benefits of being a Patron/Collector

  • Invitations for 2 to exclusive Patron/Collector Events throughout the year. Patrons enjoy socializing with other art enthusiasts. And presentations by knowledgeable art professionals help patrons to learn more about art and collecting.
  • Purchase Vouchers to spend at the festival.
  • Purchase Award ribbons to present to the artist whose work is selected for purchase.
  • Patron Collector/Sponsor Retreat – Enjoy a place to relax, socialize and have some refreshments during the festival
  • Reserved VIP Parking during the festival weekend.

 Why Patron/Collectors matter

JohnWhen most of us think of The Fall Festival, we think of a pleasant weekend downtown, mingling with friends and relatives and great visual entertainment as a backdrop. But from the artists’ perspective, coming to our festival is a business decision and the Patron|Collector Program is a major factor in that decision. For the festival artists, signing up for an outdoor show represents an opportunity for income – it is how they support themselves and their

passion. But there are many expenses involved – entry fees, space fees, travel expenses, tent and display costs, etc. And there is no shortage of festivals to choose from – on any given weekend during the season, these artists have several options throughout Florida for investing their time and money in hopes of making a profit (not to mention all the festival opportunities outside of our state). This gamble to make a profit comes in three forms – sales, judges’ awards and Patron|Collector support.

Realistically, Deland has never been an outstanding venue for sales – there is a respectable amount of purchases, but there are many other shows with greater sales volume. Our cash awards are also respectable and many artists are attracted for that reason alone. But the awards are only given to a select few, leaving the majority depending on sales, which don’t transpire as often as we would like. So that leaves Patron-Collector support. The artists see this support as a guarantee that if they invest in our festival, we in turn will invest in them. They know, at some point during that weekend, that artwork will be purchased. And here is the critical part – the strength of the Patron|Collector Program is directly related to the number of quality artists we can attract. And obviously, quality begets quality…

It is widely known that our festival enjoys a reputation of quality and caring – the artists say we treat them like royalty. In my mind, there is only one remaining thing that can improve what we have at this point – your support of the Patron|Collector Program!

John Wilton
Cultural Counsel Volusia County

Help spread the word… and earn an extra $25 in purchase Vouchers.

Current, paid Patron/Collectors will receive an ADDITIONAL $25 in purchase vouchers to use at the festival for every NEW member that they sponsor to join the Patron/Collector Program. You may also bring and NEW member to one of the Patron/Collector events to sign up for the program.

Funding and Support Services Provided in Part by The City of DeLand, The Cultural Council of Volusia County, The State of Florida Department of State-Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.