Information Sheet for “Artisan Alley Arts Market”

Mermaid Splash Festival

Saturday, September 22, 2018

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666
Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 15th

Jury Period: July 16-31

Email confirmations will be sent on August 1st


2D Media: (oil, acrylic, mixed media, water media, drawing media, photography, digital art, etc.)

3D Media: (ceramics/pottery, metals, jewelry, glass, mosaic, etc.) 


In an ongoing effort to improve the market and set a high standard that benefits all vendors, we've made some changes to this year's market:

  • Easier access to booth spaces during set-up and take-down
  • Portable toilets located on the art market premises
  • Live music and drink vendors on the art market premises
  • Access to electricity


All artwork submitted to the jury process, displayed and presented for sale must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.

The Application asks for your website or online presence.  This is used to determine whether your work meets the show's standards.  If you do not have an online presence, you MUST submit three (3) images to the Market Director at 

Artist certifies that jury images submitted represent his/her current original work.

Artists may share a booth with another artist.  No more than two artists per booth. Each artist in the booth must submit individual applications and each must pay the application fee and the shared booth fee.

No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted.

Buy/sell vendors are strictly prohibited for all or part of an artist’s booth.

Artwork created from commercial molds, mass-produced kits, or other commercial methods or artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted.

CHECK IN and SET UP:  Approved vendors will check in with the Art Market Director at the San Marcos Art League booth no later than 9am on September 22nd.  Set-up hours are from 8-10am.  Vendor spaces are assigned.
SHOW HOURS:  The hours for the Artisan Alley are from 10am-6pm.  Vendors must be present for the entirety of the show.  

BREAKDOWN:  Vendors may begin breakdown at 6pm.  Vendors must leave their spaces clean of garbage and debris.

City of San Marcos park rules must be followed. No glass containers, smoking or alcohol consumption on the park grounds. Please visit the City of San Marcos website at to learn more about park rules.


CONTACT:  Kathryn Welch, Art Market Director,




To learn more about SMTX Mermaid SPLASH festivities, please visit or


Vendor spaces are assigned, and electricity is optional.  Each space is 10’ X 10’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Exhibitors must have a white tent unless exempted by Art Market Director.  Tents must be able to withstand winds and rain and be properly weighted. No stakes are allowed.  Proper weighting is at least 40 pounds per leg; more in windy weather.  

All tables must have table coverings reaching to the ground. This helps hide packing materials and creates a professional appearance.

Pets are discouraged.  If you do bring a pet, it must be leashed or contained at all times.

Neither the San Marcos Art League, Mermaid Society, or any affiliated organizations or sponsors are responsible for any damage to vendor property in any way, including but not limited to damage caused by inclement weather.


Application Fee:  $15 per artist (non-refundable)

Booth Fee:  $50 w/o electricity; $60 w/electricity

Booth Fee for shared booth: $30 per artist w/o electricity; $35 per artist w/electricity. No more than 2 artists may share a booth.

Following the jury period, all applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance on August 1st.  Following notification, booth fees are due by August 15th.  Failure to pay booth fees in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of market participation.  Past participation does not guarantee a place in this year’s show.

Booth fees benefit the San Marcos Art League and offset the production costs of the market.


To enter this show, go to "Step 2" and fill out the vendor application.  The application includes a Waiver which must be signed by the applicant.  Applications will not be considered unless the $15 application fee has been paid.

Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be accepted into the market.  There is a jury process that will take place after the application deadline.

All applicants must have a Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit.


Once all applications have been received (deadline July 15th), the jury process will begin (July 16-31st).  This year's market will be capped at 60 vendors.  All media in any style are acceptable.  Please keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event and submit appropriate artwork for the venue. Inappropriate subject matter will not be considered.

Every attempt will be made to accept a wide range of art and fine crafts.  We will limit the number of over-represented categories, such as jewelry, to give each vendor the best chance of being competitive.


Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by e-mail. Emails should be sent to the Art Market Director at  Cancellations received on or before September 8th will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received after September 8th will not receive a refund.  

On market day, any vendor who has not cancelled in writing prior to the show, and who fails to attend the market, will be considered a NO SHOW and the assigned space will be forfeited with no refund.  No-shows will be ineligible to apply for future markets.


The Aqua Faire is an outdoor event that is naturally affected by weather.  It will be held rain or shine. There are no refunds for inclement weather.