Mermaid Art Market

Vendor Information

(application period is now closed)

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10am - 6pm

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666
Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 14th

Jury Period: July 15-21

Email confirmations will be sent on July 21st


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

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


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 by the jury 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 before deadline.

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 distributors are strictly prohibited for all or part of an artist’s booth. This is a handmade market only.

Artwork created from commercial molds, mass-produced kits, or other commercial methods 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 21st.  Set-up hours are from 7-10am. 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, vaping, or alcohol consumption on the park grounds. Please visit the City of San Marcos website for complete park rules.


Vendor spaces are assigned and are located on a grassy surface.  Each space is 10’ X 10’ and all displays, ropes, and other belongings must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Tents are required. Exhibitors must have a white tent unless exempt by Art Market Director.  Tents must be able to withstand wind and rain and be properly weighted. No stakes are allowed.  Proper weighting is at least 40 pounds per leg; more in windy weather.  All vendors must bring their own supplies, including tables, chairs and table cloths. All vendors should display their name and/or business name at their booth. Electricity will not be provided. Generators are acceptable but must be quiet and fume-free. Please note that the market is held in a grassy area which may be uneven in places.

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, and you must be prepared to pick up after it.

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) (+3% convenience fee online)

Booth Fee:  $55 (+3% convenience fee online)

Booth Fee for shared booth: $30 per artist. No more than two artists may share a booth.

Following the jury period, all applicants will be notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance on July 21st.  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, 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.

Texas Sales Tax Permits - It is the responsibility of the vendor to have a Texas Sales and Use Tax permit and have it available upon request. To obtain a free permit, visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at Please note that it may be very costly to operate without a permit. The Comptroller may assess daily penalties for operating without a permit.


Once all applications have been received (deadline July 14th), the jury process will begin.  The 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 Market Director at  Cancellations received on or before September 7th will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received after September 7th 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. In the case of extreme weather, the event will be moved indoors to the San Marcos Activity Center.

Privacy Policy

The San Marcos Art League collects names, email addresses and mailing addresses for the sole purpose of informing vendors about upcoming events.  If payments are made with a credit card, no account numbers are kept.  Information is only obtained for payment of vendor booth fees.

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CONTACT:  Kathryn Welch, Art Market Director,