View the Gallery of Fine Artwork of the outstanding artists selected to exhibit in this October’s show. A 38% increase in applications resulted in over 40 new artists being accepted into An Occasion for the Arts. Artists from 29 states across the USA, including the entire Eastern seaboard, applied. You will see the new artists tagged plus new work from your favorite returning artists. Sort by artist’s category or name.
An Occasion for the Arts has been held in Williamsburg the first weekend in October, rain or shine, since 1969. The only exception was in 1976 when the then one-day Sunday show was rained out entirely. We appreciate the multitude of calls, emails and posts from out of town visitors planning trips to the area, and from locals who have supported the show for many years, expressing their hopes that the show will go on this weekend. The safety of our displaying and performing artists, volunteers and the public must always be our primary consideration. After consultation with local and regional officials and due to safety concerns related to wind and significant rain fall I deeply regret to inform you that the board of directors of An Occasion for the Arts has cancelled the 46th annual show scheduled for this weekend, October 3rd & 4th. This includes all facets of the show (displaying artists, performing artists, youth arts, food/beverage court, etc).
While it would be desirable to attempt to move the show to an indoor venue or change the dates there are many factors that limit our flexibility. The schedules of 140 displaying artists, 30 performing artists, 6 restaurants and countless volunteers alone make the task difficult. But the significant infrastructure logistics and costs make it not feasible for our all volunteer organization to successfully alter the location or date of the show.
We regret that the community will not have the opportunity to view these remarkable artists' work over the weekend. Please review art from our accepted artists. And go one step further by visiting their websites to browse and purchase their splendid work.
We also want to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of the arts in our community. Please visit our website and take note of those businesses that have worked to promote our local arts community. Finally, we are grateful to both the City of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg for their continued partnership in allowing us to hold the event in the heart of our city. We look forward to returning to the streets the first weekend of October (1st & 2nd) in 2016 for a fantastic show!
An Occasion for the Arts, our favorite weekend, October 1-2, 2016
An Occasion for the Arts