Purchase Awards

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Similar to a gift card, buy a "Purchase Award" now & leave this year's festival with pieces you love!

Purchase Awards



Join the rich history of AOFTA, buy a "Purchase Award" today.

The “Purchase Award” is essentially a "pre-pay" for folks that would like to support AOFTA and purchase art at the festival. 

The more “Purchase Awards” sold, the more artists know that they will have a successful weekend.

We’ve had 1000s of folks, over 50 years, who have helped AOFTA become the success that it is today and we need your help.

How does it work?

Buy a “Purchase Award” in any denomination of $50, $100 or higher now through September 30, 2019.
  • On the left side of this page:
    a. select a denomination - option 1-5
    b. click "Add to Cart"
    c. follow the Paypal process to check out
  • You’ll receive your “Purchase Award” certificate in the mail.
  • Bring your “Purchase Award” to AOFTA on October 5 or 6, 2019 and select the unique art that speaks to you.
  • The artist will proudly hang your “Purchase Award” certificate, in their tent, throughout the show.
  • Take your art home!
If the price of the art is less than the “Purchase Award”
amount then that dollar amount will be donated to AOFTA.

If the art is more than the “Purchase Award” amount
then you pay the artist the difference.

The artist receives the full amount of the “Purchase Award” amount at the end of the show. 

It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website (aofta.org) in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.