Local Opportunities

Gateway Gallery Call for Artist Membership Applications

Gateway Gallery artists’ cooperative welcomes membership applications from area artists in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Since opening in 2010, Gateway Gallery has become a destination venue for artists to show and sell their work to a large following of area residents and visitors to western Loudoun attractions. Only work by Gateway artist members is shown and sold in the gallery. Members manage all aspects of gallery operations, and staff the gallery by sitting at least two four-hour shifts each month. Members pay monthly dues of $45 and contribute 20% of their monthly gallery sales toward gallery expenses. We especially seek new members in media or styles distinctly different from work already represented in the gallery.

Visit Loudoun First Friday – Call for Demonstrating Artists

The first Friday of every month from March to December, Visit Loudoun participates in Leesburg’s First Friday! The Visit Loudoun Visitor Center, located in Market Station in Leesburg, is looking for artists to participate in their First Friday Events. We host local wineries, breweries, teas, cideries and other vendors with free tastings at the Visitor Center and we are looking to expand on the event. Whether it’s pottery or painting, this is a new way to showcase your art and your skill for one night. Bring pieces to sell and set up a demonstration to draw people in!

  • Ongoing
  • The First Friday of every month, March through December
  • If interested in participating or need more information – please reach out to Hannah Oliver at oliver@visitloudoun.org

Call for Demonstrating Artisans | 79th Waterford Fair

We are now accepting applications for juried Demonstrating Artisans in the following mediums: clay, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, heritage food, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Art at the Red Barn (fine art & art mart) and the Old Mill Shop will accept applications later this summer. Details, including deadlines, can be found at waterfordfairva.org.


Organizers of the 53rd ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 16 & 17, 2023 in historic Western Loudoun County, VA, invite artists of all ages and abilities to submit designs for consideration for this year's unique Poster and T-shirt. The theme for 2023 is The Blue Ridge Mountains and Bluemont's Pastoral Views. Artists are urged to be inspired by details that relate to the scenery around the village (such as fields, streams, stone walls, grazing cattle) as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are currently threatened by unchecked commericial and residential development permitted by zoning ordinances last updated in 1993. Zoning changes in 2023 are imperative to protect this vital natural resource and the life it supports.

  • Submissions must be received by April 21, 2023
  • Artists' interpretations can be as broad or narrow as they choose, however design and colors should be suitable for replication on Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster (14”x22”), T-shirt, and merchandise. The request is for design only, as an illustration or graphic. Details will be added after the winning design is selected. Past designs can be viewed at www.bluemontfair.org Artists' name should be on the back of the art. Please also include contact information and a brief biography for inclusion in publicity. The selected artist’s name will be printed on the poster and their work acknowledged in Fair publicity. Multiple entries per artist permitted.
  • Artwork should be mailed to: Bluemont Fair Poster Design Competition, P.O. Box 217, Bluemont, Virginia, 20135 and must be received by April 21, 2023. To arrange to hand-deliver art please contact chair@bluemontfair.org Individuals requesting return of their submission should also include a self-addressed, stamped mailing receptacle. For further information call 540-554-2367 (vm), or email chair@bluemontfair.org See www.bluemontfair.org for more info.

Call to Artist, Spring in the Piedmont

Artists in Middleburg is now accepting applications for their Spring in the Piedmont Exhibit.

Artists' Residencies Available at Brambleton Library

Loudoun Arts and Loudoun County Public Library are pleased to announce the resumption of their unique Artist-in-Residency Program. In our COLLAB atelier project, selected artists have enjoyed three month long rent-free residencies at Brambleton Library. COLLAB offers four three-month residency periods each year. Artists are encouraged to plan interactions with collaborators and other users of the space during their three-month residency. Residencies will be awarded based on the quality of the artists' proposals, with special consideration given to artists willing to collaborate with partners on at least one project during the residency. This program is not limited to visual artists. Performers, writers, musicians, and makers are also encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in cross-media collaborations. Artists are also encouraged to document and share their experiences during the residency. The Makerspace at Brambleton Library is open to the public seven days a week and open until 9 pm six nights per week. The space has work tables, tools, and access to 3-D printers display space, storage space, and other technologies. During the three-month residency, library staff will work with the artist to create an event, class, exhibit or presentation reflecting the artist's project. Resident artists will be allowed to display and sell artwork from the studio spaces. LCPL and the LA will promote resident artists' events through their website and other electronic media.