Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show

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Friday, September 28
12 noon - 7 pm

Saturday, September 29
10 am - 7 pm

Sunday, September 30
10 am - 6 pm

18th - 29th Street
VIrginia Beach Oceanfront

Friday, September 28: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, September 29: 10:00am-7:00pm
Sunday, September 30: 10:00am-6:00pm

CLICK HERE to apply for the 2018 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show

Complete details for the show are available on the application. The application requires a non-refundable $35 fee, and if accepted, each space is $400. The deadline for submitting an application is May 31, 2018. Cash awards totaling $2,600 will be made based on standards of quality, professionalism, and originality.

Applications for the 2018 Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show are available online only. No printed/mailed applications will be accepted.

Please contact Sharon Tanner at or call the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215 for more information.

The Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as #22 of the Top 200 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country in 2017! The show features over 250 artisans displaying handmade work from paintings and sculptures, to photography and glass-work. Mosey your way through the tents and displays and find a piece of the show to bring home with you!

Click Photo Below to View the Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show Gallery


This juried art show requires pre-registration to participate, but viewing is free and open to the public.

Artists and craftsmen of original work in all media are eligible for the show, with acceptance based on a jury process. This show does not include a section for commercial or imported products. In all cases, the spirit of our guidelines intends that the work depend heavily on the "handmade" aspect of art and craft. We do not allow buy/sell and we reserve the right to remove work from the show that violates our policies and guidelines.

We will devote an area of the boardwalk to selected exhibitors who display work with the highest degree of originality, handcrafting and excellence. It will be only these exhibitors who are eligible for the cash awards. The decision of the show committee is final.

The Festival includes a commercial section that is not part of this Art and Craft Show. If you wish to apply for a space in it, please click here


First place:

  • Jeff Sheely, painting, "The Last Rider", space 3013
  • This mixed media work consists of a figure that depicts raw human emotion where animals are proxies for these emotions. Patterns, lines, and text add to the frenetic and spontaneous feel
Second place:

  • Kristin Wornson, jewelry, "Honey Locust With Brass", space 2703
  • Her jewelry depicts obvious love and respect for the natural world. Finding beauty in the smallest plant, petal, seed, and frond, she creates vignettes with glass, silver, brass, and natural objects
Third place:

  • Ricky Lowe, mixed media, "Silhouette", space 2925-2926
  • These other-worldly mixed media paintings draw the viewer into another universe. Layers of light, shapes, and depth change in feel as viewed in different light and position.

Awards of Merit:

  • Rex Nockengust & Gene Allen, Jewelry "Beach Glass and Wood Squared", space 2623
  • Sea glass and found natural objects are combined with silver to works that could be worn or hung as art works.

  • Thomas Bauer, painting, "Mooring Buoys", space 2928
  • This triptych has a tranquil quality. Attention to detail and masterful painting create a lonely and poignant effect.

  • Henry Warner, mixed media, "Space Chimp", space 2919
  • This mixed media sculpture conjures nostalgic characters and worlds. Popular culture is explored with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.

  • Teresa Merriman, mixed media, "Temple of the Universe", space 2829
  • Impeccably cut and tooled leather, etched metal, and hand-stitched paper are combined to create a standing journal to be cherished as a private place for art-making and thought sorting.

  • Nina Scala, jewelry, "Industrial Forest", space 2628
  • Combining an industrial, spiky feel with beautifully crafted pieces create jewelry that has great movement. It exudes an almost atomic energy.

2017 JUDGE: TRISH PFEIFER received her BA in Art Education from Greensboro College and Master of Urban Studies from ODU. Now retired, she has been an art teacher and art teacher mentor with Norfolk Public Schools, a docent trainer and tour developer at Chrysler Museum of Art, the founding director and curator of what is now the Children’s Museum of Virginia, a project consultant for the Atlanta Children’s Museum and Inventure Place in Akron, Ohio, and the Development Director of PFAC. She has served as a state and national art presenter, arts education writer, and judge for numerous art shows including the Neptune Festival, the Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg, the Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition at the Charles Taylor Arts Center, the Norfolk Prime Plus Art Exhibition, and juror for the Stockley Gardens Spring and Fall Arts Festivals.

He is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, chairing the Education and Programs Committee, and a member of the Finance and Executive Committee. She is secretary of Tidewater Classical Guitar Board of Directors. She lives with her husband Ken, who teaches high school English at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, in the West Ghent neighborhood in Norfolk.