Hill-Stead Museum’s The Art of Shearing: A Sheep to Shawl Festival is looking for high-quality and distinctive exhibitors for the festival, to be held on March 26, 2023.

We look forward to showcasing artisans and artists who design and create their own exceptional work.

All applications must be submitted by January 30.  We will notify applicants of the number of exhibitors allowed at the event by February 10.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application below or contact Megan Olver (olverm@hillstead.org). Your application will be reviewed promptly. Approved applicants will receive a contract to complete via email.

Festival Facts

Where? Art of Shearing will take place indoors and outdoors at the Museum. Vendors and demonstrators will be inside the Carriage Barn Visitor Center complex and the shearing event will take place down at the Red Barn. Transportation will be provided to and from the barn. Food trucks will be onsite, and activities will take place throughout the day.

Fees? The fee for a single space (8 x 8 ft) is $150. You can purchase more than one space. The museum does not take a percentage of exhibitor sales.

Set-up? The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm on March 26. Set up will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 11am–4pm and Sunday, March 26 starting at 7:30am. All exhibitors are required to staff their spaces for the entire event and to handle their own sales.

Extras? We have a limited number of tables to rent to exhibitors at the rate of $10 each. You must request these in advance. There is electricity available. Please let us know if you need additional accommodations.

Note: Hill-Stead strives to honor the hard work and creativity of artisan exhibitors. We will review “boutique buy-sell” exhibitors carefully, looking for a limited number whose products complement our artisan exhibitor mix.